LINCOLN, Neb. — Mike Riley is looking for more in his second season in Lincoln. His debut was marked by myriad close losses. The good news: The Huskers finished 2015 on a roll, capping the season with a big bowl win over UCLA. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s fun takes from Nebraska practice ] There are some good building blocks moving forward as Nebraska, which is searching for its first conference title of any sort since 1999, looks to make a move in the Big Ten West. Here is what I learned at Cornhusker practice. 1. This will be one
Before the premiere of "Green & White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp, presented by Meijer," at 7 p.m. ET tonight, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at a handful of Spartans' position battles that should be monitored this summer.
The BTN bus tour stopped in Iowa City, Iowa, on Wednesday to check out the defending Big Ten West champions. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's fun takes from the physical practice inside.
The BTN bus tour hit all of the Big Ten East schools, and now it's time for the Big Ten West. First up, Iowa, which we visited Wednesday. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned about the defending Big Ten West champ inside.
The BTN summer football tour will be in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Thursday, to watch Mike Riley's second Cornhuskers team practice. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will have his eye on inside.
These are halcyon days in Iowa City, as the Hawkeyes take aim at repeating as Big Ten West champs. Iowa welcomes back a strong corps of players on both sides of the ball led by QB C.J. Beathard on offense and CB Desmond King on defense. But there are some concerns for the Hawkeyes. [ MORE: @BTNStatsGuys: 5 things to know about Iowa Hawkeyes ] Here are five areas I will watch at practice. 1. How does the kicking look? The Hawkeyes must replace K Marshall Koehn and punter Dillon Kidd. Koehn hit 16-of-20 field-goal attempts last season and was
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Even though Michigan State is coming off a Big Ten title and playoff berth, the Spartans are being overlooked by many who favor Ohio State and Michigan in the East. As we have learned, not heeding the Spartans’ prowess can be a mistake. Yes, Michigan State has some holes to fill. But talent still oozes on this roster. Here is what I learned while watching the Spartans practice. 1. There has been a lot of attrition along the d line, but the unit still should be good. Mark Dantonio and Co., have recruited well. There is
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The BTN Bus Tour stopped in East Lansing, Michigan, today to watch the defending Big Ten champions practice. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans are coming off a Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Yes, there are some holes to fill, but this roster is loaded with talent from top to bottom. Here are my fun takes from today’s Michigan State football practice. Most impressive player: WR Monty Madaris has been impressive all camp. And that continued on this day. He may be the top wideout on the squad. Top specimen: Defensive
Another year, another double-digit win season? We shall see. Michigan State has many challenges looming as it looks to reload and repeat as East Division champion. [ MORE: @BTNStatsGuys: 5 fun facts for Michigan State ] One of the biggest: find a QB. Gone is Connor Cook, the winningest signal-caller in school history (34-5 record) and the school-record holder for most passing yards with 9,194 and passing TDs with 71. Senior Tyler O’Connor is the top contender. He is famous for starting and leading the Spartans to a huge win at Ohio State last season. Here is what I’ll be
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The sixth stop on the annual bus tour had us in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to check out Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines. [ MORE: 5 things I learned at Michigan practice ] I got a chance to see Harbaugh’s much-talked about freshman class, led by defensive tackle Rashan Gary, who certainly looks the part. All eyes will be on the quarterback spot for the Wolverines, and I got a front row seat to see John O’Korn, Wilton Speight and Shane Morris compete. Check out some of my fun takes from Monday’s Michigan football practice. Most impressive player: