This is a battle between programs looking to ascend the food chain in their respective conferences. Jerry Kill is in his second season in the Twin Cities, rallying the program to its first bowl since 2009. The extra practices will help hasten the development of this rising team.
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Michigan was the highest-rated Big Ten team in the AP preseason poll at No. 8, but it was undone by youth, injuries and a brutal schedule. The offense struggled much of the season, getting little production from the tailbacks and an inconsistent effort up front in Brady Hoke’s second season in Ann Arbor.
Gary Andersen sounded like a confident and prepared coach. Soon, he’ll get the chance to prove it, as he was introduced today as the new Wisconsin coach.
Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports
Big Ten players have been honored on various all-conference teams. But what about the assistant coaches? Let’s take this time to honor them on a 2012 Big Ten All-Assistant Coach Team.
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Wisconsin isn’t apologizing for being the first five-loss team ever in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers will proudly punch their third ticket in a row to Pasadena, thanks largely to a defense that played well all season.
Andrew Weber-US Presswire
The truth hurts, but here it comes: This is the most disappointing team in the Big Ten. The Spartans were considered legit Big Ten contenders coming off consecutive 11-win seasons. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s unit did its part, yielding 20 or fewer points eight times.
USA Today is out with its analysis of coaching salaries, and let’s just say it’s good to be an assistant coach. On average, FBS assistants made $200,000 in 2012. That’s a 10 percent increase over 2011 and a 29 percent gain since USA Today began this exercise in 2009. Find the entire database at USAToday.com.
Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
It’s the holiday season. Time is precious. There are many options when it comes to Big Ten bowl games but there are also five of them on Jan. 1 alone. Which ones should you watch? What should you watch for in each? That’s where I come in with my nifty ranking of the Big Ten bowls from 1-7.
Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
It’s the busy holiday season, but that hasn’t stopped your flow of questions! Thanks! There is a lot going on in the Big Ten as we come to the end of 2012, with the bowl season starting, basketball picking up steam, Wisconsin hiring a coach and talk of Big Ten divisional realignment percolating. I look at all of that in my mail bag.
Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
There is no other place to start my daily links than with the news that broke last night that revealed that Wisconsin is poised to hire a new football coach: Gary Andersen of Utah State. Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal was the first to break the news on Tuesday night.
The Maxwell Club, the oldest football club in America, announced Wednesday that Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has been selected as its Coach of the Year for the 2012 season.
Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
Wisconsin will hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen as its next coach, the Big Ten Network confirmed Tuesday night. The Wisconsin State Journal first reported the news.
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
When it comes to the best hoop arenas in the nation, places like Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse often are mentioned. But the Big Ten has its share of iconic venues, and I rank the conference’s seven best in this week’s Super Seven.
Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
In just his second season in Minneapolis, Jerry Kill delivered the Golden Gophers to a bowl for the first time since 2009. The team jetted to a 4-0 start, but went just 2-6 to finish the season. The offense struggled down the stretch, as the Gophers finished 10th in total offense (317.5 ypg).
Purdue freshman forward Jay Simpson will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season due to a lingering foot injury, the school announced Tuesday. He will be eligible to seek a medical hardship waiver.
Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
The bowl season kicked off last weekend with two games (full schedule here). Well, 33 more remain! And the Big Ten will be involved in seven of them. That’s a good place to start with my daily links. Most aren’t predicting much postseason success for the Big Ten, especially when it comes to the three bowl games vs. teams from the mighty SEC.
The Hoosiers still are searching for their first bowl trip since 2007, but they made strides in their second season under Kevin Wilson by winning four games after winning only one game overall and none in Big Ten action in 2011. And Indiana did this despite losing starting quarterback Tre Roberson for the season to a broken leg in the second game.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
This week serves up a steady diet of cupcakes on the Big Ten men’s basketball schedule, but the weekend includes a number of high-profile games. And as we saw with Indiana’s stunning overtime loss to Butler that dropped the Hoosiers from No. 1 to No. 6 in the both polls, you always must be on guard.
With Indiana’s loss to Butler, it looks like there is a new “best” team in the Big Ten–at least for a week. Meet Michigan, which is a great starting point to begin my daily links.
Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
Nebraska announced a three-game series with Northern Illinois in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The Huskies are one of the top non-AQ schools in the nation, advancing to the Orange Bowl this season to play Florida State.
Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Mel Tucker interviewed for the Wisconsin job on Friday, a source close to the search confirmed.
Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
Michigan has suspended cornerback T.J. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne from the Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post.