One of the tougher stats to predict every season is interceptions. [ MORE: Sacks leader? | Get all of our preseason coverage ] Consider this: Former Michigan CB Blake Countess followed up his 2013-leading six-interception campaign with zero picks last season. Or this: Darqueze Dennard, a first-round pick in 2014, finished two off the pace in his final season, and Trae Waynes, a first-round pick in 2015, finished three off the pace last season. Who will lead the Big Ten in interceptions this fall? See what our BTN.com team says below: INTERCEPTIONS 2014 leader: William Likely, CB, Maryland & Ohio
The Big Ten will hold its annual media days this Thursday and Friday. Writers, broadcasters, pundits and fans will descend on Chicago. And here is a look at 10 storylines that figure to emerge.
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Rutgers’ 26-24 victory over Michigan in the 2014 Big Ten football season. This game belonged to Rutgers senior quarterback Gary Nova. The former Scarlet Knight signal-caller threw for a career-high 404 yards and three touchdowns as Rutgers picked up a monumental win in front of a sellout home crowd. Andrew Turzilli caught two touchdown passes and Kemoko Turay blocked a Michigan field goal attempt with 3:01 remaining to help secure the win for the Scarlet Knights. Here is a breakdown of Rutgers’ win over Michigan. Top moment: Rutgers defensive end
I took a look at the backup quarterback situations in the Big Ten West yesterday. Today, it's all about the Big Ten East, where Ohio State has a win-win situation.
We're doing Big Ten media days bigger and better than ever before. BTN/BTN2Go will provide more than 13 hours of live coverage, more than double last year’s total, at the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon.
Of the Big Ten’s three new coaches—Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, Nebraska’s Mike Riley, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh–which one figures to have the best debut? One poll tabs Chryst. I’m not gonna disagree with that. *** Who doesn’t enjoy a good walk-on story? Here are the best ones for Penn State from the last 12 years. Does get it get much better than Matt McGloin? As a fifth-year senior, McGloin led the Big Ten with 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns that season and showed new-found efficiency with just five interceptions. *** Big Ten media days begins this Thursday. And Dustin Hockensmith of Pennlive.com
Ohio State football fans won't want to miss the Ohio State Fair this summer. A 2,000-pound butter sculpture featuring a life-sized Urban Meyer will be on display Wednesday through Aug. 9 at The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair in Columbus.
The University of Michigan athletic department has announced that the “Legends” jersey program is officially finished. According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Michigan will retire the numbers 48 (Gerald Ford), 87 (Ron Kramer), 11 (the Wistert brothers), 98 (Tom Harmon), 47 (Bennie Oosterbaan) and 21 (Desmond Howard) in an official ceremony prior to the Wolverines’ Nov. 28 home game against Ohio State. Here is a statement from Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett. “At one end of the spectrum (the current players) are awed by the legacy of the men who wore them and at the other end of the
Look out, Big Ten quarterbacks! Once again, the Big Ten will boast more than its share of premier pass-rushers. In all, the Big Ten returns seven of its top 10 sack leaders. It all starts with Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the year who racked up a Big Ten-best 13.5 sacks in 2014. All of the following guys are back after finishing tied for fourth place with eight sacks: Vince Biegel (Wisconsin), Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State), Darron Lee (Ohio State), Drew Ott (Iowa), Kemoko Turay (Rutgers) and Anthony Zettel (Penn State). After that, don’t
Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams will miss a second straight season after tearing an Achilles tendon. A season ago, he missed the season with a torn ACL.