Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff. But with all due respect to the AP and Coaches polls, there’s another “top 25” ranking that’s much more clear-cut, and one in which “impact on the field” takes on an entirely different meaning. We’re
Saturday marked the fifth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Wisconsin ] Stop No. 5 of 14 had us visiting Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday morning to watch Paul Chryst’s first Badgers team. Chyrst, a former Wisconsin player and assistant, replaced Gary Andersen, who surprised many by leaving for Oregon State following the 2014 season. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE
The BTN bus just left Wisconsin practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | View our tour schedule ] I talked to new strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej, who has altered the lifting program. He has the team executing more Olympic lifts like cleans, jerks, etc. It’s about moving more weight and becoming more explosive. “We changed expectations,” said Kolodziej, a former Badger. “They are much higher. At first the players were like, ‘Whoa!’” There are more than 10 former
The fifth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Madison, Wisconsin, where we watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning.
Twitter got to verifying Friday, with just under three weeks left to kickoff, and all 14 Big Ten football teams now have the blue check. [ MORE: View our full football tour schedule ] It might sound like a small thing, but it’s kind of a big deal on the popular social media platform. If you don’t think so, just take a look at the football teams’ official accounts. Four teams already have tweeted about becoming verified as of publish time. @GopherFootball had a lot of fun with it, putting the check mark on several pictures of key 2014 plays.
Which college football team earns the title of being the “best college football team” in your home state? [ MORE: Big Ten East must-see game | Big Ten West must-see game ] That’s the question our friends over at CBS Sports posed to their followers today, along with an outstanding map graphic, which shows their picks. The list is based on teams they believe are playing the best right now, as oppose to which programs have had the most all-time success. A total of nine Big Ten teams are represented on the map. Of course, keep in mind there are
The BTN bus is headed to Madison, Wisconsin, to watch the Badgers practice Saturday morning. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching inside.
The third installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most indispensable player.
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive fall sports coverage ever in 2015, with over 250 men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go to complement the network’s on-air schedule. More than 107 men’s and women’s soccer games will be available on BTN Plus. The men’s squads from Michigan State (No. 9), Maryland (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 14) all reside among the preseason top 15, while the women’s teams at Penn State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 14) and Rutgers (No. 24) take their place in the preseason top 25. The first
When it comes to college football bowl projections, Jerry Palm is one of the best in the business. Palm recently released his preseason bowl and playoff projections for the upcoming 2015 college football season, and he’s a Big Ten believer. “You can see a scenario where Michigan State goes 11-1, beating Oregon and losing only to 13-0 Ohio State, and both the Buckeyes and Spartans make the playoffs,” Palm writes. “That would mean two leagues getting left out.” Again, that is just a potential scenario. Right now, Palm has defending national champion Ohio State in the playoff (Orange Bowl vs.