Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff. But with all due respect to the AP and Coaches polls, there’s another “top 25” ranking that’s much more clear-cut, and one in which “impact on the field” takes on an entirely different meaning. We’re
Twitter got to verifying Friday, with just under three weeks left to kickoff, and all 14 Big Ten football teams now have the blue check. [ MORE: View our full football tour schedule ] It might sound like a small thing, but it’s kind of a big deal on the popular social media platform. If you don’t think so, just take a look at the football teams’ official accounts. Four teams already have tweeted about becoming verified as of publish time. @GopherFootball had a lot of fun with it, putting the check mark on several pictures of key 2014 plays.
Which college football team earns the title of being the “best college football team” in your home state? [ MORE: Big Ten East must-see game | Big Ten West must-see game ] That’s the question our friends over at CBS Sports posed to their followers today, along with an outstanding map graphic, which shows their picks. The list is based on teams they believe are playing the best right now, as oppose to which programs have had the most all-time success. A total of nine Big Ten teams are represented on the map. Of course, keep in mind there are
The third installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most indispensable player.
Big Ten quarterbacks Connor Cook and J.T Barrett get more than their share of attention. Ditto defensive ends Shilique Calhoun and Joey Bosa. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game ] But how about the talented players who, for whatever reason, don’t seem to garner as many headlines or accolades? Yes, we’re talking about the most underrated players – almost always a popular topic. See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks for the Big Ten East’s most underrated player below. Tom Dienhart: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana. This
It’s time to celebrate, lefties! Today, Aug. 13, 2015, marks the 23rd annual International Left-Handers Day. Last year, I put together a list of our favorite Big Ten lefties, which consisted of names like Kirk Gibson, Calbert Cheaney and Morris Peterson. Today, I dug into the archives and put together a great list of my favorite highlights from left-handed Big Ten athletes over the past season. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here we go! Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell drops an incredible pass to Sam Thompson for the
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive fall sports coverage ever in 2015, with over 250 men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go to complement the network’s on-air schedule. More than 107 men’s and women’s soccer games will be available on BTN Plus. The men’s squads from Michigan State (No. 9), Maryland (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 14) all reside among the preseason top 15, while the women’s teams at Penn State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 14) and Rutgers (No. 24) take their place in the preseason top 25. The first
When it comes to college football bowl projections, Jerry Palm is one of the best in the business. Palm recently released his preseason bowl and playoff projections for the upcoming 2015 college football season, and he’s a Big Ten believer. “You can see a scenario where Michigan State goes 11-1, beating Oregon and losing only to 13-0 Ohio State, and both the Buckeyes and Spartans make the playoffs,” Palm writes. “That would mean two leagues getting left out.” Again, that is just a potential scenario. Right now, Palm has defending national champion Ohio State in the playoff (Orange Bowl vs.
The second installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most underrated player.
As I travel on I-35 North toward Minneapolis to visit Golden Gophers’ camp, I decided to reach into my Mailbag as I eat breakfast bars masquerading as candy bars. The cards and letters are coming fast. More Red Bull!! On to the love letters … What does Ed Davis’ injury mean to Michigan State? – Matt This is a big loss for the Spartans, as they already were replacing CB Trae Waynes, FS Kurtis Drummond, LB Taiwan Jones and DE Marcus Rush. Now Davis, who Mark Dantonio said is one of the best linebackers the program has had under his