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
Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown injured his left leg during practice Wednesday and will miss the season. Brown will have surgery Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery.
Ivan Applin is a 10-year-old boy from Toledo, and he is a huge Ohio State football fan. Applin recently underwent a cardiac catheterization, a procedure where a small wire-framed device, a Cardioform, is used to close holes in the heart. The surgery was due to a condition that creates holes in the heart and interferes with proper blood flow. It was scheduled to be held at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Like any individual, Applin had concerns before going through with the procedure. However, there was one specific question he had for doctors before the surgery. “Will
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about the Big Ten East’s top uniform. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player | West most exciting player | East top newcomer | West top newcomer ] Such a topic almost always stirs good debate, and that’s especially the case when the talk centers around the Big Ten
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
The second episode of BTN's “Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp” airs at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go. The show takes viewers behind the scenes at the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes’ training camp.
As BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart noted in his “news and notes” piece from Ohio State’s practice on Monday evening, Miss Ohio 2015 Sarah Hider attended the Buckeyes’ practice on Monday evening. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Ohio State football tweets ] “She even wore a sparkly crown,” Dienhart notes. “She posed with players for photos afterward.” Need some evidence? Check out the photo Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. tweeted out at the top of this post. Hider also posted the following photo with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. One thing
The BTN bus has left Ohio State, and now it’s time to share some news, notes and nuggets from the Buckeyes practice. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Ohio State football tweets ] Tim Beck arrived from Nebraska and is co-offensive coordinator. He’ll work with offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who will call the plays with Tom Herman off to coach Houston. Beck will work from the press box and Warinner will be on the field. Beck and Warinner worked together at Kansas under Mark Mangino, pushing the buttons on some explosive offense. The 2007 KU squad
The 12th stop on our annual summer BTN bus tour across the Big Ten brought us to Columbus, Ohio, where we watched the Buckeyes practice Monday night. [ MORE: Ohio State practice notebook | See our Ohio State tweets ] Here are five things I learned at Ohio State practice. 1. The receivers look good. This was one unit that suffered some significant attrition with Devin Smith and Evan Spencer gone. But the Buckeyes have a legit star/No. 1 in junior Michael Thomas, one of the nation’s most underrated wideouts. There also is sophomore Noah Brown, sophomore Terry McLaurin and