Like most of you, I’ve spent the summer months anxiously counting down the days to the college football season. And now, here we are just a few days away from what is surely to be an exciting ninth year of coverage here on BTN. It all starts on Friday with Illinois hosting Kent State, followed by Illinois State at Iowa on Saturday. With a new season of college football comes the opportunity of taking a deeper look into those unique and sometimes quirky statistical facts, which most fans may not be aware of. Here are five facts you should know
Finally, it is game week! Hallelujah! Even better: The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Ohio State’s visit to Blacksburg, Virginia, to play Virginia Tech.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
It was a fun day in the BTN.com department Tuesday morning. Two days before Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) kick off the 2015 season, we held our annual Big Ten fantasy draft.
Week 1 of the 2015 season is here. Finally, all of the talk, analysis and conjecture are finished. It’s time to put up or shut up on the field and throw away your preview magazines.
Kickoff week is here. Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) kick off the Big Ten football season Thursday night, and the games continue every day through Monday night.
Who wins Week 1 Big Ten football games? See the BTN.com panel's picks, plus Illinois beat writer Bob Asmussen's, and vote for your 14 winners inside.
With the annual BTN summer bus tour complete and the season kicking off Thursday night, it's time for BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's preseason Big Ten Power Rankings. See the full list inside.
Six Big Ten teams in the preseason AVCA poll was great. Seven teams in the first regular-season poll is even greater. Yes, half of the Big Ten teams are represented in the latest AVCA poll, highlighted by No. 1 Penn State, released Monday. The reigning national champion Nittany Lions went 3-0 last week to remain atop the poll. The other Big Ten teams ranked include: No. 4 Nebraska, which received one first-place vote, No. 6 Illinois, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 22 Ohio State and No. 24 Purdue, which debuts in the poll after winning its first
If movies like “Revenge of the Nerds” are to be believed, one of the things that has long separated the brainy from the brawny is the latter’s participation in sports and other regular physical activity. While there may be some truth to that stereotype, professors at the University of Illinois recently found that 9- and 10-year-olds who have good cardiorespiratory health — usually the product of regular exercise — tend to have “thinner” grey matter in their brains than their less-fit counterparts. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells and blood vessels in the cerebrum is associated with better