Another day, another Big Ten starting quarterback has been named. According to @NU_Sports, the official Twitter account of Northwestern athletics, head coach Pat Fitzgerald has announced redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson will be the team’s starting quarterback. Thorson beat out senior Zach Oliver and sophomore Matt Alviti for the job. The 6-4, 220-pouner was a three-star prospect and the No. 29-ranked quarterback in the 2014 national class rankings, according to Scout.com. The Wildcats open the season Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. No. 21 Stanford.
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
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
In this day and age, the Internet regularly creates overnight sensations. Seemingly obscure, novel people and products can collect thousands of backers, customers and fans in a matter of hours if they attract the right kind of attention on sites like YouTube, Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook. Northwestern University instructor and inventor Nick Marchuk benefited from this phenomenon when the nScope, a device he developed with fellow NU lecturer David Meyer, went viral in late 2013. Interestingly, the product took off when the website Hackaday featured a different tool developed by Northwestern engineering professor Michael Peshkin. A version of the NScope
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.
You have questions, and I have answers in my mailbag. I type this from the BTN bus as we chug toward State College, Pennsylvania, to watch Penn State practice. We have seen lots of interesting things that have stirred Big Ten Nation. Thanks for the cards and letters!! How much of a loss is WR De’Mornay Pierson-El for Nebraska? – Matt P. It is a huge loss for the Cornhuskers. Pierson-El, who is out six to eight weeks with a foot issue, was one of the Big Ten’s most electrifying players, a true go-the-distance guy who can score each time
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.