Today we have USA Today projection - wait for it - an early NCAA men 's basketball bracket. It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart's roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.
The stretch run is heating up. Can Ohio State and Iowa stay unbeaten? Will Nebraska finally win two in a row? Can Michigan State get back on track? [ MORE: Week 11 previews | Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Breaking down division scenarios | Big Ten West 6, Big Ten East 5 | Hear your coach’s teleconference ] No. 5 Iowa hosts Minnesota in the biggest game of the week at 8 p.m. ET on BTN (watch on BTN2Go). The Big Ten West-leading Hawkeyes
Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.
Well, that was quick: Minnesota took the “interim” off Tracy Claeys’ title and made him the full-time head coach today. It was the smart thing to do.
It was nice to see Iowa ascend to No. 5 in the recent CFP poll. The committee finally realized that the Hawkeyes have a pretty good resume that has included a good home win vs. Pitt and road victories vs. ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern teams. Honestly, I think Iowa’s resume is better than Ohio State’s, which his No. 3 in the poll. *** Yes, Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week after losing at Nebraska. But the Spartans still control their own destiny in the Big Ten East. So, don’t be sad, Sparty. You goals are
There are three weeks left in the season, and both Big Ten division races remain up for grabs. But know this: Iowa is in firm control in the West. In the East, Ohio State is in the driver’s seat. Both are unbeaten, the last perfect teams in the Big Ten.
The second College Football Playoff rankings will be released tonight. How will it look? [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Mini LEGO stadiums | Hear your coach’s teleconference | View your team’s homepage ] Last week, the first rankings had Clemson No. 1; LSU No. 2; Ohio State No. 3; Alabama No. 4. But, there will be change this week, as LSU lost to Alabama on Saturday. Clemson and Ohio State both took care of business. I expect 9-0 Clemson to
The power of football (and the big, big, BIG money associated with it) never was more apparent than at Missouri, where the threat of a boycott of this week’s game swiftly brought down the school’s president. On Saturday, the team threw its support behind campus protesters who didn’t like how the president was handling complaints about racism and other student-welfare issues. A few days later, he was gone. *** Look here: Sounds like Tracy Claeys could have the “interim” removed from his title at Minnesota. That would be great … and the smart thing to do. I think the school
You know the drill: I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag and answer your love letters. Lots of buzz about Michigan. And is there any way an unbeaten Iowa club could be kept from the playoffs?
With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once