Is Big Ten East the beast? Perhaps, but let's see

The Big Ten East is a beast. Or at least that’s the perception.

The moment the conference announced it was altering divisions, jettisoning the “Legends” and “Leaders” monikers and a competitive balance structure in favor of geographical names and alignment, the feeling has been that the East is the stronger of the two divisions.

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Photos: First look at Nebraska's new alternate uniform

Nebraska is going all-red, with plenty of black accents, for its Big Ten opener Sept. 27 vs. Illinois. Bo Pelini told reporters Tuesday at Big Ten media days that the team would break out a new alternate for said game, and adidas released pictures of the design Friday morning. See them in this post.

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Joshua Perry posts body transformation photo

Strength and conditioning is no joke. Players spent countless hours lifting weights and getting their bodies in the ultimate game shape. We don’t always see great visual proof of the body transformations, but Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry recently posted it to his Instagram account. Perry shared a picture that shows a side-by-side of his body from January 2012 until today. See the picture in this post.

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Purdue Pete rallies, wins Chicago Tribune mascot poll

As we posted Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune conducted a poll on the Big Ten’s best mascot. At the time, Herky and Brutus were well ahead of the competition and involved in a two-mascot race. Then, something crazy happened. Let’s just say, Purdue fans hijacked the poll, to the point that it went from last to the runaway winner, finishing with 5,422,716 votes (74 percent).

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Debate It: Who will be 2014 rushing yards leader?

A season ago, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon battled for the rushing yards crown. Abdullah, in the end, finished on top, albeit on 75 more carries than his rival in Madison. This season, the way the Big Ten’s loaded at running back, it might be more than a two-man race. Will Abdullah be able to hold off the deep pool? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post.

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It's Friday! Get today's top Big Ten headlines

OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti is famous for his fanatical intensity when it comes to weight lifting and conditioning. Want proof? Buckeyes LB Joshua Perry posted some before and after pictures from over a two-year period after working under the screaming Marotti. This is stunning. Where do I sign up?

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