It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to look back at the most popular stories from the week that was. Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. Enjoy, Big Ten fans.
10. Iowa’s new practice facility taking shape
The Iowa football team will have a new indoor practice facility when it opens practice in August. The 100,000-square foot, fixed-roof facility is a vast improvement over “The Bubble” that the team has used the past 27 years. With August fast approaching, @HawkeyeFootball tweeted a few pictures of the facility.
9. CBSSports.com ranks BCS teams since 2007
It’s anyone’s guess what the future of college football’s postseason holds. Will there be a four-team playoff? A plus-one? Or will it be the status quo? Whatever it may be, CBSSports.com’s Brett McMurphy posted an interesting article that ranks the nation’s top teams using final BCS Standings since 2007. Where do Big Ten teams land over the last five seasons?
8. Athlon Sports ranks top 25 Big Ten Heisman Candidates
Coming up with 25 national candidates for the Heisman Trophy is difficult enough, so it’s easy to understand what Athlon Sports must have gone through while compiling its Big Ten’s 25 Heisman Trophy Contenders. Twenty-five, really?! Let’s focus on the top 5, what do you say?
7. Kirk Ferentz buys “Stanzi” print, complete with quote
It’s been a few years since Ricky Stanzi became a cult hero. If you don’t remember the exact moment, it happened when the former Iowa QB gave Fox’s Chris Meyers this quote following the 2010 Orange Bowl: “There is nothing better than being American. This is the greatest feeling. If you don’t love it, leave it. USA, No. 1.” The quote reads great, but it’s even better when you hear it.
6. Enough is Enough: Ex-Illini out to stop head trauma
Ice baths are as much a part of high-level football as in-depth scouting reports. Former Illinois running back Kevin Jackson (1991-94) routinely took said cold dips, and on more than one occasion, he probably did so with his nose buried in one of those scouting reports.
5. Debate it: Big Ten fans have spoken
When BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and I decided to debate 2012 Big Ten football statistical leaders a couple months ago, we made it a point to let Big Ten fans have a say, as well. We did so by including a poll and incorporating relevant tweets in each statistical debate. The 11-series installment now complete, check out who Big Ten fans predict to lead the conference in categories ranging from scoring to sacks.
4. NCAA releases academic progress rate (APR) scores
The NCAA released its latest academic progress rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and the Big Ten received favorable results. Not only did all 12 Big Ten football and men’s basketball teams avoid penalty, Northwestern football compiled the highest score in the FBS.
3. Your 2012 BTN Awards Show Winners
BTN aired its fifth annual BTN Awards Show on Monday night. The biggest winners: Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Christina Manning, the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Jesse Owens and Suzy Favor Awards, respectively.
2. How we spent our summer — trick shots!
Purdue basketball player D.J. Byrd recently shared a trick shot via his Twitter account @djbyrd21 and TwitVid.com with a promise of more to come. Not to be topped, Byrd’s former teammate Ryne Smith used his Twitter account @RyneSmith_ to send out this nifty trick shot. And the shots have continued.
1. WSJ: Which college produced most NBA minutes?
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article that breaks down which colleges produced the most minutes in the NBA during this strike-shortened campaign. Duke, to no surprise, landed at No. 1, with 21,609 minutes. But what about Big Ten teams? Ohio State (7,903 minutes) came in 13th to lead 10 Big Ten teams.