It was a good year for freshman running backs in the Big Ten. The best of the bunch, Penn State's Saquon Barkley, highlights our annual All-Big Ten Freshman Team. See the full team inside.
So, the College Football Playoff committee discussed jumping Michigan State over Iowa in this week’s poll. The Hawkeyes were No. 4; the Spartans No. 5. But, No. 4? No. 5? It doesn’t matter. The winner of the Big Ten title game is going to the playoff. So, who cares? *** Lots of intriguing storylines around the Big Ten title game. Both Iowa and Michigan State are physical teams. In fact, do any two teams better epitomize traditional, stereotypical Big Ten football than these two clubs? Nope. Which one is most physical? *** The NCAA has come up with a way
Tom Dienhart caught up with Iowa sophomore offensive tackle Boone Myers, a 6-5, 300-pound rising star who arrived on campus as a walk-on after playing tight end and defensive end in high school, as he prepped to play the Spartans.
The last College Football Playoff rankings before the league championship games comes out tonight. And, there is still a chance the Big Ten could get two teams in the playoffs. Really.
Lots going on as we head toward the Big Ten title game. Speculation swirls around job openings at Maryland and Rutgers. And some people have a beef with my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. On to your love letters …
Looks like APR will be used to slot 5-7 teams into bowls—and 5-7 teams will be needed. That’s good news for Nebraska and Minnesota, which have high APRs and 5-7 marks. The Huskers almost look like a lock to make a bowl. *** Rutgers is in the market for a coach. And, it’s a crowded market. And the new AD? He has no experience in football, spending most of his career at Seton Hall. Places like Virginia, Miami, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, Syracuse and Maryland also are looking for coaches. This is a big hire for RU … and the
Some call it “Bloody Sunday,” the day after the end of the regular season. It’s the day many coaches lose their jobs. A sad day. [ MORE: Best of Week 13 | Week 13 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Dienhart: Fun Big Ten title matchup | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 13 picks revisited | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Week 13 award winners | Michigan honors late Chad Carr, 5 | YouTube highlights ] The head coaching changes grab the headlines. In the Big Ten,
The regular season is over, so bowl projections figure to be of interest to Big Ten fans. Here is CBSSports.com expert Jerry Palm’s latest list. [ MORE: Best of Week 13 | Week 13 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Dienhart: Fun Big Ten title matchup | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 13 picks revisited | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Week 13 award winners | Michigan honors late Chad Carr, 5 | YouTube highlights ] Palm has 10 Big Ten teams in bowls, including two with
Yes, Ohio State can’t win the Big Ten. But, it still could get into the playoffs–maybe. The key: Florida must topple Alabama in the SEC title game. Could it happen? Sure. Will it? Not likely. But, the Buckeyes can cling to that hope. *** Mark Dantonio deserving of national coach of the year consideration? Interesting. I can’t say that I disagree. Mlive.com points out that this 2015 campaign might represent the best coaching job of Dantonio’s tenure in East Lansing when one considers the rash of injuries, difficulty of schedule and staff adjustments without former coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Now, the
All hail undefeated Iowa! Again. But Michigan takes a slide and Indiana takes a rise in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.