Every media day, writers arrive in Chicago with no shortage of questions. For fun, and in anticipation of the event Thursday and Friday, I sat down and jotted down some of the first queries that came to mind. Here are 50 vexing questions to ponder at Big Ten media days: 1. How will the Buckeyes deal with being the hunted?2. Is Michigan’s offensive finally good? 3. Who will emerge at receiver for Maryland? 4. Who will start under center for Ohio State? 5. Can Northwestern reverse a disturbing two-year 5-7 funk? 6. Is the Indiana defense ready to show some
The human experience of slavery in the United States was recently and memorably captured in the Oscar-winning Best Film “12 Years a Slave,” adapted from the 1853 novel of the same name by Solomon Northup. But while Northup’s long fight to reclaim his freedom after a ruthless kidnapping was an undeniably compelling story, it wasn’t representative of the typical struggle of African-Americans who sought to break the bonds of slavery. “It’s not ‘12 Years a Slave,’ but ‘100 Years a Slave Family,’” said Nebraska history professor Will Thomas. “It took that long in many of these cases.” “These cases” are
It’s time for my top 10 Big Ten league games. [ MORE: Get all of our preseason Big Ten football coverage ] Did you miss the first two installments of this three-part series? If so, here’s 56-31 and 30-11. Now for those top 10 games: 10. Minnesota at Ohio State, Nov. 7. A Big Ten title game preview? Perhaps. Since 1969, Ohio State has lost just twice to Minnesota (1981 and 2000). The Buckeyes won, 31-24, in the Twin Cities last season. 9. Iowa at Wisconsin, Oct. 3. The Hawkeyes have lost the last three games—and five of the last
It’s almost time for BTN’s annual Big 10K race in Chicago, and once again you can watch thousands of runners cross the finish line live on Saturday morning. Here’s the link to the live camera page on BTN2Go.com. Details of the Chicago race course for the 10K and 5K are here, but it all starts on the Soldier Field/Museum Campus in front of the BTN Big 10K Fan Fest. The BTN2Go camera will go live at approximately 8 a.m. ET and run through approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. If you want to watch live on your mobile device, make sure you have
Yesterday, I started my three-part series of ranking all 56 Big Ten league games, with games 56-31. Now, it’s time for the second installment, taking a look at games 30-11. Here we go: 30. Iowa at Indiana, Nov. 7. Iowa lost three in a row to Indiana from 1998-2000. Since then, the Hawkeyes have gone 8-3 in the series. But Iowa lost the last time it visited Bloomington in 2012. 29. Illinois at Iowa, Oct. 10. Illinois will be making its first trip to Iowa City since 2007 because of scheduling quirks. No matter the venue, the Hawkeyes have dominated
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Nebraska’s 24-19 win over Georgia in the 2014 Gator Bowl. This was a huge game for the Huskers, who gave Bo Pelni his first bowl win as a Big Ten coach. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Quincy Enunwa added four catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska’s defense was outstanding in this contest, holding Georgia’s all-world running back Todd Gurley to 86 yards on 21 carries. Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s memorable win over Georgia. Top moment: Late in the third quarter, Nebraska
Nebraska will wear a new adidas alternate uniform Oct. 24 vs. Northwestern, the company and team announced Thursday morning. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch the 2014 Gator Bowl at 8 ET tonight on BTN ] Like previous Nebraska alternates, this is not a look that makes anyone think of the program’s proud past – despite adidas calling the design”a tribute to history.” Whatever, if history is any indication, recruits and players will really like this design, and that’s what matters. Why so much black, you ask? It’s a nod to the defense’s “Blackshirt” moniker, which adidas has done previously for Nebraska
It was a thankless task, but someone had to do it. Someone had to take a stab at ranking each and every Big Ten league game—all 56--in 2015.
Former Ohio State guard Shannon Scott helped lead the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship on Monday. [ MORE: Get all of our coverage of Big Ten professionals ] Scott went for two points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the Spurs’ 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns. In seven games in Las Vegas with San Antonio, Scott averaged 5.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals. Scott won the title, but one-and-done Indiana star Noah Vonleh highlighted ex-Big Ten stars in action, averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in six games. Here’s
We all have dream vacations. Some of us would like to go to Aruba. Others to Spain, Australia or perhaps Japan. All good choices. But no trip could possibly top this dream junket through the 2015 Big Ten schedule.