It's so very early but who do you see making the 2016 Big Ten football title game? What's the outlook for Michigan in 2016? These are a few of the questions readers sent in, and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart tackles them all in his weekly mailbag.
Indiana honored the 1976 Hoosiers squad on the 40th anniversary of that team';s national championship season. One publication graded both the Michigan and Michigan State football teams. And Rutgers is eyeing new facilities. Those stories top our Wednesday collection of Big Ten headlines.
Yes, it’s only early January, but it’s never too soon to check in on the mock brackets by Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] As of now, Palm and Lunardi have five and six Big Ten teams in the Big Dance, respectively. JERRY PALM No. 1 Michigan State vs. play-in team in East No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Idaho in Midwest
Conference action is gaining steam with one week in the books, as teams look to make early statements. No squad has spoken louder than Iowa, which has knocked off No. 1 Michigan State and No. 14 Purdue. Will any team make a move this week? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at Wisconsin, Saturday. These aren’t the Badgers
Indiana enjoyed a breakthrough season in Kevin Wilson’s fifth year in Bloomington, taking the Hoosiers to their first bowl since 2007 and just their second since 1993. Alas, IU still hasn’t finished over .500 since 1994. And it last won a bowl in 1991. But progress is being made. Wilson has built a strong program around a dynamic offense that can run, pass and score points in bunches. The future looks promising for Indiana, as Wilson continues to recruit well. The next order of business: develop the defense, which remains an albatross around the program. The Hoosiers were last in
Penn State is turning the page as it moves to 2016, the third season under James Franklin. Christian Hackenberg is gone, as the offense transitions under a new QB and new coordinator. Those are just two questions facing PSU. Pennlive.com has 16 Penn State-related questions. *** Steve Politi of NJ.com has graded the Big Ten bowl teams and how they impact Rutgers. *** Former Husker Adam Carriker has key some key takeaways from the 2015 Nebraska season. Carriker says that considering that the Huskers’ seven losses came by a combined 31 points, it’s reasonable to believe that this team is
Not every school’s bowl experience was the same. Some teams are coming off postseason highs. Others enter the offseason on a down note. Here is a ranking of how the 10 Big Ten teams performed.
It was not a big shock to see Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg turn pro (or DT Austin Johnson, for that matter). But it did raise eyebrows when Hackenberg thanked myriad people as he left—but he omitted mentioning James Franklin. Interesting. I wish Hackenberg would have handled it better. Here is a look back at Hackenberg’s largely unfulfilling career at Penn State. Don’t you wonder how he would look now if Bill O’Brien had never left? *** Nice story on Ohio State’s Darron Lee, who arrived in Columbus having been a high school QB. Now, two years later, Lee was
The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.
The Big Ten college football bowl season is officially in the books. Yes, the Big Ten came up short in its bid to defend the national title won last year by Ohio State. But the conference had some memorable moments during its 5-5 postseason.