The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and
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
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.
The Big Ten boasts some of college football’s greatest rivalries, so it comes as no surprise that it’s rivalry trophies are among the best of the bunch. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section! ] According to NFL.com’s list of college football’s best rivalry trophies, the latest installment in its popular 15 for ’15 series, the nation’s top four trophies reside in the Big Ten. That’s right, the site ranks Floyd of Rosedale No. 1, Paul Bunyan’s Axe No. 2, Little Brown Jug No. 3, and Old Oaken Bucket No. 4. The first non-Big Ten trophy
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.
If we’ve learned anything since Jim Harbaugh took over at Michigan, it’s that we pay attention when the coach speaks and tweets. Speaking in front of about 200 high school coaches Thursday in Detroit, Harbaugh gave Big Ten football fans, particularity ones in the state of Michigan, reason to listen. When discussing the current pecking order of teams in the state, Harbaugh said this about rival Michigan State: “We know we’re not the biggest guy on the block. Michigan State’s bigger than us on the block.” “Rightfully so. They have done a tremendous job, and (I) respect the job that
All college football fans are excited about the upcoming season. Few are are more stoked than Michigan fans. [ VIDEO: Watch Michigan’s 2015 hype video ] New head coach Jim Harbaugh is the biggest reason, of course. The former Michigan quarterback has won at every stop and every level, whether it’s college (San Diego and Stanford) or the NFL (San Francisco 49ers), boasting a 102-46 career record (.689). The link above gives Michigan fans another reason to get excited for the season, which starts Thursday, Sept. 3 at Utah. It’s a hype video that features several of the program’s top
Good news, Big Ten football fans! Tuesday marked 100 days until the college football season officially kicks off. The day is Thursday, Sept. 3, and a pair of Big Ten teams will be in action.