Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.
Well, that was quick: Minnesota took the “interim” off Tracy Claeys’ title and made him the full-time head coach today. It was the smart thing to do.
Minnesota signed interim football coach Tracy Claeys to a three-year deal Wednesday, a move that had been widely expected since Claeys stepped in when Jerry Kill retired suddenly for health reasons.
It was nice to see Iowa ascend to No. 5 in the recent CFP poll. The committee finally realized that the Hawkeyes have a pretty good resume that has included a good home win vs. Pitt and road victories vs. ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern teams. Honestly, I think Iowa’s resume is better than Ohio State’s, which his No. 3 in the poll. *** Yes, Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week after losing at Nebraska. But the Spartans still control their own destiny in the Big Ten East. So, don’t be sad, Sparty. You goals are
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Journey” at 10:30 pm. ET, we follow Purdue freshman Markell Jones and David Blough, who are looking to restore the glory to the program and also take to the air as part of their studies as pilots in training. Also, see how the Minnesota Golden Gophers are moving forward after the sudden retirement of Jerry Kill, meet Northwestern’s Tom Hruby, a 34-year old walk-on and a military veteran, and go behind the scenes with the Ohio State linebackers hanging out together off the field.. All this and cinematic game highlights from Minnesota-Ohio State and Penn State-Northwestern games. Remember,
The College Football Playoff committee released its second ranking Tuesday night, and the biggest story is Iowa's move up to No. 5 in the new poll.
For years, I have listened to my fellow pundits around the country make comments and predictions about Big Ten basketball. Whether it be that they felt it was a “down year,” or if the style of play just doesn’t provide a favorable matchup for Big Ten teams, I always got the feeling that they never took a good enough look at what makes Big Ten basketball elite.
And as November flies by, so too do our weekly installments of the Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday posts. It seems like only – let’s see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – nine weeks ago that we kicked this all off. And to think they said it wouldn’t last.* (* Nobody really said that.) Please, take note: We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat (bigtennetwork). And we have links to available highlights below, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan
There are three weeks left in the season, and both Big Ten division races remain up for grabs. But know this: Iowa is in firm control in the West. In the East, Ohio State is in the driver’s seat. Both are unbeaten, the last perfect teams in the Big Ten.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.