All 14 teams are in action in league play for the first time. And there are some good clashes on deck, headlined by Penn State playing at Ohio State. And we have a rivalry, too, with Minnesota at Iowa in a battle for Floyd of Rosedale.
BTN today announced its schedule for the first three weeks of the 2017 college football season, featuring 16 non-conference matchups that include the defending Big Ten Champion Penn State Nittany Lions as well as Michigan and Wisconsin teams that finished last season ranked in the Associated Press top 10. BTN kicks off the season on Thursday, August 31, at 7 p.m. ET when P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers host Buffalo at TCF Bank Field. Four games follow on Saturday, Sept. 2, including a matchup between Iowa and Wyoming that will pit Butkus Award finalist Josey Jewell and the
A slate of six games looms on this Saturday. And there is some marquee appeal. At the top of the list is Ohio State’s trip to Nebraska. Northwestern’s game at Maryland also is interesting. NU may be the top team in the West, while the Terps are on the rise and looking to make a statement.
Week 6 offers up some interesting tilts, including a big rivalry game with Michigan State playing at Michigan. But there are two other very compelling games, headlined by Wisconsin playing at Nebraska. And keep an eye on the Penn State at Northwestern contest.
There isn’t an abundance of pizzazz on a six-game slate this week that includes a Friday night tilt pitting Nebraska at Illinois. The unquestioned top game is Northwestern at Wisconsin in a game between arguably the top two teams in the Big Ten West.
The first week kicks off with a bang with 13 games, including Ohio State at Indiana on Thursday night, involving all 14 teams. And there are several great clashes to whet the appetite and set the table for 2017.
A coach never wants to build a program around junior college players. But they can be valuable to help fill in gaps on a roster, especially during the building process. And the Big Ten will feature several interesting JC transfers. Here are the schools that figure to be impacted the most by junior college transfers this fall. ILLINOIS The Fighting Illini are counting on Del’Shawn Phillips from NJCAA champion Garden City CC to start at a linebacker spot. And Phillips’ teammate, QB Dwayne Lawson, is verbally committed but needs to get his associates degree at Garden City this summer to
Wisconsin and Paul Chryst are thinking big again, looking to defend their Big Ten West title. And the Cotton Bowl champs have the weapons to accomplish the feat. But there is a new dynamic: Chryst will be on his third defensive coordinator in three years, as he promoted defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard to take over what has been one of the top defenses in the nation in recent years. Still, there is a lot to work with in Madison, including veteran talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Challenges loom on the schedule. Here is a
With spring practices finished, schools are focusing on offseason work before fall camp kicks off. Some positions are in better shape than others for certain schools. Let’s take a look at the seven schools in the best shape at kicker.
Next up in Tom Dienhart's post-spring position check: The secondary. Which schools are in the best shape in the defensive backfield?