Who will be the surprise team in the Big Ten West? [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team ] The answer to this question depends on whom you ask, and how they interpret the word “surprise.” In other words, do they define “surprise” as a contender/up-and-coming team that takes the proverbial “next step,” or as a team that goes out and exceeds expectations? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks for Big Ten
Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff. But with all due respect to the AP and Coaches polls, there’s another “top 25” ranking that’s much more clear-cut, and one in which “impact on the field” takes on an entirely different meaning. We’re
The Big Ten West is chock-full of players worthy of underrated status. So much so, it's almost difficult to pick a runaway preseason candidate. Check out the BTN.com team's picks inside.
Twitter got to verifying Friday, with just under three weeks left to kickoff, and all 14 Big Ten football teams now have the blue check. [ MORE: View our full football tour schedule ] It might sound like a small thing, but it’s kind of a big deal on the popular social media platform. If you don’t think so, just take a look at the football teams’ official accounts. Four teams already have tweeted about becoming verified as of publish time. @GopherFootball had a lot of fun with it, putting the check mark on several pictures of key 2014 plays.
Which college football team earns the title of being the “best college football team” in your home state? [ MORE: Big Ten East must-see game | Big Ten West must-see game ] That’s the question our friends over at CBS Sports posed to their followers today, along with an outstanding map graphic, which shows their picks. The list is based on teams they believe are playing the best right now, as oppose to which programs have had the most all-time success. A total of nine Big Ten teams are represented on the map. Of course, keep in mind there are
Friday marked the fourth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Minnesota ] Stop No. 4 of 14 had us visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota, to watch Jerry Kill’s team. We actually had the opportunity to catch a pair of practices, both Thursday night and Friday morning. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE
The BTN bus just left Minnesota practice, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered while I watched the Golden Gophers practice the last two days. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s Minnesota tweets ] Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys raved to me about CB Eric Murray. Claeys went so far as to say Murray is by far the best player in the secondary and the best he has coached. “The guy has the intangibles that make him special. He’s the total package,” Claeys said. The young talent is impressive on this roster.
The fourth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where we watched the Golden Gophers practice twice. See what Tom Dienhart learned inside.
The third installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most indispensable player.
The BTN bus tour is at Minnesota football practice Friday morning, our fourth stop on our annual trek across the Big Ten. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong ] Minnesota defensive end Theiren Cockran is a player Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart will certainly have their eyes on. Cockran registered four sacks last season, and he’s very likely to improve upon that number this fall. Last month at media days in Chicago,