This week on the season premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015” at 9 p.m. ET we learn about the special friendship between Northwestern’s emerging star at linebacker Anthony Walker and his father. Also, see how Wisconsin’s Tanner McEvoy pulls off one of the toughest tasks in college football playing as a two-way starter. Plus, how are No. 1 Ohio State and No. 1 Michigan State dealing with the burden of high expectations? We’ll also have our usual cinematic highlights – this time from Northwestern vs. Michigan and Wisconsin vs. Nebraska. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey”
An interesting week is headlined by Michigan State’s visit to Michigan in one of the biggest meetings ever between these intense rivals. Iowa can make another big statement that it’s the best team in the Big Ten West by winning at Northwestern, too.
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is always must-see theater. Michigan State has owned the series in recent years, claiming six of the last seven meetings, but this rivalry is about to be turned up several notches with Jim Harbaugh's arrival.
For the past five years Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have battled each Saturday for the right to wear “The Belt,” the reward for picking the most winning games on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show.” Now you can get involved by sending us a quick video, and you may even get to raise “The Belt” victoriously yourself. Here’s what you do: Watch Monday’s “BTN Live” to find out which games to pick. The show airs at 6 p.m. ET. Rank your confidence in your picks from 6 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident) Include your picks – with confidence
It’s that time of the week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag, fish out some provocative letters and answer them. Let’s go!
The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Saturday, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day (12p-12a), BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent. BTN’s games were the highest rated across all cable networks in Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit and Washington, D.C. and second in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York and Philadelphia.** “The heightened interest in Big Ten football around the country has generated increased enthusiasm for the
Time to check up on the bowl projections of the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, who has pushed the Big Ten bowl teams from 10 last week to a would-be conference record 11 this week. The new addition: Illinois.
Ohio State remains on top of my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, but it can hear Michigan’s footsteps. Oh, and don’t forget about Michigan State and Iowa, which are lurking.
Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AP and Coaches Poll, released Sunday. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of Week 6 | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 honorees | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | What our expert learned | Week 6 uniforms | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Find your team’s homepage ] The biggest movers were Iowa (No. 17/No. 17), which moved up at least five spots in both polls, and Michigan (No. 12/No. 14),
Another Saturday, another heart-breaking loss for Nebraska ... and another dominating effort by Michigan. This time, Northwestern felt the wrath of Jim Harbaugh’s Sharpie and khakis. Next up: A visit from Michigan State, which survived and advanced at Rutgers. Oh, and don’t forget about No. 1 Ohio State, which may have turned a corner offensively.