This is an interesting playoff matchup pitting former Michigan State coach Nick Saban vs. Mark Dantonio, a one-time Saban aide in East Lansing. When these teams line up, it will be like looking in a mirror. Both have tough, physical offenses built on punching defenses in the nose with the running game. And the defenses for each team are anchored by two of the best lines in the nation. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of
When 2015 dawned, questions loomed over Northwestern. The Wildcats went 10-3 in 2012, winning their first bowl since the 1948 season. But consecutive 5-7 seasons followed. Could Pat Fitzgerald get a program seemingly rocked by a highly-publicized effort to unionize back on track? On the field, had Northwestern gone soft? All is well now in the wake of a 10-win season and a New Year’s Day bowl trip as one of the most surprising teams not just in the Big Ten—but in the nation. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls |
Good news at Purdue, where the Board of Trustees approved funds for a much-needed football performance complex. The state-of-the-art football performance complex will significantly enhance the football student-athlete experience. In addition to the first-class amenities, having all of them located in one facility will result in more efficient use of the student-athletes’ time. Currently, football-related facilities are housed in multiple buildings. *** Never thought I’d look to the Minnesota punter for holiday inspiration. But Peter Mortell sets quite a standard. Last December, all Minnesota players received a $452 Best Buy gift card for playing Missouri in the Citrus Bowl. Mortell
It’s the final week of non-conference play. That’s right, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Big Ten conference season tips off. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Before the games really start to count, and before you check out for the holiday break, it’s time to share my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Dec. 20 action. See my latest list below: 1. Michigan State (12-0). Tom Izzo is still working
Alex Olah scored 21 points, Tre Demps added 17, and Northwestern pulled away from Sacred Heart 103-67 on Monday night for its eighth straight win.
With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s topic: Most valuable players. Previously,
No. 1 Michigan State will be without arguably the nation’s No. 1 player for the next two to three weeks. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Tom Izzo said Monday that Denzel Valentine had a piece of cartilage removed after an injury in practice Sunday. He calls it “very, very, very minor.” “There isn’t even a thought of lasting effects,” Izzo said. Valentine, who has registered a pair of triple-doubles this season, leads Michigan State in scoring (18.5), rebounds (8.3), assists (7.1) and steals
Big Ten preseason favorite Maryland is back in the top 5 of the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Terrapins come in at No. 4 in both polls, this after being No. 6 (AP) and No. 7 (Coaches) last week. Undefeated Michigan State (12-0), one win away from setting its best start in program history, remains No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Purdue, fresh off its first loss of the season, drops five spots in
How about some bowl picks based on confidence in my selections? Sure! You know the drill. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my Big Ten bowl picks based on confidence, from most confident in the pick (10) to least (1). 10. Ohio State over Notre Dame, Fiesta Bowl 9. USC over Wisconsin, Holiday Bowl 8. Michigan over Florida, Citrus Bowl 7. Georgia over Penn State, TaxSlayer Bowl 6. Minnesota
The Big Ten released its latest Big Ten men's basketball honors Monday. Check out all of the award winners and watch select video highlights inside.