Yes, there are only four games this week, but there still are some interesting storylines. Northwestern’s trip to Wisconsin is a good cross-division clash between schools that haven’t met since 2010. Each has lost to Ohio State this year. Can the Badgers afford a third loss already? Can the Wildcats get up for a second big game in a row?
Minnesota announced today that Jerry Kill will focus on dealing with and treating his epilepsy and not return to the sidelines for the time being. It’s not known when Kill will return to coaching, but he will be back at some point. While away from coaching, Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as acting head coach.
Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald has watched a lot of Big Ten football so far this season. He also has watched a lot of football during his illustrious career as a writer. And he has come to this conclusion: The quarterback play in the Big Ten in 2013 has been disappointing so far. I’m certainly not going to argue with him. In fact, the quarterback play in the Big Ten hasn’t been that good for years.
Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Six weeks in the books, Big Ten fans and Merriman are tied for the top spot, at 46-9. Nice work, fans!
We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees.
Connor Cook looks like the answer to the riddle that has been the Michigan State offense. The Spartan attack went in fits and starts to begin the 2013 season with senior Andrew Maxwell as the starting quarterback. The sluggish start saw the MSU coaches mix and match signal-callers until finally anointing Cook the starter in the third game of the season vs. Youngstown State.