As it had been rumored, the Big Ten is changing the format of its annual football media days in an attempt to better facilitate media coverage. See all of the details inside!
The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2014-15 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and
The Big Ten office announced the dates and opponents for the 2015-16 hockey season Wednesday, featuring 20-game schedules for each of the six conference programs. The schedule concludes with the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held March 17-19 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. [ View the 2015-16 Big Ten Hockey Schedule ] All six conference teams will open Big Ten play Dec. 4-5. The opening weekend will feature Michigan hosting Wisconsin, Minnesota welcoming Ohio State and Penn State entertaining Michigan State. The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Gophers will make their road debut
Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs twice battled for the national title, after the 1983 and 1994 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] Pitt’s trip to Iowa will
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the names on the 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] The visit to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State never is easy for the Hawkeyes. In fact, the Cyclones have been a burr under Kirk Ferentz’s saddle since he got the job in 1999. How bad has it been? Ferentz is just 7-9 vs. Iowa State. Maryland needs to be
College football fans will like this: Phil Steele released his 2015 Preseason All-American Team on Monday. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] As expected, Steele likes the Big Ten, in particular the talent at reigning national champ Ohio State and fellow Big Ten East power Michigan State. The Buckeyes (8) and the Spartans (5) combine for 13 of the 20 Big Ten players on Steele’s four teams, and the former also accounts for half of the conference’s four first-teamers (Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa). In all, eight Big Ten teams (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska,
The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin's neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.
Paul Chryst takes over a Wisconsin program that is on its third head coach since 2012 after Bret Bielema (Arkansas) and Gary Andersen (Oregon State) abruptly bolted Madison in recent years. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Chryst seemingly offers stability, as he’s a native son who played and has coached for the Badgers. He’s home; why leave? And he inherits one of the league’s top programs that has been a Big Ten standard, as the Badgers have played in three of the four conference title games. Wisconsin figures to have a good shot
The Big Ten boasts some of college football’s greatest rivalries, so it comes as no surprise that it’s rivalry trophies are among the best of the bunch. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section! ] According to NFL.com’s list of college football’s best rivalry trophies, the latest installment in its popular 15 for ’15 series, the nation’s top four trophies reside in the Big Ten. That’s right, the site ranks Floyd of Rosedale No. 1, Paul Bunyan’s Axe No. 2, Little Brown Jug No. 3, and Old Oaken Bucket No. 4. The first non-Big Ten trophy