Pat Fitzgerald has Northwestern on a roll coming off a 10-win season. And the Wildcats look poised to keep thriving. But some issues needs to be resolved. Will the pass game improve? Are there any pass rushers in the house? [ MORE: @BTNStatsGuys: 5 fun Northwestern facts ] Here is what I’ll be watching for at NU practice. 1. Defensive line. Two big holes at end with Dean Lowry and Deonte Gibson gone. Lowry helped NU rank No. 6 in the Big Ten in rushing defense (126.2 ypg). He was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection after ranking second on
The BTN bus tour rolled into Madison, Wisconsin, on Monday, to watch Paul Chryst's second Badgers' team practice. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned while watching practice inside.
It's time for the BTN summer bus tour to head to Camp Kenosha to check out Pat Fitzgerald's 11th Northwestern team.
Time to answer some mail! How good are the Minnesota linebackers? Will Michigan topple a rival this season? Is David Blough the answer to Purdue’s QB ills? I look at those questions and more. I have been impressed by Minnesota’s linebackers and think they will be among the best in the Big Ten. What do you think? – Bill White I like the Gopher linebackers when I watched the team scrimmage last Saturday. Jack Lynn has All-Big Ten potential, and Cody Poock is a tough player who excels vs. the run. Jonathan Celestin rounds out the unit. He’s a nice
The AP preseason poll was released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams made the cut. With Ohio State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 12) and Iowa (No. 17) ranked, all of which land in the Coaches preseason poll, the Big Ten is tied for the third-most ranked teams in the nation, trailing the SEC (6) and Pac-12 (5). Here’s 14 Big Ten facts about the poll: 1. The Big Ten has four teams in the top 20 of the preseason top 25 poll for the first time since 2012, when it had five. 2. One season after
The Rio Olympics came to a close Sunday night. Now, it’s time to take a look back at how all of the Big Ten names, past, present and future, fared on the big stage in Brazil. The Big Ten boasted 154 overall representatives, including coaches with conference ties. All 14 Big Ten schools were represented in Rio, with Michigan leading the way with 30 representatives (24 competitors and six coaches). Catch up on how Big Ten athletes, starting with the medal winners, did in Rio below. GOLD Derek Drouin (Indiana), Track & Field (high jump), Canada: Cleared 2.38 meters to
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has its most talented team—and perhaps its best–since Tracy Claeys arrived in Dinkytown in 2011. [ MORE: Dienhart: Here’s what I learned at Minnesota practice ] Yes, this roster still lacks top-end depth across the board. But there is plenty of speed and athleticism, along with size. It was on display on Saturday in a tough, hard-hitting scrimmage in TCF Bank Stadium. Get my fun takes from Minneapolis below. Most impressive player: LB Jack Lynn is a physical force who covers a lot of ground. He may end up being an All-Big Ten player. Also have to
The BTN bus tour hit Minneapolis on Saturday, and our crew was able to take in the Golden Gophers' scrimmage at TCF Bank Stadium. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned inside.
To call Caitlin McGurk's life cartoonish would be music to her ears.
What will Paul Chryst do for an encore after a strong debut that saw him win 10 games? It will be interesting. He lost a great defensive coordinator in Dave Aranda, who left for the same post at LSU, and must replace veteran quarterback Joel Stave. Here is what I’ll be watching for at Monday’s practice. 1. Are the Badgers OK at QB? Who is it gonna be with Joel Stave gone? It’s a clash between Bart Houston, who will be a fifth-year senior, and Alex Hornibrook, who redshirted as true freshman last year. Houston has more experience and played