The first full slate of Big Ten games looms with all 14 teams in action vs. one another in seven contests. Top billing: Northwestern at Michigan on BTN/BTN2Go. Can NU remain perfect as it treks to play the white-hot Wolverines? Also, Illinois can show it’s legit by winning at unbeaten Iowa. And Wisconsin visits Nebraska with both teams desperate for success. Here are some hard takes on this Saturday’s action. 1. My pal Mike Huguenin of Gridironnow.com—a site devoted to SEC coverage–compares this year’s Ohio State squad with the 2009 Florida team that finished 13-1 and ranked No. 3. Each
The Penn State football team got a funny surprise in a recent team meeting and it led to plenty of double-takes. Penn State Homecoming Grand Marshal Keegan-Michael Key, a Penn State alumnus, showed up to impersonate Penn State football coach James Franklin during squad meeting, and it’s hilarious. Watch it all unfold in this clip from Penn State. After getting a few tips from Franklin himself, Key donned his coaching gear and made the perfect entrance to the team’s meeting room. He nailed the quote of the day, the handshake, and the overall delivery, and the players laughed through the
USAToday has its coaching salary data base out, and the updates are interesting. Also, Rutgers hasn't forgotten what Michigan State did last time. And Northwestern has lost four consecutive games to Michigan - does that streak end this weekend? Dive into Friday's headlines leading up to Saturday's games.
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. It happened more than seven years ago, but it’s still fresh in the minds of Iowa City residents. In the spring of 2008, torrential downpours melted a thick snowpack, which saturated the soil and filled reservoirs to their limits. That, in turn, caused the Iowa River to burst its banks. The river’s waters rose to record levels, inundating Iowa City and the
Will we finally see Ohio State play a perfect game this weekend? That’s the million-dollar question as the Buckeyes get ready to take on Maryland in a Big Ten East matchup at noon ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go. In anticipation for Saturday’s game, Ohio State released a must-see hype video on YouTube. Check it out at the top of this post. Ohio State has won the only meeting between these two programs, notching a commanding 52-24 win over the Terps last season in College Park. Enjoy, Buckeye fans! Watch our Week 6 Big Ten football previews on YouTube:
Returning for its fourth season to provide fans with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Big Ten and its key personalities, BTN Originals debuts The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Big Ten Elite: 2014 Ohio State Football follows The Journey at 9:30 p.m. ET, and goes inside the Buckeyes 2014-15 regular season and sensational three-game postseason run with interviews from players, coaches and media members. “The Big Ten is full of compelling students, coaches and storylines, and we are in the unique and enviable position of bringing those stories to our loyal viewers and
Iowa’s defense has been nothing short of outstanding this season. [ MORE: Week 6 scoreboard | Week 6 previews | Polls: Pick Week 6 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Q&A: Shilique Calhoun | Big Ten Mailbag | Leonte Carroo reinstated | BTN to air No. 1, No. 4 & No. 13-No. 18 this week ] The Hawkeyes are giving up just 15.4 points per game this season, including an impressive 10-6 win over Wisconsin last weekend. With that victory, Iowa improves to 5-0
Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber made quite a splash on Wednesday night when he crushed a two-run home run into the river during Chicago’s 4-0 wildcard win over Pittsburgh. He also had an RBI single, and it all brought back memories of Schwarber’s career at Indiana, where he starred at the plate and behind it. In 2012 BTN featured Schwarber and teammate Sam Travis, then known as the latest version of the “Bash Brothers.” “I’m going to crush the ball,” Schwarber told us then about his approach to hitting. “And that’s all you can really think when you’re up there.”
Why would 6-0 be so special to Northwestern? How many yards is Ezekiel Elliott averaging per rush for his career? And what is Michigan's defense doing that makes them special this season? With five ranked Big Ten football teams playing on BTN this Saturday, here are five facts you should know when you tune in to watch.
This is the first week of full-scale Big Ten action, with seven conference games. And the headliner is Northwestern at Michigan. But there are other enticing clashes. [ MORE: Week 6 scoreboard | Week 6 previews | Polls: Pick Week 6 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Q&A: Shilique Calhoun | Big Ten Mailbag | Leonte Carroo reinstated | BTN to air No. 1, No. 4 & No. 13-No. 18 this week ] Wisconsin at Nebraska is a meeting of desperate teams. Nebraska is