The first wave of Big Ten spring games are one week away. That’s right, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue all wrap up spring drills April 14. Kind of hard to believe, huh? Here at BTN.com, we post some of the teams’ latest YouTube videos. See several of the newest ones, including a highly entertaining Northwestern feature, in this post. Plus, watch “Illini Insider” preview Illinois’ wide receivers right now.
The Big Ten Network will stream Penn State’s spring football game live at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 7 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Penn State game will air on BTN at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21. Kevin Kugler and former Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter will call the game. BTN’s spring football coverage includes the Big Ten Football
The nation still is buzzing over the greatest six-point performance in NCAA title game history. Thank you, Anthony Davis. Here’s what’s buzzing around Big Ten gridirons. RANKING THE COACHES: Brady Hoke and Mark Dantonio ranked highly among Big Ten coaches, according to Athlon Sports. Guess who is No. 1? His initials are U.M. and he never has coached a Big Ten game. My two cents: Jerry Kill is too low. And there is NO way Kevin Wilson should be last. Just criminal. BIG LOSS AT SAFETY: Most Michigan State fans wring their hands over holes to fill at receiver, quarterback,
The NCAA men’s basketball championship game is Monday night, but here at BTN.com, our fans already have crowned the 2012 Big Ten Football Uniform Bracket champion. And the winner is Michigan, the top seed in the field. The Wolverines toppled No. 5 Iowa in the title matchup. See the final tally for the championship tilt in this post and check out all of the tournament’s matchups: Finals | Semis | Quarters | First round. Biggest upset: No. 10 Illinois over No. 3 Ohio State, Round 1 – I determined the seeds, which could mean I like the Ohio State uniform
There’s no denying it: Penn State fans love their football team. A local bakery takes the love affair to another level. With spring here and Easter just around the corner, Flour Box Bakery, located in Bellefonte, Pa., decorated 112 peeps to best resemble gameday at Beaver Stadium – err, Bunny Stadium, as they call it. The peeps include Coach Bill O’Peep, players decked out in simple uniforms, fans and band members. The best part: the stadium is made entirely out of cookie. Now, that’s a tasty treat. See all 12 peep pictures. There’s another very cool touch to this masterpiece,
With Ohio State, the Big Ten’s final basketball team left in the men’s or women’s NCAA tourney, falling Saturday night in the national semifinals, it’s time to shift focus to spring football. In just two weeks, after all, the spring games will begin. Watch the latest spring videos from the schools’ YouTube channels in this post. ILLINOIS INDIANA IOWA MICHIGAN MICHIGAN STATE No recent videos MINNESOTA NEBRASKA NORTHWESTERN No recent videos OHIO STATE PENN STATE PURDUE WISCONSIN
There’s no shortage of newsworthy Big Ten items right now, what with Ohio State headed to the Final Four in New Orleans, spring practice in full swing and ex-Maryland QB Danny O’Brien deciding to commit to Wisconsin over Penn State, among other schools. I tackle all those issues, plus more, in my latest weekly mailbag. Have a question for me? Send it my way, and I may answer it in my next installment. Do you think Ohio State can win the national championship? – Chip I think this is a motivated Buckeye team that has revenge on its mind. No.
Here’s a look at some of the happenings on Big Ten gridirons, as the fallout from Danny O’Brien’s decision to attend Wisconsin continues. Poor Penn State. While Danny O’Brien’s decision was celebrated in Madison, Wisc., fans in Penn State were left wondering: What if? So, the picture at quarterback remains the same in State College, Pa., according to Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Matt McGloin, Rob Bolden and Paul Jones will continue to battle this spring for No. 1 honors. But don’t expect the new staff to make a decision right now. “There won’t be a starter named until
For the first time since 1965, Penn State will have a new coach prowling the sideline. Joe Paterno was forced out amid scandal late in the 2011 season—and subsequently died. In steps Bill O’Brien, a first-time head coach who comes freshly minted from the New England Patriots, where he served as offensive coordinator for arguably the NFL’s top franchise. Paterno was in his fourth season as Penn State head coach when O’Brien, 42, was born in 1969. O’Brien last coached in college in 2006, when he was offensive coordinator for Duke under Ted Roof—now Penn State’s defensive coordinator–before leaving for
Big doing today, as the Danny O’Brien sweepstakes have ended with the Maryland quarterback picking Wisconsin. This is two years in a row the Badgers will welcome an ACC QB transfer. Russell Wilson from N.C. State worked out pretty good. If O’Brien is anywhere close to Wilson, 2012 will be a fun year in Madison. Fire up the grill and open the brats! Find more on that and other happenings in this post. PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT: If you see Bret Bielema smiling today, here’s why: The aforementioned O’Brien has committed to the Badgers. The Badgers have a gnawing void