When we say the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of the universities of the Big Ten Conference “live big,” we aren’t overstating our case. Last year, we reported stories that took our readers from exotic locales like Sri Lanka and Uganda to galaxies far, far away. Whether it’s on-campus or in outer space, the Big Ten community is innovating, inspiring and improving. We told more than 200 of those stories in 2015. We loved them all, but there were a few that stood out to us as especially interesting and high-impact. Here are some of our favorites from the universities
The lid has been taken off Big Ten play, and five schools are off to 2-0 starts. Two of them aren’t a shock, as Maryland and Indiana are out of the gates quickly. But it’s a surprise to see Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa also 2-0 in Big Ten action.
Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer made their Big Ten game predictions. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Dienhart: Best of Big Ten bowls ] We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. With bowl season complete, it’s time to see how we fared with our postseason picks. Check out our predictions and the final season standings below. Rotating Beat Writer: Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB), foxsports.com 2015 record: 99-24 Bowl record: 6-4 Big Ten bowl picks: Duke 33, Indiana 27; UCLA 41, Nebraska
The Big Ten college football bowl season is officially in the books. Yes, the Big Ten came up short in its bid to defend the national title won last year by Ohio State. But the conference had some memorable moments during its 5-5 postseason.
Penn State standout quarterback Christian Hackenberg is set to take his talents to the NFL. Following Penn State’s 24-17 loss to Georgia in Saturday’s Taxslayer Bowl, Hackenberg announced that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Hackenberg finishes his Penn State career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history. The former Big Ten Freshman of the Year is PSU’s all-time leader in multiple passing categories, including career completions, yards, and 300-yard passing games. In Penn State’s Big Ten regular season finale against Michigan State, Hackenberg passed Matt McGloin as the school’s
Playing vs. an SEC team is always a good measuring stick for a team. Even an SEC team that canned its head coach, as Mark Richt was fired and is now coaching Miami (FL). [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | BOX | PBP | AP RECAP ] These iconic programs last met in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season, when Penn State dumped Heisman winner Hershel Walker and the Bulldogs to win the national championship. The stakes weren’t nearly that high today in a clash that often resembled a taffy pull between teams that played good defense—and spotty offense. The
There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on Saturday, five of which were on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Catch up on all of today’s games on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Iowa highlighted the slate with an incredible 70-63 comeback win over Purdue. In other Big Ten action: Michigan rolled Penn State, 79-56, to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play, Wisconsin dropped Rutgers, 79-57, to hand Greg Gard his first Big Ten victory, No. 1 Michigan State picked up an impressive 69-61 win at Minnesota, Indiana topped Nebraska, 79-69, and Maryland cruised by Northwestern, 72-59. See the day’s full
Wanted: Recent college grad for a job that involves working with very large and somewhat scary-looking birds. Position entails having to more or less live outdoors. Some perks included, but pay comes out to less than minimum wage. The job market may be tough right now, but it’s probably safe to say that most college graduates wouldn’t rush to send off their CV in response to a job listing like that. Then again, most college grads aren’t Alyssa Davidge. This Penn State alumna landed the interesting gig described above right after her recent graduation. She works long hours to help
Big Ten fans will get their football fix New Year’s Day, and they’ll get their basketball fix Saturday. BTN/BTN2Go will air five of the day’s six games, as part of a 10-hour marathon, starting with Penn State at Michigan (noon ET) and ending with Maryland at Northwestern (8 ET). View the full scoreboard. We asked BTN analyst Jon Crispin to tell us why each team in the five-game marathon can win, and you can read his thoughts below. PENN STATE at MICHIGAN (NOON ET) Penn State will win if … it can limit Michigan to 60 points or fewer by
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