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.
It’s a great time to be a Michigan State fan. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] The men’s basketball team is No. 1 in the nation, the football team is the No. 3 seed in the second annual College Football Playoff, and Kirk Cousins and Draymond Green, two of the school’s most accomplished recent standouts, are getting it done in the NFL and NBA, respectively. Cousins completed 22 of 28 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns, to go along with a highlight-reel scoring scamper, in a 35-25 victory vs. Buffalo on Sunday afternoon, the
It isn’t uncommon for teams to debut new uniform designs during bowl season. [ 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 ] Duke, Indiana’s postseason opponent, is doing just that for the Pinstripe Bowl. The Blue Devils will don the alternate lid pictured in the tweet above when they take on the Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Pinstripe Bowl kicks off the Big Ten’s conference record-tying 10 bowl games. Read Tom
Ohio State has won 11 of the last 12 football meetings vs. heated rival Michigan. The Wolverines’ lone win during the streak came in 2011, when Luke Fickell was leading the Buckeyes. Ohio State fans are aware of the recent one-sided nature in one of sports’ greatest rivalries, and Michigan fans certainly need no reminder. Like all great rivalries, this one is great off the field, too. The fans, the schools and, sometimes, the actual participants aren’t afraid to do some trolling, sometimes in tasteful ways and sometimes not so much. The example in the tweet above is a great
Peter Mortell is so much more than one of the best punters in the Big Ten. [ 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 ] Known also for his mastery of social media, the Minnesota senior does plenty off the field to draw headlines. That includes charity work. A season ago, Mortell used his $452 Best Buy gift card from the Citrus Bowl to purchase items and donate them to needy kids at St.
Iowa is making its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1990 season. Stanford is back in Pasadena for the third time in four years. [ 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 ] The Cardinal doesn’t often see teams like Iowa, a big, tough physical squad that likes to punch foes in the mouth with the ground game. In fact, the one time it faced such a team, Stanford lost 16-6 at Northwestern in
The excitement that surrounded the arrival of Mike Riley from Oregon State evaporated quickly in the wake of myriad close losses that caused stomachs to turn on an almost weekly basis across the state. Each Saturday seemingly brought another round of misery, as iffy decisions, a lack of execution and personnel shortcomings conspired to sully Riley’s debut. [ 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 ] Still, despite a 5-7 record, the Huskers found