Defending NCAA Champion Nebraska was unanimously chosen as the Big Ten Conference favorite for the 2016 volleyball season, as voted on by the conference’s 14 head coaches, it was announced on Tuesday. After claiming their fourth national title last season, the Cornhuskers top the preseason poll for the first time since 2012. NCAA semifinalist and defending Big Ten Champion Minnesota was picked to finish second, while Wisconsin was tabbed third. Penn State was voted to finish fourth, while Illinois rounded out the top five of the preseason poll in fifth place. View the full preseason poll and All-Big Ten Team
Time to answer some mail! How good are the Minnesota linebackers? Will Michigan topple a rival this season? Is David Blough the answer to Purdue’s QB ills? I look at those questions and more. I have been impressed by Minnesota’s linebackers and think they will be among the best in the Big Ten. What do you think? – Bill White I like the Gopher linebackers when I watched the team scrimmage last Saturday. Jack Lynn has All-Big Ten potential, and Cody Poock is a tough player who excels vs. the run. Jonathan Celestin rounds out the unit. He’s a nice
The AP preseason poll was released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams made the cut. With Ohio State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 12) and Iowa (No. 17) ranked, all of which land in the Coaches preseason poll, the Big Ten is tied for the third-most ranked teams in the nation, trailing the SEC (6) and Pac-12 (5). Here’s 14 Big Ten facts about the poll: 1. The Big Ten has four teams in the top 20 of the preseason top 25 poll for the first time since 2012, when it had five. 2. One season after
The Rio Olympics came to a close Sunday night. Now, it’s time to take a look back at how all of the Big Ten names, past, present and future, fared on the big stage in Brazil. The Big Ten boasted 154 overall representatives, including coaches with conference ties. All 14 Big Ten schools were represented in Rio, with Michigan leading the way with 30 representatives (24 competitors and six coaches). Catch up on how Big Ten athletes, starting with the medal winners, did in Rio below. GOLD Derek Drouin (Indiana), Track & Field (high jump), Canada: Cleared 2.38 meters to
Ohio State and Michigan are the popular pick to take the Big Ten in 2016, and the preseason AP poll voters agree. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines pace the Big Ten in the publication’s preseason poll, released Sunday, coming in at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Reigning Big Ten champ Michigan State checks in at No. 12 and Iowa at No. 17, giving the conference four teams in the poll, the same number it has in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin all are receiving votes, with the latter garnering the most (42). Check out the
The letters are flowing in as I am on the road for the Big Ten camp tour. I have questions about Penn State’s depth, Michigan State’s ability to develop talent and Michigan’s chances to beat Ohio State this season, among others. Let’s go!
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The sixth stop on the annual bus tour had us in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to check out Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines. [ MORE: 5 things I learned at Michigan practice ] I got a chance to see Harbaugh’s much-talked about freshman class, led by defensive tackle Rashan Gary, who certainly looks the part. All eyes will be on the quarterback spot for the Wolverines, and I got a front row seat to see John O’Korn, Wilton Speight and Shane Morris compete. Check out some of my fun takes from Monday’s Michigan football practice. Most impressive player:
The sixth stop on our annual summer football tour had us in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Monday. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned inside.
Let’s answer some mail. Are new spread attacks at Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland different? Can Maryland start 6-0? How long before Michigan is battling for national titles? I look at those queries and more. Let’s go! [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s summer football tour coverage ] Three Big Ten East teams are installing spread offenses this year. How do the spread offenses that Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers compare to each other? – Philip McCollum Having watched all three practice, I didn’t notice a big difference between the three. I asked cohort Gerry DiNardo for his option.