How many East teams will make a bowl game in 2014? Our three-member panel picks four teams, with the fourth being Indiana or Maryland. What do you think?
I’ve spent months (seems like years, some days) analyzing the coming 2014 season. I’ve talked to head coaches. assistant coaches and players. I even asked the greeter at my local Walmart who he likes to win the Big Ten. Hey, he’s a big Ohio State fan. I wanted to at least humor the guy, ya know? I’ve written and read countless stories, while also visiting with my brothers and sisters in the media. After all of that, I am ready to unveil my Big Ten predictions for 2014. See our other 2014 B1G Predictions posts: BIG TEN EAST 1. Michigan
Our BTN Summer Bus Tour is officially in the books. After visiting 14 Big Ten schools in 17 days, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart received plenty of insight and got an inside look into what to expect in the upcoming 2014 college football season. One of the biggest takeaways from the tour is that we should expect to see several impact freshman in the Big Ten this season. With Dienhart’s help, as well as some of the top Big Ten football media minds, here is a look at my preseason Big Ten all-freshman team. Get our football tour coverage: OFFENSE
With the 2014 BTN bus tour in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look back at my team-by-team player on the rise. These are the players who have a bright future. They might not be a star or consistent regular this fall, but you should learn their names and get to like their games. Get Tom Dienhart’s latest coverage: Illinois: LB T.J. Neal. The sophomore linebacker looks good in the middle of the defense. I could see him getting 100 tackles. Indiana: LB Marcus Oliver. When I asked a defensive assistant what players he liked, he looked up
The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath! Here is my best of the 2014 BTN bus tour. Get our football tour coverage: [ MORE: Get all of our tour coverage | See all of Dienhart’s Instagram videos ] BEST CAMPUSES 1. Penn State. You just can’t beat the backdrop of Mount Nittany on this hilly, bucolic campus. If
Outside of the classroom, Mike Sadler is a punter first and an entertainer second. A 2014 Ray Guy Award watch list honoree, Sadler garners as much attention for what he does off the field as he does on it. That says a lot, and it’s the direct result of his hilarious personality. Need proof? Check out his pose in Michigan State’s 2014 team photo. Get our latest Gone Viral posts: 2014 Michigan State Spartans "fun" team picture. #Spartans #ItStartsHere pic.twitter.com/Le9ves9fle — Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) August 20, 2014 Sadler is No. 3, in the front, doing one of his favorite poses.
What’s the best way to cool off on a hot summer day? How about having a freezing cold bucket of water dumped over your head, while also donating to a good cause? Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany did just that as he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday outside of the conference office. Delany was challenged by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. [ MORE: Watch Big Ten personalities take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ] Before having buckets of ice water poured over his head, Delany challenged BTN president Mark Silverman, as well as ESPN’s Burke Magnus. Watch’s Delany’s ALS
Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East best coaching staff? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 predictions: Tom Dienhart: Michigan State. Mark Dantonio sets the tone. Is there a better defensive coordinator than Pat Narduzzi? Nope! Jim Bollman and Dave Warner run the offense; Harlon Barnett is a top DB coach. Brad Salem (QB) and Terrence Samuel (WR) are other top assistants. *** Sean
There will be plenty of intrigue in Big Ten football this fall, according to Yahoo! Sports. Eight games involving Big Ten teams landed on the site’s top 25 most intriguing games of 2014. Michigan State’s Week 2 visit to Oregon comes in at No. 2, behind Auburn at Alabama. See all the Big Ten games in this post. Here’s a look at the Big Ten games in the top 10: No. 2: Michigan State at Oregon, Sept. 6 “The marquee non-conference game of 2014 will do a lot to frame the early stages of the College Football Playoff debate, for
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates. Get our latest football tour coverage: AUG. 18: NEBRASKA Bus tracker: Minneapolis to Lincoln – 430 miles (2,923) Lincoln, Neb., is one of my top stops. I love the passion of the community. In fact, I don’t think any Big Ten school can top the fevered mania