A coach never wants to build a program around junior college players. But they can be valuable to help fill in gaps on a roster, especially during the building process. And the Big Ten will feature several interesting JC transfers. Here are the schools that figure to be impacted the most by junior college transfers this fall. ILLINOIS The Fighting Illini are counting on Del’Shawn Phillips from NJCAA champion Garden City CC to start at a linebacker spot. And Phillips’ teammate, QB Dwayne Lawson, is verbally committed but needs to get his associates degree at Garden City this summer to
Wisconsin and Paul Chryst are thinking big again, looking to defend their Big Ten West title. And the Cotton Bowl champs have the weapons to accomplish the feat. But there is a new dynamic: Chryst will be on his third defensive coordinator in three years, as he promoted defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard to take over what has been one of the top defenses in the nation in recent years. Still, there is a lot to work with in Madison, including veteran talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Challenges loom on the schedule. Here is a
Grad transfers continue to be a big part of the college landscape, as players move from one school to another after graduation … and are immediately eligible. Three schools in the Big Ten will benefit more than the rest in 2017: Purdue, Rutgers and Northwestern.
Chris Ash is continuing to put his stamp on Rutgers as he rebuilds the program in Year Two. A difficult schedule awaits the Scarlet Knights. Here is a look at Rutgers’ 2017 schedule.
Injuries and attrition happen in college football, and nowhere is the impact more significant than under center. Tom Dienhart looks at the Big Ten's best backup situations at QB.
Purdue has an uphill climb, but Jeff Brohm has given fans hope for a turnaround. Tom Dienhart looks at the Boilermakers' 2017 schedule in Year 1 under Brohm.
BTN is launching a podcast that will talk all things Big Ten, hosted by BTN.com's Alex Roux. USA Today sports reporter and Michigan grad Nicole Auerbach jumped on as a guest for Episode 1.
How hard is the road to a repeat for the Big Ten champs? Tom Dienhart dives into the 2017 Penn State schedule
With spring practices finished, schools are focusing on offseason work before fall camp kicks off. Some positions are in better shape than others for certain schools. Let’s take a look at the seven schools in the best shape at punter.
Ohio State made the playoff for the second time in three years last season. But the Buckeyes want more in 2017. OSU didn’t win the Big Ten last year. Heck, the Buckeyes didn’t even win the East Division. But Ohio State still landed a playoff berth—and then got embarrassed by Clemson.