Big Ten links: All-Big Ten snubs & BCS bowls

While watching the announcement of the All-Big Ten teams last night, you may have noticed that just three Buckeyes were named to the coaches first-team. And none of them was quarterback Braxton Miller. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez got that honor at signal-caller. But Miller was picked as the league’s quarterback of the year. Do you follow?

Wait, there’s more: No Ohio State offensive players from a 12-0 squad made the first team on the coaches squad. Read about that, and other news, in my daily links.

Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, cornerback Bradley Roby and defensive end John Simon made the first team coaches team for Ohio State. Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer also points out that 7-5 Wisconsin, 6-6 Michigan State and 8-4 Penn State all had had five first-team picks.

All together now: Hmmmmm.

[RELATED:’s 2012 All-Big Ten Football Teams]

BCS DREAMING: Get out a pencil and paper and write all of this down. Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald will explain a scenario in which Nebraska still could get to a BCS bowl—even with a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

So, the Big Ten still has a shot to get two BCS teams. I never thought I’d type that in 2012. But, I just did.

WHAT’S WITH THE EMPTY SEATS? If you were at the Penn State-Wisconsin game, you may have noticed all of the empty seats. Why so many no-shows for a program trying to cap a remarkable season vs. a top foe? David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News tries to explain.

Cold weather? Check. Easier to watch from comforts of home? Check. Thanksgiving break? Check. But Jones also thinks loud, pumped-in music also may be to blame. At the least—it really rankles him. This isn’t an NBA game, people.

DENARD’S NEW ROLE: Denard Robinson has played in the last two games, but he didn’t attempt a pass. In fact, he hasn’t chucked a pass since hurting his right elbow in a loss at Nebraska on Oct. 27. And he might not return to quarterback in the bowl game – even if his cranky elbow heals.

No worries. Robinson has looked good lining up at running back, in the slot, at wideout. And the Michigan offense may be better off just letting Devin Gardner stay under center, allowing his to develop a rhythm instead of shuffling in and out with Robinson at quarterback.

BIG TEN KNOWLEDGE: Wanna raise your Big Ten IQ? Give a listen to this podcast between Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Mike Hlas and Omaha World-Herald scribe Lee Barfknecht, two of the best in the business.

Among other topics, the dynamic duo discusses Big Ten expansion—and possible future targets. Juicy stuff.

ON KILL’S HEALTH: Last Saturday vs. Michigan State, Jerry Kill missed coaching time on the sidelines for the third time in two seasons after suffering a seizure in the locker room. That has people talking. The St. Paul Pioneer Press solicited fan responses and feelings on the subject on Twitter. Take a gander:

Minnesota A.D. Norwood Teague says he plans to lessen the load on Kill following the latest episode.

I sure hope Kill can stay healthy and coach for a long time. He is a terrific person and standout coach who has the program pointed in the right direction.

5 YEARS FOR DEVIN? Yes, Michigan fans: There will be no Big Ten title in 2012. But here’s some good news: Devin Gardner could earn a fifth year of eligibility for 2014.

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke expects Gardner to receive a medical redshirt for the 2010 season, in which he played just three games, and thus give him a fifth year in 2014.

That’s nice.


My take: Yes, that sounds about right. How can you not agree with the Nebraska tight end?

My take: No doubt. Urban Meyer? Bill O’Brien? Bo Pelini? Choices, choices, choices.

My take: Add it to the list of other dubious choices. Did any other tight end have more catches?

My take: How close? The last three losses have come in overtime.

My take: What he said.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (8 Comments)
JS on 11/27/2012 @ 4:31pm EDT Said:

You are correct, they should have just picked the entire OSU roster and made them First Team, Second Team, and Honorable mentions. I mean, there isn’t a possibility that other individual players were better than the OSU players, but OSU was a better TEAM when you put all of those individual (yet lesser) players together.

Joe W on 11/27/2012 @ 7:02pm EDT Said:

There is a significant DIFFERENCE between the media picks and coaches picks. There is just too much variance to chalk up to coincidence. I will leave it up to others to debate the possible reasons why. I do believe Meyer may interpret it as a slight and give him another reason to get his team fired up. He likes to coach angry teams…and buckeyes know all to well about playing against a Meyer coached team that is angry (2006 Florida team).

Doug on 11/27/2012 @ 7:05pm EDT Said:

So Denard beats out Gardner in 2010 as starting QB, now 2 years later they come up with Gardner was injured. What a joke. Hopefully the NCAA sees through that.

lspisak on 11/27/2012 @ 9:43pm EDT Said:

JS: You don’t get it. No one said the entire OSU roster should be represented. But most people would expect that the Conference’s ONLY UNDEFEATED TEAM would have as many first-team picks as any other team. But not according to the B1G coaches. I think that’s great. I also love that they snubbed Meyer. I’d love to have our Buckeyes go 12-0 every year, and get angry over the B1G coaches’ foolish snubs. Get ready for 12-0 next year, too.

Victor Rojo on 11/28/2012 @ 8:16am EDT Said:

Earth to Tom: These are individual honors, not team honors.

T on 11/28/2012 @ 8:53am EDT Said:

So Coach Meyer takes over a 6-7 team that had 4 big Ten teams ranked above them preseason and goes 12-0 with a team that only has 2 first team big ten players …coach of the year should have been a slam dunk!!

Will on 11/28/2012 @ 3:29pm EDT Said:

Husker fan here that is happy that many of the Husker players got honors on either the 1st team or 2nd team in Big Ten, but with so much disparity in who was selected by coaches vs. writers, I have only come to one logical conclusion. “It don’t matter what you think” There is no accountability in anything any longer! Don’t like the results, tuff! Don’t like the moves being made in CFB, tuff! Don’t like how your health insurance works, tuff! < oops!

Oh well look on the bright side, we are one season closer to the new CFB playoff system where we all will be satisfied as to whom will be put into the 4 qualifying slots, right?


Pat Mogan on 11/28/2012 @ 5:37pm EDT Said:

Even if I weren’t a biased Buckeye I’d have a hard time trying to rationalize the coaches shutting OSU offense out on 1st team.