The Rose Bowl committee has been adamant that it will select the highest-rated CFP Big Ten team to replace the champion if it is selected for the playoffs. This is bad news for the loser of the Big Ten title game—Iowa or Michigan State. The winner will skip off to the playoffs. The loser? It figures to be passed in the rankings by Ohio State, which means the Buckeyes would be tabbed for the Rose Bowl despite not winning their division. It makes no sense. But, there is some wiggle room for the Rose Bowl to call an audible and
Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has been named Maryland’s head football coach. His job: Make the Terrapins a contender in the rugged Big Ten East.
No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 5 Michigan State. The Big Ten title game figures to be a great matchup. To preview the playoff play-in game, Tom Dienhart asked Big Ten coaches for their insights on both Iowa and Michigan State.
It was a good year for freshman running backs in the Big Ten. The best of the bunch, Penn State's Saquon Barkley, highlights our annual All-Big Ten Freshman Team. See the full team inside.
So, the College Football Playoff committee discussed jumping Michigan State over Iowa in this week’s poll. The Hawkeyes were No. 4; the Spartans No. 5. But, No. 4? No. 5? It doesn’t matter. The winner of the Big Ten title game is going to the playoff. So, who cares? *** Lots of intriguing storylines around the Big Ten title game. Both Iowa and Michigan State are physical teams. In fact, do any two teams better epitomize traditional, stereotypical Big Ten football than these two clubs? Nope. Which one is most physical? *** The NCAA has come up with a way
Tom Dienhart caught up with Iowa sophomore offensive tackle Boone Myers, a 6-5, 300-pound rising star who arrived on campus as a walk-on after playing tight end and defensive end in high school, as he prepped to play the Spartans.
The last College Football Playoff rankings before the league championship games comes out tonight. And, there is still a chance the Big Ten could get two teams in the playoffs. Really.
Lots going on as we head toward the Big Ten title game. Speculation swirls around job openings at Maryland and Rutgers. And some people have a beef with my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. On to your love letters …
Looks like APR will be used to slot 5-7 teams into bowls—and 5-7 teams will be needed. That’s good news for Nebraska and Minnesota, which have high APRs and 5-7 marks. The Huskers almost look like a lock to make a bowl. *** Rutgers is in the market for a coach. And, it’s a crowded market. And the new AD? He has no experience in football, spending most of his career at Seton Hall. Places like Virginia, Miami, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, Syracuse and Maryland also are looking for coaches. This is a big hire for RU … and the
Some call it “Bloody Sunday,” the day after the end of the regular season. It’s the day many coaches lose their jobs. A sad day. [ MORE: Best of Week 13 | Week 13 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Dienhart: Fun Big Ten title matchup | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 13 picks revisited | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Week 13 award winners | Michigan honors late Chad Carr, 5 | YouTube highlights ] The head coaching changes grab the headlines. In the Big Ten,