It has been an interesting week with the release of the first College Football Playoff poll creating ripples across the landscape. I take a look at that and other items in my Hard Takes. Remember: Seven games on Saturday (full scoreboard here). On BTN, it’s Illinois at Purdue at noon ET, then Wisconsin at Maryland and Rutgers at Michigan, both at 3:30 p.m. ET. use the BTN TV GameFinder to get your TV information. 1. So, the first College Football Playoff poll was revealed. I hope you didn’t get too revved up over what you saw. It means little, especially
It’s a historical week for the Big Ten. With a 31-15 victory over Maryland last Saturday, Iowa continues to keep pace with Ohio State and Michigan State as the three remaining undefeated teams in the conference. But what makes this so special is that the Big Ten has three teams who have all reached 8-0 for the first time in 112 seasons. It was last accomplished in 1903 when Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern all started a perfect 8-0. [ MORE: Week 10 previews | Week 10 scoreboard | Polls: Pick your Week 10 winners | Big Ten standings | Big
It’s a full load of games this Saturday, as all 14 teams are in action. But this comes with a warning: There is a noticeable lack of marquee appeal. Still, don’t be lulled to sleep. Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa all look to continue their perfect marches. Will any of the unbeaten fall?
This season we rolled “Extreme Highlights,” a fun way to spotlight a few amazing plays from our Big Ten football games. If you follow the Big Ten Network on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, you’ve seen these fun plays throughout the fall. In case you haven’t seen them, we’ve compiled them below from our YouTube page (which you should also check out and keep an eye on all season). Keep an eye out for the following things: A disco ball, a jet pack, a brick wall, a bar of soap, a very large baseball glove, a magnet, and, well, so much
Time and again over the years, I have heard many coaches roll out the old quote “They play the games to remember in November.” Well, the calendar says November, so here are the seven biggest Big Ten games that will shape the league race down the stretch. Two of them go down this Saturday. Lots of good football left to go, and every game has major implications. 1. Michigan State at Ohio State, Nov. 21. The Big Ten’s 2015 version of the “Game of the Century.” This tilt has been circled on our calendars since the first college football preview mag
On Wednesday, BTN's Dave Revsine talked to Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff Executive Director, an they discussed the new championship sites, the latest rankings and more. Also, Pat Forde has news on Purdue's Darrell Hazell while Michigan State's offensive line appears to be healthier. What's sparked the improvement in Penn State's Christian Hackenberg lately? And Michigan expects Jake Rudock to play this weekend.
The Big Ten announced the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament bracket on Wednesday, with Ohio State earning the No. 1 seed after clinching the outright Big Ten Championship with a 3-1 win over Michigan on Wednesday. The title marks the fourth for the Buckeyes, and their first since 2009. The tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Maryland won the Big Ten Tournament title. Michigan State earned the No. 8 seed in the tournament, and will take on No. 9 Penn State in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 7, in
Who wins Week 10 Big Ten football games? See the BTN.com team's picks, including Northwestern writer Henry Bushnell, and cast your seven winners inside.
The college football season is coming down the stretch, and the Big Ten MVP argument is heating up.
One day after releasing the initial College Football Playoff rankings, the CFP announced future title game locations Wednesday afternoon. [ MORE: 5 Big Ten teams make first CFP rankings ] The winners: Atlanta (2018), Santa Clara, California (2019) and New Orleans (2020). The CFP previously announced title game sites for this season (Glendale, Arizona) and next season (Tampa, Florida). Big Ten cities Detroit and Minneapolis were in the running for the 2018-20 games, but did not end up receiving a bid, for one reason or another. Here’s what Bill Hancock had to say about the Big Ten cities: Will the