We have reached the one-third mark of the 2013 season. Where has the time gone? Last time I looked up from my keyboard, the kids still were splashing in the neighborhood swimming pool and the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Wait, that last item happened back in June. Forget it. You get the point.
BTN’s Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan kick off the 2013 Big Ten men’s soccer season with a new “BTN Soccer Report.” Kelly and Egan preview the Big Ten season that begins Saturday, highlighted by Michigan hosting Northwestern at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digitial Network. Indiana, the reigning NCAA champ, opens conference play vs. Ohio State at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go.
No big shakeups in my weekly bowl projections. The biggest is Wisconsin leaping past Michigan into the Capital One bowl, clashing with LSU. Of course, these schools will meet in season-opening games in 2014 (at Houston’s Reliant Stadium) and 2016 (at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field). Minnesota also has moved up to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where I have it playing Baylor.
And just like that, the nonconference portion of the Big Ten football schedule is behind us. Now, there are still a trio of noncon games left, but it’s all about Big Ten matchups the rest of the way. With 11 of the 12 teams four games into their 2013 season, there’s no better time to release our annual noncon All-Big Ten Team.
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 4 Players of the Week on Monday. The list is headlined by Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, who threw an Ohio State record six scoring strikes, but it also includes a pair of Hawkeyes. See all the honorees and their video highlights in this post.
Before we turn our attention to Week 5, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 4 Big Ten predictions. Stephen Bardo went a perfect 10-0 to move into a first-place tie (39-7) with Brent Yarina and Big Ten fans, who both went 9-1.