As a defensive lineman for the Fighting Illini, Kambium “Kam” Buckner had plenty of memorable moments. Upsetting then-No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in November 2007. Playing in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 2008. But the game that sticks out most in his mind came two seasons prior, at Illinois’ home opener against a Rutgers team that was stacked with talented players — Jason McCourty and Ray Rice, to name a couple. Despite the fact that the Scarlet Knights were favored, Buckner and his teammates fought hard and pulled out a 33-30 overtime win in Memorial Stadium.
It's all about reigning national champ Ohio State and 2013 Big Ten champ Michigan State in the Big Ten East this year. How about a sleeper team? See the BTN.com panel's predictions inside.
Not long ago, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season, capped by the program's first bowl win since the 1948 season.
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.
The Big Ten West is chock-full of players worthy of underrated status. So much so, it's almost difficult to pick a runaway preseason candidate. Check out the BTN.com team's picks inside.
The Michigan football team will wear an all-white road uniform in its final season with adidas, according to thewolverine.com senior editor Chris Balas. The Wolverines, who will switch to Nike’s Jordan brand in 2016, usually wear a white jersey and maize pants on the road. The team has yet to confirm the new uniform. A nod to the team’s 1974 road uniforms, Balas reports that first-year head coach and former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh requested the design. It’s a nice look, one few Michigan fans figure to dislike. Adidas has struggled with Michigan’s road uniform in recent years, especially in
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