In case you missed this, Athlon ranked Big Ten coaches. Who is No. 1? Do you have to ask? A hint: His initials are U.M. Mike Riley No. 7? Kirk Ferentz No. 8? *** The preseason honors will be thick for Michigan State QB Connor Cook. Here is a nice one to add to the pile: NFL.com lists him No. 1 in the nation among senior quarterbacks. The NFL.com article referenced Cook throwing for more than 6,000 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the past two seasons. “He has the prerequisite size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence
The 2015 NFL draft is history. But, the analysis continues. I caught up with Charles Davis of the NFL Network to get his views on the 2015 draft from a Big Ten angle, while also looking ahead to 2016.
I took a look at three areas to watch for Big Ten West teams Wednesday. Today, it's time to take a look at the East Division. See my three areas to watch inside.
I about fell off my Barco lounger when I heard there will be three new bowls in 2015. That will bring the bowl total to 42. So, if any poor souls out there are keeping track, that means 84 of 128 FCS schools—a whopping 66 percent–will play in a bowl. This entire postseason situation crossed the “ridiculously insane” line years ago. I have an alternative. Let’s just let every FBS school schedule a 13th game—and only keep the College Football Playoff, OK? *** Old-time Iowa fans will like this story from Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette on how
Spring football ended across the Big Ten almost two weeks ago. The long offseason is here—but work remains. All 14 league teams enter the summer with some nagging questions. First up: The Big Ten West. ILLINOIS 1. Is the d-line better? Tim Beckman brought in Mike Phair from the NFL to coach the line and co-coordinate. He has been in the pros the last 13 years. This D needs help after ranking 94th, 105th and 107th in the nation in scoring in Beckman’s first three seasons. And it starts up front. 2. Can the offensive line get a push? This
Looks like Michigan State is talking to Florida about playing some hoops. This is good news. Mlive.com points out that the two schools have met six times, including in the 2000 national championship game—when MSU won the Big Ten’s last title. Each team has won three times, including the Gators taking the last matchup in 2009. Who will be coaching the Gators? *** OK, Penn State A.D. Sandy Barbour offers her take on satellite camps. And, I like it. She says everyone should be able to do them … or no one should. She also recently went on to say:
With 2015 NFL Draft behind us, I decided to take a look back at the previous 10 drafts and select a best and worst pick for each Big Ten team, including Maryland and Rutgers. See my picks inside.
No one would argue that having NFL talent will surely help a college team be successful. Ohio State is proof of that. The Buckeyes, winners of at least a share of six of the last 10 Big Ten titles, annually are in the mix for the Big Ten's most NFL draft picks.
Ohio State did OK in the 2015 draft with five picks. Cleveland.com says next year could rival 2004, when the Buckeyes set a record with 14 players drafted. It’s possible Ohio State breaks its own record. “No question Ohio State is a team that’s going to be well represented at next year’s draft,” CBSSports.com NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “There’s so much talent, we could be talking about potentially double digit draft picks for the Buckeyes next year.” So, what does that mean for OSU on the field this season? Are another unbeaten season and
The dust has settled on the 2015 NFL draft, but many good Big Ten players never heard their names called. In fact, you could build a pretty good team with the undrafted players.