Three-time Big Ten Champion Minnesota was tabbed the favorite in the 2016-17 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday. Minnesota completed the 2015-16 campaign with a conference record of 14-6-0-0 (20-17-0 overall) and reached the championship game of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State was selected second in the preseason poll, with defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan capturing third, Penn State taking fourth, Wisconsin placing fifth and Michigan State rounding out the poll in sixth. The coaches also selected a 13-member Preseason Watch list, including four unanimous selections in Minnesota’s Justin Kloos and Eric
Wisconsin is an early-season surprise. Can the Badgers win the Big Ten West? Keep an eye on Nebraska. Northwestern’s fortunes haven’t been as kind. See what Tom Dienhart is buying and selling post-Week 4.
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Ohio State remains in the projected four-team playoff field of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. And 10 Big Ten teams are in Palm’s bowl projections through four weeks. Like last week, Palm has the Buckeyes seeded No. 3, playing No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Palm has No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 4 Stanford in the Peach Bowl in the other playoff game. For the third week in a row, Palm has 10 Big Ten teams in bowls. Only Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers are left out. Here is where Palm has Big Ten teams slotted in the postseason:
The Big Ten office released its Week 4 players of the week Monday, and three of the four names are first-time honorees. The lone exception is Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Wisconsin’s big 30-6 win at Michigan State has shaken up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. The Badgers are up to No. 2, behind only Ohio State, but what does the list of my list look like?
Week 4 taught us a few things: Wisconsin is really good, Michigan State has work to do, Nebraska is lurking and Michigan is rolling. Get my best of Week 4 inside.
The Big Ten features five teams, including three in the top 8, in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Sunday.
Before we turn our attention to Week 5, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 4 Big Ten game predictions.
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