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
Tommy Rees came off the bench to lead Notre Dame on a last-minute, winning drive Saturday as the No. 22 Irish got a 27-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza with seven seconds to go and beat Purdue 20-17. Rees, who was suspended for the opener after he was involved in a skirmish with police at a party in May, relieved starter Everett Golson late in the fourth quarter. Purdue (1-1) had tied the game at 17-17 when Caleb TerBush threw a 15-yard TD pass to Antavian Edison with 2:12 left, the score set up by Josh Johnson’s recovery of a
Notre Dame stuffed the run, giving up just 12 yards on the ground in the third quarter and the Fighting Irish now lead 17-7. Notre Dame has scored 10 unanswered points. Everett Golson and TJ Jones combined for a three-yard touchdown to break the 7-7 deadlock in favor of the Fighting Irish. The play capped a 10-play, 66-yard scoring drive. Notre Dame opened up the lead, 17-7, after marching down the field for a three-play, eight-yard drive that ended when Kyle Brindza kicked a 29-yard field goal. An interception by Bennett Jackson set the Fighting Irish up at the Purdue
Notre Dame’s Everett Golson threw for 85 yards and ran for eight yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the second. The Fighting Irish took the game’s first lead after Golson scrambled for a three-yard touchdown run on the last play of a 10-play, 88-yard drive. Notre Dame used Golson’s 41-yard pass to fuel the drive. Purdue tied the game at seven after Robert Marve tossed a two-yard touchdown to Antavian Edison to end a 13-play, 58-yard drive. The Boilermakers are set to receive to start the second half.
The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. There were two punts in the quarter as neither team could find a way to move the ball. Purdue will start the second quarter with possession at No. 22 Notre Dame’s 47-yard line. Use the links below to track all the action: [ RECAPS BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, BTN.com posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten football game. Use
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
This weekend Purdue travels to Notre Dame to play the Fighting Irish for the 84th time. Notre Dame currently leads the series 55-26-2, but the Boilermakers won an absolute classic game in South Bend back in 1968. In what will be an occasional series of Big Ten Classics on BTN2Go, we’ve gone into the archives to recover the telecast of the entire 1968 game. The full game is posted on BTN2Go, but we’ve clipped a portion of it here for you to enjoy. Purdue entered the season ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. The game featured Purdue quarterback Mike
Purdue produced Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, so it’s only appropriate the school honors the late astronaut. Starting Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame, the football team will wear an Armstrong helmet decal on the back of its lids. The sticker, which features an astronaut holding a Purdue flag inside of text that includes Armstrong’s surname and years of birth and death, will sit atop the American flag on Purdue’s helmet. [AP: Purdue to honor Neil Armstrong on helmets] Armstrong, who died on Aug. 25, graduated from Purdue in 1955. [Related: Tom Dienhart’s Q&A with Purdue’s
BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) love to talk football, and that includes prognostications. Every week, the duo gives their predictions for each Big Ten football game, plus includes a poll for fans to vote for their winners. After one week, Tom, Brent and Big Ten fans are tied at 11-1. See our predictions for all 12 games and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Brent: 11-1; .917 BTN.com fans: 11-1; .917 Tom: 11-1; .917 Illinois at Arizona State – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Tom’s pick: Arizona State, 27-21 – Even if Nathan Scheelhaase can go,