The matchups are out for the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and now it’s time to look at some numbers from the event’s first 16 installments. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games ] The most important number: The Big Ten, after losing the first 10 events, has not lost since 2008, going 4-0-2 during the span. A season ago, the Big Ten jumped out to a 6-1 lead en route to claiming an 8-6 series victory. Here are some more Big Ten/ACC Challenge numbers: Longest conference winning streak: Big Ten – 3 (2009-2011); ACC – 10 (1999-2008)
Minnesota punter Peter Mortell is one of the best in the business. [ MORE: Like this post? Visit our Gone Viral section ] The unanimous 2014 All-Big Ten first teamer needs no introduction when it comes to Minnesota and Big Ten fans, and that was evident during his Twitter Q&A on Wednesday afternoon. Mortell took over the @GopherFootball account for an hour, answering fans’ – and a former teammate’s – questions with plenty of humor and wit. See our favorite questions and answers from Mortell’s Twitter Q&A below. Again, Mortell’s responses are from the @GopherFootball account. *** *** *** ***
Who are the top men's basketball players to come from every Big Ten school over the last 10 years? Check out one man's starting 5 for every Big Ten team inside.
With former Big Ten standout coordinators Pat Narduzzi and Tom Herman now head coaches, it's time to take a look at the conference's assistants who could be next to become head coaches.
Four Big Ten teams were selected to the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament, as announced on the NCAA Selection Show Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will represent the conference in this year’s bracket, which will get underway on Thursday with regional action. Michigan will host the Ann Arbor Regional as the No. 3 seed. Michigan advances to its 23rd NCAA Tournament, having appeared in every event since 1995. The Wolverines, who have advanced to 10 Women’s College World Series in program history, enter NCAA play having won the Big Ten
We are one week removed from the 2015 NFL Draft, which means it’s already time to look ahead to next year. [ MORE: Big Ten stars take top three spots in ESPN’s mock draft ] As 2016 NFL mock drafts begin to emerge, it is clear that the Big Ten should be well-represented in next year’s three-day event. In fact, we have been tracking several big-name publication mock drafts, including ESPN’s, which had a total of nine Big Ten stars going in the first round. I teamed up with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart to craft a list of who
Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, fans can’t help but switch their attention to the way-too-early mock drafts for the following season. [ MORE: View McShay’s full 2016 mock draft ] Just last week, we put together a list of several publications that have already released their 2016 mock drafts. Now, other big-name publications are publishing their mock drafts, including ESPN. NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay released his way-too-early 2016 first-round NFL mock draft today, which includes nine Big Ten stars. In fact, three Big Ten players land in the first three picks of the mock
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen captured Player of the Year honors, Michigan’s Megan Betsa was named the Pitcher of the Year and Northwestern’s Sabrina Rabin was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her sophomore campaign, Groenewegen led the Gophers with a .435 batting average, six home runs and a .524 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, while also recording a 12-2 record with 155 strikeouts and four shutouts. She is the third Gopher to be
The Big Ten is expected to be loaded from top to bottom in basketball next season. ESPN Insider Josh Gasaway recently updated his rankings of the top 25 players in college basketball for 2015-16, and the list features four Big Ten stars.
Spring football ended across the Big Ten almost two weeks ago. The long offseason is here—but work remains. All 14 league teams enter the summer with some nagging questions. First up: The Big Ten West. ILLINOIS 1. Is the d-line better? Tim Beckman brought in Mike Phair from the NFL to coach the line and co-coordinate. He has been in the pros the last 13 years. This D needs help after ranking 94th, 105th and 107th in the nation in scoring in Beckman’s first three seasons. And it starts up front. 2. Can the offensive line get a push? This