Every media day, writers arrive in Chicago with no shortage of questions. For fun, and in anticipation of the event Thursday and Friday, I sat down and jotted down some of the first queries that came to mind. Here are 50 vexing questions to ponder at Big Ten media days: 1. How will the Buckeyes deal with being the hunted?2. Is Michigan’s offensive finally good? 3. Who will emerge at receiver for Maryland? 4. Who will start under center for Ohio State? 5. Can Northwestern reverse a disturbing two-year 5-7 funk? 6. Is the Indiana defense ready to show some
Wisconsin’s “cheeseheads” might someday have a wealth of local options to pair with the state’s most popular food. And they may have Nick Smith to thank for it. The University of Wisconsin named Smith its first enologist back in March. As such, he has the enviable task of positioning the school as a leader in the state’s burgeoning wine and “fermented beverages” industry. “The industry is hoping to … get someone who can provide a resource to help people make better wine, essentially,” Smith said of his role. “The goal is to help improve the image and quality of wine
It’s time for my top 10 Big Ten league games. [ MORE: Get all of our preseason Big Ten football coverage ] Did you miss the first two installments of this three-part series? If so, here’s 56-31 and 30-11. Now for those top 10 games: 10. Minnesota at Ohio State, Nov. 7. A Big Ten title game preview? Perhaps. Since 1969, Ohio State has lost just twice to Minnesota (1981 and 2000). The Buckeyes won, 31-24, in the Twin Cities last season. 9. Iowa at Wisconsin, Oct. 3. The Hawkeyes have lost the last three games—and five of the last
It’s almost time for BTN’s annual Big 10K race in Chicago, and once again you can watch thousands of runners cross the finish line live on Saturday morning. Here’s the link to the live camera page on BTN2Go.com. Details of the Chicago race course for the 10K and 5K are here, but it all starts on the Soldier Field/Museum Campus in front of the BTN Big 10K Fan Fest. The BTN2Go camera will go live at approximately 8 a.m. ET and run through approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. If you want to watch live on your mobile device, make sure you have
How good would that guy be at basketball? If you’re an avid sports fan, chances are you’ve probably asked yourself that very question when watching a college football game, or vice versa. Last year, around this time, I wrote a story about if Big Ten basketball players could form a football team. Now, let’s flip the switch. I went ahead and put together a starting five and a sixth man made up of current Big Ten football players. There are so many good choices, so if I missed one, tweet me @BTNSean. Here we go! PG: Drake Harris, Michigan Harris
Yesterday, I started my three-part series of ranking all 56 Big Ten league games, with games 56-31. Now, it’s time for the second installment, taking a look at games 30-11. Here we go: 30. Iowa at Indiana, Nov. 7. Iowa lost three in a row to Indiana from 1998-2000. Since then, the Hawkeyes have gone 8-3 in the series. But Iowa lost the last time it visited Bloomington in 2012. 29. Illinois at Iowa, Oct. 10. Illinois will be making its first trip to Iowa City since 2007 because of scheduling quirks. No matter the venue, the Hawkeyes have dominated
Big Ten marching bands delight thousands of fans every fall Saturday. On Monday, a Big Ten marching band made one fan's day, and it didn't require a lengthy and choreographed performance.
It was a thankless task, but someone had to do it. Someone had to take a stab at ranking each and every Big Ten league game—all 56--in 2015.
Joe Schobert is one of the Big Ten's top returning linebackers. A season ago, the Wisconsin Badger tallied 69 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He can jump, too, if you were wondering.
The countdown to the start of the 2015 Big Ten football season is on. In 44 days, Minnesota will kick off the college football season with a primetime matchup against TCU. Big Ten fans can expect to see plenty of new faces on the gridiron this season. Last year, we saw the likes of Justin Jackson and DaeSean Hamilton have huge seasons as true freshman. But, did you know neither Jackson or Hamilton were ranked in the top 100 players in 2014 recruiting rankings? This got me thinking about how highly-ranked freshmen have performed since arriving in the Big Ten.