Menu Search

Get BTN2Go: Download BTN's free video app today.

Latest Videos Latest Football News Purdue
Boilermakers

Advertisement

Which Football Playoff Idea Do You Prefer?

While America is falling in love with the possibility of a four-team playoff, the Nebraska president favors a plus-one. Really. In fact, University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Harvey Perlman says a plus-one is the favored format among many leaders at Big Ten and Pac-12 schools. Here’s another bucket of ice cold water over your noggin: If there was a four-team playoff, Perlman says he didn’t think decision makers would want the two semi-final games to be played on campuses of higher-seeded teams. Why? Perlman fears such a set up would diminish the bowls. I’m sounding off on this and other Big

Dienhart: About That Big Ten-SEC Game Idea ...

A Big Ten-SEC bowl game? In St. Louis? Maybe, according to this story in STLToday.com. Long story short: This is a LONG shot. A big long shot, as a lot of hurdles would have to be cleared for this to be a reality. But I love any concept that has the nation’s two best leagues meeting. We already have that guarantee in three bowl games: Capital One; Outback; Gator. Would a fourth SEC-Big Ten bowl clash be overkill? Perhaps. I have a better idea in this post as I look at that story and more Big Ten football news fit

Twitter Tips: Check out these Boiler accounts

The next stop on our Twitter Tips series takes us to Purdue. We’ve already featured 10 schools (see them all here), and now it’s time to turn our attention to the guys who tweet about the Boilermakers in our 12-installment series that spotlights every Big Ten institution, in alphabetical order. Our goal is to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with the fans. Without further delay, let’s get to the Purdue handles. The Boilermakers have several worthy follows, from informative beat writers (@carminjc) to dedicated bloggers (@BoiledSports) to entertaining former players (@ballinger). Basically, whatever it is you’re looking

Ready, set, click Wednesday's best web links

What’s going on around the Big Ten football landscape today? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart links you to Wednesday’s best Big Ten headlines in this post. SEEING GREEN: SI.com’s Andrew Perloff predicts that Michigan State defensive end William Gholston will be a first-round draft choice. This is sorta like predicting rain in Seattle. At 6-7, 280 pounds, the junior is a physical freak, but Perloff says some teams may have “character concerns” about Gholston. Well, we all know how NFL teams feel: If you can play, they don’t really care about character. ANOTHER DEFENSIVE STUD: While I’m on the subject

Dienhart: Tuesday's best Big Ten web links

The 2012 NFL Draft draft just completed Saturday night, and many of the experts are already looking ahead to the 2013 class. See links to early 2013 mock drafts and much more in BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s latest daily links. READY FOR A BATTLE: Joel Stave looked good in Wisconsin’s spring game on Saturday, hitting 14-of-25 passes for 135 yards with a touchdown and interception. Now, he says he’s ready to take on Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien for the starting job when camp opens. While this is all well and good, I still think O’Brien will be VERY difficult

Who Could Be 2012's Top Football Stars?

Who do you think are the top three candidates to win the Big Ten offensive and defensive player of the year honors? Tell us in the comments below and watch Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo give you their nominations on tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET (and again at 9 and 11:30 p.m. ET). To get ready, watch this Internet-only interview with Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis conducted earlier today. Also on tonight’s show, we review the Michigan State  and Wisconsin spring games to assess what it will take for these teams to win their divisions again

All-Spring Defense & Special Teams Honorees

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart released his All-Big Ten Spring Offensive Team. Today, it’s time to recognize the best on defense and special teams. Which players shined the most from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa.? Dienhart talked to media, coaches and college officials across Big Ten country to get their views. With that, check out Dienhart’s All-Big Ten Spring defensive and special team honorees. Have someone he forget? Add it as a comment at the bottom of this post. DEFENSE E Jason Ankrah, 6-4, 265, Jr., Nebraska – He appears to be primed for a breakout season. Ankrah

All-Big Ten Spring Offensive Team

Big Ten spring practices officially ended last Saturday, with Michigan State and Wisconsin playing their spring games. What players shined from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa.? I talked to media, coaches and college officials across Big Ten country to get their views. With that, I unveil my All-Big Ten Spring offensive team. My defensive team will follow. See my offensive stars in this post. WR Michael Thomas, 6-2, 193, Fr. Ohio State – A nephew of former NFL great Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas arrived early to take part in spring drills. Smart move, as he was sensational. Thomas capped the

The Best of 2012 Big Ten Spring Football

With 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game participants Michigan State and Wisconsin wrapping up spring football Saturday, every Big Ten team can turn its attention to the summer. Here at BTN.com, we’re not ready to put spring football behind us just yet. That’s why we compiled this post featuring the best from this year’s spring action. And when talking the best of spring, nothing — at least in our minds — comes close to topping Sparty lining up in the backfield and taking the handoff. Watch the entertaining play now. Best performance: Ohio State WR Michael Thomas – 12 rec.

Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Undrafted Team

The 2012 NFL Draft came and went this past weekend, with a grand total of 41 Big Ten products being selected during the three-day event. Iowa’s Riley Reiff was the first player off the board, at No. 23, while Illinois, believe it or not, accounted for four of the Big Ten’s first six draft picks. But what about those players who went undrafted? They began signing contracts immediately following the draft. Here’s a complete list of Big Ten free-agent signees. In this post, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart compiles his All-Big Ten Undrafted Team. OFFENSE WR Da’Jon McKnight, Minnesota (Vikings)