Earlier I posted my four keys to success for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship. Now, here are my four keys to success for the Michigan State Spartans. 1. Go deep. Look, Connor Cook is the best quarterback in the Big Ten. No one is gonna argue that. Heck, he’s one of the best in the nation. That’s why the Spartans need to chuck it deep vs. an Iowa secondary that is good—but not great. Desmond King is a ball hawk, but he isn’t Charles Woodson. And there isn’t a ton of athletic ability in the Iowa secondary
I’m up and ready for today’s Big Ten Football Championship, and having watched both Iowa and Michigan State play all season long I have my thoughts on what each team needs to do to win. In this post, I give you my four keys for Iowa to succeed on Saturday. 1. Run the ball: It’s pretty simple. This is the bread and butter of Iowa’s attack. It has been dating back to when Hayden Fry took over a massive rehab project in 1979 in Iowa City and built some great teams around backs like Ronnie Harmon, Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, Nick Bell
Space: The Final Frontier. That iconic phrase opened every episode of the original Star Trek series, which featured a team of intrepid space explorers that included the colorful, quotable Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Today, another McCoy is exploring new parts of outer space, even if he’s not actually going there. That would be Jake McCoy, an astrophysics graduate student at the University of Iowa who was recently selected for a three-year NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. It’s hard for even the brightest scientific minds to break into NASA’s orbit, but McCoy managed it on his first attempt. “It was the
The No. 6 Penn State women’s soccer team defeated No. 9 Rutgers, 2-0, Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park to advance to the College Cup Final for the second time in the last four seasons (2012). [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA tournament bracket ] The Nittany Lions held the opposition off the scoreboard for the seventh consecutive match and the 14th time this season. Penn State (21-3-2) took advantage of its first shot attempt of the night, as both defenses did not allow a shot attempt until the 24th minute. Sophomore Frannie Crouse capitalized on a Rutgers miscue
The 2015 Big Ten Football Championship is set to kickoff at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday night. No. 4-ranked Iowa (12-0) will take on No. 5 Michigan State (11-1) for a conference title and a spot in the second annual College Football Playoff. In anticipation for Saturday, here’s an A to Z look at the Big Ten Championship Game. A is for athletes. This game will feature plenty of them. One of the top matchups in this contest will be Iowa cornerback Desmond King vs. Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge. Both are having All-American caliber seasons and both are outstanding
Soon the Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox. But before we get to that game, watch our annual season-in-review video. Our Saturday pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the game broadcast. BTN/BTN2Go will also have a postgame show following the FOX broadcast. More coverage: Championship game scoreboard | Video highlights on Twitter | Instagram photos from BTN and The Journey | BTN Vine
We’re covering the Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis this weekend and we broke out a 360-degree camera to take for a test drive. See a short clip from the sideline as the Michigan State Spartans walked through their light practice on Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. Don’t forget: Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET. Our pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the
Earlier, I looked at Michigan State and Iowa position-by-position on offense. Here is a look at the Spartans and Hawkeyes on defense on special teams. Who has the edge?
Two teams. One conference championship. Who has the edge when Michigan State and Iowa meet on Saturday night under the glow of the Lucas Oil Stadium lights in Indianapolis? Who knows for sure? That’s why they play the games. Still, that won’t stop me from taking a look at each offensive unit for each team. Let the comparisons on offense begin. QUARTERBACKS Have right arm, will travel. Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the Big Ten’s ultimate sheriff, the best signal-caller in the Big Ten. The senior is hitting 57.6 percent of his passes with 2,730 yards, 24 touchdowns and just four
Our crew for ‘The Journey” is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship game and posting some great shots to their Instagram account. Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the game broadcast. Here are a few of the shots. See more over on Instagram.