The BTN tour bus has been put in park. It’s time for some football! I have had a few days to absorb and contemplate what I have seen and here is my inaugural Big Ten Football Power Poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Polls: Pick your Week 1 winners | Best of Week 1 | Big Ten, A-Z ] Speaking of the summer football tour, it’s not too late to go back and catch up on our 14-campus trip and all of the coverage. We started at Indiana, ended in Purdue, and BTN produced a whole bunch of video right
Another August, another Big Ten Network tour in the books. I have been on five now. And for a guy who loves football, food and fun, I feel lucky. Here is a fun look at the Best of the 2016 BTN Bus Tour. [ MORE: Relive all of Tom Dienhart’s football tour coverage ] FAVORITE CAMPUSES Penn State. The place belongs on a postcard, nestled in the hills of central Pennsylvania. Go ahead and put on your letterman’s jacket and stroll across campus for a dip of Alumni Swirl ice cream at the Berkley Creamery. Michigan. No Big Ten campus
The Big Ten office released the official 2016-17 men’s basketball conference schedule. [ MORE: View BTN’s loaded non-conference schedule ] It all gets started Dec. 27, with a quartet of games. Reigning Big Ten champ Indiana opens its title defense the following day, Dec. 28, vs. Nebraska. Check out the full conference slate below. DECEMBER 27 Illinois at Maryland Michigan State at Minnesota Northwestern at Penn State Rutgers at Wisconsin 28 Iowa at Purdue Nebraska at Indiana 30 Northwestern at Michigan State *** JANUARY 1 Michigan at Iowa Minnesota at Purdue Nebraska at Maryland Ohio State at Illinois Penn State
The slate features six matchups of teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at Purdue on Nov. 14 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2014 national champion Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State on Dec. 10.
Believe it or not, the Big Ten football season kicks off one week from Thursday. [ MORE: Get all of our BTN bus tour coverage ] It all starts with Minnesota hosting Oregon State and former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen on Thursday, Sept. 1 at TCF Bank Stadium. Before the games start, as we do every year, we wanted to take a look at all 14 Big Ten teams’ schedule posters. See your Big Ten team’s 2016 schedule poster(s) below. ILLINOIS #PosterSwag FBS Football Poster Social Vote: RETWEET this to vote for: @IlliniAthletics @IlliniFootball pic.twitter.com/1khntBTg7c — Poster Swag (@PosterSwag) August
Defending NCAA Champion Nebraska was unanimously chosen as the Big Ten Conference favorite for the 2016 volleyball season, as voted on by the conference’s 14 head coaches, it was announced on Tuesday. After claiming their fourth national title last season, the Cornhuskers top the preseason poll for the first time since 2012. NCAA semifinalist and defending Big Ten Champion Minnesota was picked to finish second, while Wisconsin was tabbed third. Penn State was voted to finish fourth, while Illinois rounded out the top five of the preseason poll in fifth place. View the full preseason poll and All-Big Ten Team
The Rio Olympics came to a close Sunday night. Now, it’s time to take a look back at how all of the Big Ten names, past, present and future, fared on the big stage in Brazil. The Big Ten boasted 154 overall representatives, including coaches with conference ties. All 14 Big Ten schools were represented in Rio, with Michigan leading the way with 30 representatives (24 competitors and six coaches). Catch up on how Big Ten athletes, starting with the medal winners, did in Rio below. GOLD Derek Drouin (Indiana), Track & Field (high jump), Canada: Cleared 2.38 meters to
Rolling through the hills of Pennsylvania on the Big Ten Network bus, what better time than now to dip into my Big Ten Mailbag? Exactly. I look at the continued perceived disrespect of Michigan State. And would Wisconsin be the West Division fav if it had a veteran QB? How will Purdue’s schedule break down? That and more. Let’s go! You certainly disrespected Michigan State if your story of “best chance for Big Ten teams to get upset.” Are the Spartans now chopped liver? Looks like you just fall in line with others, overlooking Sparty. Interesting. – Roger Elliott Look,
Lilly King, 19, claimed gold and set an Olympic record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.93) Monday night, besting Russian rival Yulia Efimova, who has failed two drug tests and served a 16-month suspension, in one of the Olympics' most anticipated events.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Let’s get this out of the way right now: This is the most talented team in Kevin Wilson’s tenure in Bloomington. He has continually improved recruiting and has enhanced speed over the years. But Wilson continues to look for a breakthrough win—and a winning record, something IU hasn’t had since 2007. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Indiana practice ] With that out of the way, let’s get to my best of Indiana practice. Most impressive player: Dan Feeney. The All-American guard didn’t disappoint. He plays with the hard, aggressive edge of a defensive lineman.