Craving something sweet? Whether you’re an Ohio State football fan or not, there’s plenty of sugar in the school’s latest annual Ohio Stadium cake. Like, 350 pounds of goodness, that is. The cake, which serves 1,000 people and was made with 90 mixes and 22 dozen eggs, can be found on the south lawn of St. John Arena prior to Saturday afternoon’s game vs. Iowa. [ MORE: See more pictures of the cake at @dmsalthouse ] I can only imagine the work and time that went into this. I love how they even included a very small Iowa contingent, too.
So, here we are at the midway point of the 2013 Big Ten football season, and I can’t help but wonder which Big Ten title contender has the most to prove in the second half. Is it Ohio State, the undefeated team that hasn’t lost since the 2012 Gator Bowl? Is it Michigan, the 5-1 team that squeaked past Akron and UConn? Is it Nebraska, the 5-1 team that lost its lone true test? Or is it someone else? I say it’s Nebraska. The Huskers, my preseason Legends Division favorite, are 5-1. But, really, what do we know about them?
We knew it was going to be a wild Legends Division race, and it’s lived up to the hype. Every team has played two Big Ten games, with the results yielding a pair of 2-0, 1-1 and 0-2 teams. The preseason contenders with the favorable schedules, Michigan State and Nebraska, are off to perfect starts, while the preseason contenders with the unfavorable schedules, Michigan and Northwestern, check in at 1-1 and 0-2, respectively. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart answers Legends Division questions in his Mailbag ] So, is the four-team race now a two-teamer? Not yet. The Huskers and Spartans may
By now, Big Ten football fans know all about John Urschel’s affinity for math. After all, the Penn State senior guard earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics in three years, a master’s in math the next year and now is working on his second master’s (math education). But did you know he used to love Barney, too? Yes, THAT Barney. Funny story, Urschel loved Barney so much that his mother, Venita Parker, used the Purple Dinosaur as a way to potty train her son. Or, so she thought. “She bought me diapers with Barney’s face on them,” Urschel said in
Thirteen Big Ten basketball stars land on CBSSports.com’s recently released top 100 players of 2013-14. Michigan State’s Gary Harris leads the way, at No. 7, while Ohio State’s Aaron Craft comes in right behind Harris. That’s it for the Big Ten as far as the top 10 goes, however Michigan’s Mitch McGary is No. 11 to kick start the remaining 11 players. [ MORE: CBSSports.com Top 100 Players ] For what it’s worth, Michigan State put four players on the list, Michigan three, Indiana and Ohio State two, and Minnesota and Wisconsin one. Here’s the full list of B1G players
It’s a new week, which means it’s time to release my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. This week, a pair of Badgers top the list following standout performances in the team’s rout over Northwestern. View my latest Big Ten Player Rankings in this post. Who did I miss? [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 7 grades & honors | What did Tom learn? | Week 7 picks revisited ] 1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. Here’s all you need to know about Gordon: His yard-per-carry is under 10 for the first time this season. In case you forgot, we’re heading into
The guys at CBSSports.com com released their preseason Top 25 (And One) Monday, and one of the six experts, Doug Gottlieb, has Michigan State as his No. 1 team. Six Big Ten teams received top 25 votes, with Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin landing on every experts’ list. [ MORE: Kentucky is CBSSports.com’s preseason No. 1 team ] The Spartans finished no lower than No. 4. That’s no surprise, of course. The biggest surprise: Gottlieb had Michigan at No. 22. None of the other five experts had the Wolverines lower than No. 11. Another surprise: Jon Rothstein put
To the surprise of no one, there was quite the celebration in the Penn State locker room following Saturday night’s quadruple-overtime victory over previously undefeated Michigan. Watch the Nittany Lions celebrate in the locker room and hear Bill O’Brien’s speech to his team in this post. [ MORE: Allen Robinson’s catch, in photo and video ] Click here to go directly to O’Brien’s speech. Here’s what the coach said to his team: “This won’t take long. This is what a winning locker room feels like, and you guys are winners. Every guy in this room is a winner, because you
If you enjoyed that Allen Robinson catch late in Saturday night’s game vs. Michigan, you’ll want to check out this post. We have a terrific photo of the catch, courtesy USA TODAY Sports, and the video of the ridiculous leaping catch that helped set up Penn State’s game-tying score and send the game to overtime. [ MORE: Watch Penn State celebrate, Bill O’Brien speak to team ] MUST SEE VIDEO: Relive Allen Robinson's incredible catch late in the fourth quarter. #orvillemoment – http://t.co/PIv0xfQxF2 — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 13, 2013 Penn State fan or not, it’s easy to watch
Expectations are high for Iowa men’s basketball this season. And why not? The Hawkeyes return every major contributor, except for Eric May, from a youthful and talented team that went 9-9 in Big Ten play and advanced to the NIT championship game. Here’s something else to get Hawkeyes fans excited: Iowa will wear new uniforms in 2013-14. Iowa unveiled its new Nike “Hyper Elite” threads Wednesday afternoon at media day, and it’s a more modern design of what the Hawkeyes have worn the past few seasons. The biggest differences include less piping down the sides, a more arched “IOWA” on