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  1. Brian Bennett

    Brian Bennett



  2. ESPN.com Big Ten reporter.
  3. Joined ESPN.com in 2008.
  4. Graduate of the University of Kentucky.

  • Melvin Gordon had hip injury vs. LSU

    Brian Bennett

    More than 36 hours later, we finally have an explanation for why Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon was so curiously absent in the second half of Saturday's 28-24 loss to LSU. Badgers coach Gary Andersen said on Monday that his junior running back suffered...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  • Weekend rewind: Big Ten

    Brian Bennett

    There was a lot of good and some bad during opening week for the Big Ten, which went 12-2 but missed a golden opportunity Saturday night with Wisconsin. Let's review: Team of the week: Rutgers. That's right. All the naysayers (and you can include ...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  • Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    He's only 19, it's important to remember, and his college experience consists of just 13 games. Yet how many quarterbacks would you take right now over Penn State's Christian Hackenberg if your team needed to orchestrate a game-winning drive? Flor...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  • 'A one-time, all-time upset'

    Brian Bennett

    If you haven't already, make sure to check out my oral history of Appalachian State's 2007 upset over Michigan here. One quote that stands out in the piece is former Wolverines receiver Greg Mathews description of game week from that year: "I'll spe...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  • RB tale of the tape: LSU vs. Wisconsin

    Brian Bennett and David Ching

    One of the biggest keys to Saturday's matchup between Wisconsin and LSU will be which team can run the ball effectively. There will no shortage of talented running backs on the field and here's a look at the players who could be the deciding factor i...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  • B1G players in Week 1 spotlight

    Brian Bennett

    Just a little more than 24 hours now before the first Big Ten team kicks off the season. We've waited so long for football to return that we'll even eagerly gobble up games against FCS opponents this weekend. There's so much to look forward to, in...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  • LSU-Wisconsin primer

    David Ching and Brian Bennett

    For more than a decade, no FBS programs have experienced more success in out-of-conference games during the regular season than LSU and Wisconsin -- programs that open the season against one another on Saturday in Houston. LSU has not lost a nonc...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  • B1G predictions: records and standings

    ESPN.com staff

    With the start of the season just days away, our Big Ten reporters predict the record of each Big Ten team and offer up a quick explanation of their picks. Brian Bennett The toughest part of predicting the order of finish is figuring out the jumb...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  • The game neither Appalachian State nor Michigan will ever forget

    Brian Bennett

    It was an upset that made Rocky jealous; the coaches and players involved in Appalachian State's 2007 upset over Michigan explain how it happened.

    Story | Conversation | August 27, 2014
  • A B1G youth movement at receiver

    Brian Bennett

    Like many football coaches, Penn State's James Franklin subscribes to the theory that young players can contribute quickly at wide receiver. "The farther from the ball you are, the better chance you have to get on the field early," Franklin said T...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  • In playoff era, will Rose stay as sweet?

    Brian Bennett

    For several years, the Rose Bowl logo was nearly ubiquitous around Michigan State's practice facility, serving as a constant reminder of the team's ultimate goal. The Spartans finally made it back to Pasadena last year for the first time since the...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  • Big Ten fearless predictions

    ESPN.com staff

    With the season just days away, our Big Ten reporters offer up their bold predictions for the 2014 season: Brian Bennett: Minnesota wins back a long-lost trophy The Gophers have won the Little Brown Jug game against Michigan only once (2005) sin...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  • Big Ten mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    Welcome to our first game week mailbag of the 2014 season. Man, that feels good to type. Keep the questions flowing, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @BennettESPN . Brian Bennett: The strength on defense throughout the league right n...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  • Spartans new favorite in writers' poll

    Brian Bennett

    I demand a recount! That's what Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises basically said after Braxton Miller's injury. He annually conducts the only thing close to a preseason Big Ten poll by asking beat writers around the league to pick their order of fin...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  • Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    Game week is here. Let that sink in. Revel in it. With the season about to begin, let's take at a few teams outside the top expected Big Ten contenders (Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska) who could get off to fast starts in 201...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  • Sudfeld is Indiana's man on a mission

    Brian Bennett

    Indiana's Nate Sudfeld found himself in a time-share situation at quarterback the past two seasons. No matter how well he performed -- and he finished fourth in the Big Ten in passing yards per game in 2013 -- Sudfeld never knew exactly when he might...

    Blog | August 22, 2014