BTN’s Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan kick off the 2013 Big Ten men’s soccer season with a new “BTN Soccer Report.” Kelly and Egan preview the Big Ten season that begins Saturday, highlighted by Michigan hosting Northwestern at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digitial Network. Indiana, the reigning NCAA champ, opens conference play vs. Ohio State at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go.
No big shakeups in my weekly bowl projections. The biggest is Wisconsin leaping past Michigan into the Capital One bowl, clashing with LSU. Of course, these schools will meet in season-opening games in 2014 (at Houston’s Reliant Stadium) and 2016 (at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field). Minnesota also has moved up to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where I have it playing Baylor.
And just like that, the nonconference portion of the Big Ten football schedule is behind us. Now, there are still a trio of noncon games left, but it’s all about Big Ten matchups the rest of the way. With 11 of the 12 teams four games into their 2013 season, there’s no better time to release our annual noncon All-Big Ten Team.
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 4 Players of the Week on Monday. The list is headlined by Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, who threw an Ohio State record six scoring strikes, but it also includes a pair of Hawkeyes. See all the honorees and their video highlights in this post.
Before we turn our attention to Week 5, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 4 Big Ten predictions. Stephen Bardo went a perfect 10-0 to move into a first-place tie (39-7) with Brent Yarina and Big Ten fans, who both went 9-1.
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Week 4 of the college football season was somewhat of a mixed bag for the Big Ten. The team’s that were favored to win took care of business. The teams that weren’t favored, came away empty handed. As a whole, the Big Ten went 7-2 in non-conference matchups on Saturday, and Wisconsin cruised to an easy win over Purdue in the lone Big Ten game of the day. Through four weeks, Ohio State, Michigan Minnesota and Northwestern are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the conference. With that said, let’s go back and take a peak at the top plays and twitter reactions from this past weekend.