Four Big Ten players made ESPN’s preseason All-American Team, and all four are Ohio State Buckeyes. [ MORE: View ESPN’s preseason All-Big Ten team ] The defending national champions put running back Ezekiel Elliott, offensive guard Pat Elflein, defensive end Joey Bosa and safety Vonn Bell on the publication’s annual preseason list. The four players are the most of any team, one more than Southern Cal, which had one player on offense, defense and special teams. Here’s what ESPN’s Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) says about the four Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott “The star of the postseason a year ago, the junior is
It’s a copycat world. A team has success with a new system or wrinkle, no matter the sport, other teams are certain to give it a try, too. [ MORE: Like this post? View our full Gone Viral section ] Fans know it. Analysts know it. Players know it. And coaches know it. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is no exception. The former Michigan State defensive coordinator recently told The Griff & Grinz Show in East Lansing that Ohio State won the national championship using Michigan State’s defense. “Ohio State’s facing the same problem (against offenses), because they stole our defense,
Before Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kick off the 2015 season Thursday, Sept. 3, it's time to take our annual look at the Big Ten's 2015 schedule posters.
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten East top newcomers. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player | West most exciting player ] This is always a fun category to consider, because everyone gets excited about the new guys, the players we’ve heard so much about. Who is your leading candidate for Big
Kevin Wilson has made Indiana a better program in his four seasons. But, he has no bowl appearance to show for it. That may change in 2015. The talent level is at an all-time high under Wilson, who has a good offensive system and an idea of how to win in Bloomington. The offense looks good once again. But, success may come down to an often maligned defense delivering the goods. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Indiana practice. 1. Is the o-line dominating? This has a chance to be a very good front. Maybe even (gasp!) one
You have questions, and I have answers in my latest Big Ten Mailbag, this one from the Big Ten Network bus. Keep those cards and letters coming.
Chances are, you’ve heard about the Jim Harbaugh-inspired FOX Sports 1 bus that is traveling from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Salt Lake City, Utah. The bus, decked out in Harbaugh’s go-to outfit, visited Big Ten Network studios Monday morning. Analyst Dave Wannstedt, Cleatus, the FOX robot, and several guys dressed as Harbaugh, among others, filled the bus. Watch the bus’ arrival at Big Ten Network in the video above. Michigan opens the 2015 season at Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Here are a few more shots of the bus:
Saturday night marked the 11th stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Rutgers scrimmage notes ] Stop No. 11 of 14 had us visiting Rutgers to watch Kyle Flood’s Scarlet Knights scrimmage at High Point Solutions Stadium. After the scrimmage, our bus traveled west toward Columbus, Ohio, where we will watch the defending national champs practice Monday night. Get host Dave Revsine, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the Rutgers scrimmage below. @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNTOMDIENHART
The BTN bus has left Rutgers , and now it’s time to share some news, notes and nuggets I gathered while watching the Scarlet Knights. This is a roster that looks more Big Ten-caliber than last year. Even better: Rutgers seems to understand what it is: a tough, physical team that will have to out work and out hit teams to win. On offense, the Scarlet Knights want to go downhill and wear down foes. They have the line and backs to do it. Kyle Flood has his players buying into that mentality. This looks like another bowl team if
The annual summer trek through Big Ten country continues as the 11th stop on our tour brought us to Rutgers where we watched the Scarlet Knights scrimmage Saturday night. Here are the fives things I learned at Rutgers. 1. The defensive line should be good. End Kemoko Turay was a revelation last season in his debut, but he missed Saturday’s scrimmage with injury. Senior Darius Hamilton, who could be one of the best tackles in the Big Ten, also didn’t play Saturday. He lacks great bulk but is quick off the ball. RU needs both of these guys 100 percent.