Before heading off to Indianapolis to cover this weekend’s Big Ten Football Championship between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan State Spartans, I canvased the globe for predictions on the outcome. I even got a pick from Tom Arnold. Yes, THAT Tom Arnold. Behold the plethora of picks—88 in all. Writers, broadcasters, talent scouts and even a Heisman Trophy winner chimed in. It’s an illustrious list. And, as you can see, my experts like Michigan State, as the Spartans were picked 72 times. The Hawkeyes? Just 16. One guest expert even predicts three overtimes. IOWA (16) Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids
With history on the line and the tension palpable, here are five facts to keep in mind when you tune in for the Big Ten Championship Game this weekend at 8:17 p.m. ET on Fox. Our pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the game broadcast. Then come back to BTN for extensive postgame coverage.
December is here, which means the college football season is coming to a close and basketball is in full swing. [ MORE: Track all of our 2015 Big Ten Championship coverage ] The Big Ten is set to crown a conference champion in football this weekend as Iowa takes on Michigan State in the fifth annual Big Ten title game. The winner of that game will likely punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff. In basketball, three Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 11 in the country, as two of them (Michigan State and Purdue) remain unbeaten.
What's Iowa QB C.J. Beathard's record as a starter? What is Kirk Ferentz's record against Michigan State? What's Mark Dantonio's record against Iowa? And what was the final score the last time these two teams met? Bonus number: They last played in 2013, and we've got the highlight video to prove it.
Ahead of Saturday’s big game, I look back at what I believe were Iowa’s three defining games. See the games and relive the highlights in the post below. Remember: Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. BTN coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with extensive postgame coverage after the game. 1. Sept. 19. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi tried to ice Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn, but it didn’t work. Koehn
Michigan State pulled together another strong football season. As the Spartans head into Saturday’s big game, I lay out what I believe are Michigan State’s three defining games in 2015. See the games and relive the highlights in the post below. Remember: Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. BTN coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with extensive postgame coverage after the game. 1. Sept. 12. Michigan State waited a
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fight of the century! In this corner, we have malaria, an infectious disease that kills at least 500,000 — and possibly close to a million — people per year. Its victims are primarily African children who have little to no access to even rudimentary medical treatment. In the opposite corner, we have…Terrie Taylor, a relentless fighter
Big Ten fans were treated to a loaded slate of games in the third and final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan State kicked off the action with an impressive 71-67 win over Louisville, while Wisconsin notched a big victory as well, defeating Syracuse 66-58 in overtime. Iowa finished the evening with a thrilling 78-75 overtime win against Florida State, securing an 8-6 victory for the Big Ten in this year’s challenge. In other Big Ten action: Penn State topped Boston College, 67-58, Illinois fell to Notre Dame, 84-79, and Indiana lost to Duke, 94-74. Here is a look
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer make their Big Ten game predictions. [ MORE: Keys to Iowa victory | Keys to Michigan State victory | Big Ten title game, A-Z ] This week, Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel joins us to predict the fifth annual Big Ten title game. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. See our predictions below and scroll down to vote for your winners. Rotating Beat Writer: Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel), sports.yahoo.com 2015 record: 92-20 Big Ten title game: Michigan
It was another great season for Big Ten football. One year after Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoff national title, the Big Ten has five teams in the top 15 of the final CFP rankings of the regular season. Even better: Three of those teams come in at No. 4 (Iowa), No. 5 (Michigan State) and No. 6 (Ohio State), with the Hawkeyes and Spartans meeting in the Big Ten title game Saturday night in Indianapolis. It should come as no surprise that another great season produced more than its share of unforgettable highlights. Relive the BTN.com team’s