Iowa junior Desmond King was named the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner, which is given to the top defensive back in college football. [ MORE: Complete 2015-16 college football bowl game schedule ] King, who accepted the award Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards, becomes the first Iowa player to take home the prestigious award. King recorded a Big Ten-best eight interceptions this season, which also ranks second in the nation and first among Power-5 players. He recorded 67 tackles, with one tackle for loss, and 12 pass breakups. King has also handled kickoff returns (25.6) and
The Big Ten has 10 teams in bowl games, with Michigan State vs. Alabama (Cotton), Iowa vs. Stanford (Rose) and Ohio State vs. Notre Dame (Fiesta) leading the way. And there will be no shortage of quality opponents for conference schools to contend with. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Heading the list are the top running backs in the nation in Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, who are No.
As we approach the end of the season, it’s fun to reflect back on predictions. It can be revealing, insightful … and painful. Here is a glance back at my first Big Ten power ranking for 2015 written shortly after I complete our annual tour of all 14 Big Ten football summer training camps. I hear a bunch from our readers all season long – some notes are fun, some note are very angry. It’s all part of the gig. By now you probably now that I’m on Twitter and Facebook, but you can always reach me via email by using
Michigan State tight end Josiah Price was featured on the season finale of “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football” and he talks about his younger brother Barak, who has cerebral palsy. “It just makes things a little bit harder for him,” Josia Price says of his brother’s cerebral palsy. But Barak loves sports and is active in many of them. Despite his parents’ initial hesitation, the boy signed up to play football just like his older brother. Watch the family describe Barak’s love for sports in this clip, and then stay for the end to see the young man make a big
Maryland and Michigan appear to have lined up key new additions to their football staffs. Michigan hoops could use a spark. What about Nebraska vs. Kansas State in football? And here's one writer's look at the season of QB play at Ohiop State. Get your Thursday Big ten headlines in this post.
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. When interacting with people on the autism spectrum, it’s important to remember that they have a unique perspective. It’s not that their brains don’t work correctly, but rather that they work differently. Dr. Suzy Scherf, professor of psychology at Penn State, was reminded of that recently when she encountered one of the students in her senior seminar who has Asperger syndrome. “This
Big Ten basketball fans got a chance to see several outstanding individual performances on Wednesday night. However, there were two individuals who stood out above the rest. [ MORE: Top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten basketball action ] Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes both put up career-highs in points in their team’s respective games. Ferrell hit 12-of-18 shots on his way to a career-high 38 points in an impressive 90-65 win over IPFW. The Hoosiers’ senior point guard was 4-of-8 from 3-point range in his 112th career game at Indiana. Ferrell’s 38 points was just four shy of
It was a great night of Big Ten basketball as the conference went 4-2 in six games on Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] There were two games featured on BTN Wednesday night. Michigan State kicked off the action with a 78-35 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, while Wisconsin followed with a 68-67 loss to Milwaukee. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Indiana cruised by IPFW, 90-65, Purdue ran past Howard, 93-55, Illinois topped Yale, 69-65, and Nebraska fell to Creighton, 83-67. With two games on BTN and another
The Big Ten hockey season is underway, which means our BTN Hockey Report is back for the 2015-16 campaign. BTN studio host Rick Pizzo, who played hockey at Hamilton College, will anchor our Big Ten hockey coverage this season. The BTN Hockey Report will include weekend highlights, standouts and analysis surrounding all six Big Ten hockey programs. Check out this year’s first edition of our report in the video on top of this post. Also, follow our Big Ten hockey Twitter account, @HockeyonBTN, for updates throughout the season. Enjoy, Big Ten fans!
Let’s talk facts, OK? [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ (Ohio State). The SEC hasn’t won the the national crown since 2012, this after its unbelievable run of dominance at the end of the BCS era. The Big Ten has one team (Michigan State) in the second annual College Football Playoff. The SEC also has one (Alabama). The Big Ten went 2-2