Every year this comes out, and I love to check it out. It’s a look at the contents in the bowl goody bags given to players. And some of the loot is pretty sweet. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Watches, sandals, sunglasses, $300 gift cards to Best Buy … even something called a Ogio backack with hydration bladder. I guess I want one. I don’t know. Maybe. Check it all out. It’s a nice haul for
Deep breath, people … from Shreveport to Hawaii, a ranking of all 40—yes, FORTY!--bowl games.
Rutgers recently hired a new A.D. Now, the school has hired a new coach in Chris Ash to replace Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Watch the Rutgers press conference live at 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go ] Ash is one of the nation’s rising defensive minds, looking to improve the fortunes of a Rutgers program that went 4-8 overall, 1-7 in the Big Ten last year. Ash will face challenges navigating a rugged Big Ten East, but he won’t inherit a full-on rebuilding job. There is talent to work with as players like QB Chris Laviano, RBs Josh Hicks and Robert
I was so glad to see Iowa get a Rose Bowl bid despite losing the league title game. The Hawkeyes haven’t been to Pasadena since the 1990 season. The drought is over. Iowa fans will overrun the Rose Bowl. It will be beautiful. Iowa will play Stanford, which it never has played. The Hawkeyes last played in the Rose Bowl in 1991 and lost to Washington 46-34. The Hawkeyes played in three Rose Bowls during the Hayden Fry era and lost all three. Kirk Ferentz was an assistant coach on the first two teams. Iowa appeared in two other Rose
I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game. [ MORE: View the full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Final CFP rankings ] No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the other national semifinal game. This will be the Spartans’ first trip to the playoffs, which are in just their second
The New Year’s Day Six Bowls have been set. And the Big Ten landed two teams in what shapes up as two of the better matchups of the 2015-16 postseason. [ MORE: View our complete 2015-16 bowl schedule ] The two games are No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game, and No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame. Get my quick preview to both games below: Iowa. It was great to see the College Football Playoff committee didn’t bury 12-1 Iowa for losing a close Big Ten title game to Michigan State. Now,
It seemed America had forgotten Michigan State had won 11 or more games four times in five years. It seemed pundits blanked out on the fact the Spartans won Big Ten crowns in 2010 and 2013. It seemed experts forgot about the Rose and Cotton Bowl triumphs for this program.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship between Iowa and Michigan State. After watching both teams play all season he's ready to make his game prediction.
Earlier I posted my four keys to success for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship. Now, here are my four keys to success for the Michigan State Spartans. 1. Go deep. Look, Connor Cook is the best quarterback in the Big Ten. No one is gonna argue that. Heck, he’s one of the best in the nation. That’s why the Spartans need to chuck it deep vs. an Iowa secondary that is good—but not great. Desmond King is a ball hawk, but he isn’t Charles Woodson. And there isn’t a ton of athletic ability in the Iowa secondary
I’m up and ready for today’s Big Ten Football Championship, and having watched both Iowa and Michigan State play all season long I have my thoughts on what each team needs to do to win. In this post, I give you my four keys for Iowa to succeed on Saturday. 1. Run the ball: It’s pretty simple. This is the bread and butter of Iowa’s attack. It has been dating back to when Hayden Fry took over a massive rehab project in 1979 in Iowa City and built some great teams around backs like Ronnie Harmon, Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, Nick Bell