Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season comes to a close today, with the top 20 stars. If you missed it last week, here’s our list of 100-81, 80-61, 60-41 and 40-21. View the final installment of our five-part series below. 20. DE Chris Wormley, Michigan. He’s a versatile and productive (14.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks in 2015) talent who can play tackle or end for a Wolverine front that may be the best in the nation. 19. RB L.J. Scott, Michigan State. Michigan State has a bevy of talented backs, but look for
Can the Big Ten win the national championship? Can Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers be as good at linebacker as he was at safety? Who are the sleeper teams? BTN's Tom Dienhart lays out 70 questions as he heads off to cover Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago Monday and Tuesday.
Cleveland.com released its sixth annual Big Ten preseason football poll Friday, and Ohio State was chosen as the Big Ten favorites in 2016. In a survey of 39 writers who cover Big Ten football, 27 predicted Ohio State as the Big Ten champ. Michigan received 11 votes, while Iowa, the favorite to win the West Division, received just one vote to win the Big Ten. Since 2011, when the Big Ten stopped publishing official preseason picks from journalists, cleveland.com has conducted the most official preseason Big Ten poll. What to make of this poll? We figured Ohio State would be
Get ready for 13 hours of live coverage at Big Ten Football Media Days in 2016 Monday and Tuesday. We know not everyone will be near a TV when the event is going on, so all press conferences can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go. Just click this “Watch Live” link when the events begin or make sure you have the BTN2Go app. What are the events and when will they air live? Glad you asked. We’ve got the full schedule down below. Update: Due to the weekend tragedy that took the life of Nebraska
Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season continues with players 40-21. Previously, we looked at 100-81, 80-61 and 60-41. Check out the fourth installment of our five-part series below. 40. OL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin. He took over at center last year when Dan Voltz got hurt, and he was so impressive that he will retain the slot with Voltz sliding over to guard on what could be a dominating Badger front. 39. OL Billy Price, Ohio State. Price has both the experience and talent to have an outstanding junior season, paving the way for
Long before his infamous “They are what we thought they were” rant in 2006 as coach of the Arizona Cardinals following an epic press conference meltdown, Dennis Green cut his teeth as a player and coach in the Big Ten. Now, he has passed away at age 67. A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Green matriculated to Iowa, where he was a diminutive halfback under Ray Nagel from 1968-70 who ran for 699 yards and caught 24 passes while showing a love and thirst for the game. And he channeled that love and thirst into a successful coaching career that traced
Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season continues with players 60-41. Earlier this week, we looked at 100-81 and 80-61. View the third installment of our five-part series. 60. QB Wes Lunt, Illinois. Lunt enters his third season as the starting quarterback, and, if he can stay upright and healthy, he should have a big season in 2016. 59. WR Ricky Jones, Indiana. Whoever is throwing passes Jones’ way will boast one of the Big Ten’s premier receiving trio, as the senior-to-be joins Simmie Cobbs and Mitchell Paige to headline Indiana’s passing game. 58.
Is there a better defensive back in the nation than Iowa’s Desmond King, the reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner? Probably not. He emerged last year as a special talent for a Hawkeye defense that helped the program race to a school-record 12-0 start en route to winning the Big Ten West and earning the school’s first Rose Bowl bid since the 1990 season. [ MORE: Top 7 quarterbacks | Top 10 wide receivers | Top 10 running backs | Top 10 offensive linemen | Top 10 defensive linemen | Top 10 linebackers | Full unit rankings ] King is so talented,
Every schedule has one—a must-win game. Look. You’ll find one. It’s a game that you feel your school MUST WIN if it wants to have a successful season. It can’t slip up. Victory must be accomplished. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s 2016 Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip ] Well, I perused each 2016 Big Ten schedule. And here is my “must win” game for each school. Illinois: vs. Purdue. If the Fighting Illini want any shot at a bowl game, they must win their Big Ten opener on Oct. 8. Big Ten victories will be difficult to come by. And
Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season continues with players 80-61. If you missed it Tuesday, here’s our list of 100-81. View the second installment of our five-part series below. 80. P Cam Johnston, Ohio State. The Aussie was No. 2 in the Big Ten in punting in 2015, averaging 43.9 yards on 58 boots. He’s a nice weapon to have when the offense bogs down. 79. LB Nyeem Wartman-White, Penn State. Wartman-White is fully recovered from last year’s season-ending knee injury, and, assuming he regains his starting role in the middle, he should be