The 12th stop on our annual summer BTN bus tour across the Big Ten brought us to Columbus, Ohio, where we watched the Buckeyes practice Monday night. [ MORE: Ohio State practice notebook | See our Ohio State tweets ] Here are five things I learned at Ohio State practice. 1. The receivers look good. This was one unit that suffered some significant attrition with Devin Smith and Evan Spencer gone. But the Buckeyes have a legit star/No. 1 in junior Michael Thomas, one of the nation’s most underrated wideouts. There also is sophomore Noah Brown, sophomore Terry McLaurin and
On Monday evening, the BTN bus stopped in Columbus, Ohio, to watch the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. Check out our guys' tweets from the practice inside.
Four Big Ten players made ESPN’s preseason All-American Team, and all four are Ohio State Buckeyes. [ MORE: View ESPN’s preseason All-Big Ten team ] The defending national champions put running back Ezekiel Elliott, offensive guard Pat Elflein, defensive end Joey Bosa and safety Vonn Bell on the publication’s annual preseason list. The four players are the most of any team, one more than Southern Cal, which had one player on offense, defense and special teams. Here’s what ESPN’s Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) says about the four Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott “The star of the postseason a year ago, the junior is
It’s a copycat world. A team has success with a new system or wrinkle, no matter the sport, other teams are certain to give it a try, too. [ MORE: Like this post? View our full Gone Viral section ] Fans know it. Analysts know it. Players know it. And coaches know it. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is no exception. The former Michigan State defensive coordinator recently told The Griff & Grinz Show in East Lansing that Ohio State won the national championship using Michigan State’s defense. “Ohio State’s facing the same problem (against offenses), because they stole our defense,
Before Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kick off the 2015 season Thursday, Sept. 3, it's time to take our annual look at the Big Ten's 2015 schedule posters.
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten East top newcomers. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player | West most exciting player ] This is always a fun category to consider, because everyone gets excited about the new guys, the players we’ve heard so much about. Who is your leading candidate for Big
The court at State Farm Center will be named “Lou Henson Court,” the school announced in a press conference Monday. [ MORE: Like this post? View our full Gone Viral section ] Henson, 83, went 423-224, including 214-164 in Big Ten play, in 21 seasons (1975-76 to 1995-96) in Champaign; he’s best known for guiding the 1988-89 Illini, appropriately nicknamed the Flyin’ Illini, to the 1989 Final Four. See a picture of the new State Farm Center court design in the tweet above. And watch @IlliniMBB‘s tribute to Henson in the video below.
Kevin Wilson has made Indiana a better program in his four seasons. But, he has no bowl appearance to show for it. That may change in 2015. The talent level is at an all-time high under Wilson, who has a good offensive system and an idea of how to win in Bloomington. The offense looks good once again. But, success may come down to an often maligned defense delivering the goods. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Indiana practice. 1. Is the o-line dominating? This has a chance to be a very good front. Maybe even (gasp!) one
You have questions, and I have answers in my latest Big Ten Mailbag, this one from the Big Ten Network bus. Keep those cards and letters coming.
Chances are, you’ve heard about the Jim Harbaugh-inspired FOX Sports 1 bus that is traveling from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Salt Lake City, Utah. The bus, decked out in Harbaugh’s go-to outfit, visited Big Ten Network studios Monday morning. Analyst Dave Wannstedt, Cleatus, the FOX robot, and several guys dressed as Harbaugh, among others, filled the bus. Watch the bus’ arrival at Big Ten Network in the video above. Michigan opens the 2015 season at Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Here are a few more shots of the bus: