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
Michigan State fifth-year senior linebacker Ed Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury midway through Wednesday’s first preseason practice in full pads. A post-practice MRI confirmed the injury will require surgery. “We’re so disappointed for Ed Davis, and his presence in the lineup will be missed,” MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. “Ed is a tremendous playmaker and a solid leader. He will still have an important role on this team, and he might have the opportunity to qualify for a sixth year of eligibility. “Our program has faced adversity before, so now it’s time to adopt the ‘next man up’
Two-time defending national champ Penn State paces sits atop the the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, released Wednesday afternoon. The Nittany Lions are one of four top 10 Big Ten teams, as Nebraska and 2014 Big Ten regular-season champ Wisconsin are tied for No. 5 and Illinois comes in at No. 8. Ohio State (No. 14) and Michigan State (No. 19) round out the Big Ten teams in the opening poll. Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue each received votes.
The first installment of our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's potential breakout player. See their picks inside.
The Big Ten Conference announced its 2015 women’s soccer preseason coaches poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with Penn State tabbed as the preseason favorite among the 14 conference teams.