Ohio State announced today the suspensions of four key players for the season opening game at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. Junior defensive end Joey Bosa, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, senior receiver Corey Smith and junior H-back Dontre Wilson have been suspended for violating department of athletics policy. The Buckeyes will miss the foursome, as Bosa, Marshall, Smith and Wilson are expected to play key roles this season for a team projected by most to be No. 1 in the nation. Bosa is the preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Some feel he may be the No. 1
The Big Ten will hold its annual media days this Thursday and Friday. Writers, broadcasters, pundits and fans will descend on Chicago. And here is a look at 10 storylines that figure to emerge.
I took a look at the backup quarterback situations in the Big Ten West yesterday. Today, it's all about the Big Ten East, where Ohio State has a win-win situation.
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