The race to win the Big Ten West shapes up as a wild and wooly one, with five teams seemingly in the hunt (sorry, Illinois and Purdue). And the opening Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action will give us an early taste of what’s to come with three key West Division tilts: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a nice breakdown of the contenders. My pick? I went with the Gophers to win the West back in August. And, I’m going to stick with them! Meanwhile, the legendary Loren Tate
With non-conference play in the books for 12 of 14 teams, it’s finally time to test each other and figure out who is the best in the Big Ten this season. These are the real games where every win and loss will determine who will be making that trip to Indianapolis in December, and that first step begins this weekend. There are three important Big Ten matchups coming up this weekend on BTN. Kicking off a noon ET, No. 22 Michigan makes their first trip to Byrd Stadium to face Maryland, while Minnesota travels to Evanston to clash with No. 16
When Kirk Ferentz announced C.J. Beathard would be the Iowa Hawkeyes’ starting quarterback in 2015, the move created more questions than answers. But in the months since that announcement, Beathard and the Hawkeyes have provided plenty of answers. Undefeated at 4-0, a rolling Iowa team opens the Big Ten portion of the season Saturday at Wisconsin. However, this season may have really started with a decision in December 2014 after Iowa’s 45-28 loss to Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl. In that game, Iowa starting QB Jake Rudock was replaced by Beathard, a sophomore who finished the game 13-of-23 for 145
Conference play begins in earnest, with six Big Ten games. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts that will go a long way in shaping what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Week 5 previews | Polls: Pick Week 5 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Big Ten Mailbag | Q&A: Nate Sudfeld | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of non-conference play ] The perfect Hawkeyes are an early-season surprise, while the Badgers look to
Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin, Saturday’s University of Maryland football game against No. 22 Michigan will now be played at noon ET on BTN. The game was previously scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Additionally, the kickoff time for the Nebraska at Illinois game will now be moved to 4:02 p.m. ET from 3:30 p.m. ET. Use our TV GameFinder for complete TV listing updates.
In Thursday's spin around the headlines for Big Ten football, we look at a story that points out how Michigan's loss to Utah is looking better and better. Plus, who's running the offense at Ohio State? How serious is Wisconsin running back Corey Clement's injury? Look - great old pictures from the 1973 Penn State-Army game! Read these stories and more in our daily digest of Big Ten news.
This Saturday on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” at 10:30 a.m. ET, we air a special feature on Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh, who was born in Sierra Leone, Africa just as that country’s civil war was escalating. Watch a small clip here, then tune in for the entire feature. We will also post the feature on BTN.com after it airs. In the first five years of Darboh’s life, more than 35,000 people were killed in that civil war, including Darhoh’s parents. A group of Darboh’s relatives escpaped with the boy travelling on foot to Gambia and Senegal before getting the
What is a day in the life of Mark Dantonio like? Michigan State football fans can find out as MSU recently released a video titled “What it Takes,” which can be seen at the top of this post. The video goes behind the scenes with Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio as he prepares for his team’s Week 4 matchup against Central Michigan. The all-access video shows everything from staff meetings, to media sessions, to a look inside player-only sessions. It concludes with highlights from the Spartans’ 30-10 victory over CMU this past Saturday. Check out the full video and also
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Who wins Week 5 Big Ten football games? The BTN.com team and Michigan beat writer Angelique Chengelis, this week's guest picker, have made their picks inside. Now, it's time for you to cast your winners!