Year Two in the Big Ten did not go smoothly for Maryland. A season after going 7-6 (4-4 Big Ten) and to a bowl, the Terrapins flopped to the basement of the Big Ten East. The problems were numerous and ultimately cost Randy Edsall his job in October.
That “chip on the shoulder” just keeps getting bigger and bigger for Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans. Back in August, ESPN misspelled Dantonio’s name on SportsCenter, referring to him as Mike D’Antoni, who was a former NBA head coach, most notably with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. Now, another mishap on Dantonio’s name has gone viral, this one coming on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The SI cover features MSU quarterback Connor Cook with the subhead reading, “How ‘Mike’ Dantonio rebuilt the Spartans.” Michael Rosenberg, a well-respected reporter who wrote the story, took to
We are one month into the college basketball season, and conference play is just around the corner. Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland look to be a cut-above the rest of the Big Ten pack. But which Big Ten hoops team has been the most pleasant surprise so far? I asked some writers who cover the league for their opinion. Jon McNamara, BadgerBlitz.com: I’d have to say Northwestern. 9-1 with the only loss to North Carolina. There’s a chance the Wildcats break their NCAA tournament streak this year. Doug Bucshon, OrangeandBlueNews.com: Northwestern. Coming off of a 10th place finish in the B1G a
With no practice scheduled this past Tuesday, the Northwestern football team probably had way more fun than you did. The proof is in this video. Team staff called in a video game truck, laser tag, and bubble soccer. Watch the intensity of the players in the bubble soccer game. It reminds us of another fun event Northwestern held for their players earlier this season, Anyone remember the Halloween costumes? Pat Fitzgerald and the players got together to plan a surprise on the assistant coaches for that Friday’s bye week practice. Coach Fitzgerald and the team dressed in Halloween costumes for
BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24. Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl coverage begins on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. ET with updates on the Spartans from Cotton Bowl Media Day. Rose Bowl Media Day coverage will also air on Tuesday, Dec. 29, bringing viewers up to
Back in August, neither school envisioned being here. But, that’s the cold, hard reality. The Holiday Bowl isn’t a bad place to be. It’s just not a playoff game or Selection Committee bowl. [ 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 ] Now, who really wants to be here and will play like it? That may be the biggest key to this game. The Badgers have had to deal with injuries but still excelled,
What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication's projections, the catch up on the rest today's news from around the Big Ten.
With each passing day, it seems there’s an announcement of some new application for aerial drones. Major retailers have experimented with using these machines for high-speed delivery. And consumers can readily access a variety of remote-controlled, pilotless aircraft for their own purposes, ranging from land surveying to photographing homes for sale. None of those drones, however, are quite like the one being created by Francisco Javier Diez and his team at Rutgers University. Diez, an associate professor at the school’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is constructing a drone with unparalleled versatility: It will be able to function underwater
There were two Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action on Wednesday night. Ohio State kicked things off with a 67-54 win over Northern Illinois on BTN. With the victory, the Buckeyes improved to 5-5 on the season. Minnesota closed out the evening with an impressive 70-52 victory over Chicago State. Catch up on all of the action with our Big Ten scoreboard. Check out some of the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten basketball action.
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer made their Big Ten game predictions.