The race to win the Big Ten West shapes up as a wild and wooly one, with five teams seemingly in the hunt (sorry, Illinois and Purdue). And the opening Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action will give us an early taste of what’s to come with three key West Division tilts: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a nice breakdown of the contenders. My pick? I went with the Gophers to win the West back in August. And, I’m going to stick with them! Meanwhile, the legendary Loren Tate
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. Conventional wisdom says that the best way to make a product more sustainable is eliminate or reduce the need for it to be replaced. But there isn’t anything conventional about the work engineer Scott White and his team do in this space. “We’ve been focused on making things last longer,” said White, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois.
With non-conference play in the books for 12 of 14 teams, it’s finally time to test each other and figure out who is the best in the Big Ten this season. These are the real games where every win and loss will determine who will be making that trip to Indianapolis in December, and that first step begins this weekend. There are three important Big Ten matchups coming up this weekend on BTN. Kicking off a noon ET, No. 22 Michigan makes their first trip to Byrd Stadium to face Maryland, while Minnesota travels to Evanston to clash with No. 16
When Kirk Ferentz announced C.J. Beathard would be the Iowa Hawkeyes’ starting quarterback in 2015, the move created more questions than answers. But in the months since that announcement, Beathard and the Hawkeyes have provided plenty of answers. Undefeated at 4-0, a rolling Iowa team opens the Big Ten portion of the season Saturday at Wisconsin. However, this season may have really started with a decision in December 2014 after Iowa’s 45-28 loss to Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl. In that game, Iowa starting QB Jake Rudock was replaced by Beathard, a sophomore who finished the game 13-of-23 for 145
The non-conference season saw a lot of players emerge and make headlines. But which one stood out the most? Which one was the unofficial MVP of the non-conference season?
On Thursday, the six Big Ten hockey coaches participated in a teleconference to take questions from the media. We post the audio for each coach here. In case you missed it, BTN conducted preseason video intereviews with each Big Ten men’s hockey coach as well as a player from each team. You can watch those interviews right here. Also this week, Michigan was tabbed the favorite in the 2015-16 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday. The coaches also selected a 12-member Preseason Players to Watch list, including four unanimous honorees. Michigan completed the 2014-15 campaign with a conference record of
Conference play begins in earnest, with six Big Ten games. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts that will go a long way in shaping what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Week 5 previews | Polls: Pick Week 5 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Big Ten Mailbag | Q&A: Nate Sudfeld | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of non-conference play ] The perfect Hawkeyes are an early-season surprise, while the Badgers look to
Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin, Saturday’s University of Maryland football game against No. 22 Michigan will now be played at noon ET on BTN. The game was previously scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Additionally, the kickoff time for the Nebraska at Illinois game will now be moved to 4:02 p.m. ET from 3:30 p.m. ET. Use our TV GameFinder for complete TV listing updates.
In Thursday's spin around the headlines for Big Ten football, we look at a story that points out how Michigan's loss to Utah is looking better and better. Plus, who's running the offense at Ohio State? How serious is Wisconsin running back Corey Clement's injury? Look - great old pictures from the 1973 Penn State-Army game! Read these stories and more in our daily digest of Big Ten news.
This Saturday on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” at 10:30 a.m. ET, we air a special feature on Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh, who was born in Sierra Leone, Africa just as that country’s civil war was escalating. Watch a small clip here, then tune in for the entire feature. We will also post the feature on BTN.com after it airs. In the first five years of Darboh’s life, more than 35,000 people were killed in that civil war, including Darhoh’s parents. A group of Darboh’s relatives escpaped with the boy travelling on foot to Gambia and Senegal before getting the