The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] The visit to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State never is easy for the Hawkeyes. In fact, the Cyclones have been a burr under Kirk Ferentz’s saddle since he got the job in 1999. How bad has it been? Ferentz is just 7-9 vs. Iowa State. Maryland needs to be
Roll this around your noggin: Is the Indiana job still “elite”? Colin Cowherd and Dan Dakich debated. My take: Yes, the job not only is elite—but it’s one of the top jobs across sports, along with gigs like coaching the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Notre Dame football, among other sweet jobs. *** More hoops: Brendan F. Quinn of Mlive.com has an offseason evaluation of Michigan wing Caris LeVert. Quinn says LeVert’s lost junior season sets up a crucial senior season. Thanks in part to LeVert missing the final 14 games and leaving his NBA draft stock up to assumptions
The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin's neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.
Paul Chryst takes over a Wisconsin program that is on its third head coach since 2012 after Bret Bielema (Arkansas) and Gary Andersen (Oregon State) abruptly bolted Madison in recent years. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Chryst seemingly offers stability, as he’s a native son who played and has coached for the Badgers. He’s home; why leave? And he inherits one of the league’s top programs that has been a Big Ten standard, as the Badgers have played in three of the four conference title games. Wisconsin figures to have a good shot
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has some good leftover notes for the recent Big Ten AD meetings. Among the topics: future site of the Big Ten football title game. Despite the league’s weather-tested image, don’t expect administrators to consider an outdoor facility. Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said a cold-weather game has too many disadvantages for both the teams and the league. “I’d have a hard time voting for a game outside. I really would,” Alvarez said. “I know purists say, ‘Hey football is supposed to be played outside.’ But one reason, I don’t want the elements to
On Friday, Tom Dienhart took a look at the Big Ten's top 2015 non-conference games, the first of three-part series. Now, it's time for his bottom 5 non-conference games.
I recently ranked Big Ten non-conference schedules. Now, in a three-part series, I'm going to take a look at some of the best and worst of the non-league schedule this fall.
The SEC’s hissy fit over satellite camps is making it look a bit absurd, says Nick Baumgardner of Mive.com. “If we’re going to compete for the championship and everybody is going to play in the playoff system and everybody is going to compete for that, we need to get our rules in alignment so we’re all on a level playing field, whether they’re transfer rules, whether they’re satellite camp rules,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters this week in Florida. “It’s a disadvantage not to be able to do something in one league and be able to do it in
Kyle Flood continues to put his stamp on the Rutgers program, guiding the Scarlet Knights to an 8-5 record in the program’s Big Ten debut. Even better, RU went to a bowl for a fourth season in a row.
It's always fun to take a look at teams' non-conference schedules. Which Big Ten team has the toughest 2015 non-con slate? The easiest? See Tom Dienhart's ranking inside.