On our TV show “Step Into My Office” Mike Hall visits with Big Ten football coaches for casual, in-depth conversations about their football lives. In the latest episode, Hall chats with one of the newcomers to the Big Ten head coaching ranks, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. The show debuts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday ahead of Ohio State’s football game against Indiana, which is also on BTN/BTN2Go. Get ready for that full show and watch the video in this post as Meyer talks about how he relaxes as a coach and how his parents came to just about all of the games when he was an athlete.
The time is now for Michigan State. There is a sense of urgency around this week’s visit from Iowa. In fact, the game almost has a “must-win” aura about it. The Spartans are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. After this game with the Hawkeyes, Michigan State will embark on its most arduous phase of the season, playing at Michigan and at Wisconsin before coming home to play Nebraska and Northwestern.
On last week’s episode of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” we showed you the first part of a two-part series on former Iowa women’s athletic director Dr. Christine Grant and how Title IX changed the landscape of women’s athletics.
Is there a conspiracy theory as to why Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was snubbed by the Lombardi Award in the quarterfinal round of balloting? Or maybe it wasn’t a snub. Maybe it was just plain, good old incompetence. David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News explores as only David Jones can. That’s one of the many Big Ten Links I present to you on this wonderful Friday.
Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.