Thanksgiving is here, so the “BTN Football & Beyond” team had some fun at the end of Wednesday’s show. The topic: “What We’re Thankful For?” Pat Forde was first up, and he went with the new four-team playoff, which he thinks is an improvement over the BCS system that had two teams battle for the national title. Dave Wannstedt picked the NCAA restoring Penn State’s bowl eligibility, starting this season. The Nittany Lions are 6-5 entering their season finale vs. Michigan State. Finally, Stanley Jackson, the former Ohio State quarterback, selected record-breaking running backs in a day and age of
Ready for Rivalry Week? Saturday is going to be special, with enticing matchups all across the Big Ten. The headliner, per usual, is The Game.
We all know sports are big business … which brings us to this: Why isn’t there a title sponsor for the Ohio State-Michigan game? Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com notes the Buckeyes and Wolverines could sell a title sponsorship. But this is basically what life as a college athletic director entails at the moment – the constant balance between business and passion, between commerce and tradition, what Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called “a very fine line.” Bottom line: Just because you can make a buck off of something doesn’t mean you should do it. *** Michigan almost pulled off
Who wins Week 14 Big Ten games? See our team's picks, including Wisconsin writer Evan Flood, and select your winners inside.
Ohio State junior Noah Spence has been declared permanently ineligible from all intercollegiate athletics competition by the Big Ten Conference. Get more details inside.
The fifth College Football Playoff Poll was released Tuesday night. Ohio State remains No. 6 to pace the Big Ten for a third straight week.
Former Wisconsin star and current Philadelphia Eagles DT knows all about the Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry. Get his thoughts on the historic series in this Q&A.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. And each Tuesday afternoon, we post the audio of every coach’s call right here. ***
When it comes to rivalries, few are more fun and intense than the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the longest-running rivalry in major college football that began in 1890.
The season is winding down, with just one full week of action left. And tonight, the College Football Playoff poll will come under more scrutiny. Last week, Alabama was No. 1; Oregon No. 2; Florida State No. 3; Mississippi State No. 4. I don’t foresee any change in this week’s poll. The Crimson Tide dispatched FCS Western Carolina, 48-14. The Ducks whipped Colorado, 44-10. Florida State had the closest call, needing a late field goal to beat visiting Boston College, 20-17. Mississippi State rolled visiting Vanderbilt, 51-0. But there could be movement among the contenders below the Top Four. TCU