This is a big season for James Franklin, who begins his third campaign in State College looking for a breakthrough. He slowly has built up a depleted roster. And a staff alteration that included changing both coordinators offers intrigue. How will all of this play out for a program that dropped its last four games of 2015? [ MORE: Watch replay of the Penn State spring game on BTN2Go ] You never want to read too much into a spring game, but the Nittany Lions showed many positives in their annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Here is
USAToday is out with the Top 20 largest athletic programs in the nation. And the Big Ten is well represented with seven entries. The SEC? It has 10. Texas, Oklahoma and Florida State are the lone non-Big Ten and SEC schools in the Top 20. Here’s a look at the Big Ten teams: No. 3 Ohio State No. 4 Michigan No. 10 Penn State No. 12 Wisconsin No. 18 Minnesota No. 19 Michigan State No. 20 Iowa *** Could Mark Dantonio have his best defense yet since arriving at Michigan State? That’s a mouthful. Dantonio said recently that time will
Ohio State has a lot of holes to fill as it heads into 2016. That made Saturday’s spring game in front of spring game record 101,189 fans interesting. It actually carried some heft. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Here are five things I learned about the Buckeyes on Saturday. 1. The secondary could be good. Three new starters are needed with Eli Apple, Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell gone. Malik Hooker looked good, picking off a J.T. Barrett pass and racing 82 yards for a TD. Hooker also intercepted an offering from
Ohio State’s spring game always is a big deal. And Saturday’s festivities drip with more intrigue than usual, as the Buckeyes search for myriad answers as the program looks to get back on top of the Big Ten East. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The list of key players gone is long: CB Eli Apple; S Vonn Bell; C Jacoby Boren; DE Joey Bosa; OT Taylor Decker; RB Ezekiel Elliott; OT Chase Farris; DT Joel Hale; QB Cardale Jones; LB Darron Lee; WR Jalin Marshall; WR Braxton Miller; LB
The NFL draft has not been kind to Maryland of late. To wit: The Terps have had a total of only eight players drafted in the last six years.
Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with Fitzgerald this week to talk about spring drills, which concluded in Evanston last weekend.
The draft pickings have been slim for Indiana over the last 10 years with just 12 selections. The Hoosiers didn’t have any selections in 2012 or 2013. And they also went pick-less in 2007 and 2009. And where are the linebackers? The last Hoosier LB picked was Van Waiters in 1988. The last time Indiana had a first-round pick? You have to go back to 1994, when wideout Thomas Lewis went No. 24 overall to the Giants. That could change this year, as offensive tackle Jason Spriggs could be a late first-round selection. The other Hoosiers most likely to be
In his latest of a series of Q&A sessions this spring with recent Big Ten football coaching appointees, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talks to Purdue's Terry Malone, who was hired as the tight ends coach in 2015 and promoted to offensive coordinator this year. Is this David Blough’s quarterback job to lose? "David is holding on to it," Malone said. "And he is getting better every day."
You have questions, and I have answers … some of the time. Here is the latest edition of my Big Ten Mailbag. As usual, the mailbag is 100 percent guaranteed. What team will be the favorite next season in Big Ten hoops? – Matt We still need to find out which players who have declared for the draft will stay in the draft. But knowing what we know, I think next year’s race should come down to three schools: Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana. The Spartans lose Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Deyonta Davis and Bryn Forbes, among others, but Tom