Week 2 brings more juice than the opening salvo to the season, as there are three nationally relevant games: Michigan State at Oregon; Virginia Tech at Ohio State; Michigan at Notre Dame. In fact, those games will offer the Big Ten a golden chance to make a statement. A win by the Spartans on the road in raucous Autzen Stadium would stamp them legit national title contenders. Here’s a look at the best of Week 2.
With the season less than 100 days away and preview magazines on the shelves of the local Piggly Wiggly, it’s never too early to start looking forward to the college football season. This week, I begin to take a week-by-week look at the coming season, highlighting what to look for. Consider it an early, early preview. You’re welcome.
The formula for building a non-conference schedule is pretty standard: play one challenging game vs. a team from a Power 5 league (ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten) and three games vs. foes from “lesser” conferences. And ideally, three of the four games are at home. But, as you can see, not all non-conference games are created equally.
We’ve reached the right side of 100 when it comes to the countdown to the college football season. Three months from now, there will be football. Get excited! Until then, we’re previewing the season. It’s time for Tom Dienhart to single out your team’s toughest non-conference game.
Rutgers is ready to take the lid off of its first Big Ten season. And excitement permeates the campus. Great potential looms—as do great challenges.
Earlier this week, at the annual Big Ten spring meetings, Purdue AD Morgan Burke had some interesting—and refreshing–comments on the subject of the cost of attendance and player stipends.
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Rutgers announced Tuesday morning that Philip Nelson, the former Minnesota quarterback, has been dismissed from the program following his arrest on assault charges. Read the official Rutgers release in this post.
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The Big Ten office announced 2014 football homecoming kickoff times Tuesday morning. See all the Big Ten teams’ homecoming opponents, kickoff times and dates in this post.
The Big Ten has altered divisions for 2014, going to an East-West format that is geography based after three seasons of the “competitive-balanced” Leaders and Legends Divisions. Each school will play the six other schools in their division, plus two cross-division foes. Not all cross-division foes are created equal, though, and I rank the draws in this post.
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NEW YORK — Jim Delany is a man on the move. Catch him if you can.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, it was New York. Today, it’s Washington. Welcome to the new Big Ten Eastern Wing. Soon after it was announced in 2012 that Rutgers and Maryland were joining the league, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pledged to build a bridge to the conference’s newcomers.
Just one day after news broke about the formation of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the Big Ten is making another move to solidify its footprint out East.
NEW YORK — Jim Delany’s sense of excitement was apparent in his voice when he spoke during breakfast this morning of the coming Big Ten-Big East basketball event that was just hours away from being announced but had been months in planning.
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Recruiting is the lifeblood of a good football program. Ask any coach. The team with the best players typically wins the game. Well, when it comes to an investment in talent procurement, the Big Ten is upping its ante.
With the close of spring practices across the Big Ten, the offseason officially has begun. And, questions still pepper the conference landscape. Here are my 50 Most Pressing Big Ten Offseason Questions. We won’t get answers to them until September–or maybe later … or never at all.
With Big Ten spring practices finished, it’s time for my annual tradition of naming an All-Spring Team. These are players who made moves in the spring as surprise players—or vets who took another step in their development.
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Who will have the easiest Big Ten conference schedule in 2014, based on last year’s records? Wisconsin, followed by three fellow Big Ten West teams.
The last five minutes of the Rutgers spring game Saturday belonged to Special Olympics New Jersey. The athletes, who play for Team New Jersey Flag Football, put on a show for the Scarlet Knights fans. No one delighted more than Dalton Stilts, though. Stilts caught a short pass over the middle and took it 62 yards for a touchdown. The best part? Stilts’ celebration. Check it out in this post.
Rutgers is ready to turn the page on a 2013 season that began with the promise of a 4-1 start but melted into a 6-7 finish. The program seemingly has been energized by its maiden Big Ten voyage. Great possibilities loom—as do challenges. Is this roster up to the challenge? Kyle Flood has some talent to work with.
Rutgers completed its spring drills with the Scarlet & White Spring Game on Saturday afternoon. Now, the next time you see Rutgers take the field, it will be as a member of the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knight, along with Maryland, become an official member July 1. Hear Flood’s post-spring impressions in this post.
BTN is visiting Rutgers, which officially joins the Big Ten, along with Maryland, on July 1. Mike Hall got a tour of the campus on Thursday and sat down with former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand for a feature that will air in July. See some of the best from our visit.
BTN/BTN2Go released its 2014 prime-time football schedule Tuesday, and each of the Big Ten’s newest members are pumped to play under the lights. Maryland will host reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State on Nov. 15, while Rutgers will entertain Penn State on Sept. 13, its inaugural Big Ten game, and Michigan on Oct. 4. See the graphics and hashtags the schools tweeted out to announce the news in this post.
Not an official member of the Big Ten until July 1, Rutgers will look a lot like a Big Ten team for its spring game Saturday. The B1G logos were added to the turf months ago, and now the jerseys have the B1G logo, as well. See a picture of the patch on Rutgers’ home jersey in this post.