During our annual BTN bus tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart teamed up with Parris Campbell for a tutorial on punt returning.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some fun observations from today’s Ohio State practice. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Ohio State fall practice ] Most impressive player: Sam Hubbard. The defensive end is a load off the edge who often caused issues in drills. He looks ready for a big season on a loaded OSU defensive front. Top specimen: DE Jalyn Holmes should be the first guy off the bus. He looks even bigger than his listed 6-5, 270 pounds. And he’s very quick, too. Loudest coach: This is tie between cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs and offensive line coach Greg
This Ohio State squad is loaded with top talent across the board and is the pick of most to win the Big Ten and return to the College Football Playoff for a second year in a row.
Expectations always are big in Columbus. But when Urban Meyer said at Big Ten media days that this edition of the Buckeyes was his most talented yet … well, big things could be coming in 2017. Here are five things Tom Dienhart will watch at Ohio State practice.
The 2017 BTN bus tour is underway, starting today at Indiana practice and coming to a close Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Northwestern. The 14-stop trek across the Big Ten footprint will span 20 days, and include countless hours on the bus and at practice.
The preseason Amway Coaches Poll came out Thursday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10.. No. 2 Ohio State leads the way, while reigning Big Ten champ Penn State comes in at No. 6. No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Wisconsin round out the top 10.
It’s August. And that means just one thing: The college football season is closer. Anticipation builds as pundits pontificate on what they think will unfold. I checked in with one of BTN’s top analysts, former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long, to get his views on a variety of subjects.
Rutgers will be a Homecoming opponent three times, more than any other school as the Scarlet Knights play at Nebraska, at Michigan and at Penn State. Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan will be Homecoming foes two times apiece. Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State are not Homecoming foes.
Big Ten and ShooWin have again partnered to give thousands of real fans the opportunity to lock in face value tickets to the 2017 Big Ten Championship game before the season even starts. How? Learn more.
Ask any coach, and he’ll tell you: It’s not who you play, it’s when you play them. And if you’re playing a series of hot teams in succession, it could torpedo your season. Having typed that, here are seven of the toughest stretches of games Big Ten teams must play.