The semifinals of the 2016 Big Ten Softball Tournament are set. It will be the top four seeds Saturday, as No. 2 Minnesota will face No. 3 Northwestern and No. 1 Michigan will take on No. 4 and host Penn State with a berth in Saturday night's tourney final on the line.
Time to reach into my Big Ten Mailbag. Can Michigan go 12-0? Is Iowa a national title contender? Will any true freshmen play for Nebraska in 2016? I look at those questions and others below. Let’s go! I think that Michigan can go 12-0 this season. Michigan isn’t deep at linebacker and along the defensive line. But the Wolverines are strong in the secondary, receiver, d-line and tight end spots. – Ben I am very high on Michigan, too. But, I’m not so sure the Wolverines will go 12-0. I could see Michigan going 10-2 or 9-3. The fact Jim
This morning, 12 of the Big Ten softball coaches held a Big Ten softball tournament teleconference with reporters from around the country. We posted the audio for each segment of the call here.
The Big Ten office announced the kickoff times for 2016 homecoming games Wednesday morning. See your team’s homecoming time, date and opponent below. ILLINOIS vs. Minnesota, noon ET Oct. 29 INDIANA vs. Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 15 IOWA vs. Northwestern, noon ET Oct. 1 MARYLAND vs. Purdue, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 1 MICHIGAN vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 22 MICHIGAN STATE vs. Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 15 MINNESOTA vs. Rutgers, noon ET Oct. 22 NEBRASKA vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 1 NORTHWESTERN vs. Indiana, noon ET Oct. 22 OHIO STATE vs. Rutgers, noon ET Oct. 1
Jim Harbaugh enjoyed a smashing debut in 2015, posting 10 wins. And, his second Michigan squad has a good chance for success thanks to plenty of returning talent and another year of familiarity with the system. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Michigan offseason to-do list ] Check this out: Michigan opens with five—yes, FIVE—home games. In fact, the Wolverines play six of their first seven in the Big House. The back half of the schedule is a challenge. But, by then, Michigan could be filled with confidence behind its new quarterback. Here is a breakdown of the 2016 schedule. Toughest
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman debate which Big Ten player in this year's NBA Draft would you want to start a franchise with?
With spring practice in the books across the country, we continue to inch (slowly, mind you) closer toward the 2016 college football season. [ MORE: Follow @slmandel on Twitter ] It’s still three-plus months away, if you’re wondering, but you wouldn’t know it by the way-too-early top 25 polls, which actually started to come out immediately following the national championship game. Anyway, FOXSports.com’s Stewart Mandel released his early top 25 Monday, and it includes four Big Ten teams. Check out where Mandel places the Big Ten and get one sentence of his analysis below. 5. Michigan – Jim Harbaugh’s second
Of the 10 games, seven feature teams that finished ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll, including a pair of games for 2015 Big Ten title game participants Iowa and Michigan State. View our full primetime slate inside.
The top 12 teams make the tournament, held at Penn State, and all 11 games air live on BTN/BTN2Go, starting with No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Rutgers at noon ET Thursday. View the complete tournament schedule and get links to watch each game on BTN2Go.
One of the easiest days of the year to celebrate, today is Mother’s Day. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] From all of us at Big Ten Network, here’s to wishing every Big Ten mom out there the happiest of Mother’s Days. Throughout the day Sunday, Big Ten names, both past and present, went to social media to send their mothers and/or wives Mother’s Day greetings. From former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current NFL superstar JJ Watt to ex-Purdue women’s basketball star and current BTN analyst Stephanie White, see some of the tweets