The Mid-American Conference always has been a sort of “little brother” to the Big Ten, a proving ground of sorts. The two conferences have their roots in the heartland of the nation. And the two leagues often play each other in the non-conference.
This could be the “Year of the Running Back” in the Big Ten, with many big-time options doting rosters across the conference. And no back is better than Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who is the league’s top Heisman contender and could be primed for a 2,000-yard season.
P.J. Flock kept on smiling. He was in his element. Just P.J. Fleck being P.J. Fleck as he signed autographs in one end zone of TCF Bank Stadium.
The Big Ten watches and waits for its next basketball national championship. The league has come close to winning it all since Michigan State did it in 2000 in the now-demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis vs. Billy Donovan and Florida; in fact, it’s played in six title games since (Indiana, 2002), (Illinois, 2005), (Ohio State, 2007), (Michigan State, 2009), (Michigan, 2013) & (Wisconsin, 2015). But on each occasion, the Big Ten team came up short. Since MSU’s Tom Izzo won his only national title in 2000, Duke and UConn have won three apiece, Florida and North Carolina have both won
BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart offers five observations from Saturday's Green vs. White spring football game at Michigan State.
Northwestern has more talent than ever on both sides of the ball entering 2017. In fact, the Wildcats could be the favorite in the Big Ten West this fall. The team concluded spring drills on Saturday with a practice, and here are four observations.
Indiana has its man: Archie Miller. His marching orders: Make Indiana great again. No pressure. The former Dayton coach takes over for Tom Crean, who was fired earlier this month after nine seasons on the job.
Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.
Let March Madness begin! The regular season is over. Now is the time of year when reputations are earned. Big Ten champ Purdue finished strong, winning eight of its last nine. Now, the Boilermakers will look to win their first Big Ten tourney title since 2009.
Just one more week remains, as the penultimate week of the season is in the rear-view mirror. Can Purdue hang on to its one-game lead in the conference standings and take home its first Big Ten crowns since 2010?