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:
Several of the universities of the Big Ten are known for great engineering programs. Whether it’s computer science at Illinois, aerospace at Purdue or auto manufacturing at Ohio State, these and other schools in the conference attract students from around the world with dreams of becoming the next Steve Jobs, Neil Armstrong or Henry Ford. A recent international ranking of the best collegiate engineering/technology and computer sciences programs solidified the reputation of the Big Ten as a global STEM powerhouse. According to the Shanghai-based Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the conference is home to eight of the top 50 university engineering
Saturday night marked the 11th stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Rutgers scrimmage notes ] Stop No. 11 of 14 had us visiting Rutgers to watch Kyle Flood’s Scarlet Knights scrimmage at High Point Solutions Stadium. After the scrimmage, our bus traveled west toward Columbus, Ohio, where we will watch the defending national champs practice Monday night. Get host Dave Revsine, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the Rutgers scrimmage below. @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNTOMDIENHART
The BTN bus has left Rutgers , and now it’s time to share some news, notes and nuggets I gathered while watching the Scarlet Knights. This is a roster that looks more Big Ten-caliber than last year. Even better: Rutgers seems to understand what it is: a tough, physical team that will have to out work and out hit teams to win. On offense, the Scarlet Knights want to go downhill and wear down foes. They have the line and backs to do it. Kyle Flood has his players buying into that mentality. This looks like another bowl team if
The annual summer trek through Big Ten country continues as the 11th stop on our tour brought us to Rutgers where we watched the Scarlet Knights scrimmage Saturday night. Here are the fives things I learned at Rutgers. 1. The defensive line should be good. End Kemoko Turay was a revelation last season in his debut, but he missed Saturday’s scrimmage with injury. Senior Darius Hamilton, who could be one of the best tackles in the Big Ten, also didn’t play Saturday. He lacks great bulk but is quick off the ball. RU needs both of these guys 100 percent.
Defending champs Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll in the history of the poll, which dates back to 1950. The Buckeyes got 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. Michigan State is ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, one spot up from the Spartans’ No. 6 ranking in the Coaches’ poll. Wisconsin rounds out the Big Ten teams in the AP poll at No. 20. The full poll is here. Our Summer Football Tour stops in Columbus on Monday with full coverage on BTN