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
Happy Mother’s Day to every Big Ten mom! [ MORE: Big Ten names, past and present, tweet Mother’s Day wishes ] To help celebrate the special day, our friends at “The Journey” went back into the archives to compile a montage of moments between Big Ten student-athletes and their mothers throughout the years of the award-winning series. Watch the full feature in the video above.
Michigan claimed its ninth straight Big Ten regular-season softball crown Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of Michigan’s win vs. Rutgers on BTN2Go ] The Wolverines run-ruled Rutgers, 11-1, in five innings to seal their latest conference championship. Sierra Romero went 1-for-1 with four RBI, including a two-run home run, while Tera Blanco, Aidan Falk and Faith Canfield all added two hits and three RBI apiece. Sara Driesenga allowed three hits and one unearned run en route to earning the victory. With the win, Michigan seals the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament Friday at Penn State. The
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The list of players invited to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine has officially been released, and a total of 12 former Big Ten standouts appear on the 63-man list. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell is also listed as an alternate. The combine is set to take place on May 11-15 in Chicago. Here is the list of the 12 Big Ten players invited to participate in the event, along with a look at their projected draft stock and a current NBA comparison. The 2016 NBA Draft rules allow underclassmen players to go through the pre-draft process all the way through the combine. Those
Jim Harbaugh’s debut was a smashing success. He inherited a 5-7 team from Brady Hoke and turned it into a 10-3 squad that punctuated the season with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl.
Amanda Turturro scored the overtime winner Thursday as Rutgers beat Ohio State 11-10 to advance in the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. In the second quarterfinal, Northwestern dominated Michigan, 20-5. No. 4 Rutgers seed will take on No. 1 seed Maryland in the first of two semifinals games on Friday. The Wildcats will play against No. 2 seed Penn State. All of Friday’s games air live on BTN and online via BTN2Go. Full schedule with links below. For Rutgers, Turturro got her second hat trick of the season and scored the final two goals for the Scarlet Knights in the game. Rutgers