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Big Ten Week 2 Recap and Awards

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
It began with blowouts in Minneapolis and Bloomington on Thursday night. Saturday got started with more one-sided affairs in Madison, Columbus and Ann Here are the Big Ten's Week 2 Superlatives:Offensive Player of the Week: Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois: 26/37, 312 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 8 att., 24 ydsDefensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan StateMaybe Heisman...

Big Ten Week 2 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
Northwestern and Indiana have interesting tests this weekend. Illinois is facing an uphill battle against Cincinnati. But, for the most part, the Big Ten should be business as usual in Week 2.That is, of course, except in Ann Arbor. Notre Dame and Michigan are two of the most historic and tradition-rich programs in the nation and a minor verbal sparring match between the two blue-collar, rough-...

College Football's Coach on the Hot Seat Rankings: Post-Week 1 Edition

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 1 month ago
Week 1 of the 2013 college football season is in the books, and a few coaches are feeling the pressure after their opening week performance.Connecticut’s Paul Pasqualoni takes the top spot in Athlon’s hot seat rankings after Week 1. The Huskies turned in an awful performance against Towson, losing to the FCS opponent on Thursday night. Considering Connecticut had very little margin...

Big Ten Post-Week 1 Power Rankings

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
It began with blowouts in Minneapolis and Bloomington on Thursday night. Saturday got started with more one-sided affairs in Madison, Columbus and Ann Arbor. It all ended with an thoroughly entertaining Week 1 finale in Berkeley. And in between, there was heart-break in Iowa City and West Lafayette.The Big Ten went 10-2 with wins over the Pac-12, ACC and Mountain West (twice). However, Darrell...

Big Ten Week 1 Recap and Awards

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
It began with blowouts in Minneapolis and Bloomington on Thursday night. Saturday got started with more one-sided affairs in Madison, Columbus and Ann Arbor. It all ended with an thoroughly entertaining Week 1 finale in Berkeley. And in between, there was heartbreak in Iowa City and West Lafayette.The Big Ten went 10-2 with wins over the Pac-12, ACC and Mountain West (twice). However, Darrell...

Big Ten Week 1 Preview and Predictions

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 month ago
The painfully long offseason is in the past and football is here.The Big Ten will begin in familiar fashion as most of its conference contenders — Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska — should have little problem dispatching much-lesser opponents. However, Northwestern and Penn State expect to win more than they lose this fall and both will begin with...

Minnesota, UNLV to meet in the heat - again

By Evan Buhler, 1 year 1 month ago
When Minnesota played at UNLV last year, the Gophers figured they had the summer weather in this series out of the way.

Hageman's presence at Minnesota is unmistakable

By Evan Buhler, 1 year 1 month ago
Ra'Shede Hageman is perhaps the premier attraction on the team as his final season for Minnesota begins, and that's not a surprise given the acclaim he carried as a recruit four years ago.

The Big Ten's Top 25 Games to Watch in 2013

By Braden Gall, 1 year 2 months ago
Many believe that a renewal of the 10-Year War between Ohio State and Michigan could be the only thing that saves the Big Ten. While there is no need to add pressure to an already elite, if not the nation’s best, rivalry game, the season finale this fall carries some extra weight.The Buckeyes and Wolverines both have national title aspirations as each is predicted to win their respective...

Critical games for 2013: Key stretches for the Big Ten

By David Fox, 1 year 2 months ago
Every now and then, the college football schedule is a kingmaker. Or it turns conference title hopefuls into paupers.In our series examining critical stretches across the country, we take a look at the Big Ten. Each team will have its string of make-or-break games for its season.For Ohio State, it’s a pair of games in November. For Michigan, it’s the entire month. No one said this...