The Rose Bowl committee has been adamant that it will select the highest-rated CFP Big Ten team to replace the champion if it is selected for the playoffs. This is bad news for the loser of the Big Ten title game—Iowa or Michigan State. The winner will skip off to the playoffs. The loser? It figures to be passed in the rankings by Ohio State, which means the Buckeyes would be tabbed for the Rose Bowl despite not winning their division. It makes no sense. But, there is some wiggle room for the Rose Bowl to call an audible and
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fight of the century! In this corner, we have malaria, an infectious disease that kills at least 500,000 — and possibly close to a million — people per year. Its victims are primarily African children who have little to no access to even rudimentary medical treatment. In the opposite corner, we have…Terrie Taylor, a relentless fighter
Big Ten fans were treated to a loaded slate of games in the third and final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan State kicked off the action with an impressive 71-67 win over Louisville, while Wisconsin notched a big victory as well, defeating Syracuse 66-58 in overtime. Iowa finished the evening with a thrilling 78-75 overtime win against Florida State, securing an 8-6 victory for the Big Ten in this year’s challenge. In other Big Ten action: Penn State topped Boston College, 67-58, Illinois fell to Notre Dame, 84-79, and Indiana lost to Duke, 94-74. Here is a look
Michigan's search for a new athletic director has begun. The school announced Wednesday it has formed an advisory committee and hired a search firm to begin looking for candidates to replace interim athletic director Jim Hackett, who does not want to be in the running to keep his job.
D.J. Durkin was named the 36th head football coach in Maryland history on Wednesday afternoon. [ MORE: Dienhart on Maryland naming D.J. Durkin head coach ] Durkin, 37, will be introduced as the Terrapins’ new head coach today at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT) on BTN/BTN2Go. A first-time head coach, Durkin served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Michigan this season. The Wolverines ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in total defense (259.0 ypg) and No. 3 in scoring defense (15.0 ppg). “On behalf of the entire University of Maryland community, I am
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer make their Big Ten game predictions. [ MORE: Keys to Iowa victory | Keys to Michigan State victory | Big Ten title game, A-Z ] This week, Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel joins us to predict the fifth annual Big Ten title game. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. See our predictions below and scroll down to vote for your winners. Rotating Beat Writer: Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel), sports.yahoo.com 2015 record: 92-20 Big Ten title game: Michigan
Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has been named Maryland’s head football coach. His job: Make the Terrapins a contender in the rugged Big Ten East.
It was another great season for Big Ten football. One year after Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoff national title, the Big Ten has five teams in the top 15 of the final CFP rankings of the regular season. Even better: Three of those teams come in at No. 4 (Iowa), No. 5 (Michigan State) and No. 6 (Ohio State), with the Hawkeyes and Spartans meeting in the Big Ten title game Saturday night in Indianapolis. It should come as no surprise that another great season produced more than its share of unforgettable highlights. Relive the BTN.com team’s
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015” at 9 p.m. ET tonight, it was a special Thanksgiving for Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun as he prepared to play his final game in East Lansing. Did you know two former in-state high school rivals are closing out their careers on the same team? Meet Northwestern’s Dean Lowry and Dan Vitale. Also, take a trip back in time to 1969 and the legendary Michigan vs. Ohio State game and compare it to this year’s version of The Game. We also have game treatments from all the drama in the Big Ten East division. Are
No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 5 Michigan State. The Big Ten title game figures to be a great matchup. To preview the playoff play-in game, Tom Dienhart asked Big Ten coaches for their insights on both Iowa and Michigan State.