Throughout the state of Iowa, something interesting has been happening with farms over the past few years — they’re disappearing in the hundreds. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms fell by 500 in 2014 to a total of 88,000. This trend has leading minds in the Hawkeye state asking: How can we keep farmers in business? And the University of Iowa is working on one possible solution that has a real tongue-twister of a name: miscanthus. Miscanthus is a tall-standing perennial grass that’s grown in stature — both literally and figuratively — on Iowa’s campus.
The Woody Hayes Athletic Center, on the campus of Ohio State, features an incredible new trophy display. Included in the display is the must-see 2014 National Championship Trophy, which features a list of all 15 games from the Buckeyes’ 2014 title run. However, the trophy happens to be missing the name “Michigan” on it. If you take a look at the photo above, OSU’s opponent on Nov. 29 is listed as “TUN,” which of course stands for “Team Up North.” That is the term the Buckeyes use to refer to their Big Ten rival school. Should Michigan fans be surprised
Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs battled for the national title three times, after the 1983, 1994 and 2001 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley. Pitt’s trip to Iowa will be a good measuring stick for Kirk Ferentz’s crew, which
It was just two months ago when Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones set the social media world on fire after asking UFC star Ronda Rousey out on a date via Twitter during the ESPY Awards. Now, it looks like teammate Ezekiel Elliott is stealing a page out of Jones’ book. Elliott took to Twitter on Thursday morning, asking pop star Taylor Swift if she wanted to “grab something to eat” following her concerts at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday and Friday night. Check out the tweet at the top of this post. In just over two hours of
Which first-year Big Ten coach will win the most games in 2015: Nebraska’s Mike Riley, Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst or Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh? Each is off to a 1-1 start this season. And each coach teems with promise and potential. I asked some leading college football media members what they thought. Read what they told me. Bill Bender, Sporting News: Paul Chryst. Look at the schedule. No Ohio State, Michigan State or even Michigan. The Badgers’ schedule is set up for at least nine wins; maybe more if they can win at Nebraska and Minnesota. [ MORE: Week 3 schedule |
So in Week 2 we all know that Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Wisconsin all dominated their opponents in shutout victories. Did you know that this made the Big Ten just the second conference since 1980 to record four shutouts in one week; the SEC did it on Sep. 9, 2006. Let’s get into some more stats around the BTN games leading up to a busy Week 3 Saturday. There are four key non-conference matchups this weekend on BTN/BTN2Go: Michigan vs. UNLV and Minnesota vs. Kent State at noon ET, Wisconsin vs. Troy at 3:30 p.m. ET, and Iowa vs. Pitt
Can you guess which school offers a pregame selfie with their head coach for $125? Also, we look at Rutgers' interim football coach, the challenge ahead for Illinois, what you need (and don't need) to have a winning program, and more from around the Big Ten beats on this Thursday.
Going to the symphony is generally thought of as a stuffy affair, characterized by formal wear, silences only occasionally interrupted by hushed comments, and mobile devices in “off” mode. But what if you went to a classical music concert and found many in the audience wearing jeans, openly commenting on wine-and-cheese pairings, and taking selfies? That’s precisely the experience you could expect to find when attending an event that conductor John Devlin’s had a hand in planning. Devlin, 29, who recently earned his doctorate in musical arts from the University of Maryland, specializes in coming up with ways to connect
The tumult continues at Rutgers in what has been a bizarre and surreal start to the 2015 season. Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 following a university-led investigation into rules violations, Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced Wednesday afternoon.
Who wins Week 3 Big Ten football games? This week, Iowa beat writer Scott Dochterman joins the BTN.com team's weekly game predictions feature. Cast your votes inside, too.