This will be a Saturday that helps define the Big Ten’s national image, with four big-time games vs. the Pac-12. And Purdue will be on a national stage with its clash vs. Notre Dame. Get prepped for all the action in Four Downs. 4 PREDICTIONS 1. The Big Ten will go 2-2 this week vs. the Pac-12. Ohio State will win at Cal and Nebraska will dump UCLA. But Wisconsin will fall at Arizona State (Hello, Badger secondary) and Illinois (Hello, Illini defense) will lose in Solider Field to Washington. 2. Nebraska won’t give up 653 yards to UCLA. Nope.
It’s early in the season, so it comes as no surprise that we saw a lot of new looks across the Big Ten during Week 2 action. See all of the uniform and helmet alterations the Big Ten showcased Saturday in this post. Have a picture of a Big Ten uniform or arena/stadium alteration? Please tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina) for my Clothes Call blog. ILLINOIS Illinois went with the white top and blue pants for its road opener Saturday at Arizona State – a look it rarely rocks. The last time the WHITE on BLUE Illinois football uniform combo
It was a busy afternoon of Big Ten football action, with six games during the middle block. The results weren’t exactly what the Big Ten had hoped for, either, as it went 3-3 after opening the day 2-1 in the early games. Read my snap reactions to the afternoon games in this post. Live on BTN/BTN2Go: Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt. Also live: Nebraska vs. UCLA. And at 10:30 p.m. ET, it’s Illinois vs. Arizona State. Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7 1. Much was made of the inconsistent effort of Spartan receivers in the opening win over Boise State. Well, the
Steele Jantz threw for 241 yards and the game’s only touchdown on Saturday and Iowa State beat Iowa 9-6 for its first win in Iowa City in 10 years. Jake Knott‘s interception with 1:11 left sealed the win for the Cyclones (2-0), whose defense held Iowa to just 304 yards of offense. Iowa State was held scoreless in the second half. But the Hawkeyes (1-1) could only muster a pair of short field goals in the lowest-scoring matchup between these instate rivals in 24 years. James Vandenberg was 20 of 42 passing for 236 yards and two interceptions for Iowa.
The third quarter saw both teams combine for no points and one turnover and the margin is still six, as Iowa State leads 9-3. Steele Jantz clinched a 200-yard passing game with 46 in the quarter, part of his 209-yard day through three quarters for the Cyclones. Iowa is in a prime position for points at Iowa State’s two-yard line to open the fourth quarter. [ PREVIEW | RECAPS BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, BTN.com posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten
Aaron Horne led Iowa State in the quarter. He caught two passes for 42 yards, and the Cyclones now lead 9-3. Iowa State added to its advantage when Edwin Arceo made a 21-yard field goal, capping off a nine-play, 60-yard drive to give the Cyclones the lead, 9-3. Iowa State’s drive was keyed by Steele Jantz’s 40-yard pass to Horne. Iowa is set to receive to start the second half. [ PREVIEW | RECAPS BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, BTN.com posts recaps after every
Iowa State stuffed the run, giving up just 11 yards on the ground in the first quarter and the Cyclones lead 6-3 at the end of the first quarter. Iowa State scored when Steele Jantz and Aaron Horne combined for a five-yard touchdown to clinch a 10-play, 75-yard drive, giving the Cyclones the game’s first lead. Iowa State missed the extra point. Iowa made the score 6-3 after Mike Meyer drilled a 23-yard field goal to finish off a 77-yard drive. The Hawkeyes will start the second quarter with the ball at their own six-yard line. We’ll be updating this
Every week, I rank Saturday’s games based on how the teams match up. Where does your game fall on my list? Come find out in my Week 2 Previews. In case you you missed anything earlier this week, here are my weekly bowl projections, reader mailbag, and my predictions. Oh, and here’s an early stab at a Heisman Trophy tracker. Remember that on Saturdays BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates for every Big Ten game. At the end of each game I post my Saturday Snap Reactions with analysis on all 12 games. Bookmark any game now and
While there’s always a certain excitement surrounding opening weekend, last week’s slate in the Big Ten left quite a bit to be desired. Outside of Michigan’s match-up with Alabama and Michigan State’s battle with Boise State, very few of the games elicited much in the way of excitement. That is far from the case in Week 2, where I’d venture to say as many as eight or nine games carry a fairly significant level of intrigue. From where I sit, the Purdue-Notre Dame battle is the most interesting one on the slate. As we’ve attended Purdue practices over the last
BTN.com spotlighted the throwback uniform Iowa will wear for Saturday’s rivalry game against Iowa State back in June. With the game just days away, we have an updated photo of the uniform. And this one displays the entire collection, including a jersey with the mandatory “B1G” patch on the right chest and a helmet that reads “IOWA” where “Riddell” was in the earlier photo. It’s always hard to comment on a uniform before seeing it on the players, but this could be a sharp look, as far as throwbacks go. The pants, the plain gold helmet and the gray facemask