Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game
Attention, wrestling fans: Tonight is the return of our weekly show “Wrestling in 60,” a one-hour spotlight on the top dual wrestling matches from the past week across the Big Ten Conference. The first show airs at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. “Wrestling in 60” airs Monday nights. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. One of the matches featured in tonight’s show is the upset victory pulled off by Penn State redshirt freshman Jason Nolf, who pinned No. 1 Isaiah Martinez of Illinois to break the 157-pound defending national champion’s 61-match
The fifth week of the season is on our doorstep. All eyes will be on College Park, Maryland, for a battle of ranked teams between Iowa and Maryland. This also is a big week for Northwestern, which can make statement with games vs. Michigan State and Iowa. And can Indiana remain perfect in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here’s my preview to
On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network will air the 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series. The Journey, a documentary-style show covering both football and basketball, has taken viewers behind the scenes with compelling stories of the Big Ten’s student-athletes and coaches since 2007. Over the next seven days, BTN will take a trip down memory lane with the best moments and stories from The Journey’s past nine years on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. ‘Journey Week’ will include reliving 12 of the most popular features in Journey history, an updated look at
The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers. Consequently, Reuters’ most recent list of the 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World includes 11 B1G schools, including three in the top 10. According to Reuters, the institutes on the list “most reliably produce original research, create useful technology, and have the greatest economic impact.” Here’s where the Big Ten universities placed in the rankings: 5. University of Michigan Bringing together
After Sunday’s domination of Purdue, is there any question that Iowa is king of the Big Ten? Of course not. Yes, I know all about Indiana, but its resume pales compared to Iowa’s. [ MORE: Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten statistics ] Here is a look back at the week that was. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. The Cornhuskers began the Big Ten season 0-3. Then, they won four in row—three of them on the road–the latest a surprising win at No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday night. Nebraska fell vs. Michigan on Saturday, but it’s still
Penn State redshirt freshman Jason Nolf had a bright future entering Saturday afternoon’s match at Illinois. The Yatesboro, Pennsylvania, native’s future is ridiculously bright following an emphatic win over reigning national champ and No. 1 Isaiah Martinez. The victory grabbed the attention of college wrestling fans. For good reason, too. The decision snapped Martinez’s 61-match winning streak, and it moved the third-ranked Nolf to 21-0 on the season. “It doesn’t matter who I’m wresting,” Nolf told BTN sideline reporter Shane Sparks. “I always expect to score more points every single match.” Where did the redshirt freshman get the motivation to
James Franklin met the media Saturday to discuss numerous topics about his program, in particular player and coach turnaround this offseason. Fresh off a 7-6 season that ended with a 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl, there’s been no shortage of musical chairs following Franklin’s second campaign. Staff-wise, Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan, replacing him with Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead, while defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and offensive line coach Herb Hand bolted to Tennessee and Auburn, respectively. “We’ve had some turnover in the program with coaches and players,” Franklin said. “I’m very appreciative of what Bob
Iowa? Ohio State? Michigan? Some other team perhaps? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked a handful of football writers to make their incredibly early predictions on a 2016 Big Ten football champion. Here's what they said.
BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks brings you latest on Big Ten wrestling and looks ahead to a few key matches this weekend. Plus, watch this week's BTN Wrestling Report video segment as Kara Lentz talks with Indiana's Nate Jackson as the Hoosiers get set to wrestle Michigan State, Friday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.