The Big Ten is home to two of the top three college cities/towns in the U.S., including No. 1, according to a recent Forbes.com ranking. [ MORE: Gallery: View Forbes’ full top 10 best & worst towns ] Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops Forbes’ top 10 college towns, and Iowa City, Iowa, claims the third spot. The town keeping the Big Ten from owning Forbes’ top two spots: College Station, Texas. Here’s what Forbes.com says about Ann Arbor: “Though Ann Arbor gains middling marks for ‘wallet friendliness,’ it scores high on the list for opportunities, and second overall for ‘youth-oriented environment.’
Week 14 in the NFL was a roaring success for several former Big Ten football players. Relive the top individual performances inside.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes out Friday. Are you ready? [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Like millions of others, members of the Minnesota basketball program can’t wait. To help celebrate the film’s opening, the team will be hosting “Star Wars Day: The Barnyard Awakens” on Wednesday night. There’s a video to promote the event, and you can watch it in the tweet above. There also will be plenty of giveaways and Stars Wars-themed entertainment. Student who attend the game vs. Chicago State (8 p.m. ET) will receive a free Star Wars poster and
Holders are an interesting breed. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Football fans rarely, if ever, notice the holder unless he has made a mistake on an extra point or a field goal attempt, usually resulting in a failed kick or an embarrassing failed attempt to reach the end zone/first-down line. Minnesota holder and punter Peter Mortell has done his best to bring attention to the position, the best example coming in this fantastic tweet that yielded more than 13,000 retweets and 17,000 likes. Northwestern holder Christian Salem is doing his part, too.
After eight years, the wait is over for Indiana. Finally, the Hoosiers are going to a bowl game. [ 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 last time it happened was 2007, when Bill Lynch was the coach. In fact, this is just the second time since 1993 that Indiana is in a bowl. Now, Kevin Wilson has the Hoosiers in the postseason in his fifth season on the job. And his
While staffs at Penn State and Ohio State have filled openings, Purdue still has yawning holes at offensive and defensive coordinator. But, it sounds like Darrell Hazell has a timeline for these oh-so-critical hires that probably will make or break his tenure. No pressure. *** Hey-yo! Rutgers has a new offensive coordinator/QB coach. His name: Drew Mehringer. Who is this guy? Dan Duggan of NJ.com has the low-down. Mehringer and RU coach Chris Ash never have worked together. But each has worked with Houston coach Tom Herman. In fact, Mehringer was WR coach at Houston last year. *** The Rose
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.