Wisconsin has advanced to the Big Ten title game six of the past nine years, and although the Badgers are the favorites to make it this season, might there be a dark-horse candidate looking to end their run?
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College football is a sport governed by tradition and coached by those adverse to change. But in 2020, it is operating on the fly, and all of us -- coaches, players, officials and fans -- are living at the mercy of a long nasal swab.
- Four more N'western players opt out of season
- Sources: No vote taken as Big Ten meets again
- Sources: Big Ten revote on football possibly Sun.
- Sources: B1G group to show new testing options
From Ohio State's high expectations to the conference's COVID-19 protocols, there is plenty to pay attention to when the Big Ten kicks off this week.
Northwestern announced Friday that defensive lineman Samdup Miller, quarterback Aidan Smith, safety Travis Whillock and tight end Jason Whittaker have all elected to opt out of the upcoming season.
The Big Ten is playing football this fall. What changed? It all came down to updated medical reports. Those who provided that report take ESPN inside the meeting with Big Ten presidents that changed everything.
The full Big Ten football schedule is out, and this is everything you need to know, breaking down the biggest games for each team in the conference.
In case you haven't heard, the Big Ten is returning. Here are the early storylines worth watching.
After initially canceling its fall college football season, the Big Ten announced the conference will resume play starting the weekend of Oct. 24.
The CFB Pod: The Big Ten is BACK! The guys examine how the conference went from postponing its season to an eight-game schedule start in October
David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg after the breaking news of the Big Ten playing an eight-game season starting October 24. The guys get into how rapid testing was the game changer in the conference’s decision, the lack of flexibility with the shortened timeline of the season and if players will consider opting back in. Then, Pollack and Negandhi discuss how the Big Ten screwed this whole thing up, why the Pac-12 is even more behind in college football, how the conference stacks up behind Ohio State and D’Eriq King looking ready to scare ACC defenses.
After declaring the conference would sit out this fall in football, the Big Ten had a change of heart. Here's how it all unfolded.
Teams, players and coaches share their excitement on the October return of Big Ten football.
The Big Ten's presidents and chancellors did not vote Sunday on whether to start the fall football season after hearing updated medical information and other presentations on a potential return to play, sources told ESPN.
The medical subcommittee of the Big Ten return to competition task force met with eight presidents and chancellors of conference universities, and a revote on when to start the fall football season could possibly take place Sunday, sources told ESPN.
The Big Ten medical subcommittee will present new testing programs Saturday to a subcommittee of conference presidents and chancellors, outlining options that weren't available last month when the Big Ten postponed the 2020 season, sources told ESPN.
Political leaders from six states sent a letter Tuesday to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the league's presidents and chancellors, urging the conference to reconsider its postponement of the 2020 football season.
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25 years ago Wednesday, Northwestern pulled off one of the sport's biggest upsets: a season-opening 17-15 win as a 4-TD underdog at Notre Dame. The Wildcats, who'd lost 14 straight to ND over 33 years, went on to a 10-2 record & first season with more than 4 wins since 1971, their first Big Ten title since ‘36 & first Rose Bowl since ‘49. 4th year head coach Gary Barnett told his players pregame on 9/2/95, "Don't carry me off when we win" — and they didn't.
A group of Big Ten football parent associations on Wednesday sent an open letter demanding information around the league's decision to postpone the fall football season and a "structured discussion" with first-year commissioner Kevin Warren.
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 23 preseason All-Americans not slated to play this fall.
CFB Pod: University presidents have gone silent; how are UNC and Notre proceeding after COVID spike on campus; parents converge on Big Ten HQ
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast discussing David’s optimism that the season will get off the ground, athletes already making sacrifices to play pre-pandemic, the podcast they recorded but had to scrap, university presidents going quiet and how college football should crown a champion. Next, Andrea Adelson hops on to talk about how North Carolina and Notre Dame are handling preparations for the football season with spikes in coronavirus cases on campus (32:24). Finally, Adam Rittenberg calls in from the Big Ten headquarters after hearing from parents who are speaking out against the conference’s decision to postpone the season (44:40).
Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater is forgoing his senior season and declaring for the 2021 NFL draft.
For all the free-agent fans who won't have a Big Ten or Pac-12 team to root for this fall, we're here to help you out.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Jason Wright, named president of the NFL's Washington football team Monday, started at RB as a junior & senior for N'western in 2002-3, rushing for 2622 yds, 32 TDs & 13 100+ yard games. In his last two college games, he had a career-high 251 rushing yards & 4 TDs @ Illinois, then 237 & 1 TD vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl (& had an 88-yard kickoff return). Former Washington Pro Bowl DB & co-captain Mark Murphy, now Green Bay Packers president, was NU's AD when Wright was a senior.