Soon the Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox. But before we get to that game, watch our annual season-in-review video. Our Saturday pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the game broadcast. BTN/BTN2Go will also have a postgame show following the FOX broadcast. More coverage: Championship game scoreboard | Video highlights on Twitter | Instagram photos from BTN and The Journey | BTN Vine
We’re covering the Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis this weekend and we broke out a 360-degree camera to take for a test drive. See a short clip from the sideline as the Michigan State Spartans walked through their light practice on Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. Don’t forget: Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET. Our pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the
Earlier, I looked at Michigan State and Iowa position-by-position on offense. Here is a look at the Spartans and Hawkeyes on defense on special teams. Who has the edge?
Two teams. One conference championship. Who has the edge when Michigan State and Iowa meet on Saturday night under the glow of the Lucas Oil Stadium lights in Indianapolis? Who knows for sure? That’s why they play the games. Still, that won’t stop me from taking a look at each offensive unit for each team. Let the comparisons on offense begin. QUARTERBACKS Have right arm, will travel. Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the Big Ten’s ultimate sheriff, the best signal-caller in the Big Ten. The senior is hitting 57.6 percent of his passes with 2,730 yards, 24 touchdowns and just four
Our crew for ‘The Journey” is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship game and posting some great shots to their Instagram account. Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the game broadcast. Here are a few of the shots. See more over on Instagram.
Looking forward to a great weekend of college wrestling highlighted by the Cliff Keen Invitational where five Big Ten teams will toe the line. But first a couple thoughts from this past week in the Big Ten. Rutgers jumped five spots to No. 11 in the Intermat dual meet rankings following a pair of victories at last Sunday’s “Grapple In The Garden” in New York City including a 21-13 win over Cornell. The Scarlet Knights are led by No. 3 Anthony Ashnault. The first ever undefeated, four time New Jersey state champion improved to 9-0 on the young season. I
How often do we see a game come down to a kicker needing to boot a field goal in the dying seconds to win a game? It happens usually once a season for most teams. Sometimes a few times. What’s my point? Don’t ignore the kickers in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night, as the league championship and a spot in the playoffs may come down to their toes. Let’s meet them. MICHIGAN STATE: Michael Geiger, 5-8, 186, junior Who can forget the image of Geiger sprinting downfield whirling an arm after nailing 41-yard field goal as time expired
Before heading off to Indianapolis to cover this weekend’s Big Ten Football Championship between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan State Spartans, I canvased the globe for predictions on the outcome. I even got a pick from Tom Arnold. Yes, THAT Tom Arnold. Behold the plethora of picks—88 in all. Writers, broadcasters, talent scouts and even a Heisman Trophy winner chimed in. It’s an illustrious list. And, as you can see, my experts like Michigan State, as the Spartans were picked 72 times. The Hawkeyes? Just 16. One guest expert even predicts three overtimes. IOWA (16) Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids
With D.J. Durkin off to coach Maryland, Michigan needs a defensive coordinator. Mlive.com has some names. Hey, Greg Mattison is still on staff. He was DC under Brady Hoke and did a nice job. Jim Leavitt? I like it. He was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff with the 49ers. An intense and smart coach who oozes passion. On the subject of Durkin, who was introduced has head coach on Thursday in College Park, was his hire a risk? Sure it was. All hires are. They guy never has been a head coach. And he has no ties to the east. A lot
With water shortages in California and other western states threatening the viability of wineries there, it was probably just a matter of time before an enterprising team devised a system to better manage grape-growing operations amid those changing conditions. And indeed, a group recently established VinSense LLC to do exactly that. But what’s surprising is where it’s based — on the campus of Purdue University, right in the middle of corn country. Why Purdue? The answer begins with David Ebert, Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the university and co-founder and chief technology officer at VinSense. An