Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten East top newcomers. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player | West most exciting player ] This is always a fun category to consider, because everyone gets excited about the new guys, the players we’ve heard so much about. Who is your leading candidate for Big
You have questions, and I have answers in my latest Big Ten Mailbag, this one from the Big Ten Network bus. Keep those cards and letters coming.
Several of the universities of the Big Ten are known for great engineering programs. Whether it’s computer science at Illinois, aerospace at Purdue or auto manufacturing at Ohio State, these and other schools in the conference attract students from around the world with dreams of becoming the next Steve Jobs, Neil Armstrong or Henry Ford. A recent international ranking of the best collegiate engineering/technology and computer sciences programs solidified the reputation of the Big Ten as a global STEM powerhouse. According to the Shanghai-based Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the conference is home to eight of the top 50 university engineering
College football is fast approaching. Can you smell it in the air? To get ready for the season, Sean Merriman took a look at the best Big Ten player born in every state.
The BTN bus has left Penn State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered from watching the Nittany Lions on Thursday and Friday.
Friday marked the ninth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun notes from PSU practice ] Stop No. 9 of 14 had us visiting State College, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and Friday to watch James Franklin’s second Nittany Lions team. As expected, the offensive line, which surrendered 44 sacks last season, was the area our analysts monitored the most, evidenced by their practice tweets. Get BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE ***
The ninth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to State College, Pennsylvania, where we watched the Nittany Lions practice Thursday and Friday.
The Football Writers Association of America released its 75th Anniversary All-America Team on Thursday, and Big Ten fans will enjoy the results. The Big Ten placed a leading 19 players on the list, four more than ACC, however eight of the conference’s representatives played before their schools (Nebraska, 6; Maryland, 1; Penn State, 1) entered the Big Ten. On the topic of the Cornhuskers, no program had more than their six representatives, four of which garnered first-team honors, also tops on the FWAA list. The team with the second-most players? That would be Ohio State, with five. Michigan (3), Illinois
For the most part, James Franklin’s debut in State College was a success. But, this program remains a work in progress as it looks to build quality depth in the aftermath of NCAA probation. Scholarship numbers are back at 85, but youth is still prominent on the roster. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Penn State. 1. How does Christian Hackenberg look? The guy is an uber talent, but he was under constant duress last season playing behind a spotty line. How bad was it? Hackenberg was sacked 44 times as a sophomore. And he was pressured numerous
It’s World Photography Day, so I decided to take a look back at some of my favorite USA TODAY Sports Image shots from the 2014 football season. See a shot for all 14 teams below.