In the mid-1960s, Michigan State was a college football juggernaut. Coached by the legendary Duffy Daugherty, they won two national championships in a row and put more All-Americans on the field in a single season than many other prominent programs did during the whole decade. And in the 1967 NFL Draft, an astounding four of the first eight players picked were from MSU. But just as significant as all that was the Spartans’ revolutionary recruiting strategy at the time, which helped sound the death knell of segregation in sports. During the early 1960s, Coach Daugherty combed the southern United States
The biggest college football game this week features No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Oregon. ESPN’s College GameDay will be in attendance in East Lansing for the game, which gives you an idea of how important this non-conference clash is. While preparing for tomorrow’s big game, it looks like the College GameDay crew came across something unique in the Spartans’ weight room. Check out the tweet at the top of the post, which shows MSU’s motivational board leading up to the Spartans’ matchup with Oregon. Sayings such as “demand high standards” and “great effort requires a great attitude” fill
"Can Northwestern really be a factor in the Big Ten West?" "I won’t be shocked if Minnesota wakes up on Sunday morning 0-2." "Penn State is under big-time pressure to win." These are a just a few of the Friday topics of Tom Dienhart tackles heading into Saturday's games.
Thanks to our exclusive Field Pass cameras only available with BTN2Go, Big Ten fans will get an early live look at the Ohio State Buckeyes warming up before their matchup against Hawaii at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN. One hour before the game (2:30 p.m. ET) log onto BTN2Go.com or launch the BTN2Go app on your mobile device to access our Field Pass camera.
Did you know there is a new rule that says players’ shirts must cover their bellies? See what one Big Ten running back said about it, plus look at stories covering Penn State's offensive line shift, what Notre Dame thinks of the rivalry game against Michigan, and one writer's theory on why Cardale Jones started against Virginia Tech.
On Saturday, the Iowa Hawkeyes will honor the late Tyler Sash by replacing one Hawkeye on their helmets with No. 9, the number Sash wore as a member of the football team. Iowa plays at Iowa State at 4:45 p.m. ET on Saturday. Sash started 37 games for the Hawkeyes from 2008-10, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2009 and 2010. He was fourth all-time in interception return yardage in the Big Ten when he graduated, and his 13 picks were fifth-best in school history. Sash, a safety who won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, died at the
Plan ahead and use the popular BTN.com/gamefinder page before Saturday’s Big Ten football games to make sure you know where to find any of the five games on BTN TV. You can also search for your TV information on BTN games in this post. A few more notes for this weekend … All five of BTN’s televised games will be available live on BTN2Go? Here are the links to watch each game live: Bowling Green at Maryland, W. Illinois at Illinois, Hawaii at Ohio State, S. Alabama at Nebraska, and FIU at Indiana. Also, as an added bonus, use these Twitter pages
After an impressive Week 1 victory over Virginia Tech, Urban Meyer will make sure the Buckeyes don’t look past their Week 2 opponent — Hawaii. Well, the Buckeyes might struggle looking past the uniforms the Rainbow Warriors will be wearing when they travel to Columbus on Saturday. Hawaii Football’s official Twitter handle, @HawaiiFootball, tweeted out a photo of the throwback uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday against the Buckeyes. Check out the photo on top of this post to see the uniforms. They are certainly loud, but hard not to love at first glance. Here is another look at
Things are ratcheted back a few notches in Week 2, as there is a dearth of top-quality matchups. But the headliner is a doozy. [ MORE: Pick Week 2 winners | Power Rankings | Week 2 previews ] The primetime clash between No. 5 Michigan State and No. 7 Oregon is the first game between top 10 teams at Spartan Stadium since 1966, when MSU and Notre Dame met as the No. 2- and No. 1-ranked teams in a classic 10-10 tie. The Spartans are looking for national respect—and payback for last year’s loss in Eugene. Don’t overlook Minnesota’s junket to
Former Wisconsin and current Arkansas head football coach Brett Bielema was in the headlines yesterday after he took a shot at Ohio State during the SEC’s weekly teleconference. When asked for his reaction to the SEC having 10 teams ranked in the latest AP Top 25 poll, Bielema responded by saying: “It’s wonderful. I love it. I say that with a smile, as it’s a major statement to the nation. Ohio State has one game on the schedule against a ranked team, we have eight left on the schedule. To get through this conference, it’s unprecedented. Any argument (against the