Which first-year players are worth watching as the 2017 season inches closer? Check out Tom Dienhart's freshmen focus.
Every head coach has a side of the ball he was “brought up in” and is associated with. Some come with an offensive background; others were raised on the defensive side of the ball. In the Big Ten, offense has the edge, as eight of the 14 head coaches have an offensive background.
Get out your calendar and find a red Sharpie. It’s time to make your Saturday plans for September to November. What’s the best game each week that you must watch? It’s all here in my Ultimate 2017 Big Ten Schedule.
Injuries are a part of football. And sometimes, they can ruin a team’s season. Last season saw several key Big Ten players miss significant time due to injury. Here is a look at the top player from each squad who missed a lot of time after suffering an injury in 2016 and hopes for better times in 2017.
Not all schedules are created equally. And college football may be the sport most impacted by scheduling, especially in today's divisional setup. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's ranking of the Big Ten West schedules inside.
A tough stretch of games can make or break a team’s season. Here is BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's pick for the “toughest stretch” of each Big Ten team’s schedule.
Upsets. They happen. Ask Iowa fans, who won’t soon forget losing at home to FCS North Dakota State last season. Northwestern can sympathize, as the Wildcats fell at home to Illinois State in 2016. No doubt, more upsets will take place this fall.
Few things get fans more excited than an upset. Most will fondly recall the time their school knocked off a team that it was supposed to lose to. Some upsets of note of recent vintage are Michigan State taking down Ohio State in Columbus in 2015.
They are on every schedule—even your school’s. They are the easy games. You know, games that look like a sure win. Some call them “creampuff games” or “layups.” Get Tom Dienhart's pick for each Big Ten school's easiest game this season.
Look at your school’s schedule. Now, get out a red pen and circle the game you feel is a “must win.” You know, the game that your team can't afford to drop in order to reach its season goals, whether that be bowl eligibility or a division crown.