Time to answer some mail! How good are the Minnesota linebackers? Will Michigan topple a rival this season? Is David Blough the answer to Purdue’s QB ills? I look at those questions and more. I have been impressed by Minnesota’s linebackers and think they will be among the best in the Big Ten. What do you think? – Bill White I like the Gopher linebackers when I watched the team scrimmage last Saturday. Jack Lynn has All-Big Ten potential, and Cody Poock is a tough player who excels vs. the run. Jonathan Celestin rounds out the unit. He’s a nice
The letters are flowing in as I am on the road for the Big Ten camp tour. I have questions about Penn State’s depth, Michigan State’s ability to develop talent and Michigan’s chances to beat Ohio State this season, among others. Let’s go!
Stop No. 9 on the BTN bus tour brought us to Nebraska practice Thursday. The Cornhuskers, fresh off a 6-7 season in Mike Riley's debut, return plenty of talent on a team trying to dethrone defending Big Ten West champ and rival Iowa.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Mike Riley is looking for more in his second season in Lincoln. His debut was marked by myriad close losses. The good news: The Huskers finished 2015 on a roll, capping the season with a big bowl win over UCLA. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s fun takes from Nebraska practice ] There are some good building blocks moving forward as Nebraska, which is searching for its first conference title of any sort since 1999, looks to make a move in the Big Ten West. Here is what I learned at Cornhusker practice. 1. This will be one
Before our tour hits Lincoln, Nebraska, on Thursday, @BTNStatsGuys wanted to share five fun nuggets about the Nebraska Cornhuskers entering the 2016 season.
The BTN summer football tour will be in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Thursday, to watch Mike Riley's second Cornhuskers team practice. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will have his eye on inside.
The countdown to the official kickoff of Big Ten football is at 22 days. Fans have become accustomed to hearing names like J.T. Barrett, Desmond King and Jabrill Peppers. How about some young, upcoming stars that Big Ten fans should expect to hear a lot about in this upcoming season? I chatted with several players and coaches, as well as media members at this year’s Big Ten Media Days, asking them about the freshmen that have stood out in practice. I asked about true freshmen just arriving on campus and early enrollees who could be poised to make a big
Every coach looks at a schedule, scanning the list of games. Which ones figure to be tough ones? Even more vital: Which stretch of games figures to be the most daunting, a potential make-or-break run of contests? [ MORE: Best chance to pull upset | Best chance to be upset | Toughest non-conference games | Toughest conference game ] I have identified the toughest stretch of games on each Big Ten schedule. Illinois. The last four games are daunting. The season-ending run begins with a visit from Michigan State on Nov. 5 followed by a trip to Wisconsin, a visit
No coach wants to lose a game that experts think he’s supposed to win. Upsets can set a season on its ear and prove ruinous. [ MORE: Best chance to pull upset | Toughest non-conference games | Toughest conference game ] There are potholes on every schedule. And I have picked the one game on your school’s schedule in which it has its best chance to be—gulp–upset. Illinois. The visit from Western Michigan on Sept. 17 is dangerous. P.J. Fleck is an up-and-coming coaching fireball who played at Northern Illinois and is a native of the state. You know the
This years for you buddy!! #SF27 #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Z53HQ6vP0L — Kyle Kotrous (@Kkotrous22) August 3, 2016 Nebraska shared the helmet decal it will wear to honor late punter Sam Foltz on Wednesday afternoon. Assistant equipment manager Kyle Kotrous tweeted a picture of the decal, which features Foltz’s initials, in red, and number (27), in white; the decal is affixed to the back left of the helmet, just above the players’ number. Foltz, the 2015 Big Ten Punter of the Year and a former walk-on from Greeley, Nebraska, was killed in a one-car accident returning home from a kicking camp in Wisconsin