With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season exactly one week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Up first: Top play/moment. Coming up: Most improved player,
Michigan football’s 16-year run of leading the nation in attendance was ended by Ohio State last season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, it looks like the Wolverines have returned atop the leader board. According to CBSSports.com, Michigan was the leader in attendance this season, averaging 110,168 fans per game in 2015, a five-percent increase from 2014. Ohio State ranked second in the nation in attendance this season with an
It’s 9 a.m. on a cold winter morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) main building. A patient named Darrell is sitting in a chair getting medicine that doesn’t require a co-pay. A rather large Labradoodle named Yuki is on his lap, slathering his face in doggie kisses. In an intensive-care hospital room on a different floor, the prescription is Sophie, a 12-year-old Pomeranian who is used to making “bed” calls. Sophie’s handler, Jean Reed, picks her up and gently places her next to one of the patients, who bursts into a thousand-megawatt grin. “We walk in the room,
BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24. Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl coverage begins on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. ET with updates on the Spartans from Cotton Bowl Media Day. Rose Bowl Media Day coverage will also air on Tuesday, Dec. 29, bringing viewers up to
What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication's projections, the catch up on the rest today's news from around the Big Ten.
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer made their Big Ten game predictions.
No one saw this coming, a 12-1 record that included a perfect regular season, a West Division crown and a Rose Bowl berth. But those are the accomplishments for Iowa a year after the natives grumbled loudly after an unsatisfying 7-6 season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Had the game passed by Kirk Ferentz? Laughable. He showed he still has the magic touch in his 17th season strolling the sidelines
After flirting with retirement in the offseason, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan made it official tonight: He’s retiring with long-time assistant Greg Gard taking over as interim head coach. [ MORE: Top Twitter reactions to Bo Ryan’s retirement announcement ] “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement. “This was a decision months in the making. I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me
The Big Ten introduced/reintroduced several alternate uniform designs during the 2015 football season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Several of the designs were of the new-school variety (Indiana helmets, Minnesota going all gray or Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State going all-black), while others were nods to history (Northwestern’s Rose Bowl throwback and Michigan’s all-white road uniform). Here’s a look at my top 5 2015 Big Ten designs (Yes, I’m a
The Big Ten is home to two of the top three college cities/towns in the U.S., including No. 1, according to a recent Forbes.com ranking. [ MORE: Gallery: View Forbes’ full top 10 best & worst towns ] Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops Forbes’ top 10 college towns, and Iowa City, Iowa, claims the third spot. The town keeping the Big Ten from owning Forbes’ top two spots: College Station, Texas. Here’s what Forbes.com says about Ann Arbor: “Though Ann Arbor gains middling marks for ‘wallet friendliness,’ it scores high on the list for opportunities, and second overall for ‘youth-oriented environment.’