To call Mike Riley’s debut in Lincoln “bumpy” would be an understatement. His trial run was filled the agony of several close, crushing defeats. There was a loss vs. BYU on a Hail Mary … there was an overtime setback at Miami (Fla.) that squandered a gutty comeback … and on it went in a season noteworthy for its soul-ripping losses that ended 5-7. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] But
A day after the 2015 AP All-America Team was released, it was the Football Writers Association of America’s turn Monday. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The 2015 FWAA All-America Team includes 11 Big Ten players, including five first-team nods: Indiana OL Jason Spriggs, Penn State DL Carl Nassib, Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert, Iowa DB Desmond King and Maryland punt returner William Likely. Nassib and King were first-teamers on the AP’s
How about the top of the Big Ten? Can any conference compete with the Michigan State-Purdue-Maryland trio? Check out Jon Crispin's latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, inside.
Purdue is rolling. Anyone who has seen the Boilermakers play or has taken a look at the Big Ten standings knows it. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Boilermakers are 11-0, all 11 wins coming by double digits, good enough to match No. 1 Michigan State’s perfect start. Why all this talk about a team in a post all about players? Because the undefeated Boilermakers place three players on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.
Minnesota is one of three teams in the nation that is in a bowl despite having a losing record. Regardless of your opinion about 5-7 teams bowling, it’s a chance for the Golden Gophers to finish the season on an up-note after they lost five of their last six games coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons that had fueled optimism. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Minnesota also is looking to end
Undefeated Purdue moves up to No. 9 (AP) and No. 8 (Coaches) in this week's polls, joining No. 1/1 Michigan State and No. 6/7 Maryland in the top 10.
Illinois’ season took a bizarre twist before the first kickoff, as Tim Beckman was fired a week before the opener amid allegations he had mistreated players. The school quickly turned to sage offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, who did a good job keeping the program on track. Alas, he was unable to get the Fighting Illini back to a bowl game after making it in 2014. There were issues on both sides of the ball. The offense struggled to run the ball, ranking last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg) with only 13 TDs on the ground. That short-circuited
The Big Ten office announced its latest Big Ten men's hoops weekly laurels Monday. See all of the honorees inside.
The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my picks for those players: Indiana: QB Nate Sudfeld. The senior is No. 1 in the
A guy nicknamed “Boo” brought the Michigan faithful to its feet Friday night at Yost Ice Arena. [ MORE: Watch more of our favorite #BTNStandout plays ] Senior forward Cristoval “Boo” Nieves delighted the fans with a highlight-reel goal that saw him split three defenders on a rush from his own blueline and go top-corner in the Wolverines’ 8-3 victory over Minnesota. It was a significant goal, too. It broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period and sparked a Michigan run that included six of the game’s final seven goals. Watch Nieves’ individual highlight in the video above