It has been an interesting week with the release of the first College Football Playoff poll creating ripples across the landscape. I take a look at that and other items in my Hard Takes. Remember: Seven games on Saturday (full scoreboard here). On BTN, it’s Illinois at Purdue at noon ET, then Wisconsin at Maryland and Rutgers at Michigan, both at 3:30 p.m. ET. use the BTN TV GameFinder to get your TV information. 1. So, the first College Football Playoff poll was revealed. I hope you didn’t get too revved up over what you saw. It means little, especially
[youtube https://youtu.be/lybuyMb55yY?list=PL2RRF9GtC9s3Y3eVqV2DlYjVJawTXSyZZ] What does Jim Harbaugh do to get his football team fired up before a Big Ten football clash? Want to find out? Now you can! Thanks to our exclusive Field Pass cameras only available with BTN2Go, Big Ten fans will get an early live look at both Michigan and Rutgers players and coaches one hour before Saturday’s game at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. This Field Pass link is also the same link you can use to watch the game live on BTN2Go. Check out examples of previous Field Pass sessions in the YouTube videos above. One hour before noon kickoff
Le Moyne College plays an exhibition game on Friday at Michigan, the real story is that the game will pit father against son as Michigan coach John Beilein hosts his son, Le Moyne coach Patrick Beilein. Tonight, it’s all about family with a little basketball mixed in. John Beilein is the venerable Wolverines coach who has restored luster to a proud program by engineering five NCAA trips and two Big Ten crowns in eight seasons in Ann Arbor. Son Patrick? He’s less accomplished, as he enters his first season at Le Moyne, a Catholic school in Syracuse N.Y. Now, they
The Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament featured two outstanding games on Friday. We posted highlights in this post, but also follow all of the action at the BigTen.org Tournament Central page and follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter. Friday’s semifinals Rutgers 2, Ohio State 0. Penn State 1, Michigan 0. Sunday’s Championship Rutgers vs. Penn State, 2 p.m., BTN/Watch live on BTN2Go.
There were two great Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament games on Friday. Maryland eliminated Northwestern in double overtime in the first game of the day. In second semifinal between Michigan and Penn State, Katie Trombetta scored a game-winning goal in overtime to top Penn State, 2-1. No. 1 Maryland will take on No. 2 Michigan in the championship game at noon ET on Sunday. We will post highlights in this post, but also follow all of the action at IUHoosiers.com and follow @bigtenchamps on Twitter. Sunday’s Championship Noon – Game 7: Maryland vs. Michigan | Watch on BTN2Go Friday’s Semifinals Game 5: Maryland
It’s a historical week for the Big Ten. With a 31-15 victory over Maryland last Saturday, Iowa continues to keep pace with Ohio State and Michigan State as the three remaining undefeated teams in the conference. But what makes this so special is that the Big Ten has three teams who have all reached 8-0 for the first time in 112 seasons. It was last accomplished in 1903 when Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern all started a perfect 8-0. [ MORE: Week 10 previews | Week 10 scoreboard | Polls: Pick your Week 10 winners | Big Ten standings | Big
The 2015-16 Big Ten basketball season is set to get underway next week. [ MORE: Get the full Big Ten men’s basketball exhibition schedule ] Maryland appears to be the undisputed favorite heading into the year, but what other Big Ten teams could sneak their way into the top of the conference standings? BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart and Web Editor Sean Merriman debated the following question: Who is this year’s Big Ten sleeper team? There are many good choices, but Dienhart sided with the Iowa Hawkeyes, while Merriman went with the Michigan Wolverines. Here is their reasons. DIENHART: Iowa
It’s a full load of games this Saturday, as all 14 teams are in action. But this comes with a warning: There is a noticeable lack of marquee appeal. Still, don’t be lulled to sleep. Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa all look to continue their perfect marches. Will any of the unbeaten fall?
This season we rolled “Extreme Highlights,” a fun way to spotlight a few amazing plays from our Big Ten football games. If you follow the Big Ten Network on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, you’ve seen these fun plays throughout the fall. In case you haven’t seen them, we’ve compiled them below from our YouTube page (which you should also check out and keep an eye on all season). Keep an eye out for the following things: A disco ball, a jet pack, a brick wall, a bar of soap, a very large baseball glove, a magnet, and, well, so much
Time and again over the years, I have heard many coaches roll out the old quote “They play the games to remember in November.” Well, the calendar says November, so here are the seven biggest Big Ten games that will shape the league race down the stretch. Two of them go down this Saturday. Lots of good football left to go, and every game has major implications. 1. Michigan State at Ohio State, Nov. 21. The Big Ten’s 2015 version of the “Game of the Century.” This tilt has been circled on our calendars since the first college football preview mag