Six games down, and six games to go. Believe it or not, we’ve reached the midpoint of the season for Big Ten football teams. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Week 7 previews | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | Find your team’s homepage ] That being the case, I thought we’d take a look at some of my favorite moments from the first six weeks. Here goes! Best moment: Former Iowa defensive back Brett Greenwood serving as honorary captain and leading
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
This week on the season premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015” at 9 p.m. ET we learn about the special friendship between Northwestern’s emerging star at linebacker Anthony Walker and his father. Also, see how Wisconsin’s Tanner McEvoy pulls off one of the toughest tasks in college football playing as a two-way starter. Plus, how are No. 1 Ohio State and No. 1 Michigan State dealing with the burden of high expectations? We’ll also have our usual cinematic highlights – this time from Northwestern vs. Michigan and Wisconsin vs. Nebraska. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey”
An interesting week is headlined by Michigan State’s visit to Michigan in one of the biggest meetings ever between these intense rivals. Iowa can make another big statement that it’s the best team in the Big Ten West by winning at Northwestern, too.
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is always must-see theater. Michigan State has owned the series in recent years, claiming six of the last seven meetings, but this rivalry is about to be turned up several notches with Jim Harbaugh's arrival.
The day after Monday is great for several reasons. First, it’s not Monday anymore. Second, it means it’s time for Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday where we review the past weekend’s top animated GIF. As usual, here is our thinly veiled attempt to get you to look at our previous work in Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and now, in stunning high definition, Week 5. Skip over this part if you already follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, or Vine and Instagram, too. And Snapchat (bigtennetwork). Here are links to collections of available highlights on Twitter. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media
For the past five years Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have battled each Saturday for the right to wear “The Belt,” the reward for picking the most winning games on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show.” Now you can get involved by sending us a quick video, and you may even get to raise “The Belt” victoriously yourself. Here’s what you do: Watch Monday’s “BTN Live” to find out which games to pick. The show airs at 6 p.m. ET. Rank your confidence in your picks from 6 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident) Include your picks – with confidence
Let’s keep priming the pump for the Michigan State at Michigan game. Mlive.com takes a look at the most recent matchups when both teams were ranked. As you certainly know, both teams are currently ranked. This should be so much fun Saturday. *** More Michigan: It is incredible to think that Wolverines’ odds to win the national title are now 10:1, fourth best in the nation. The only teams with better odds than Michigan at the moment are Ohio State (5-2), Baylor (5-1) and LSU (8-1). Remember: The Wolverines finished 5-7 last season. *** In case you forgot, the three-game
It’s that time of the week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag, fish out some provocative letters and answer them. Let’s go!
The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Saturday, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day (12p-12a), BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent. BTN’s games were the highest rated across all cable networks in Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit and Washington, D.C. and second in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York and Philadelphia.** “The heightened interest in Big Ten football around the country has generated increased enthusiasm for the