The 2015 BTN camp tour is over after 17 days crisscrossing the interstates from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Piscataway, New Jersey. I still have not caught up with laundry and or reintroduced myself to my family, but I thought I’d offer one takeaway from every stop along the way. Here are my final thoughts from each stop: ILLINOIS Good energy at Camp Rantoul—along with some good teaching. QB Wes Lunt looked good, but coming up with explosive/big plays may be a challenge. The RB spot is especially worrisome. The d-line looks better equipped to stop the run. No more big plays.
In exactly one week, Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) will help kick off the 2015 college football season. We’ve been counting down the days for weeks now (watch the videos), so it’s exciting to know we’re inside the one-week mark. Before Thursday night arrives, the BTN.com team takes a look at our top three preseason candidates for the Big Ten’s postseason awards. See our preseason leaderboard for each award below: Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year 1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State 2. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State 3. J.T. Barrett/Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State Nagurski-Woodson
The countdown clock to the start of Big Ten football has reached eight days. As the opening week of games approaches, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Big Ten teams entering the 2015 season. Who will be the starting quarterback at Ohio State? How will Jim Harbaugh do in his first season? And who will take the wide open West Division? We’ve made predictions for many queries in our preseason Big Ten coverage, but let’s go ahead make some positional predictions. Here is one prediction for every position group heading into the season. QB: J.T. Barrett will win the
MINNEAPOLIS – Gopher Athletics today announced that the University of Minnesota has agreed to new contract terms for three of the athletic department’s head coaches – men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings and softball coach Jessica Allister. “We’re excited to announce new contract agreements for Richard, Marlene and Jess,” said Interim Athletics Director Beth Goetz. “All three are leading programs on the rise and developing their student-athletes both academically and athletically. We are proud to have them represent Gopher Athletics and the University of Minnesota and look forward to having them in maroon and gold for
Before Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kick off the 2015 season Thursday, Sept. 3, it's time to take our annual look at the Big Ten's 2015 schedule posters.
Several of the universities of the Big Ten are known for great engineering programs. Whether it’s computer science at Illinois, aerospace at Purdue or auto manufacturing at Ohio State, these and other schools in the conference attract students from around the world with dreams of becoming the next Steve Jobs, Neil Armstrong or Henry Ford. A recent international ranking of the best collegiate engineering/technology and computer sciences programs solidified the reputation of the Big Ten as a global STEM powerhouse. According to the Shanghai-based Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the conference is home to eight of the top 50 university engineering
College football is fast approaching. Can you smell it in the air? To get ready for the season, Sean Merriman took a look at the best Big Ten player born in every state.
Design was always a part of Brice Aarrestad’s life. Even as a kid, when he considered a career as a policeman or marine biologist, he would sketch out his dream houses for those professions. But today, this Minnesota alumnus is applying his design skills to a different kind of dream — raising the fortunes of the central African nation of Uganda with artisanal furniture. It all began when Aarrestad, then a graduate student in the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture, went to that country to build an orphanage as part of the non-profit Engineering Ministries International (EMI). All told,
It’s World Photography Day, so I decided to take a look back at some of my favorite USA TODAY Sports Image shots from the 2014 football season. See a shot for all 14 teams below.
Our countdown to kickoff series chugs along, and today it’s all about Big Ten West breakout players. [ 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 | West surprise team | East breakout player ] There are no shortage of candidates this season, from as far east as Purdue to as far west as Nebraska. Who is your leading Big Ten West breakout player candidate? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s selections below. Update: De’Mornay