Looking for the surprise team in the Big Ten in 2016? Look no further. The Nittany Lions came out of nowhere to win the Big Ten in James Franklin’s third season in State College.
The Buckeyes' performance this season was good enough to get Ohio State into the playoff and compete for the national title, which it won in 2014.
Year 1 of the Mike Riley era was bumpy, as the Cornhuskers went 6-7. But Year 2 was a success, as Nebraska has rebounded to go 9-3 and tie for second in the Big Ten West.
This was a challenging season for Michigan State, which experienced a swift fall from grace in 2016. The Spartans fell from their perch as Big Ten champ and playoff participant in 2015 to a 3-9 mark this season that included a stupefying seven-game losing streak
Rutgers has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA concerning potential rules violations centered around the football program. The school knew this was coming, but it’s still a shock.
Northwestern had to win its season finale over Illinois just to get to six victories and a bowl bid, but the Wildcats stuill have some star power.
Players are honored with postseason all-conference squads. Why not coaches? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart offers his annual All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team inside.
Jerry Kill could be just what Rutgers needs to invigorate what was a moribund Scarlet Knights offense in 2016. Kill brings a wealth of knowledge to the staff of Chris Ash, who just finished his first season at Rutgers with a 2-10 record overall and a 1-9 Big Ten mark.
Two seasons, 20 wins. Jim Harbaugh has Michigan rolling. But, he has yet to capture a Big Ten East title, finishing third each of his two seasons. And, as a result, the program still hasn’t won a Big Ten crown since 2004.
Going to bowls has a lot of perks for programs. Another game to play, good exposure and extra practice time, among other things. But for the players, it’s all about the SWAG--Stuff We All Get.