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: BTN.com’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.
TWEETS THAT MATTER
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.