From the player on the spot to the best coaching matchup, our Tom Dienhart gets you ready for Week 4 Big Ten football with his weekly Best of the Big Ten. Can you guess which team is on upset alert this Saturday?
Penn State’s offensive line improvement has been nothing short of amazing. It’s been a mixed bag in the running game for Michigan State so far this season. Purdue’s biggest weapon so far this season has been their ability to force turnovers. Get the stats behind these statement and a few others from the @BTNStatsGuys, then follow them on Twitter for more on game days.
Ohio State has a starting quarterback. Wisconsin may get Corey Clement back. And one writer has a name to be the next Illinois football coach, and it might surprise you. Read those stories and more in Thursday's edition of Big Ten links.
The origin of the name “Indiana,” which essentially means “Land of the Indians,” testifies to the fact that the area was once home to Native Americans. And in historical terms, that time wasn’t so distant: About two centuries ago, settlements of tribes such as the Shawnee and Miami could be found throughout most of the state. Today, Indiana University is providing resources and support to help Native American tribes — devastated by generations of war, disease and displacement — reconnect to their rich heritage. It’s something Benjamin Barnes, second chief of the Shawnee Tribe, experienced firsthand this summer. Barnes, IU’s
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Former Michigan basketball player and current Philadelphia 76ers guard Nik Stauskas is a man of many talents. The 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year can play basketball, obviously, but he also can do the weather in a pinch. Stuaskas got the opportunity to stand in front of the green screen while visiting Breakfast Television Vancouver on Wednesday morning. And, all things considered, he did pretty well. The best part? This moment was tough to top: “Fort, uh, what is that?” Stauskas asked, while delivering the current temperatures, listed in Celsius, about Ft. McMurray. “I’ve never heard of that before.” Stauskas
Week 4 is bursting at the seams with 14 games. None have national implications, but all will go a long way in shaping the fortunes of the Big Ten and its postseason hopes. There are just two road games—and they are intriguing: Indiana at Wake Forest and Maryland at West Virginia. And how cool will the BYU at Michigan tilt be? Exactly.
Everyone can enjoy a walk-on who defies odds and turns into a star, right? If so, few Big Ten football fans need an introduction to former Michigan State receiver Blair White, a walk-on in 2007 to an All-Big Ten first-teamer in 2009.
The Maryland Terrapins will host the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Oct. 3 in both teams’ first Big Ten Conference game of the season, and BTN is bringing its show on the road. Both the 10:30 a.m. ET and evening editions of BTN Football Pregame will broadcast from just outside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET. Kevin Kugler will handle the play-by-play duties for the game, with Matt Millen providing analysis and Lisa Byington reporting from the sideline. Host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will anchor
Iowa is one of five Big Ten unbeatens. And that’s a bit of surprise for a program that many had modest expectations for in 2015. But, Hawkeye running back Jordan Canzeri had no reservations that this could be a big season in Iowa City.