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.
BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is monitoring every game today and he gives his quick reactions to the early games in the Big Ten. Find every video highlight over here. The early results: Illinois 44, Charleston Southern 0, Minnesota 28, W. Michigan 23, Nebraska 42, Arkansas State 13, Ohio State 35, California 28, Purdue 54, E. Michigan 16. Read his reactions below. Illinois 44, Charleston Southern 0 1. Coming off a demoralizing 45-14 loss at Arizona State, Illinois needed this. Everyone knew FCS Charles Southern was overmatched in this matchup. And Illinois methodically took care of business—even with QB Nathan Scheelhaase out
Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryantsnuffed out California’s last chance with an interception to power No. 12 Ohio State to a 35-28 win on Saturday. The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while the Buckeyes (3-0) gave up 512 yards and were outplayed for much of the second half. FOURTH QUARTER: Brendan Bigelow’s 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns weren’t enough to lead California to victory, as the Golden Bears fell 35-28 to No. 12 Ohio State on
Brendan Bigelow had a productive quarter for California. He ran for 81 yards and one touchdown and the Golden Bears have closed the gap to 20-14. An 81-yard drive that ended when Bigelow pounded in an 81-yard touchdown run helped California narrow the deficit to 20-14. The Golden Bears’ Zach Maynard topped 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 242 total yards through the air. California will start the fourth quarter with possession on Ohio State’s 40-yard line. [ ALL PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP |
Ohio State’s defense dominated California’s run game in the second, not giving up a single yard on the ground, and the Buckeyes now lead 20-7. The Golden Bears have given up 14 straight points. Ohio State expanded its lead to 20-7 thanks to a four-play, 45-yard drive that ended when Braxton Miller found Jake Stoneburner open for a one-yard touchdown pass. The Buckeyes’ drive was highlighted by Miller’s 35-yard pass to Devin Smith. Ohio State began the drive with good field position after the Buckeyes returned a punt. California will start the second half with the ball. [ ALL PREVIEWS
No. 12 Ohio State put up 13 points in the first, and the Buckeyes lead 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State racked up 83 passing yards and 74 rushing yards in the quarter. The Buckeyes took the game’s first lead after Braxton Miller took a quarterback draw all the way for a 55-yard touchdown run on the last play of a three-play, 61-yard drive. Zach Maynard’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harper gave California the lead, 7-6, and was the final play of a six-play, 75-yard drive. The Golden Bears crossed midfield on Isi Sofele’s 26-yard
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer joined the crew of BTN’s “Football Report” to talk about his 2-0 Buckeyes. Watch the interview here. In our Associated Press game preview, Meyer likes what he’s seen so far from Braxton Miller, but the first-year Ohio State coach wants his quarterback to concentrate more on the passing game. For Miller to do that, the rest of the Buckeyes must cut down on sloppy play. Read the full preview here.
Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions. Bookmark your game now and come back to track it: Illinois vs. Charleston Southern; Indiana vs. Ball State; Iowa vs. Northern Iowa; Michigan vs. Massachusetts; Michigan State vs. Notre Dame; Minnesota vs. Western Michigan; Nebraska vs. Arkansas State; Northwestern vs. Boston College; Ohio State vs. California; Penn
Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times. Anyway, I know that when we launched back in 2007 there was a fear that we might be the TV equivalent of Pravda circulating only the positive spin on the news out of the Kremlin. I hope we’ve shown over
Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Can the Fighting Illini win if Nathan Scheelhaase isn’t playing quarterback? The attack struggled in a loss at Arizona State with Reilly O’Toole and Miles Osei under center with Scheelhaase out with an ankle injury. O’Toole hit 10-of-14 passes for 54 yards with