The 2015 season was further validation of the elite program Mark Dantonio has constructed since arriving in 2007. The 12 wins this season mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that Michigan State has won at least 11 games. The Spartans also took home their third Big Ten title under Dantonio, while earning the program’s first playoff bid. [ 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 ] But, 2015 often was not
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
That “chip on the shoulder” just keeps getting bigger and bigger for Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans. Back in August, ESPN misspelled Dantonio’s name on SportsCenter, referring to him as Mike D’Antoni, who was a former NBA head coach, most notably with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. Now, another mishap on Dantonio’s name has gone viral, this one coming on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The SI cover features MSU quarterback Connor Cook with the subhead reading, “How ‘Mike’ Dantonio rebuilt the Spartans.” Michael Rosenberg, a well-respected reporter who wrote the story, took to
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.
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
How about the top of the Big Ten? Can any conference compete with the Michigan State-Purdue-Maryland trio? Check out Jon Crispin's latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, inside.
Purdue is rolling. Anyone who has seen the Boilermakers play or has taken a look at the Big Ten standings knows it. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Boilermakers are 11-0, all 11 wins coming by double digits, good enough to match No. 1 Michigan State’s perfect start. Why all this talk about a team in a post all about players? Because the undefeated Boilermakers place three players on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.