Minnesota was one of the best stories in the nation in 2013, showing resiliency in the face of adversity as the team dealt with health issues to Jerry Kill that forced him to leave the program at one point. The reins were handed to defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, who thrived as the acting head coach in keeping the team on course with Kill tending to the seizures that are brought on by his epilepsy.
Another week, another three Big Ten men’s basketball teams ranked in the top 5 of the latest AP Poll. Just like last week, it’s the same teams and the same order: Ohio State (No. 3), Wisconsin (No. 4), Michigan State (No. 5). One Big Ten team did move up, as Iowa went from No. 25 to No. 22. See the full AP and Coaches polls in this post.
BTN will air extensive coverage of the 2013-14 bowl season, including live reports from the historic 100th Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. Seven Big Ten teams are competing in this year’s bowl season, including two in the BCS, marking the 15th straight year that six or more conference squads will take part in the postseason play.
On Thursday’s #BTNLive, at 6 p.m. ET, it will be all about the seniors. The show will release its 2013 All-Senior Team, which is littered with big-time talent all over the field, and include interviews with select senior stars. See the show’s complete team in this post.
The headliner to the Big Ten’s wild weekend was Ohio State’s improbable comeback over Notre Dame. The Irish held an 8-point lead with under a minute to play, but OSU’s frenzied press led to four Notre Dame turnovers, which fueled a 14-3 Buckeye run. It was an unreal comeback, so hopefully you saw it, and weren’t like, trying to get a toddler to go to sleep. That would have been unfortunate.
The Big Ten went a perfect 5-0 for the second consecutive day Sunday. Indiana (Kennesaw State), Iowa (Ark-Pine Bluff), Northwestern (Brown), Penn State (Mount St. Mary’s) and Purdue (West Virginia) all carded nonconference wins. Catch up on all the stats, scores and select video highlights in this post.