BTN’s 2015 primetime football schedule will feature the conference’s 2014 West Division Champion Wisconsin Badgers, Cotton Bowl Champion Michigan State and Michigan in its first year under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Athlon Sports recently asked Big Ten personalities, including a quartet of BTN employees, to rank the conference’s best football jobs. [ MORE: athlonsports.com: Ranking Big Ten’s best football jobs ] The top three positions, shall we say, will surprise nobody: 1. Ohio State; 2. Michigan; 3. Penn State. It wasn’t that close, either, as Ohio State, the reigning national champ, received all 11 first-place votes and Michigan garnered nine second-place nods; the other two second-place votes went to Penn State. Wisconsin and Nebraska rounded out the top five, while Michigan State, arguably the Big Ten’s most consistent program over the
There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star
What do Kristen Bell, Lady Gaga and Bette Midler all have in common? They’re all 5-foot-1, the same height as J.J. Watt’s new personal record in the box jump. [ MORE: Check out all of our J.J. Watt coverage ] The former Wisconsin standout and current NFL superstar tweeted the video above Monday morning that captured his incredible 61-inch box jump. Crazy. It’s even wilder to think Watt, all 293 pounds of him, could jump onto the head of any of the three aforementioned stars, from a standing position. Watt, who had cleared 59.5 inches previously, failed to clear the
Few Big Ten schools can match the production that Nebraska has had in the NFL draft the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers have had 37 picks—almost four per draft. And the program also has had four first-rounders. The most prolific position has been defensive back with 11 selections. The offensive line and linebacker (each with seven picks) also have been production positions for producing pros in Lincoln. Nebraska will add to its impressive array of NFL draftees April 30-May 2, with end Randy Gregory projecting as a high first-round pick. Other Cornhuskers who should be selected are wideout Kenny Bell,
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for me to share what you need to know about Big Ten lacrosse from the week that was. Before I get to my latest three points, don’t forget to check out the BTN TV schedule for lacrosse, as well as the BTN Plus live streaming schedule. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten men’s lacrosse standings ] Maryland wins a pair of one-goal games The Terrapins entered the week on an eight-game winning streak but had a couple things working against them. One, faceoff ace Charlie Raffa was still smarting from an injury
Four Big Ten teams held closed out their spring on Saturday, and five more do the same this weekend. As a result, there's a lot of football news in Tom Dienhart's Monday Big Ten links.
For Steve Katsaros, it all started with a nagging idea. Walking by a construction site one evening, he noticed a rope of construction lights all drawing power from a chugging, polluting generator. Immediately, a question came to his mind: Was it necessary? The next day, he went home and sketched a simple but elegant solution to the problem: a solar-powered light bulb. Four days later, the Purdue alum had a patent in hand. “Selling solar lights is how we’re going to change the world,” said Katsaros, who founded a company to market his invention. “It quickly became apparent that the
No. 3 Maryland is still perfect in Big Ten play, and it has Matt Rambo to thank. The sophomore registered the game-winner with 13 seconds left Sunday night to send the Terrapins past Rutgers, 9-8.
Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for Big Ten spring football. Five Big Ten teams have hosted their annual spring game, including Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern, all of which took the field yesterday. Coming up Saturday, it’s Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue’s turns. Get link to watch your team’s game on BTN2Go. The following weekend, Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers (Friday) and Wisconsin close out the Big Ten spring season. Catch up on the highlights and reaction to all of the completed spring games below. MARYLAND Senior wide receiver Marcus Leak hauled in