Several Big Ten teams will boast impressive secondaries in 2015, and one of those units resides in Evanston, Illinois. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong | Theiren Cockran ] The Wildcats have returning starters at corner in Nick VanHoose and junior Matthew Harris, a returning starter at safety in Traveon Henry and a star-in-the-making in Godwin Igwebuike at the other safety spot. VanHoose paces the talented group with 32 career starts. Speaking of the veteran corner,
Who will be the surprise team in the Big Ten West? [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team ] The answer to this question depends on whom you ask, and how they interpret the word “surprise.” In other words, do they define “surprise” as a contender/up-and-coming team that takes the proverbial “next step,” or as a team that goes out and exceeds expectations? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks for Big Ten
As a defensive lineman for the Fighting Illini, Kambium “Kam” Buckner had plenty of memorable moments. Upsetting then-No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in November 2007. Playing in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 2008. But the game that sticks out most in his mind came two seasons prior, at Illinois’ home opener against a Rutgers team that was stacked with talented players — Jason McCourty and Ray Rice, to name a couple. Despite the fact that the Scarlet Knights were favored, Buckner and his teammates fought hard and pulled out a 33-30 overtime win in Memorial Stadium.
It's all about reigning national champ Ohio State and 2013 Big Ten champ Michigan State in the Big Ten East this year. How about a sleeper team? See the BTN.com panel's predictions inside.
Not long ago, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season, capped by the program's first bowl win since the 1948 season.
Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff. But with all due respect to the AP and Coaches polls, there’s another “top 25” ranking that’s much more clear-cut, and one in which “impact on the field” takes on an entirely different meaning. We’re
Saturday marked the fifth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Wisconsin ] Stop No. 5 of 14 had us visiting Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning to watch Paul Chryst’s first Badgers team. Chyrst, a former Wisconsin player and assistant, replaced Gary Andersen, who surprised many by leaving for Oregon State following the 2014 season. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE
The BTN bus just left Wisconsin practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | View our tour schedule ] I talked to new strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej, who has altered the lifting program. He has the team executing more Olympic lifts like cleans, jerks, etc. It’s about moving more weight and becoming more explosive. “We changed expectations,” said Kolodziej, a former Badger. “They are much higher. At first the players were like, ‘Whoa!’” There are more than 10 former
The fifth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Madison, Wisconsin, where we watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning.
The Big Ten West is chock-full of players worthy of underrated status. So much so, it's almost difficult to pick a runaway preseason candidate. Check out the BTN.com team's picks inside.