Kickoff week is here. Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) kick off the Big Ten season Thursday night, and the games continue every day through Monday night. Until then, get our Big Ten East preview.
All eyes are on Ohio State as it opens the 2015 season as the first-ever unanimous preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll. [ MORE: Polls: Who wins Week 1 games? | Week 1 Big Ten previews ] The Buckeyes are coming off a 14-1 season, winning their last 13 games en route to claiming the national championship. Can the Buckeyes, who open at Virginia Tech on Monday, run the table this year and win it all once again? I asked some leading Big Ten writers for their opinion on if they think Ohio State can go unbeaten. Ryan
Kickoff week is here. Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) kick off the Big Ten football season Thursday night, and the games continue every day through Monday night.
Read into it what you will: J.T. Barrett is one of Ohio State’s six captains, a group that does not include Cardale Jones, the team announced Friday. Barrett and Jones are battling for the much-talked-about starting quarterback position of the defending national champs. Both are fantastic talents, and both have well-known stories. Barrett, who filled in for an injured Braxton Miller last season, put up a record-setting season last year on his way to claiming Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, while Jones, following Barrett’s injury in the season finale vs. Michigan, led the Buckeyes to three memorable postseason victories
Another starting quarterback was named Friday, leaving just Michigan and Ohio State left to announce their starters. One day after Northwestern and two days after Rutgers picked starters, Maryland announced junior Perry Hills won its quarterback battle. Hills beat out Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman. Rowe will be the backup, while Garman, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, will serve as the third-straight quarterback. The 6-2, 210-pound Hills started the first seven games of the 2012 season, before suffering a torn ACL and missing the final five games. He redshirted in 2013 and appeared in three games as a redshirt
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it's all about the Big Ten East's most intimidating player. See the BTN.com panel's selections inside.
University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas dismissed head football coach Tim Beckman on Friday, citing preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program. The school will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET Friday to discuss the decision, and BTN/BTN2Go will air the full thing.
Another day, another Big Ten starting quarterback has been named. According to @NU_Sports, the official Twitter account of Northwestern athletics, head coach Pat Fitzgerald has announced redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson will be the team’s starting quarterback. Thorson beat out senior Zach Oliver and sophomore Matt Alviti for the job. The 6-4, 220-pouner was a three-star prospect and the No. 29-ranked quarterback in the 2014 national class rankings, according to Scout.com. The Wildcats open the season Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. No. 21 Stanford.
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about the Big Ten West’s top uniform. [ 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 | East top newcomer | West top newcomer | East top uniform ] Few topics create more debate than uniforms, and that’s particularly the case in the proud Big Ten,
The 2015 BTN camp tour is over after 17 days crisscrossing the interstates from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Piscataway, New Jersey. I still have not caught up with laundry and or reintroduced myself to my family, but I thought I’d offer one takeaway from every stop along the way. Here are my final thoughts from each stop: ILLINOIS Good energy at Camp Rantoul—along with some good teaching. QB Wes Lunt looked good, but coming up with explosive/big plays may be a challenge. The RB spot is especially worrisome. The d-line looks better equipped to stop the run. No more big plays.