Another week is in the books, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player of the Year Tracker. For the second consecutive week Iowa’s Devyn Marble tops the list. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, however, is breathing down Marble’s neck. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
Rutgers is preparing to play in its third conference in as many years. Two years ago, Rutgers was in the Big East; last season, it moved to the AAC. And, on July 1, the Scarlet Knights will become official members of the Big Ten. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood joined Tuesday night’s #BTNLive for a two-segment interview. Watch both interviews in this post.
Despite their missteps on Sunday, Michigan and Michigan State remain atop the Big Ten. But keep an eye on third-place Iowa, which begins a big week tonight with a trip to Indiana. Iowa is just a game behind the front-running Wolverines and Spartans. To have any shot to stake a claim of the crown, the Hawkeyes must win this game vs. the slumbering Hoosiers. That would set up a big visit to Iowa City by Wisconsin over the weekend. This is gonna be a fun ending to the regular-season.
The spotlight this week swings on Ann Arbor, where Michigan will play host to Michigan State in a battle between Big Ten front-runners this weekend. Each squad is 10-3 in league action. Wisconsin and Iowa are right behind the Wolverines and Spartans. And, ironically, the Badgers and Hawkeyes meet in a big game in Iowa City this week.
B.J. Armstrong never did it. Neither did Acie Earl, Ed Horton, Les Jepsen, Dean Oliver, Reggie Evans, Ryan Bowen, Kevin Gamble or Andre Woolridge, among other former Iowa greats over the last 35 years. Not one of those studs won a Big Ten regular-season championship.
No. 1 Minnesota claimed the EAS/NWCA National Dual Championship for the third consecutive year with a 24-15 victory over fourth-ranked Cornell on Sunday night at Ohio State. This is the eighth championship for the Golden Gophers who advance to 12-1 on the season.