The countdown to kickoff has begun. We are one day away from the start of the 2016 Big Ten football season. Until then, here are 14 bold predictions to prime the pump for the 2016 season. Illinois: The Illini will miss a bowl, but they will win one game they aren’t supposed to, beat the teams they are supposed to beat and be competitive in losses. And the expression on Lovie Smith’s face never will change. Indiana: The defense will go from bad to solid as the Hoosiers push to back-to-back bowls for the first time since 1990-91. Kevin Wilson
Two days away from kickoff, I'm sorting through my mail bag on a hot August afternoon, answering your questions and wishing the season would get here quicker. Let’s go!
Who wins Week 1 Big Ten football games? There's 14 of them, including seven on BTN/BTN2Go, and you can select your winners for all of them inside.
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. Listen to your coach below.
Welcome to 2016! And the Big Ten kicks off in style, as all 14 teams are in action over a three-day period. But there is one marquee clash, as LSU plays Wisconsin in iconic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The 2016 Big Ten football season kicks off Thursday night, with Indiana at Florida International and Oregon State at Minnesota (9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go). [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten Power Rankings ] Michigan State will take on Furman on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2G0, before the rest of the conference gets things started Saturday. View the full Week 1 schedule. In order to get you ready for kickoff, I put together a fun list, highlighting everything you need to know heading into the season. Here’s an A-Z look at the 2016 Big Ten
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.