With J.T. Barrett suspended for this week’s Minnesota game, Braxton Miller will back up Cardale Jones. What are reasonable expectations for Miller? The gang at Cleveland.com debates it in this video. Don’t be shocked if Miller takes some snaps. I sure as heck would use him under center. He’s the most dynamic weapon in the nation. *** Mlive.com has a good look at some interesting numbers surrounding Michigan State. And here’s an interesting one: The Spartans haven’t lost a Big Ten road game in three years. MSU last lost a Big Ten road game on Oct. 20, 2012, at Michigan.
Much anticipation and buzz surrounds the release of the CFP poll, especially the inaugural edition. The unveiling of Poll No. 1 will be at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. And it sure seems like a lot of people are interested where 8-0 Iowa will land. I asked several beat writers for their takes.
The Michigan offense remains a work-in-progress under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. But one thing the Wolverines have been able to count on each week is tight end Jake Butt. [ MORE: Week 10 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jake Butt | View your team’s homepage ] Butt has become a key cog in a Michigan offense that is No. 6 in the Big Ten in scoring (28.6 ppg) and 10th in total offense (358.6 ypg). The 6-6, 248-pound junior from Pickerington, Ohio, has
So, J.T. Barrett will forfeit his scholarship? On Monday, Urban Meyer said that Barrett would have to complete counseling through the school and would also forfeit his scholarship for a term. But, Barrett will remain a captain. OK. I guess I don’t see the connection with getting arrested for OWI and having your scholarship revoked. Seems unprecedented for such a transgression in all my years in the business. Interesting. *** Did Purdue have a breakthrough win vs. Nebraska? The great Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel checks it out. “It will certainly help,” Darrell Hazell said. And then, “From
The first College Football Playoff poll will be released on Tuesday, providing us with a framework for what is ahead. This is the first of six rankings, with the final one being revealed on Dec. 6.
It’s that time of week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your pressing queries. And, there is a lot of love for Iowa. Let's get after it!
Time to take the Big Ten’s bowl temperature. That means checking in with the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. No changes at the top, but Illinois and Nebraska have fallen from Palm’s projections. That drops the Big Ten’s projected bowl teams from 10 to eight.
It was great to see Corey Clement back on the field. And, he looked good vs. Rutgers. He will be an NFL player—at least that’s his plan. After rushing 11 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Rutgers, Clement intimated the NFL remains an option after this season and he will eventually discuss the matter with head coach Paul Chryst. “Who knows at the end of this year who brings what to the table?” he said. “I’ve still got to talk to coach Chryst and he’ll tell me if it is a good idea or not. But at
It’s all about the holy trinity of Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa, which replaces Michigan, in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.
The beat goes on for Iowa, which can smell perfection from here. Purdue finally tasted Big Ten victory, while the unimaginable hard times continue for Nebraska. As for Minnesota … that loss to Michigan is gonna leave a mark.