BTN.com's Tom Dienhart is in Indianapolis for Saturday's Big Ten Football Championshiop and he writes about the quarterbacks - Wisconsin’s Joel Stave/Tanner McEvoy and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones. "It won’t conjure images of Brady vs. Manning. Still, the signal-callers in the 2014 Big Ten title game still will be the keys to victory for their respective teams."
An email sent to Big Ten presidents and athletic directors earlier this week indicated that there’s a chance a league team that is bowl eligible could miss out on the postseason. That possibility will hinge on what happens in the Big Ten championship game this Saturday in Indianapolis between Ohio State and Wisconsin. Here are the likely scenarios: If Wisconsin beats Ohio State, it’s likely that all Big Ten bowl-eligible squads will be in the postseason, as Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin figure to land in New Year’s Day slots with the other eligible teams nabbing lower bowl spots.
Even though it’s bowl eligible with six wins, could Penn State—or any other 6-6 and 7-5 Big Ten team–be left out of the postseason? Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com says the outcome of Saturday’s Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Ohio State will be a major factor in determining whether a team stays home or not. If Wisconsin beats Ohio State, it’s a near certainty that everyone is going bowling because the Big Ten would likely have three programs — Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin — in a New Year’s bowl. If the Buckeyes win, however, the league could
Give Nebraska credit for one thing: It acted quickly in hiring a coach by tabbing Oregon State’s Mike Riley. But did the Huskers get the right guy? With Bo Pelini's dismissal still fresh in their minds, Huskers fans started a raging debate immediately, and that debate with stay hot right up until Nebraska’s season opener against BYU next Sept. 5.
Did Jerry Kill deserve to be Big Ten Coach of the Year? You won’t get an argument from me. But a case certainly could have been made for Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. Incredibly, a Buckeye coach hasn’t won this honor since Earle Bruce in 1979. Of course, Ohio State faces Wisconsin on Saturday. One of the best stories of 2014 has been how Badgers QB Joel Stave has resurrected his season which began with a mental funk that saw him unable to complete the simplest of passes to finishing the season on a roll. Check out this video feature. He’ll
The Big Ten was dotted with a bevy of good freshmen this fall. Jump inside to see Tom Dienhart's 2014 All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
Football is a game about matchups. Who has the edge in the most categories? See who Tom Dienhart thinks has the edge in the Big Ten title game.
Wisconsin and Ohio State didn’t meet this season, adding intrigue to this Saturday night’s clash in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship. But the teams did meet last year on Sept. 28. The Buckeyes (4-0 overall) were No. 4 and Wisconsin (3-1) was No. 24, as Ohio State took a 31-24 decision in Columbus with none other than LeBron James in attendance to watch the Buckeyes push their national-long winning streak to 17. Yes, rosters have changed and the chemistry of each squad has been altered, as teams take on different personalities from year to year.
Attendance was an issue at Michigan this season. How much so? It dropped to No. 3 in the nation. This is a big deal, folks. The Wolverines had paced America in attendance every year since 1998. Ohio State led the country this season, with an average attendance number of 106,296 in the Shoe. Texas A&M was No. 2 at 105,122. Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com says Michigan reported an average drop of 6,683 fans per game this season, as last year’s average worked out to 111,592 per home contest. *** Mike Griffith of Mlive.com thinks five Michigan State football players deserved
Who will be the next head coach at Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart points out 11 names that would seem to be possible targets.