The 2015 BTN camp tour is over after 17 days crisscrossing the interstates from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Piscataway, New Jersey. I still have not caught up with laundry and or reintroduced myself to my family, but I thought I’d offer one takeaway from every stop along the way. Here are my final thoughts from each stop: ILLINOIS Good energy at Camp Rantoul—along with some good teaching. QB Wes Lunt looked good, but coming up with explosive/big plays may be a challenge. The RB spot is especially worrisome. The d-line looks better equipped to stop the run. No more big plays.
The BTN bus tour continues the trek through Big Ten country. On Wednesday, we reached our 14th and final stop at West Lafayette, Indiana. [ MORE: See our team’s tweets from Purdue football practice ] Our crew got the chance to watch the Boilermakers practice on Wednesday. Here are five things I learned after watching the practice. 1. The offensive line should be good. No doubt, this is the best front in Darrell Hazell’s three seasons in West Lafayette. The unit his regime inherited was a disaster. This group has size, experience and depth; the bodies look better. And the
Wednesday marked the 14th and final stop of our 2015 BTN summer bus tour across Big Ten country. The final stop brought us to West Lafayette, Indiana, to watch the Purdue Boilermakers in action. Darrell Hazell enters his third season as Purdue’s head coach, looking to improve on last year’s 3-9 (1-7 in Big Ten) mark. Get host Dave Revsine, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the Purdue practice below. @BTNDaveRevsine @GerryDiNardo @BTNTomDienhart
The countdown clock to the start of Big Ten football has reached eight days. As the opening week of games approaches, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Big Ten teams entering the 2015 season. Who will be the starting quarterback at Ohio State? How will Jim Harbaugh do in his first season? And who will take the wide open West Division? We’ve made predictions for many queries in our preseason Big Ten coverage, but let’s go ahead make some positional predictions. Here is one prediction for every position group heading into the season. QB: J.T. Barrett will win the
Junior quarterback Austin Appleby has won the starting job at Purdue. Third-year coach Darrell Hazell made the announcement after practice on Tuesday, selecting Appleby over redshirt freshman David Blough.
Here's what Tom Dienhart will be watching at Purdue's practice.
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it's all about Big Ten West top newcomers. Check out our panel's picks for first-year players who could make an immediate impact inside.
Before Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kick off the 2015 season Thursday, Sept. 3, it's time to take our annual look at the Big Ten's 2015 schedule posters.
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.