Category: Big Ten

Game 241: Purdue @ #18 Northwestern

A cup of coffee and an el train ride separate Chicago’s northside from Evanston, Illinois where the venerable Ryan Field awaits its fans in purple.  Fitting that the el train that takes passengers up to Northwestern University is the purple line.  Filled with Wildcat fans and a few despondent Purdue fans, the el carried patrons […]

Saturday November 14th, 2015 in Big Ten, Northwestern, Purdue | No Comments »

NORTHWESTERN – RYAN FIELD

  Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois is known as the “Wrigley Field” of college football. It doesn’t quite have the history of the Cubs, but boasts a very classic and old school stadium atmosphere. For a while now, NU has been calling themselves Chicago’s Big Ten Team. Attempts to market this slogan are popping up […]

Saturday November 14th, 2015 in ALL VISITED STADIUMS, Big Ten, Big Ten, Northwestern | No Comments »

Game 240: Rutgers @ Wisconsin

For Wisconsin fans on Halloween, no amount of candy could possibly match the treat of runningback Corey Clement’s return to the field. He brings an entirely different element to the Badger offense – one that would serve more as a trick than a treat for Rutgers. More than 74,000 visited Camp Randall Stadium today, but […]

Saturday October 31st, 2015 in Big Ten, Rutgers, Wisconsin | No Comments »

WISCONSIN – CAMP RANDALL STADIUM

Often regarded as the Big Ten’s wildest and thrilling venue, Camp Randall Stadium never disappoints. Once a Civil War training site, this massive structure is crammed in a beautiful residential area among dorms, frat houses, campus buildings and bars. The Camp is the perfect college venue with views of the state capital and Madison’s surrounding […]

Saturday October 31st, 2015 in ALL VISITED STADIUMS, Big Ten, Big Ten, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 235: Minnesota @ Purdue

Supporting Purdue football has been a frustrating endeavor. Fan interest is waning, optimism is fleeting, and the stadium is becoming bereft of spirit – there just isn’t enough coal in the boiler. Aside from an unexpected encounter with legendary former basketball coach Gene Keady at book signing, today’s atmosphere began like any other at Purdue. From […]

Saturday October 10th, 2015 in Big Ten, Minnesota, Purdue | No Comments »

PURDUE – ROSS-ADE STADIUM

Mix together typical American homes with welcoming folks, well-appointed lawns, tree lined streets, a dash of cornfield and a sprinkle of charm and you have West Lafayette, Indiana. Ross-Ade Stadium lies in this town as a landmark at Purdue. It falls in line beautifully with the red-bricked architecture that is contagious throughout campus. Visitors get a sense of […]

Saturday October 10th, 2015 in ALL VISITED STADIUMS, Big Ten, Big Ten, Purdue | No Comments »

Game 234: Iowa @ #19 Wisconsin

In the fourth quarter, a Badger fan in front of me exclaimed, “I would rather see Iowa’s offense with the ball at their own ten than Wisconsin’s offense with the ball anywhere.” It sure seemed logical – the Badger defense appeared to possess a higher probability of scoring. It was that kind of game. All other […]

Saturday October 3rd, 2015 in Big Ten, Iowa, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 233: Hawaii @ #22 Wisconsin

Hawaii’s visit to Madison inspired plastic luau-themed paraphernalia all over campus – palm trees, flowery leis, grass skirts – it’s as close as Wisconsin gets to that level of paradise. During the pregame band festivities, even legendary Badger band leader, Mike Leckrone got into the spirit by making his signature entrance on a surf board. […]

Saturday September 26th, 2015 in Big Ten, Hawaii, MWC, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 229: #21 Stanford @ Northwestern

Stanford – the in vogue pick. I admit that I became swept into the hype by putting them in high regard for a playoff position. Instead, a muggy day at Ryan Field became a potential Northwestern revival. The early kickoff forced College Football Tour’s Fifth Annual Northwestern tailgate to serve morning brunch – not that 8am […]

Saturday September 5th, 2015 in Big Ten, Northwestern, Pac Twelve, Stanford | No Comments »

Game 228: #13 Wisconsin vs. #6 Ohio State

Indianapolis has been a familiar spot for the Badgers and it undoubtedly will be the same way for Ohio State in the future. Wisconsin arrived making its third appearance in the Big Ten title in four years. The Buckeyes were looking at capturing what slipped through their fingers in last year’s loss to Michigan State. […]

Saturday December 6th, 2014 in Big Ten, Ohio State, Wisconsin | No Comments »