The 2015 MLB regular season came to a close Sunday afternoon, so there’s no better time to take a look at how former Big Ten players fared. It was a strong season for several Big Ten names, in addition to a handful of Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers products who starred at their schools before they entered the conference. Seven players aren’t done playing, either. Clayton Richard (Michigan) and Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), both with the Cubs, J.A. Happ (Northwestern) and Tony Watson (Nebraska), both with the Pirates, Brett Cecil (Maryland), of the Blue Jays, Alex Gordon (Nebraska), of the Royals, and Kevin Plawecki (Purdue),
If you like offense, you will love this week's edition of Big Ten Player Rankings. See BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman's latest lists inside.
A full slate of Big Ten games is on tap with all 14 teams in action. And the “big one” is up in the Big House, where 4-1 Michigan will take on 5-0 Northwestern in a fascinating inter-divisional clash.
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Time to sift through my inbox for some good emails to answer. And, from the look of things, some people like me ... but many don't. And, that's OK! Onto the mail room!!!
We here at Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday headquarters have reviewed this week’s wide sampling of available GIFs, and we couldn’t help but realize that the weather has surely turned. More on this thought in a moment, but for now look back fondly at previous episodes from Week 1 and Week 2 and Week 3. Oh, and Week 4. And are you into social media? Come on, everyone is doing it. BTN is on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with in-game highlights all season long. And we’re on Vine and Instagram, too. And Snapchat (bigtennetwork). Here are links to collections of available highlights on Twitter. BTN
Drew Brees (Purdue) is the obvious headliner when it comes to former Big Ten players in Week 4 NFL action. But others, such as Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), Robbie Gould (Penn State) and Charles Woodson (Michigan), to name a few, also had big days.
Kirk Cousins is, and always will be, a big deal in East Lansing, Michigan. The former Michigan State quarterback is finding his professional home to his liking, too. [ MORE: Watch ex-Big Ten standouts’ Week 4 @NFL highlights ] Cousins, the Washington Redskins starting quarterback, tweeted the picture above Saturday afternoon, soon after Connor Cook beat his all-time wins record in Michigan State’s win over Purdue. (For the record, Cousins is just fine being No. 2 now.) Hours after receiving the “royal” treatment at his local Chipotle, Cousins threw a touchdown pass (watch it!) in the final seconds to lead
It is difficult to believe Iowa is ranked in both polls for the first time since … 2010? This is the ninth different Iowa team to get ranked during the 17-season Kirk Ferentz era. Four of those teams — 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009 — ended the season in the Top 10. This is a good sign. *** Indiana has a big game at Penn State this Saturday. How will the Hoosiers perform coming off an emotional near-win vs. No. 1 Ohio State? It will tell us a lot about this IU squad. And it would help the Hoosiers’ cause
There was a lot of talk about Nebraska's late 3rd-and-7 play call in Saturday's loss at Illinois. The play, a designed quarterback bootleg, saw Armstrong roll out and toss an incomplete pass, leaving valuable time on the clock for Illinois' game-winning touchdown drive.