Big Ten quarterbacks Connor Cook and J.T Barrett get more than their share of attention. Ditto defensive ends Shilique Calhoun and Joey Bosa. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game ] But how about the talented players who, for whatever reason, don’t seem to garner as many headlines or accolades? Yes, we’re talking about the most underrated players – almost always a popular topic. See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks for the Big Ten East’s most underrated player below. Tom Dienhart: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana. This
You say “tomatoes.” I say … “Rutgers”? No, those aren’t the lyrics to the classic Gershwin brothers tune. But Tom Orton, a professor in the university’s Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, thinks the relationship between the school and fruit — both of which are characterized by bright red coloring — should be tied together in the public consciousness. And he’s doing work to both raise awareness of and continue the school’s legacy in tomato development. He makes a good case: Not only was there a “Rutgers tomato” variety, but it was ubiquitous in food production for several years. The
Just last month, the University of Michigan announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with Nike to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. Thursday, in the video above, Michael Jordan welcomed Michigan football to the Jordan Brand, making the Wolverines the first college football team outfitted by the Nike brand. “I want to welcome my first football team to the Jordan family,” Jordan said in the @Jumpman23 video. “Go Blue.” Michigan’s basketball programs will also be outfitted by “Jumpman” Jordan Brand gear. According
It’s time to celebrate, lefties! Today, Aug. 13, 2015, marks the 23rd annual International Left-Handers Day. Last year, I put together a list of our favorite Big Ten lefties, which consisted of names like Kirk Gibson, Calbert Cheaney and Morris Peterson. Today, I dug into the archives and put together a great list of my favorite highlights from left-handed Big Ten athletes over the past season. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here we go! Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell drops an incredible pass to Sam Thompson for the
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive fall sports coverage ever in 2015, with over 250 men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go to complement the network’s on-air schedule. More than 107 men’s and women’s soccer games will be available on BTN Plus. The men’s squads from Michigan State (No. 9), Maryland (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 14) all reside among the preseason top 15, while the women’s teams at Penn State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 14) and Rutgers (No. 24) take their place in the preseason top 25. The first
When it comes to college football bowl projections, Jerry Palm is one of the best in the business. Palm recently released his preseason bowl and playoff projections for the upcoming 2015 college football season, and he’s a Big Ten believer. “You can see a scenario where Michigan State goes 11-1, beating Oregon and losing only to 13-0 Ohio State, and both the Buckeyes and Spartans make the playoffs,” Palm writes. “That would mean two leagues getting left out.” Again, that is just a potential scenario. Right now, Palm has defending national champion Ohio State in the playoff (Orange Bowl vs.
This much is certain: The Big Ten West race will be fun to watch. The division, by most accounts, is wide open. Wisconsin seems to be the favorite, however cases can be made for Minnesota and Nebraska.
The second installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most underrated player.
As I travel on I-35 North toward Minneapolis to visit Golden Gophers’ camp, I decided to reach into my Mailbag as I eat breakfast bars masquerading as candy bars. The cards and letters are coming fast. More Red Bull!! On to the love letters … What does Ed Davis’ injury mean to Michigan State? – Matt This is a big loss for the Spartans, as they already were replacing CB Trae Waynes, FS Kurtis Drummond, LB Taiwan Jones and DE Marcus Rush. Now Davis, who Mark Dantonio said is one of the best linebackers the program has had under his
Is this the season Minnesota breaks through to a division title? Maybe. Here's what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching Friday morning at Minnesota practice.