Time to go through my mail. I look at Michigan State’s offensive line, project Penn State’s record and look at “The Game,” among other things. So, let’s get started! Last year, the Spartans were good, and made it to the playoffs with just one loss. But they struggled against Western Michigan, Purdue, Rutgers and Maryland. Yet, they beat teams like Oregon, Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa. I know a win is a win, but do you see this year’s team being able to dominate some of the lower-level teams as well as winning the big ones? – Ben Look, football
David Jones of Pennlive.com pays a nice tribute to former Northwestern coach Dennis Green, who did the impossible by making the Wildcats semi-competitive from 1981-85. *** Pennlive.com looks at five things it learned about the Nittany Lions at Big Ten media days. The issue of other schools using negative recruiting vs. the Nittany Lions came up. It was a classic he said/she said affair that predictably went nowhere. We also learned this: Cam Brown could be a special LB. Remember the name for what could be a boffo set of linebackers. *** Ohio State made one of the most key
If you like linebackers, you’ll love the Big Ten. It’s loaded with them. There’s Iowa’s Josey Jewell, Penn State’s Brandon Bell, Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel, Michigan State’s Riley Bullough, Purdue’s Ja’Whaun Bentley and Nebraska’s Josh Banderas. I could go on, and I think I will. There also is Minnesota’s Jack Lynn, Maryland’s Jermaine Carter, Indiana’s Marcus Oliver and Northwestern’s Anthony Walker. And don’t forget about Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan, who will give Walker a run for his money as the Big Ten’s primo linebacker. If not Walker or McMillan, how about Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, who is a newbie to the position.
Michigan State is establishing a scholarship fund in honor of Mike Sadler. Some compare the 2016 Buckeyes to the 2014 Buckeyes, Iowa's working on a contract extension with Kirk Ferentz. More stories in Thursday's news digest.
Big Ten media days are in our rearview mirror. The last cliché has been uttered. The last photo taken. The last pitcher of water drank. So, what’s left? [ MORE: Best of Day 1 | Best of Day 2 | Big Ten player survey ] How about some bold predictions for the 2016 season? Sure. Let’s go! 1. Michigan will solve its quarterbacking—and then some. Just like last year, the Wolverines have a yawning hole at QB. Last season, Jim Harbaugh and Co., transformed Iowa cast-off Jake Rudock into a Cinderella by making him one of the most effective signal-callers
As expected, Ohio State and Michigan were the picks in the Big Ten at media days. But, don’t sleep on Michigan State, which continues to always be overlooked. Amazing, isn’t it? Remember, this team won the Big Ten and went to the playoff last year. When will we learn? “Based on what they’ve done, Michigan State deserves the right to be included in the conversation of the elite Big Ten football teams,” new Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. “They’ve done it, they’ve done it well for a number of years now. They made the College Football Playoff last year. If
BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart roamed the Big Ten Football Media Day on Tuesday in search of the best moments, fashion statements and more. Here is what he found.
Following a report that detailed the idea of eliminating kickoffs, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talked to a number of Big Ten names about the idea and player safety.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart roamed the floor of the first day of the 2016 Big Ten Football Media Days in search of the best of the best, and here's what he found. Day 2 starts at 9 a.m. ET on BTN and BTN2Go with live press conferences by Lovie Smith (Illinois), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), DJ Durkin (Maryland), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State).
BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart reflects on the deaths of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler this weekend. "Full of life one day. Gone the next," Dienhart writes. "I still can’t grasp the fragility of life when tragedies like this occur, and I'm pretty sure I never will."