Reach higher. Those are Mark Dantonio’s words. Not mine. But, I like the sound of it: reach higher. It’s inspiring, which is why it’s the theme of the season for Michigan State. The Spartans did need to reach too high—too high–to beat Western Michigan tonight, taking a 37-24 win. The best way to describe the victory: methodical. Michigan State can play better. And, it must—and will. The Spartans will need to with Oregon coming to East Lansing next week for a prime-time tilt with potential playoff implications. This game vs. Western Michigan—not overly impressive for the Spartans–was about kicking the
Illinois opens the 2015 Illini football season with an interim head coach after Tim Beckman's dismissal a week before the first game. It's an odd circumstance for a college football team, but BTN.com's Tom Dienhart remembers a few other times in history when abrubt coaching switches occurred. Do you remember this coaching changes?
In Friday's Big Ten Links, we take one more look back at Thursday's games and see what each loss tells about about each team. Plus, two more Big Ten teams kick off tonight. Penn State has a very promising tight end prospect. And is Iowa officially on upset alert this weekend? catch up on all the Big Ten football headlines today
Michigan lost tonight at Utah. But, really, it won, right? The Jim Harbaugh era has been officially christened—and that’s what tonight was about.
The first football can’t be kicked off soon enough for the Big Ten as news out of Rutgers has five Scarlet Knight football players arrested in connection with a home invasion and assault. According to the story by Keith Sargeant of NJ.com, the five current players charged in the attack are: Andre Boggs, Ruhann Peele, Nadir Barnwell, Razohnn Gross, and Delon Stephenson. Rutgers said the players have been suspended indefinitely. Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann announced the suspensions in a statement and added, “We continue to monitor the situation. We will have no further comment as this is a pending legal matter.” Recently, a
You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mail bag. The best thing of all: It’s game week, as many of your questions point toward an interesting opening of the season that includes several tilts that will play a role in shaping the Big Ten’s perception on a national level. Read them all and send fresh comments and questions at the the bottom of this post. Is this the year Minnesota takes home The Little Brown Jug, Floyd of Rosedale and Paul Bunyan’s Axe? – Ryan I think Minnesota has a good chance to pull off the trifecta. The Gophers
Ohio State's Cardale Jones was rushed to the hospital with what turns out to be a migraine headache, and reports say his family confirmed the Buckeyes QB will be OK. Also, our Tom Dienhart collected more Big Ten headlines for this Thursday.
This isn’t just the opening week of the season for the Big Ten. It’s also a defining week for the conference. The Big Ten can set a strong tone by winning some key clashes, including Ohio State at Virginia Tech.
Finally, it is game week! Hallelujah! Even better: The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Ohio State’s visit to Blacksburg, Virginia, to play Virginia Tech.
A little history for you on this Wednesday morning: Kyle Austin of Mlive.com takes a look at the other times Michigan State has begun a season ranked No. 15 or higher. I have a feeling this squad will go down as one of the best ever in school annals. *** Jim Harbaugh says he has told his team who will start at QB. But, “mum” is the word. I will be surprised if Jake Rudock isn’t the guy under center at Utah on Thursday night. His experience from having played at Iowa is invaluable, especially with the Wolverines playing on