The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin's neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.
Paul Chryst takes over a Wisconsin program that is on its third head coach since 2012 after Bret Bielema (Arkansas) and Gary Andersen (Oregon State) abruptly bolted Madison in recent years. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Chryst seemingly offers stability, as he’s a native son who played and has coached for the Badgers. He’s home; why leave? And he inherits one of the league’s top programs that has been a Big Ten standard, as the Badgers have played in three of the four conference title games. Wisconsin figures to have a good shot
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has some good leftover notes for the recent Big Ten AD meetings. Among the topics: future site of the Big Ten football title game. Despite the league’s weather-tested image, don’t expect administrators to consider an outdoor facility. Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said a cold-weather game has too many disadvantages for both the teams and the league. “I’d have a hard time voting for a game outside. I really would,” Alvarez said. “I know purists say, ‘Hey football is supposed to be played outside.’ But one reason, I don’t want the elements to
On Friday, Tom Dienhart took a look at the Big Ten's top 2015 non-conference games, the first of three-part series. Now, it's time for his bottom 5 non-conference games.
I recently ranked Big Ten non-conference schedules. Now, in a three-part series, I'm going to take a look at some of the best and worst of the non-league schedule this fall.
The SEC’s hissy fit over satellite camps is making it look a bit absurd, says Nick Baumgardner of Mive.com. “If we’re going to compete for the championship and everybody is going to play in the playoff system and everybody is going to compete for that, we need to get our rules in alignment so we’re all on a level playing field, whether they’re transfer rules, whether they’re satellite camp rules,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters this week in Florida. “It’s a disadvantage not to be able to do something in one league and be able to do it in
Kyle Flood continues to put his stamp on the Rutgers program, guiding the Scarlet Knights to an 8-5 record in the program’s Big Ten debut. Even better, RU went to a bowl for a fourth season in a row.
It's always fun to take a look at teams' non-conference schedules. Which Big Ten team has the toughest 2015 non-con slate? The easiest? See Tom Dienhart's ranking inside.
Mlive.com has 10 things Michigan State fans can look forward to in 2015. I am intrigued by who will start at tailback. Mike Griffith of Mlive.com says Gerald Holmes and Madre London battled for the pole position coming out of spring drills, and incoming freshman LJ Scott is expected to enter the competition the moment he steps on campus. Delton Williams remains suspended indefinitely, so who starts in the opener is one of the more compelling questions. *** The honeymoon for new Nebraska coach Mike Riley continues. Backslaps for everyone in Lincoln! But know this: The first game is Sept.
Two years into the job at Purdue, Darrell Hazell is 4-20 overall and 1-15 in the Big Ten. It’s time to show some progress in 2015.