Got a case of the winter blahs? Missing your pigskin fix? Why not look ahead to the football season? No better way to prime the 2016 pump than by looking at the top seven non-conference games of the coming season, listed by date. Know this: Sept. 17 is a big Saturday in a season in which Big Ten schedules now feature just three non-league games and nine conference tilts. Wisconsin vs. LSU at Lambeau Field, Sept. 3. These schools met in the 2014 season opener in Houston, with the Tigers taking a 28-24 victory. LSU also won the two other
Time for me to reach into my mailbag and answer your pressing queries. It seems a white-hot Iowa team has the attention of many of you. The Hawkeyes have a big game tonight. With that, let’s get going. Who do you have winning the Iowa-Maryland game in College Park, Md., on Thursday? – Braydon Dobereiner I know the Terrapins are tough with Melo Trimble and Co. But how can you go against the Hawkeyes, winners of nine in a row overall and 13 Big Ten game in succession dating to last year? Even on the road in a tough environment?
In today's Big Ten headline roundup, we have one look at a critical stretch in Northwestern basketball's schedule. Are they tourney worthy? Meanwhile, Wisconsin needs to enhance their tourney credentials, too. Rutgers football got some good news. Minnesota basketball has some, too. Read these stories and others in today's digest.
Rutgers will begin its third Big Ten season under transition. Kyle Flood is out. Chris Ash is in, hired away from his job as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ash has work to do, especially on a defense that ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten overall (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The offense will be undergoing a scheme change, making this a critical spring on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest position battles will come at quarterback between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig. Other talent back on offense is RBs Josh Hicks and
Duncan Robinson has a story you won’t believe. It’s a tale of the rise of player from Division III obscurity to the big time. It’s the stuff of movies. [ MORE: Watch Rutgers at Michigan at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN2Go ] Just two years ago, he was averaging 17.1 points playing for Division III Williams College in Massachusetts. Now, Robinson is a key play for a rising Michigan team that’s looking to get back into the Big Dance after missing last season. Robinson is Wolverines’ top marksman, a deadly shooter from long range who can light up a
A raft of players is exiting Illinois. The loss of some is no biggie. But to see LB T.J. Neal bolt hurts. With Neal leaving, the Illini will be without six of their top seven tacklers from 2015. Safety Taylor Barton is the lone returnee. *** Iowa QB C.J. Beathard has had a sports hernia operation. The guy was nagged almost all season but still battled on. Tough guy. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said that coach Kirk Ferentz would be able to address health-related matters at the Feb. 3 National Signing Day news conference. C.J.’s father, Casey, told HawkeyeNation.com that
The 2015-16 school year for Iowa is shaping up to be one for the ages. [ MORE: Power Rankings: Iowa comes in at No. 1 | Player Rankings: Peter Jok enters the list | Game Rankings: Iowa-Maryland tops week’s slate ] The football team started it all, jumping out to a school-best 12-0 before finishing 12-2, dropping the Big Ten title game to Michigan State and the Rose Bowl to Stanford. It was Iowa’s first Rose Bowl since the 1990 season. Still, the 2015 Hawkeyes will forever have a special place in the hearts and memories of Iowa fans, as
It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. In fact, no other Big Ten teams are on the bubble, according to either bracket expert. The big news: Iowa
Tom Izzo now stands tied with Gene Keady on the all-time Big Ten wins list with 512. This is perfect. Has there ever been two coaches more alike? Rough, tough, defensive-minded. … The only league coach with more Big Ten wins is Bob Knight with 661. Can Izzo catch The General? Probably not. But, who cares? Izzo is an all-time great. “The only way you accomplish things like that is two things, you’ve got to have an administration that keeps you around, and you’ve got to have good players that have played for you, and I think I’ve got both,”
Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game