The 2016 Big Ten football season kicks off Thursday night, with Indiana at Florida International and Oregon State at Minnesota (9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go). [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten Power Rankings ] Michigan State will take on Furman on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2G0, before the rest of the conference gets things started Saturday. View the full Week 1 schedule. In order to get you ready for kickoff, I put together a fun list, highlighting everything you need to know heading into the season. Here’s an A-Z look at the 2016 Big Ten
The BTN tour bus has been put in park. It’s time for some football! I have had a few days to absorb and contemplate what I have seen and here is my inaugural Big Ten Football Power Poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Polls: Pick your Week 1 winners | Best of Week 1 | Big Ten, A-Z ] Speaking of the summer football tour, it’s not too late to go back and catch up on our 14-campus trip and all of the coverage. We started at Indiana, ended in Purdue, and BTN produced a whole bunch of video right
Another August, another Big Ten Network tour in the books. I have been on five now. And for a guy who loves football, food and fun, I feel lucky. Here is a fun look at the Best of the 2016 BTN Bus Tour. [ MORE: Relive all of Tom Dienhart’s football tour coverage ] FAVORITE CAMPUSES Penn State. The place belongs on a postcard, nestled in the hills of central Pennsylvania. Go ahead and put on your letterman’s jacket and stroll across campus for a dip of Alumni Swirl ice cream at the Berkley Creamery. Michigan. No Big Ten campus
Believe it or not, the Big Ten football season kicks off one week from Thursday. [ MORE: Get all of our BTN bus tour coverage ] It all starts with Minnesota hosting Oregon State and former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen on Thursday, Sept. 1 at TCF Bank Stadium. Before the games start, as we do every year, we wanted to take a look at all 14 Big Ten teams’ schedule posters. See your Big Ten team’s 2016 schedule poster(s) below. ILLINOIS #PosterSwag FBS Football Poster Social Vote: RETWEET this to vote for: @IlliniAthletics @IlliniFootball pic.twitter.com/1khntBTg7c — Poster Swag (@PosterSwag) August
The letters are flowing in as I am on the road for the Big Ten camp tour. I have questions about Penn State’s depth, Michigan State’s ability to develop talent and Michigan’s chances to beat Ohio State this season, among others. Let’s go!
Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State fans have some new Nike school-themed sneakers available. The Nike Train Speed 4 AMPT sneakers hit the open market today, and fans of the Wolverines, Spartans, Buckeyes and Nittany Lions can order the new, fresh looking kicks featuring the colors of their college team. The shoes were released for 14 total schools. The other school-specific shoes include: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and USC. Check out pictures of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State’s new sneakers below. What do you think, Big Ten fans? Tweet
Let’s answer some mail. Are new spread attacks at Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland different? Can Maryland start 6-0? How long before Michigan is battling for national titles? I look at those queries and more. Let’s go! [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s summer football tour coverage ] Three Big Ten East teams are installing spread offenses this year. How do the spread offenses that Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers compare to each other? – Philip McCollum Having watched all three practice, I didn’t notice a big difference between the three. I asked cohort Gerry DiNardo for his option.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The fifth stop on the annual BTN summer football tour had us in State College, Pennsylvania, to check out James Franklin’s third Penn State team. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Penn State football practice ] Always one of the most accommodating stops on the tour, the Nittany Lions never fail to impress. On this day, the team practiced at beautiful Beaver Stadium, and, as detailed below, Franklin was on his game. Check out some of my fun takes from Saturday’s practice: Most impressive player: LB Nyeem Wartman-White is 6-1, 248 pounds of athletic
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — This is an important training camp in State College, as Penn State looks to make a move up the pecking order of the challenging Big Ten East. To do that, some key questions must be answered for a program that is finally up to its full allotment of 85 scholarships. [ MORE: Football tour notebook: Fun takes from Penn State practice ] It was a busy offseason for James Franklin and Co., as he overhauled his staff with new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Here are five things I learned at Penn State practice.
This is a big season. James Franklin said as much at Big Ten media days. He knows it’s time to make a move in the Big Ten East after back-to-back 7-6 seasons. The staff has been altered radically, as James Franklin enters what he calls a “pivotal” season. He fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row. Here is what I’ll be watching for