The Big Ten season kicks off tonight, with Indiana traveling to Florida International and Minnesota hosting Oregon State (9 ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Here are 10 things BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart thinks he knows about this opening week.
The wait was long for Darius Hamilton is over. Finally. The monster Rutgers defensive tackle is back on the field, ready to create some havoc and be one of the Big Ten’s best interior linemen. Read our Q&A with him inside.
The countdown to kickoff has begun. We are one day away from the start of the 2016 Big Ten football season. Until then, here are 14 bold predictions to prime the pump for the 2016 season. Illinois: The Illini will miss a bowl, but they will win one game they aren’t supposed to, beat the teams they are supposed to beat and be competitive in losses. And the expression on Lovie Smith’s face never will change. Indiana: The defense will go from bad to solid as the Hoosiers push to back-to-back bowls for the first time since 1990-91. Kevin Wilson
With the Big Ten season on our doorstep, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked some media members who cover the conference which team they felt was a sleeper team.
Two days away from kickoff, I'm sorting through my mail bag on a hot August afternoon, answering your questions and wishing the season would get here quicker. Let’s go!
Welcome to 2016! And the Big Ten kicks off in style, as all 14 teams are in action over a three-day period. But there is one marquee clash, as LSU plays Wisconsin in iconic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The BTN tour bus has been put in park. It’s time for some football! I have had a few days to absorb and contemplate what I have seen and here is my inaugural Big Ten Football Power Poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Polls: Pick your Week 1 winners | Best of Week 1 | Big Ten, A-Z ] Speaking of the summer football tour, it’s not too late to go back and catch up on our 14-campus trip and all of the coverage. We started at Indiana, ended in Purdue, and BTN produced a whole bunch of video right
Another August, another Big Ten Network tour in the books. I have been on five now. And for a guy who loves football, food and fun, I feel lucky. Here is a fun look at the Best of the 2016 BTN Bus Tour. [ MORE: Relive all of Tom Dienhart’s football tour coverage ] FAVORITE CAMPUSES Penn State. The place belongs on a postcard, nestled in the hills of central Pennsylvania. Go ahead and put on your letterman’s jacket and stroll across campus for a dip of Alumni Swirl ice cream at the Berkley Creamery. Michigan. No Big Ten campus
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No coach shook up his staff more than Darrell Hazell. Gone are offensive coordinator John Shoop and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, along with defensive line coach Rubin Carter. [ MORE: Dienhart: Here’s what I learned at Purdue practice ] Hazell promoted tight ends coach Terry Malone to run the offense, a role he had with Michigan under Lloyd Carr from 2002-05. Ross Els was tabbed to be defensive coordinator. Former Purdue assistant Randy Melvin is back to coach the d-line; DeAndre Smith was hired from Syracuse to coach RBs; Tim Lester was tabbed from Syracuse to
The final stop of the 2016 BTN bus tour took us to West Lafayette, Indiana, to watch Darrell Hazell's Purdue team practice. Jump inside to see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned.