One of the most anticpated annual preseason college football coundtowns came a close Friday. That would be SI's Bruce Fledman's "Freaks" list, which is topped by Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and features six Big Ten players.
Every head coach has a side of the ball he was “brought up in” and is associated with. Some come with an offensive background; others were raised on the defensive side of the ball. In the Big Ten, offense has the edge, as eight of the 14 head coaches have an offensive background.
Get out your calendar and find a red Sharpie. It’s time to make your Saturday plans for September to November. What’s the best game each week that you must watch? It’s all here in my Ultimate 2017 Big Ten Schedule.
Injuries are a part of football. And sometimes, they can ruin a team’s season. Last season saw several key Big Ten players miss significant time due to injury. Here is a look at the top player from each squad who missed a lot of time after suffering an injury in 2016 and hopes for better times in 2017.
It's going to happen. The next time Penn State running back Saquon Barkley runs over a defender, you'll ask yourself, "How did he do that?!" Well, the speedy, powerful, uber-athletic likely 2017 Heisman frontrunner is as strong as anyone on the field. The proof is in the video inside.
The Big Ten East will be a gauntlet, as usual. Which teams have the most difficult path in 2017?
A tough stretch of games can make or break a team’s season. Here is BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's pick for the “toughest stretch” of each Big Ten team’s schedule.
The NFL's countdown of the top 100 players entering the 2017 season is complete, and the Big Ten occupies 18 spots. No. 1 Tom Brady (Michigan) tops the list, while No. 7 Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) and No. 9 Le'Veon Bell (Michigan State) help give the Big Ten three top 10 players.
Upsets. They happen. Ask Iowa fans, who won’t soon forget losing at home to FCS North Dakota State last season. Northwestern can sympathize, as the Wildcats fell at home to Illinois State in 2016. No doubt, more upsets will take place this fall.
Few things get fans more excited than an upset. Most will fondly recall the time their school knocked off a team that it was supposed to lose to. Some upsets of note of recent vintage are Michigan State taking down Ohio State in Columbus in 2015.