The 2015 Big Ten football season is in the books. With Michigan State defeating Iowa in the conference championship game just six days ago, Big Ten fans will have to wait another two-plus weeks for bowl games to get underway.
This year’s 2015 college football season was filled with plenty of incredible plays. [ MORE: Iowa’s Desmond King wins Jim Thorpe Award ] But it was Michigan State’s miracle finish in the Big House that took home the award for the College Football Play of the Year. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio accepted the award Thursday night at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. On Oct. 17, leading 23-21 with 10 seconds remaining , Michigan lined up to punt on the fourth down. UM punter Blake O’Neill bobbled the low snap and attempted to punt it while being
Iowa junior Desmond King was named the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner, which is given to the top defensive back in college football. [ MORE: Complete 2015-16 college football bowl game schedule ] King, who accepted the award Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards, becomes the first Iowa player to take home the prestigious award. King recorded a Big Ten-best eight interceptions this season, which also ranks second in the nation and first among Power-5 players. He recorded 67 tackles, with one tackle for loss, and 12 pass breakups. King has also handled kickoff returns (25.6) and
The Big Ten has 10 teams in bowl games, with Michigan State vs. Alabama (Cotton), Iowa vs. Stanford (Rose) and Ohio State vs. Notre Dame (Fiesta) leading the way. And there will be no shortage of quality opponents for conference schools to contend with. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Heading the list are the top running backs in the nation in Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, who are No.
As we approach the end of the season, it’s fun to reflect back on predictions. It can be revealing, insightful … and painful. Here is a glance back at my first Big Ten power ranking for 2015 written shortly after I complete our annual tour of all 14 Big Ten football summer training camps. I hear a bunch from our readers all season long – some notes are fun, some note are very angry. It’s all part of the gig. By now you probably now that I’m on Twitter and Facebook, but you can always reach me via email by using
Michigan State tight end Josiah Price was featured on the season finale of “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football” and he talks about his younger brother Barak, who has cerebral palsy. “It just makes things a little bit harder for him,” Josia Price says of his brother’s cerebral palsy. But Barak loves sports and is active in many of them. Despite his parents’ initial hesitation, the boy signed up to play football just like his older brother. Watch the family describe Barak’s love for sports in this clip, and then stay for the end to see the young man make a big
Maryland and Michigan appear to have lined up key new additions to their football staffs. Michigan hoops could use a spark. What about Nebraska vs. Kansas State in football? And here's one writer's look at the season of QB play at Ohiop State. Get your Thursday Big ten headlines in this post.
Let’s talk facts, OK? [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ (Ohio State). The SEC hasn’t won the the national crown since 2012, this after its unbelievable run of dominance at the end of the BCS era. The Big Ten has one team (Michigan State) in the second annual College Football Playoff. The SEC also has one (Alabama). The Big Ten went 2-2
Are you an Iowa Hawkeye fan? Are you trying to get a ticket to see the Hawkeyes take on Stanford in the Rose Bowl? Well… Good luck. According to KCRG-TV9 reporter Mark Carlson, the University of Iowa has received nearly 40,000 Rose Bowl ticket requests to fill an allotment of 22,000 fans. Rose Bowl fever is at an all-time high for an Iowa Hawkeyes program that hasn’t played in the game since the 1990 season. After 25 years, expect Hawkeye fans to pay a pretty penny to see their team in Pasadena. According to Matt Cozzi of Hawkeyecentral.com, the official
You have questions? I have answers in my Big Ten Mailbag. Is Michigan State’s offense better than Alabama’s? Did I rank the Iowa-Stanford Rose Bowl matchup too low in my bowl rankings? Will Nebraska whip UCLA in its bowl? I address those topics and others. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Will Michigan State be better off running screens and draws instead of running into the teeth of Alabama’s defense? – Jeff