If you like linebackers, you’ll love the Big Ten. It’s loaded with them. There’s Iowa’s Josey Jewell, Penn State’s Brandon Bell, Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel, Michigan State’s Riley Bullough, Purdue’s Ja’Whaun Bentley and Nebraska’s Josh Banderas. I could go on, and I think I will. There also is Minnesota’s Jack Lynn, Maryland’s Jermaine Carter, Indiana’s Marcus Oliver and Northwestern’s Anthony Walker. And don’t forget about Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan, who will give Walker a run for his money as the Big Ten’s primo linebacker. If not Walker or McMillan, how about Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, who is a newbie to the position.
Big Ten media days are in our rearview mirror. The last cliché has been uttered. The last photo taken. The last pitcher of water drank. So, what’s left? [ MORE: Best of Day 1 | Best of Day 2 | Big Ten player survey ] How about some bold predictions for the 2016 season? Sure. Let’s go! 1. Michigan will solve its quarterbacking—and then some. Just like last year, the Wolverines have a yawning hole at QB. Last season, Jim Harbaugh and Co., transformed Iowa cast-off Jake Rudock into a Cinderella by making him one of the most effective signal-callers
CHICAGO — The Big Ten’s best players were in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday for the annual Big Ten Football Media Days. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart’s Best of Day 1 | Best of Day 2 ] As BTN.com does every year, we conducted a player survey that included a respondent from all 13 schools in attendance (Nebraska did not attend the event due to punter Sam Foltz’s death). Here were the rules: Players’ answers were anonymous and they could not use their school for any answer. BEST HELMET Maryland – 6 Michigan; Ohio State – 2 Indiana; Iowa; Rutgers –
BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart roamed the Big Ten Football Media Day on Tuesday in search of the best moments, fashion statements and more. Here is what he found.
Wisconsin running back Dare Ogunbowale gave the annual players keynote speech at the 2016 Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon. Watch his speech and read a transcript.
Following a report that detailed the idea of eliminating kickoffs, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talked to a number of Big Ten names about the idea and player safety.
As the Big Ten Network begins its 10th year on-air, BTN president Mark Silverman today announced the network’s new lineup of original programming at Big Ten Football media day. Fresh off an appearance in the College Football Playoff, the Michigan State Spartans football team will allow BTN behind-the-scenes for Green and White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp. The show will follow Mark Dantonio’s Spartans through a portion of pre-season practice as they prepare to defend their Big Ten crown while replacing a number of key contributors. Green and White Days will debut on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season comes to a close today, with the top 20 stars. If you missed it last week, here’s our list of 100-81, 80-61, 60-41 and 40-21. View the final installment of our five-part series below. 20. DE Chris Wormley, Michigan. He’s a versatile and productive (14.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks in 2015) talent who can play tackle or end for a Wolverine front that may be the best in the nation. 19. RB L.J. Scott, Michigan State. Michigan State has a bevy of talented backs, but look for
Can the Big Ten win the national championship? Can Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers be as good at linebacker as he was at safety? Who are the sleeper teams? BTN's Tom Dienhart lays out 70 questions as he heads off to cover Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago Monday and Tuesday.
Cleveland.com released its sixth annual Big Ten preseason football poll Friday, and Ohio State was chosen as the Big Ten favorites in 2016. In a survey of 39 writers who cover Big Ten football, 27 predicted Ohio State as the Big Ten champ. Michigan received 11 votes, while Iowa, the favorite to win the West Division, received just one vote to win the Big Ten. Since 2011, when the Big Ten stopped publishing official preseason picks from journalists, cleveland.com has conducted the most official preseason Big Ten poll. What to make of this poll? We figured Ohio State would be