Michigan State closed out its season with an uninspiring 38-0 loss to Alabama in this year’s College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Despite the loss, this was an outstanding year for Mark Dantonio and the Spartans, finishing 12-2 and winning a Big Ten championship. With the graduation of Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun, Jack Allen and several other key players from this year’s team, the Spartans will have a number of important questions that need to be addressed heading into next season. Here is a look at five burning questions facing Dantonio and the Spartans in 2016. Who
Playing quarterback in the NFL is a one of the most demanding jobs in sports. In 2015, five of the NFL’s 32 teams called former Big Ten quarterbacks their starters for more than half of their 16 regular season games. Take a moment to test your knowledge and see if you can name all five of those Big Ten names and their teams before reading the rest of my story here. So how did you do? Of course, we have Michigan’s Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Purdue’s Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints). More recently, the Big Ten has produced
Our first Super Wednesday of the Big Ten men’s basketball season was a success. Maryland cruised to an impressive 88-63 win over Rutgers in the first game of the evening. Ohio State followed that with a 65-56 victory over Northwestern. The Buckeyes have beaten the Wildcats in 28 of the last 29 meetings between the two teams. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] With both games on BTN, we were able
It's so very early but who do you see making the 2016 Big Ten football title game? What's the outlook for Michigan in 2016? These are a few of the questions readers sent in, and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart tackles them all in his weekly mailbag.
Indiana honored the 1976 Hoosiers squad on the 40th anniversary of that team';s national championship season. One publication graded both the Michigan and Michigan State football teams. And Rutgers is eyeing new facilities. Those stories top our Wednesday collection of Big Ten headlines.
With the return of BTN’s Super Wednesday weekly men’s basketball doubleheader, we’re rolling out Court Pass on BTN2Go once again. This is where we turn the BTN TV cameras on at each Big Ten basketball venue 30 minutes before each Wednesday game on BTN and live stream the video via BTN2Go.com and the BTN2Go app. There are a few nifty parts to Court Pass on BTN2Go, including the fact that you can see both teams warm up, catch the atmosphere at the arena as fans get ready, and often hear the bands play before the games tip off. Also, every Court
There were three Big Ten men's basketball games on Tuesday night, highlighted by two contests on BTN.
Ohio State sophomore sensation Kelsey Mitchell has just earned her second national and Big Ten Player of the Week awards of the season. It’s an acknowledgement she didn’t even realize she’d received when I spoke with her. If I had to summarize Kelsey in one word, it would be humble. She is a person who cares greatly about her family and friends, is willing to sacrifice for the betterment of her team, and has one pretty incredible role model to emulate. Mitchell partially credits the early success of her team to its strong non-conference schedule, one in which she learned
The 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner is coming back to Iowa City, Iowa. [ MORE: These Big Ten stars have declared for 2016 NFL Draft ] Iowa junior cornerback Desmond King announced he will return to school for his senior season in an Instagram post Tuesday. “Feels good to finish my education and to be with my brothers for my senior year,” King wrote. “There will be those that say my decision is wrong but it’s what’s best for me. Let’s make it a good one fellas🏈.” King, who recorded a Big Ten-leading eight interceptions, had until Jan. 18 to
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a right knee injury.