Of the Big Ten’s three new coaches—Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, Nebraska’s Mike Riley, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh–which one figures to have the best debut? One poll tabs Chryst. I’m not gonna disagree with that. *** Who doesn’t enjoy a good walk-on story? Here are the best ones for Penn State from the last 12 years. Does get it get much better than Matt McGloin? As a fifth-year senior, McGloin led the Big Ten with 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns that season and showed new-found efficiency with just five interceptions. *** Big Ten media days begins this Thursday. And Dustin Hockensmith of Pennlive.com
He’s usually one of the most popular people on campus—but you may not even know his name: He’s the backup quarterback. And, he could hold the key to your team’s season.
Let’s all say it together: The Michigan State at Ohio State game is the most anticipated in the Big Ten in 2015. And, as Kyle Austin points out, it also is the 7th-most expensive ticket in the nation, according to SeatGeek. The average resale price of a ticket is at $341, more than double the $150 face value of tickets sold by Ohio State — the highest face value of any of the school’s seven home games. *** On the subject of tickets, Michigan is about sold out for its home games. Tell me you aren’t surprised. Thanks, Jim! The
Every media day, writers arrive in Chicago with no shortage of questions. For fun, and in anticipation of the event Thursday and Friday, I sat down and jotted down some of the first queries that came to mind. Here are 50 vexing questions to ponder at Big Ten media days: 1. How will the Buckeyes deal with being the hunted?2. Is Michigan’s offensive finally good? 3. Who will emerge at receiver for Maryland? 4. Who will start under center for Ohio State? 5. Can Northwestern reverse a disturbing two-year 5-7 funk? 6. Is the Indiana defense ready to show some
The great Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a nice piece on Paul Chryst, who is in good hands with Barry Alvarez. Alvarez explained why he believes Chryst, who will turn 50 in November, is better prepared to run UW’s program than he was before he left Madison. “I like what I’ve seen,” Alvarez told Potrykus. “How he manages his vision for a program, how he deals with his assistant coaches and how he delegates. “I love my conversations with him about his vision, what he sees with the players and how he wants to bring them along.”
Turns out, Urban Meyer isn’t ready to call Braxton Miller a receiver. “I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told the Columbus Dispatch. “It seems like it’s a little bit jumping the gun. Braxton came to see me. … He’s been talking to me about it. We’ve been working at it. But I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.” Thursday night, SI’s Pete Thamel had an exclusive interview with Miller, who said he will be approaching this season as primarily a receiver/H-Back. It would make sense. After all, Miller is recovering from a surgically
It’s time for my top 10 Big Ten league games. [ MORE: Get all of our preseason Big Ten football coverage ] Did you miss the first two installments of this three-part series? If so, here’s 56-31 and 30-11. Now for those top 10 games: 10. Minnesota at Ohio State, Nov. 7. A Big Ten title game preview? Perhaps. Since 1969, Ohio State has lost just twice to Minnesota (1981 and 2000). The Buckeyes won, 31-24, in the Twin Cities last season. 9. Iowa at Wisconsin, Oct. 3. The Hawkeyes have lost the last three games—and five of the last
On Wednesday, we took a look at potential sleepers in the Big Ten East. Now, let’s take a look at the Big Ten West. I asked writers from the division who they felt could be a sleeper in the West.
If you have a TV or check the internet, you’ve likely heard at least one SEC coach spew some kind of excuse the last week or so. Well, FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel has a great piece on it, one in which he says this about the conference that hasn’t won the national title in either of the last two seasons after wining the previous seven crowns: “So you’ll have to forgive us if we’re not exactly spilling tears over all the apparent slights that are keeping down the S-E-C, where the “E” apparently now stands for “Excuses.” Thought Big Ten
So, the much-scrutinized and analyzed Ohio State quarterback position just drew into greater focus now that Braxton Miller is moving to receiver, news SI's Pete Thamel broke late Thursday night.