Illinois has to welcome putting 2015 in its rear-view mirror. It was a bizarre season that saw Tim Beckman fired a week before the season started for alleged mistreatment of players. Bill Cubit was appointed interim and then permanent head coach, going a disappointing 5-7 a year after the program made a bowl. Then, A.D. Mike Thomas was fired. The defense made strides, but the offense struggled. The run game was the worst in the Big Ten (129.3 ypg). Things have to improve, right? Cubit will have some talent to work with, as players like S Taylor Barton, E Dawuane
What is your favorite place to watch a college football game? According to a group of recruits taking part in this weekend’s U.S. Army All-American Game, Ohio State has the best game day atmosphere in college football. The popular recruiting website, 247 Sports.com, conducted a poll of recruits at the high school all-star game. A total of 40 recruits were asked to choose the best game day atmosphere, and 10 of them went with OSU. Alabama came in second with nine votes, while Clemson and Texas A&M each received six tallies. Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State each received
This week, BTN’s Rick Pizzo and Paul Caponigri preview the weekend games between Minnesota and Penn State men’s hockey teams. Penn State hosts Minnesota Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET and Saturday at 3 p.m.. Friday’s game is on BTN and BTN2Go (via this link) and Saturday’s game is offered via our subscription service BTN Plus. Plus, we have a one-on-one interview with Minnesota head coach Don Lucia in this post, too. The Gophers are 7-1-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions in a series that began with the formation of the Big Ten Conference in 2013-14. Hudson Fasching is Minnesota’s active leading
No team has been a bigger surprise so far than Iowa. And no player has been as surprisingly impressive as the Hawkeyes Jarrod Uthoff. [ MORE: Win a trip to the B1G tourney | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard | Polls ] The 6-9, 210-pound senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is averaging a league-high 18.6 points to go along with 6.1 rebounds. The last two times out, Uthoff has scored 25 points in helping the Hawkeyes dump Nebraska and overcome a 17-point deficit at then No. 14 Purdue to prevail. He also had 10 points and six blocks in a
AthlonSports.com has a very early football Top 25 for 2016. Yes, you knew it was coming because they come every year and we roll our eyes at them and then read them anyway because they're fun to talk about. The national title game for this season hasn’t even been played and college players still can declare for the NFL draft until Jan. 18. Regardless, early, early, early Top 25 lists wait for no one.
With Wednesday night's games behind us and more basketball ahead, here are my latest "Three Takes." This week I look at Ohio State, Jarrod Uthoff, and the Big Ten's best dunkers.
In Thursday's roundup of Big Ten headlines, we've got a good look Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class - how did they turn out? Plus, Michigan State has some holes to fill on offense. Rutgers has a new offensive coordinator who had a near-death experience. And a story on the legacy of Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Catch up in this post.
Ohio State's Kyle Snyder will debut this season. Iowa won the Midlands again. Penn State is packed with talent. Plus a look at a few key upcoming conference showdowns. BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks has all this and more in hos weekly wrestling report.
Beyond athletics, 2015 was a big year for the Big Ten. On Monday, we looked back at several of the best stories from the previous year from universities in the East Division of the conference. Now, we turn our attention to the West Division. This roundup features Big Ten universities taking on issues that range from world hunger to apocalyptic asteroid strikes. Take a look below. ILLINOIS Illinois professor works to prevent asteroid armageddon Illinois’ Orange Krush drops dimes for team, local community IOWA Hawkeye homecoming queen takes on engineering, international aid and triathlons Hawkeyes get inspirational leadership from ‘Captains’
Michigan State closed out its season with an uninspiring 38-0 loss to Alabama in this year’s College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Despite the loss, this was an outstanding year for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans, finishing 12-2 and winning a Big Ten championship. With the graduation of Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun, Jack Allen and several other key players from this year’s team, the Spartans will have a number of important questions that need to be addressed heading into next season. Here is a look at five burning questions facing Dantonio and the Spartans in 2016. Who