The Big Ten office announced the dates and opponents for the 2015-16 hockey season Wednesday, featuring 20-game schedules for each of the six conference programs. The schedule concludes with the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held March 17-19 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. [ View the 2015-16 Big Ten Hockey Schedule ] All six conference teams will open Big Ten play Dec. 4-5. The opening weekend will feature Michigan hosting Wisconsin, Minnesota welcoming Ohio State and Penn State entertaining Michigan State. The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Gophers will make their road debut
Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs twice battled for the national title, after the 1983 and 1994 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] Pitt’s trip to Iowa will
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the names on the 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] The visit to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State never is easy for the Hawkeyes. In fact, the Cyclones have been a burr under Kirk Ferentz’s saddle since he got the job in 1999. How bad has it been? Ferentz is just 7-9 vs. Iowa State. Maryland needs to be
College football fans will like this: Phil Steele released his 2015 Preseason All-American Team on Monday. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] As expected, Steele likes the Big Ten, in particular the talent at reigning national champ Ohio State and fellow Big Ten East power Michigan State. The Buckeyes (8) and the Spartans (5) combine for 13 of the 20 Big Ten players on Steele’s four teams, and the former also accounts for half of the conference’s four first-teamers (Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa). In all, eight Big Ten teams (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska,
The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin's neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.
As football season draws nearer and Braxton Miller remains at Ohio State, it continues to look more and more like the Buckeyes will have a three-man quarterback competition. Speaking to the media Friday, Urban Meyer said that he expects Miller to stay in Columbus for his final season of eligibility. He should know, because that’s what the 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year has told him. Rumors have linked Miller to a few other programs as a graduate transfer, however the quarterback keeps telling anybody who asks that he isn’t going anywhere. Should Miller remain with
The Big Ten Conference on Thursday recognized a total of 1,447 students competing in spring and at-large sports who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team.
It's always fun to take a look at teams' non-conference schedules. Which Big Ten team has the toughest 2015 non-con slate? The easiest? See Tom Dienhart's ranking inside.
ESPN's John Goodman released his latest preseason men's college basketball poll, and six Big Ten teams land in the top 25. Maryland comes in at No. 1, a popular pick among experts.