The Big Ten will wrap up its spring games the next few days, with Iowa and Wisconsin playing on Friday and Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State conducting their games on Saturday. Here is one big thing to keep an eye on in each of the five spring games.
While Northwestern has been to seven bowls in the last 10 years, it has had only nine NFL draft picks in that span. In fact, since 2007, Northwestern has failed to have a draft pick five times: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014.
Nebraska has a history of producing bruising offensive linemen. But more Cornhusker defensive backs have been picked in the last 10 drafts than any other position with eight. And S Nathan Gerry could add to that total if he is tabbed in this year’s draft from April 27-29 in Philadelphia.
Jim Harbaugh is digging in on his third season in Ann Arbor in search of the program’s first Big Ten title since 2004. The losses for Michigan are staggering coming off a second 10-win season in succession.
Ohio State continues to look for its championship mojo since winning the national title in 2014. The Buckeyes have come up short each of the last two years, failing to even play for the league title and getting eviscerated in the playoffs last year by Clemson.
Minnesota has had one of the more underrated defenses in the Big Ten in recent years. And that has manifested itself in recent NFL drafts. Since 2014, the Golden Gophers have had eight NFL draft picks. And six of those have been defensive players.
It was a chamber of commerce weather day in Lincoln for the spring game. And Mike Riley’s squad didn’t disappoint Husker zealots who turned out to get pumped up about the 2017 and what’s ahead.
P.J. Flock kept on smiling. He was in his element. Just P.J. Fleck being P.J. Fleck as he signed autographs in one end zone of TCF Bank Stadium.
The day began with rain and bit of a chill. But by the time the ball was kicked off for P.J. Fleck’s first spring game at Minnesota, it was a sunny. And Fleck brought his A game—when doesn’t he?—sprinting on the field and barking commands before a nice gathering at TCF Bank Stadium.
We got our first look at Indiana football under first year head coach Tom Allen, and Tom Dienhart has some observations from the Cream and Crimson game.