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. Eight weeks down, Bardo, Merriman and Yarina are tied for the top spot, at 53-11. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace.
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It hasn’t been a great year for Big Ten quarterbacks. Returning stars Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez and Kain Colter have missed extended periods due to injury, while Devin Gardner has been inconsistent and turnover-prone. Luckily, for the conference, a few first-year starters have exceeded expectations.
This is a light menu for Week 9, as there are just four games. Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue and Indiana all are off this week. And there is just one marquee game, with Penn State playing at Ohio State looking to end the Buckeyes’ remarkable run of 19 victories in a row. Here’s a look at this week’s games.
No doubt, Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon and Devin Gardner work well together. They’re best friends, they’re a lethal quarterback-receiver tandem, and they’re not afraid to belt out a few tunes. Gallon, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and Gardner showed off their pipes on #BTNLive Tuesday night. Watch the full interview above and see the singing clip in this post.
Allen Robinson entered the 2013 season as the Big Ten’s undisputed top wide receiver. The Nittany Lion star earned the honor following his breakout 2012 campaign, in which he led the conference in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,013) and touchdowns (11). Through six games, Robinson is on pace for even better numbers. But is he the Big Ten’s best receiver? I asked our resident quarterback, Stanley Jackson, for his answer.
At 7 p.m. ET tonight, “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013,” presented by Best Buy, shows you what famous athlete inspires Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier. Plus, track the amazing path Minnesota’s Cedric Thompson took from Bombay Beach, Calif., to Minneapolis, and see how James White and Melvin Gordon have become the Big Ten’s best one-two punch at the running back position.