BTN.com's Tom Dienhart takes a look at teams from the Big Ten West that Big Ten East clubs will miss in 2016.
In week 4 of the 2016 football season, the Big Ten takes the lid off conference action. This season each team plays nine Big Ten games during the season for the first time since 1984. On this weekend, four leagues games are on the docket as the race to the 2016 title begins. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart delivers his fourth in a series of weekly looks at the upcoming 2016 football season.
Ohio State at Oklahoma. Michigan State at Notre Dame. Oregon at Nebraska. Week 3 of the 2016 football season is packed with a lot of great games. Tom Dienhart breaks it down in his latest schedule analysis.
Thirteen schools are in action. And there are some top matches on deck in the second week of action highlighted by two rivalry games. The Iowa-Iowa State battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy always is a humdinger. This year, the Cyclones led by new coach Matt Campbell come to Iowa City. He had some top offenses at Toledo and is a rising star. Know this: Iowa boss Kirk Ferentz is just 8-9 vs. Iowa State. Finally! Penn State and Pitt are playing! Penn State leads the all-time series, 50-42-4. Pitt won the last meeting, taking a 12-0 decision in the Steel
Not a lot of pizzazz in the first week of the season, as all 14 teams are in action over a three-day period. But there is one marquee clash: LSU vs. Wisconsin at iconic Lambeau Field. [ MORE: View the complete Week 1 Big Ten schedule ] Aside from that, there are no big-time matchups. In fact, four teams are playing FCS schools, with Furman at Michigan State; Murray State at Illinois; Howard at Maryland; Eastern Kentucky at Purdue. Here is a look at the Best of Week 1. Game of the week: LSU vs. Wisconsin at Green Bay. No
The debut for Paul Chryst was a success, as Wisconsin posted a 10-win season capped by a nice bowl win vs. USC. But the Badgers failed to win the West despite playing a favorable Big Ten schedule. Now, the schedule flips on Wisconsin, which has one of the most challenging slates in the nation. [ MORE: Dienhart: Wisconsin Badgers’ offseason to-do list ] Can the Badgers overcome the myriad hurdles while breaking in a new quarterback and with a new defensive coordinator? Here is a look at Wisconsin’s 2016 schedule. Toughest non-conference game: vs. LSU, Sept. 3 (Lambeau Field). No
Rutgers is looking for a new start. And, it’s getting just that with the arrival of Chris Ash, who continues to put his stamp on the program after taking over for Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Dienhart: Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ offseason to-do list ] Ash has work to do after arriving from a gig as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. The Scarlet Knights need a lot of help, as Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg) in 2015. The offense will be undergoing a scheme change, adding
Purdue is looking for a breakthrough in its fourth season under Darrell Hazell.
This is a big season for James Franklin, who has done a lot of good things his first two years in State College. But he’s just 14-12 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. And Penn State finished last season with four consecutive losses. The roster is now mostly full of his players and he has tweaked his staff. Will this lead to the Nittany Lions moving up the ladder in the rugged Big Ten East? A tough schedule looms, which only complicates matters. Here is my look at Penn State’s 2016 slate. [MORE: Penn State’s offseason to-do list ]
Ohio State is eager and ready to get back on top of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014 and looked primed to repeat in 2015, but the coaching staff’s bungled handling of the quarterback situation proved ruinous for a team that had a national-best 12 NFL draft picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ohio State Buckeyes’ offseason to-do list ] Now, Ohio State has myriad holes to fill as it looks to become Big Ten kings again. And it faces a tough schedule that will make ascending back to the top a challenge. Here is a look