With the 2014 BTN bus tour in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look back at my team-by-team player on the rise. These are the players who have a bright future. They might not be a star or consistent regular this fall, but you should learn their names and get to like their games. Get Tom Dienhart’s latest coverage: Illinois: LB T.J. Neal. The sophomore linebacker looks good in the middle of the defense. I could see him getting 100 tackles. Indiana: LB Marcus Oliver. When I asked a defensive assistant what players he liked, he looked up
The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath! Here is my best of the 2014 BTN bus tour. Get our football tour coverage: [ MORE: Get all of our tour coverage | See all of Dienhart’s Instagram videos ] BEST CAMPUSES 1. Penn State. You just can’t beat the backdrop of Mount Nittany on this hilly, bucolic campus. If
Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: West best fans? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 countdown to kickoff posts: Tom Dienhart: Nebraska. Few campuses across the nation can top the environment in Lincoln. Memorial Stadium is blast-furnace of sound and sea of red on Saturdays. And the fans follow their team like Grateful Dead groupies. *** Sean Merriman: Nebraska. This is a no brainer.
Nebraska football fan Jack Hoffman starts another round of chemotherapy Thursday, and the Nebraska football team has a message for the young brain cancer survivor who delighted the nation with his touchdown run in the 2013 spring game. Watch Bo Pelini, Kenny Bell and Ameer Abdullah, among others, send Jack their best wishes as he enters am international clinical trial in Boston. Get all of our Jack Hoffman coverage: [ MORE: Read Andy Hoffman’s journal entry on Jack’s health ] “I know it’s not just me personally,” receiver Kenny Bell said, “I can speak for everybody in this program, we
What’s the best way to cool off on a hot summer day? How about having a freezing cold bucket of water dumped over your head, while also donating to a good cause? Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany did just that as he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday outside of the conference office. Delany was challenged by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. [ MORE: Watch Big Ten personalities take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ] Before having buckets of ice water poured over his head, Delany challenged BTN president Mark Silverman, as well as ESPN’s Burke Magnus. Watch’s Delany’s ALS
LINCOLN, Neb. – Could this be the year Nebraska finally wins the program’s first league championship since 1999? It may happen if the offense develops balance and the defense delivers on big expectations. This will be Bo Pelini’s seventh season, which is difficult to believe. No doubt, 2013 was a rocky campaign, as Pelini endured distractions and some on-field issues with his defense—again—and tumult at quarterback. But that was then, this now. The 2014 Cornhuskers look like one of Pelini’s best teams since the last few seasons in the Big 12. Get our latest football tour coverage: Here are my
Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith were at Nebraska practice Monday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post. Get our latest football tour coverage: TOM DIENHART True frosh Drew Brown is pushing hard for kicking job. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/moYknkidZ2 — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2014 Fumbles have been issue for #Huskers. OC Tim Beck thinks shorter practices will reduce fatigue. Beck also won't add plays as season goes on. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2014 Beck says #Huskers have had 1 fumble
With the Big Ten football season set to kick off in less than two weeks, teams are beginning to release highlight videos to get fan’s excited. Nebraska released the latest “hype” video this past weekend. It is a two minute video, showing various highlights from the 2013 season, including the unforgettable Hail Mary pass to beat Northwestern, 27-24, in Lincoln. Get our latest Gone Viral moments: The Huskers are scheduled to kick off the season at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 against Florida Atlantic. That game will be shown on BTN/BTN2Go.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates. Get our latest football tour coverage: AUG. 18: NEBRASKA Bus tracker: Minneapolis to Lincoln – 430 miles (2,923) Lincoln, Neb., is one of my top stops. I love the passion of the community. In fact, I don’t think any Big Ten school can top the fevered mania
Expectations are trending up for Nebraska after it closed last season with a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia. This is a club that welcomes back five starters on offense and seven on defense. There is plenty of skill on offense. And the defense could be Bo Pelini’s best since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. Could this team win the new Big Ten West? Perhaps. Get our latest football tour coverage: Here is what I’ll be watching for at Nebraska practice. 1. Is QB Tommy Armstrong ready to be the starter? With Taylor Martinez battling injury in 2013, Armstrong was thrown