We’re officially halfway through the 2012 Big Ten football regular season. That means it’s a good time to start debating such things as early Big Ten Player of the Year and Coach of the Year candidates. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter.
On this Saturday’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiles the touching story of a young brain cancer patient who is also a big Nebraska football fan. Jack Hoffman and Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead have formed a special relationship, and the two have worked together on “Team Jack.” In this post you can see portion of the full profile that airs Saturday on our 11 a.m. ET TV show. Read more about this at Huskers.com and at Jack Hoffman’s page at CaringBridge.com. Randy York at Huskers.com posted this recent update, too. Also, be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. We’ll post the full feature online shortly after that.
The Wisconsin offense appears to perhaps be turning a corner after some early season tumult that saw the offensive line coach fired and the staff make a quarterback change. There have been many keys to the slow ascent. One key: quarterback Joel Stave is given the option to “tweak” plays—not necessarily totally change them—at the line based on the defense he sees.
Is it me, or has this Urban Meyer fellow had a bit of an impact at Ohio State? I know there are still some issues with this team – a bit too reliant on Braxton Miller, a tad shaky at times on defense – but that was still a pretty impressive performance on Saturday night. I really thought going into the game that you could construct an argument that Nebraska was the best team in the Big Ten. I thought wrong.
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On Wednesday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football,” we put the spotlight on a few of the Big Ten’s best running backs, including Nebraska’s talented I-backs Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead. Watch a clip from the show on the Huskers’ dynamite one-two punch out of the backfield now and check out a couple bonus clips in this post.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.