No one said it would be easy. But Chris Ash is making progress at Rutgers. That was apparent last season, his second with the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers improved from 2-10 (0-9 in the Big Ten) in 2016 to 4-8 overall (3-6 Big Ten) last season. But work remains to be done for a program that teems with potential. The offense struggled mightily all season, as Rutgers ranked 13th in the Big Ten in scoring (18.0 points per game) and last in total offense (262.7 yards per game). The passing game was abysmal, ranking last in the conference (115.6 ypg). Quarterback
What a difference a year makes. This time in 2017, Jeff Brohm was about to embark on his first spring practice at Purdue. He faced myriad questions and personnel shortcomings as he began the process of sweeping up the wreckage left by the former regime. Expectations were minimal: Just win two or three games … and don’t get embarrassed. Well, Brohm exceeded everyone’s wildest dreams, grinding out a 7-6 record that included the school’s first bowl appearance since the 2012 season and first bowl win since 2011. Along the way, Brohm showed deft roster management and coaching acumen by adjusting
Penn State is one of the hottest programs in the nation, but it’s still looking for that elusive playoff bid. How does the upcoming spring camp factor into that hunt?
They are turning the page in Columbus as the J.T. Barrett era ends and a new quarterback takes over. It’s a fascinating time for a program that sets the tenor and tone of the Big Ten.
These are happy days in Evanston. Northwestern is coming off its second 10-win season in the last three years and its third under Pat Fitzgerald. The program is rolling and may be on the precipice of a breakthrough to a Big Ten West title as it has gone to bowls each of the last three seasons. And so, Northwestern is the latest of our 2018 Spring Football previews. A sparkling facility is rising on the banks of Lake Michigan. And talent is abundant in Evanston. More good news: Many key players will be back in 2018, but keep an eye
Bill Callahan couldn’t do it. Neither could Bo Pelini nor Mike Riley. Maybe Scott Frost can bring Nebraska its first conference title since Frank Solich delivered a Big 12 championship in 1999. Here's a look at three positions to watch during spring ball.
P.J. Fleck’s debut season was a mixed bag. There were ups … and downs … and in the end, Minnesota saw a five-year bowl run end during a 5-7 campaign (2-7 Big Ten).
What can Mark Dantonio do for an encore after taking Michigan State from a 3-9 mark in 2016 to a 10-3 finish in 2017? It was the biggest single-season improvement in school annals.
The 2018 season will be the 20th in Iowa City for Kirk Ferentz, matching the number of seasons for predecessor Hayden Fry. The 2017 season was another strong campaign for Ferentz, who capped an 8-5 season with consecutive wins including a victory vs. BC in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The debut of Tom Allen at Indiana offered promise. The Hoosiers entered the finale with a chance to go bowling with a win, but IU lost at Purdue to finish 5-7 (2-7 Big Ten) and end a modest two-year bowl run. Still, Allen has this program pointed in the right direction.