If football season is nearing kickoff, it must be time for the latest Madden NFL player ratings. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Released Tuesday, Madden NFL 16’s ranking is Big Ten-heavy at the top, featuring two of the game’s top four players, while another is tied with six players for the No. 5 spot. Former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current Houston megastar J.J. Watt earned one of the game’s three 99 ratings, along with New England TE Rob Gronkowski and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, to pace the Big Ten. Ex-Iowa offensive
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football team love the program’s proud history, and for good reason. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Harbaugh played quarterback for Bo Schembechler at the nation’s winningest program, so the first-year coach is no stranger to taking a page out of the legendary coach’s book. For example, Harbaugh has brought back Schembechler’s more narrow block “M” hat. He’s also all about his former coach’s “The Team, The Team, The Team,” saying. So much so, the personalized Coke cans in a fridge at Michigan read “Team.” And, of course,
Ivan Applin is a 10-year-old boy from Toledo, and he is a huge Ohio State football fan. Applin recently underwent a cardiac catheterization, a procedure where a small wire-framed device, a Cardioform, is used to close holes in the heart. The surgery was due to a condition that creates holes in the heart and interferes with proper blood flow. It was scheduled to be held at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Like any individual, Applin had concerns before going through with the procedure. However, there was one specific question he had for doctors before the surgery. “Will
As BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart noted in his “news and notes” piece from Ohio State’s practice on Monday evening, Miss Ohio 2015 Sarah Hider attended the Buckeyes’ practice on Monday evening. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Ohio State football tweets ] “She even wore a sparkly crown,” Dienhart notes. “She posed with players for photos afterward.” Need some evidence? Check out the photo Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. tweeted out at the top of this post. Hider also posted the following photo with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. One thing
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,
The court at State Farm Center will be named “Lou Henson Court,” the school announced in a press conference Monday. [ MORE: Like this post? View our full Gone Viral section ] Henson, 83, went 423-224, including 214-164 in Big Ten play, in 21 seasons (1975-76 to 1995-96) in Champaign; he’s best known for guiding the 1988-89 Illini, appropriately nicknamed the Flyin’ Illini, to the 1989 Final Four. See a picture of the new State Farm Center court design in the tweet above. And watch @IlliniMBB‘s tribute to Henson in the video below.
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:
In this day and age, the Internet regularly creates overnight sensations. Seemingly obscure, novel people and products can collect thousands of backers, customers and fans in a matter of hours if they attract the right kind of attention on sites like YouTube, Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook. Northwestern University instructor and inventor Nick Marchuk benefited from this phenomenon when the nScope, a device he developed with fellow NU lecturer David Meyer, went viral in late 2013. Interestingly, the product took off when the website Hackaday featured a different tool developed by Northwestern engineering professor Michael Peshkin. A version of the NScope
College football is fast approaching. Can you smell it in the air? To get ready for the season, Sean Merriman took a look at the best Big Ten player born in every state.
V’Angelo Bentley is one of the biggest stars on the Illinois football team. He also has a pretty cool No. 1 fan and friend in Colby Crowley, a young Illinois fan who has x-linked juvenile retinoschisis, a condition that leads to legal blindness. Crowley met Bentley one day after Illinois practice, and he asked the only player in Illini history to score on a kick, punt, interception and fumble return to attend his birthday party. Bentley attended, and the two have developed a special friendship since. “What Colby has, you can’t see it,” said Jennifer Crowley, Colby’s mother. “He just