There’s offense, defense … and special teams, the often overlooked aspect of football. But, special teams can be the narrow difference between winning and losing. Here's a look at the Big Ten East units.
The NBA draft is Thursday. And Jay Bilas thinks Branden Dawson is a second-round pick. Sounds about right. But I wonder: What position will he play? What offensive skills does he possess aside from grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks? *** Sporting News has seven reasons why Michigan-Ohio State meets the hype in 2015—as if you really needed seven reasons. No need to call in Don King. Here is all you need: Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Done. I just hope Meyer and Harbaugh stick around for 10 more years. Please, football gods. Let it happen. *** It didn’t take
The Big Ten West is home to some fine secondaries. And it all begins with a loaded Minnesota defensive backfield that teems with talent and experience.
How good could the Big Ten East be in 2015? Pretty good. Mark Podolski of the News-Herald in Ohio thinks the division may be the best in the nation. The SEC West was college football’s standard bearer. No more. The bottom line is the SEC is in a transition period. After the conference won seven straight BCS national championships — that last in 2012 — it’s been two years since it took home a national crown. Also, the SEC West was 2-4 in last year’s postseason. For those keeping score, the Big Ten East was 5-1 in the postseason. And
This is the last line of defense, the one remaining obstacle between an offense and paydirt, and the Big Ten East figures to feature some very talented defensive backfields.
Who are the Big Ten’s top quarterbacks? Omaha.com, rates the Big Ten signal-callers. Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa ranked the Big Ten’s quarterbacks and talked about potential sleepers, who is due for a breakout season, who just doesn’t have it and more. The league has some nice signal-callers at the top, but it drops pretty quickly. *** Speaking of Nebraska, Omaha.com catches up with Bill Callahan. You remember him, right? He’s now the Redskins offensive line coach. *** Who will be some of the top redshirt freshmen this season? Check out his video from Campus Insiders. Wisconsin’s T.J. Edwards and
There is no linebacking corps in the Big Ten East that can match Ohio State’s unit in the East. But there is a lot to like about some of the linebacking units in the Big Ten West.
The Lansing State Journal is counting down the Top 50 Michigan State football players in history. No. 50: Denicos Allen. *** No shock here: Michigan expects an eight-year high in season ticket sales this season. Having seen season ticket sales drop in recent years, Michigan is rebounding thanks mostly to the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and a 2015 schedule featuring home games against both Michigan State and Ohio State. “We had to get the revenue moving line back up,” Hackett said. “One of our core strategies was getting a special football coach.” *** Good story from Sam McKewon of Omaha.com
The linebacking corps in the Big Ten East are measured by Ohio State’s unit, which teems with athletic ability and talent. Is young Buckeye Darron Lee the top linebacker in the Big Ten? Maybe.
This is one of the most glorious Saturdays of the year. It’s rivalry week, with eclectic trophies up for grabs—and maybe some division titles and bowl bids.