The first full slate of Big Ten games looms with all 14 teams in action vs. one another in seven contests. Top billing: Northwestern at Michigan on BTN/BTN2Go. Can NU remain perfect as it treks to play the white-hot Wolverines? Also, Illinois can show it’s legit by winning at unbeaten Iowa. And Wisconsin visits Nebraska with both teams desperate for success. Here are some hard takes on this Saturday’s action. 1. My pal Mike Huguenin of Gridironnow.com—a site devoted to SEC coverage–compares this year’s Ohio State squad with the 2009 Florida team that finished 13-1 and ranked No. 3. Each
Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber made quite a splash on Wednesday night when he crushed a two-run home run into the river during Chicago’s 4-0 wildcard win over Pittsburgh. He also had an RBI single, and it all brought back memories of Schwarber’s career at Indiana, where he starred at the plate and behind it. In 2012 BTN featured Schwarber and teammate Sam Travis, then known as the latest version of the “Bash Brothers.” “I’m going to crush the ball,” Schwarber told us then about his approach to hitting. “And that’s all you can really think when you’re up there.”
This is the first week of full-scale Big Ten action, with seven conference games. And the headliner is Northwestern at Michigan. But there are other enticing clashes. [ MORE: Week 6 scoreboard | Week 6 previews | Polls: Pick Week 6 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Q&A: Shilique Calhoun | Big Ten Mailbag | Leonte Carroo reinstated | BTN to air No. 1, No. 4 & No. 13-No. 18 this week ] Wisconsin at Nebraska is a meeting of desperate teams. Nebraska is
Who wins Week 6 Big Ten football games? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina, plus Michigan State beat writer, offer their picks inside. Pick your winners, too.
For the past five years Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have battled each Saturday for the right to wear “The Belt,” the reward for picking the most winning games on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show.” Now you can get involved, and even raise “The Belt” victoriously yourself. Here’s what you do: Watch Monday’s “BTN Live” to find out which games to pick. The show airs at 6 p.m. ET. Rank your confidence in your picks from 6 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident) Include your picks – with confidence points – in a video of 30 seconds or
The last couple of weeks, several Big Ten men’s basketball teams have unveiled new uniform designs on social media. Indiana is the latest. Wednesday, the Hoosiers tweeted a picture of their new adidas design, which looks very similar to its classic look, except for one new wrinkle. Indiana will have five stars on its shorts, one for every national title. This is a nice touch, something other teams have done recently. The Ohio State football team had Buckeyes leaves on the back of its jersey collar last season to mark its seven national championships. The Buckeyes went on to win
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.
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. Don’t forget: Lots of video highlights via these links, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights