You send me emails. I answer emails—if they are good ones. Pretty simple. So, let’s enjoy another round of Big Ten Mailbag, the best part of every week. As a bonus: There even is a Vinnie Barbarino reference in this week’s bag ‘o’ mail. How lucky are you?
Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, released Monday, headlined by defending national champion and No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions (13-0) received 63 of the 64 first-place votes to remain atop the poll for the sixth consecutive week, while No. 4 Nebraska also stayed put to keep two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 5. Here’s where the remaining six Big Ten teams are ranked: Illinois (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 13), Minnesota (No. 16), Purdue (No. 18), Wisconsin (No. 19) and Michigan (No. 23). Michigan State and Iowa are among the
The Big Ten has 54 non-conference games in the book with just two to go (Rutgers and Penn State both still will play Army). And, it did pretty well vs Power Five leagues, going 10-9. But before Big Ten action commences Saturday, let’s take a look back to digest what we witnessed in non-conference action.
The only thing deeper than the Big Ten in the 2015-16 basketball season might be the conference’s collection of coaches. There’s no shortage of big-name, respected coaches, some of who are among the best of the best in the nation. And, there’s plenty of up-and-coming coaches, to boot. Fact is, it doesn’t get better than Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others, anywhere across the nation. How do these guys, all 14 of them, stack up with one another, though? It’s a daunting task to try to rank them, but
Time to check in on the playoff and bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. There have been some big changes from last week, as 10--up from nine--Big Ten teams are penciled into the postseason. And many matchups have changed.
Michigan was tabbed the favorite in the 2015-16 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday. The coaches also selected a 12-member Preseason Players to Watch list, including four unanimous honorees.
It basically was business as usual in the last week of full-blown non-conference games. And the power rankings reflect that—as well as a growing affinity for all things Michigan.
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s weekly Sunday Ruminations. [ MORE: Best of Week 4 | Power Rankings | Week 4 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Is it time to fear Michigan? | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Latest polls | Week 4 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Week 4 top stars | Week 4 uniform designs | Derek Jeter attends Michigan game ] The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on each Big Ten team. What did DiNardo glean in
With 14 games in Week 4, the final week on full-on non-conference play, there was a lot to learn this Saturday in the Big Ten. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned inside.
Before we turn our attention to Week 5, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Maryland beat writer Roman Stubbs and Big Ten fans did with their Week 4 Big Ten predictions. See the updated standings inside.