We have reached the midway point of the 2015 season and very little has gone as planned. Look back at the preseason poll released in August and it is nothing like the current standings through ten matches of conference play. The nation’s toughest volleyball conference has always been unpredictable, but now a scrambled Big Ten title race features none of the preseason top four in the No. 1 spot. That position is held by a team that did not even reach the postseason a year ago — Hugh McCutcheon’s 10-1 Golden Gophers. A season after dropping out of the Top
Last weekend finally provided a moment where both Ohio State and Michigan State could exhale. The Buckeyes, behind J.T. Barrett’s five total touchdowns in his first start of the season, took care of Rutgers in New Jersey, narrowly missing a shutout. Meanwhile in East Lansing, Connor Cook finished two yards shy of 400 yards passing as the Spartans rolled to a 26-point victory against Indiana. Both teams head into their bye week’s with the conference’s only 8-0 marks (Iowa will look to join them this week when they host Maryland). [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule |
Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the best Big Ten-themed costumes and pumpkins. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten Player Ranking ] Earlier this week, we saw an incredible ‘stunned Michigan fan’ pumpkin. Well today I came across a pumpkin with the “Zeke Leap” carved into it. Take a look at the top of this post. Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott or Connor Cook? [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Both Big Ten stars had outstanding individual performances this past weekend. But who takes the top spot in this week’s Big Ten Player Rankings? Let’s find out! It’s time for BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman to release their updated Big Ten
With Jerry Kill gone from Minnesota, the Gophers take on Michigan for the Little Brown Jug. BTN's Tom Dienhart takes his weekly look at the best of Saturday's games complete with an upset alert, best coaching matchup, player on the spot, and more.
BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2015 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments, as well as delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. BTN’s women’s soccer tournament coverage* will begin with Illinois at Penn State on Nov. 1 at 3 P.M. ET. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 3:30 P.M. ET on Friday, Nov. 6, with the second game to follow at 6 P.M. ET. The championship game will air live
In honor of Halloween this Saturday, who is the scariest player in the Big Ten? I asked some esteemed and sage members of the Big Ten media corps. Read what they told me, then you tell me: Who would scare you the most among all Big Ten football players? Brian Bennett, ESPN.com: Ohio State’s Joey Bosa. He just keeps coming and coming, like Jason Voorhees or the Terminator, and he haunts the dreams of offensive tackles like Freddy Krueger. Mike Griffith, Mlive.com: Michigan State’s Malik McDowell is a 6-6, 285-pound destroyer. He is a Freshman All-American and the best nose tackle in
News of Jerry Kill’s abrupt retirement stirred the Big Ten yesterday. It was a sad day for college football, as the sport lost one of its good guys. Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has a look at how Kill was struggling with his medications. And here is a good look back at Kill’s three-decade career. He was one of the best on many levels and will be missed. We all wish him good health and a happy life. But how will this impact the program he leaves behind? Can Minnesota retain the momentum Kill has started? [MORE:
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. Its name is Iggy. Its wild, colorful design and lively movements mirror the sunny, energetic disposition of its creator — a bright-eyed little girl who controls Iggy’s very movements with a flick of her wrist. Iggy is a robot, one created using HandiMate, a toolkit from Purdue University professor Karthik Ramani and graduate student Ansh Verma. “We learn a lot of things
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer make their Big Ten game predictions.