At this point in his life, JJ Watt doesn’t really need more publicity. The Houston Texans defensive end and Wisconsin alum has achieved larger-than-life status. Watt is the star of this season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” and he’s probably the most well-known player in the NFL after Tom Brady. Today, the media discusses his love life and the celebrities he hangs out with as much as whether or not he’ll lead the Texans to the top of the division this year. But behind the flash and fame that surrounds his life today, this son of Waukesha, Wis., is guided by
Illinois fans will have to wait an extra day to see their football team take the field. The Fighting Illini’s Friday night season opener against Kent State was postponed due to weather and will be played today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. CT. The game can be seen live on BTN2Go. Friday night’s game was scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. CT, but after three hours of weather delays, the decision was made to push the game to Saturday. Illinois interim head coach Bill Cubit sent out the following tweet shortly after it was announced that the game would be
Reach higher. Those are Mark Dantonio’s words. Not mine. But, I like the sound of it: reach higher. It’s inspiring, which is why it’s the theme of the season for Michigan State. The Spartans did need to reach too high—too high–to beat Western Michigan tonight, taking a 37-24 win. The best way to describe the victory: methodical. Michigan State can play better. And, it must—and will. The Spartans will need to with Oregon coming to East Lansing next week for a prime-time tilt with potential playoff implications. This game vs. Western Michigan—not overly impressive for the Spartans–was about kicking the
If you love Michigan State football, chances are you are counting down the minutes to tonight’s season opening matchup against Western Michigan. Well, we have the perfect video for you to watch, in anticipation for tonight’s game. Carve out 14 minutes to watch this epic hype video, which takes fans through the Mark Dantonio era from when he arrived in East Lansing back in 2007 to current day. Watch the video at the top of this post. Credit YouTube user MSUAndyHRCMB for this outstanding video. Enjoy, Spartan fans!
Connor Cook threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and the Spartans racked up 196 rushing yards en route to a 37-24 win over Western Michigan on Friday night. The second game of the evening was set to feature Illinois vs. Kent State, but that contest was postponed and will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. CT on BTN2Go. Here is the link to watch the Illinois vs. Kent State game on BTN2Go. Check out Friday’s score on our Big Ten scoreboard. Catch up scores, stats and recaps below. MICHIGAN STATE 37, WESTERN MICHIGAN 24: BOX | PBP | RECAP
Illinois opens the 2015 Illini football season with an interim head coach after Tim Beckman's dismissal a week before the first game. It's an odd circumstance for a college football team, but BTN.com's Tom Dienhart remembers a few other times in history when abrubt coaching switches occurred. Do you remember this coaching changes?
Every week before one selected Big Ten football game on the Big Ten Network, we turn on the cameras one hour earlier and broadcast live from that Big Ten stadium. You can see the teams warming up, the bands playing music, and the fans getting ready for the big game. It's all available on BTN2Go. This week: We go live from Iowa's Kinncik Stadium at 11 a.m. ET.
In Friday's Big Ten Links, we take one more look back at Thursday's games and see what each loss tells about about each team. Plus, two more Big Ten teams kick off tonight. Penn State has a very promising tight end prospect. And is Iowa officially on upset alert this weekend? catch up on all the Big Ten football headlines today
Michigan lost tonight at Utah. But, really, it won, right? The Jim Harbaugh era has been officially christened—and that’s what tonight was about.
While Thursday night’s game against Utah didn’t result in a victory for the Wolverines, one thing became obvious fairly quickly… Michigan has an outstanding go-to pass catcher in Jake Butt. Butt hauled in a career-high eight catches for 93 yards in Michigan’s 24-17 loss to Utah on Thursday night. But, it was one catch in particular that stole the show in this game. With Michigan trailing 17-3 late in the third quarter, Jake Rudock fired a strike to Butt, who went up and made a leaping touchdown catch over two Utah defenders. Check out the outstanding catch in the video