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
Week 1 of the 2015 season is here. Finally, all of the talk, analysis and conjecture are finished. It’s time to put up or shut up on the field and throw away your preview magazines.
All eyes are on Ohio State as it opens the 2015 season as the first-ever unanimous preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll. [ MORE: Polls: Who wins Week 1 games? | Week 1 Big Ten previews ] The Buckeyes are coming off a 14-1 season, winning their last 13 games en route to claiming the national championship. Can the Buckeyes, who open at Virginia Tech on Monday, run the table this year and win it all once again? I asked some leading Big Ten writers for their opinion on if they think Ohio State can go unbeaten. Ryan
If you are waiting on Ohio State to name a starter, you’ll need to wait longer. It won’t happen until the opener on Monday at Virginia Tech. And when game time rolls around, both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett could see action. In the end, it seems most pundits think Barrett will get the call. But, I don’t think the offense will look much different regardless of who takes snaps, right? *** Mitch Leidner is the starting QB for Minnesota. But the rise of true freshman Demry Croft has some fans eager to see what he’s all about. Croft is
With the annual BTN summer bus tour complete and the season kicking off Thursday night, it's time for BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's preseason Big Ten Power Rankings. See the full list inside.
This is the time of year when all things seem possible on college campuses. Visions of conference titles, bowls and playoff berths dance in the heads of giddy fans. But Illinois finds itself bidding goodbye to its head coach a week before kickoff.
The Big Ten Network bus has screeched to a halt. The football tour is complete. Over, finished, gone, done, out. But, the memories from the 14-stop trip burn on forever.
The 2015 BTN camp tour is over after 17 days crisscrossing the interstates from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Piscataway, New Jersey. I still have not caught up with laundry and or reintroduced myself to my family, but I thought I’d offer one takeaway from every stop along the way. Here are my final thoughts from each stop: ILLINOIS Good energy at Camp Rantoul—along with some good teaching. QB Wes Lunt looked good, but coming up with explosive/big plays may be a challenge. The RB spot is especially worrisome. The d-line looks better equipped to stop the run. No more big plays.