CHICAGO – The show that gave fans an inside look at Big Ten student athletes like Denard Robinson as he finished his last season in Ann Arbor; Michael Mauti during Penn State’s Senior Day; and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, who explained why his high school principal remains a mentor, will once again bring fans along as it goes behind the scenes of Big Ten football.
Penn State’s 1986 national championship run included a late October 23-3 win at then-No. 2 Alabama. As was the case throughout the memorable season, on this day, it was all about the defense, which limited the Crimson Tide to 44 rushing yards and registered five sacks and five turnovers. The 20-point margin marked the worst Alabama home loss in a decade. Watch a clip from the game now and catch the entire thing at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN/BTN2Go.
This should get your attention on a Tuesday morning in early October. Interesting meetings going on at Big Ten headquarters, where league officials and conference athletic directors are discussing a possible football federation.
“The margin for error in our conference is as thin as it has ever been.” Michigan head coach Mark Rosen made that statement heading into last Saturday night, a night that may have represented a first in Big Ten women’s volleyball. All 12 teams were in action, and at the end of the evening, all but two would play nerve-racking 5-set matches.
When the season started, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was considered by most to be a top Heisman contender. Why not?
Ohio State showed moxie and toughness in fighting back from a fourth-quarter deficit to win at Northwestern. That big victory comes a week after an impressive triumph vs. Wisconsin. Add it up, and the Buckeyes are 6-0 and still sitting in good position to advance to the BCS title game.