Previewing the Big Ten Tournament: Favorites and sleepers, and who has work left to do

Big Ten

After another wild Big Ten conference season, all 14 teams are getting ready to make one last stand in the league tournament in Washington D.C. this week. After 2+ months of action, the Big Ten proved to be a very deep and competitive league once again. But some pundits, and rightfully so, would ultimately say … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 13

To say ‘The Game’ delivered on its hype would be quite the understatement — Double-overtime instant classic with a full-blown officiating controversy that puts the College Football Playoff committee under enormous pressure because nobody can agree on anything? Sign me up. The Big Ten was the spotlight of the college football world this weekend and … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings, Week 2

Well the Big Ten is awful as it stands right now. That’s both good and bad for fans. Good news is, none of the teams have looked like anything close to world beaters. Bad news is, your favorite team probably sucks. In order to boost conference morale and not get laughed at, the Big Ten … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 12

Now that felt like classic Big Ten football. With snowfall scattered throughout Saturday’s slate and less than optimal conditions, teams were forced to slug it out and protect the ball like the games of yesteryear. Buckeye fans were experiencing panicked Deja Vu at the hands of mother nature and a pesky Spartan team they were expected … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 11

Down goes Michigan! CHAOS. CHAOS EVERYWHERE. The day of upsets that was in college football left no team or conference safe and Iowa’s stunner over the Wolverines has created a major shakeup in the Big Ten and the playoff race. After last week, there are about 1738 ways the Big Ten can play out and four … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 10

Last week didn’t deliver a thrilling slate of games but what it lacked in nail-biters, it delivered a much clearer picture of the conference as a whole. Michigan continued their dominant ways as the front runner while Ohio State’s flogging of Nebraska was reminiscent of their evisceration of Wisconsin in the 2014 Big Ten Championship … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings, Preseason

The best time of the year is here, which means it’s also time for the most pointless rankings. College basketball is going to have to put on quite the show if they want to top last year’s theatrics. The story lines in the Big Ten are too good to pass up. The reason these rankings … Read more

Spartans falter late again, drop seventh straight game 31-27 at Illinois

A pair of underwhelming Big Ten programs, in different ways, hooked up in Champaign on a simply spectacular November afternoon for football. The Michigan State Spartans were desperate to get back in the win column, something they haven’t done since all the way back in Week 3 against Notre Dame. MSU was opposing the Illinois Fighting Illini, … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 9

WHOAAAAA, HE HAS TROUBLE WITH THE PITCH! And just like that, Jabrill Peppers’ dash to the end zone both boosted his Heisman case and simultaneously exorcised many past demons as he put an exclamation point on Michigan’s victory in East Lansing. Though the result was expected, having the lead with zeroes on the scoreboard had to … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 8

It’s rivalry week in the Mitten State but the Wolverines and Spartans appear headed in opposite directions. With an assist from the Nittany Lions, Michigan has ascended to the top of our power rankings for the first time this year and as the first unanimous top team to boot. Hmmmm, I wonder which of our … Read more

Game Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini @ No. 3 Michigan Wolverines

ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (2-4, 1-2 Big Ten) @ (3) MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) WHERE: Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, Michigan KICKOFF: Saturday, October 22 @ 3:30 p.m. ET TV/RADIO: BTN/BTN2; Michigan IMG Sports Network (Check local listings) GAMETIME FORECAST: Sunny and 50 degrees at kickoff w/ winds at 17 mph BETTING LINE: U of M -38.5 … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 7

Last week I told Spartan fans it could always be worse. Then they gave up 54 points to Northwestern. See? It can always be worse! Unless you’re talking about the poor Badger’s ridiculous schedule. They probably couldn’t have had a more difficult path. But as Michigan State enters dangerously close to John L. Smith territory, … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 6

It could always be worse, Spartans. At least you’re not Rutgers. Still, Michigan State and the Scarlet Knights were the biggest losers of the weekend but don’t forget about Maryland whose hot start was met with a reality check. Penn State’s James Franklin may save his job yet and Michigan’s otherworldly performance might make businesses … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 5

After another great weekend of Big Ten play, we’re learning a lot about the conference’s best but the middle is as muddied as ever. Ohio State looks dominant as does Michigan’s defense, though Spartan fans might just want to look away. Upsets abound have made it difficult to separate the rest but the hierarchy at … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 4

Conference play has started which means many teams will be tested for the first time in the coming weeks and the real contenders will become clear. No game exemplified that like Wisconsin’s visit to East Lansing this week, a game many Spartan fans would like to forget. After three teams had the week off, the … Read more

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings (Week 3)

Week three showed off the Big Ten’s depth. Despite Iowa dropping a shocker to North Dakota State, the conference picked up huge road wins elsewhere and ruined some playoff hopes in the process. In a week where a conference favorite was upset by an FCS team, the Big Ten somehow came out looking even stronger in … Read more