For the second time since 2013, Wisconsin finds itself in transition. Gary Andersen abruptly bolted for Oregon State after just two seasons in Madison.
It’s early February, so, of course, it’s time to talk about the 2015 Heisman Trophy. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is the favorite to take home the hardware, according to one source. Elliott isn’t the only Ohio State player in the mix, either. Quarterbacks Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller are all listed among the top contenders, too. So, if you are scoring at home, the Buckeyes have four of the top 12 Heisman contenders. Yep, it’s gonna be a fun fall in Columbus. *** Michigan State QB Connor Cook’s Heisman chances in 2015? They are longer than
Time to take the weekly temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with the nation’s two leading bracketologists: Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com.
Rutgers’ debut season in the Big Ten went better than most expected. Kyle Flood led the team to an 8-5 record capped by a bowl victory over North Carolina.
As the Big Ten seasons hits the halfway point, clarity is needed. Perhaps definition will come to the conference chase this week. One thing is certain: Wisconsin remains the team to beat.
Wednesday is Signing Day. And no lead-up to the big day would be complete without the requisite “do recruiting stars really matter?” story. Here you go. *** More Signing Day scuttlebutt: Check out this video with Barton Simmons of 247 Sports, who looks at how some big-time programs—including Michigan–are scrambling with Signing Day near. *** How much of an investment is Rutgers making in recruiting? Between the 2007 and 2011 seasons, Rutgers spent an average of $322,062 annually on its football recruiting budget, according to a review of the university’s athletics department fiscal year reports since 2008. That line item
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! With it being Sunday, it's time for me to take a fun look at the week that was in Big Ten men's basketball.
The building project continues for Darrell Hazell at Purdue. There was progress from Year One to Year Two, as the Boilermakers went from 1-11 overall (0-8 Big Ten) in 2013 to 3-9 (1-7) last season.
Finally, after six losses in a row, Penn State has some momentum. It is much-needed. On Wednesday night, the Nittany Lions took down visiting Minnesota, 63-58, with Brandon Taylor—the team’s second-leading scorer–out with a knee injury. Before that, Penn State toppled Rutgers, 79-51, to earn its first Big Ten win of the season. Now, the Nittany Lions will play at Illinois on Saturday with a modest two-game winning streak and a bit of swagger. One player who deserves credit for the mini-surge is senior guard D.J. Newbill, the hub of this team that began the season with a 12-1 mark
The debut for James Franklin had its ups and downs. The Nittany Lions opened the season 4-0 and then went in a 2-6 funk to end the season before rallying to beat Boston College in overtime in the Pinstripe Bowl. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at the Top Five Penn State players who must be replaced in 2015.