Another week of full action, with seven games involving all 14 schools. There are six division games. The only one that isn’t—Michigan at Iowa—is the sexiest matchup of them all. Iowa has won four of the last five from Michigan, including the last three in Kinnick Stadium. (Iowa is 6-4 in its last 10 vs. U-M.) The last time the Wolverines won along Melrose Ave. was 2005, a 23-20 decision. These schools haven’t met since 2013. Here is a look at the Best of Week 11. Game of the week: Michigan at Iowa. This game for the Hawkeyes comes on
BTN will televise 17 games the first three weeks, beginning with seven the opening week and starting with the first game of the season: Oregon State at Minnesota on Thursday, Nov. 1 in a Pac-12-Big Ten clash.
This is good to see: Jim Harbaugh and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pushing to get the Michigan-ND series going again. College football needs these teams playing. They’re both also on the same page in terms of reigniting the rivalry between Michigan and Notre Dame, with the goal of it starting the 2018 or 2019 season. “I’ve been on board since the inception,” Harbaugh said at the recent Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Wayne State in Detroit. “It’s something that’s been working on for many months, going on seven, eight, nine months now. There are still some T’s to
Which NBA owner is kicking himself for not drafting Draymond Green in 2012? One outlet gives us a nice update on former Wisconsin standout Chris Borland. Another outlets ranks the "best night game environments" in football, too. Catch up with Thursday's Big Ten news digest.
My Big Ten Mailbag is filling up. So, let’s answer some questions! Who is gonna win the East? Does Michigan have the best fleet of pass catchers in the Big Ten? Are we anointing Jim Harbaugh too quickly? Let’s go!! Who do you think will win the Big Ten East? – Steven Spivey It could be a terrific race, with Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan the favorites. Michigan State is the defending champ, but it has lots of holes to fill—beginning at quarterback. Michigan remains a bit of a work-in-progress, which like MSU needs a new signal-caller. That brings
All 14 Big Ten teams are in action on the first Saturday in November. And, no doubt, a big focus will be on Columbus, Ohio, where Nebraska travels to play Ohio State. This is the month championship teams make a push. Who’s gonna step up? The Cornhuskers haven’t played the Buckeyes since 2012, with OSU taking a 63-38 win in Columbus. NU won the other meeting vs. Ohio State as a Big Ten school, taking a 34-27decision in 2011 in Lincoln. Here is a look at the Best of Week 10. Game of the week: Nebraska at Ohio State. Going
Let’s get things going with something simple and informative: A video from Campus Insiders ranks the Top Three Big Ten QBs. My top three, you ask? 1. J.T. Barrett; 2. C.J. Beathard; 3. Tommy Armstrong. Pretty simple. Sorry, Mitch Leidner. *** SaturdayTradition.com ranked the Big Ten coaches. Pretty predictable stuff. *** I promised you a Jim Harbaugh link each day. And, I continue to deliver. The latest: Captain Jim says the NCAA is making rules up as it goes along. Michigan is prohibited, by NCAA rule, from publicizing its appearances at camps. Per the Baltimore Sun’s Jake Lourim, Harbaugh said:
If Nebraska is going to have a banner season, it will have to navigate a challenging non-conference slate that is highlighted by a visit from Oregon. Conversely, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell catches a break by not having much heavy lifting out of conference. Here is a ranking of the non-league schedules of the Big Ten West schools, from toughest to easiest. 1. Nebraska. The visit from Wyoming, led by former Husker player and assistant Craig Bohl, on Sept. 10 in the second game of the season should be a breeze. Bohl has gone just 6-18 in two seasons in Laramie. The
Welcome to Week 9, which has a couple of hefty matchups with Michigan at Michigan State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. And, Northwestern’s trip to Ohio State could be compelling, too. This could be a season-defining Saturday, which features six games. Two schools are off: Iowa and Rutgers. Here is a look at the Best of Week 9. Game of the week: It doesn’t get much better than Michigan-Michigan State. If the Spartans want to repeat as East champs, they need to dispatch hated rival (and fast-rising) Michigan when the Wolverines visit East Lansing. The Spartans are 7-1 in the last
When it comes to spending money for recruiting, Nebraska does a pretty good job. Check it out, as Omaha.com lays it out. Nebraska once again outpaced the rest of the Big Ten in recruiting expenditures, spending $3,467,277 from 2012-2015 and $991,818 in the 2015 according to a league-wide analysis by the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette’s Scott Dochterman. Penn State was only other Big Ten team to spend over $3 million in the last four years. *** No shock here: Denzel Valentine was named Michigan State’s male athlete of the year. In my mind, the guy is one of the all-time