It has been an interesting week with the release of the first College Football Playoff poll creating ripples across the landscape. I take a look at that and other items in my Hard Takes. Remember: Seven games on Saturday (full scoreboard here). On BTN, it’s Illinois at Purdue at noon ET, then Wisconsin at Maryland and Rutgers at Michigan, both at 3:30 p.m. ET. use the BTN TV GameFinder to get your TV information. 1. So, the first College Football Playoff poll was revealed. I hope you didn’t get too revved up over what you saw. It means little, especially
In Friday's Big Ten news headlines, former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill says on the radio that he is "hopeful and positive" that interim head coach Tracy Claeys will be given the job permanently. Also, could Michigan State be in trouble vs. Nebraska? How talented is Michigan's Jabril Peppers? And what will Cardale Jones do now that's he's the starting quarterback at Ohio State again? Catch up on all of these stories and more.
It’s a full load of games this Saturday, as all 14 teams are in action. But this comes with a warning: There is a noticeable lack of marquee appeal. Still, don’t be lulled to sleep. Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa all look to continue their perfect marches. Will any of the unbeaten fall?
Time and again over the years, I have heard many coaches roll out the old quote “They play the games to remember in November.” Well, the calendar says November, so here are the seven biggest Big Ten games that will shape the league race down the stretch. Two of them go down this Saturday. Lots of good football left to go, and every game has major implications. 1. Michigan State at Ohio State, Nov. 21. The Big Ten’s 2015 version of the “Game of the Century.” This tilt has been circled on our calendars since the first college football preview mag
On Wednesday, BTN's Dave Revsine talked to Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff Executive Director, an they discussed the new championship sites, the latest rankings and more. Also, Pat Forde has news on Purdue's Darrell Hazell while Michigan State's offensive line appears to be healthier. What's sparked the improvement in Penn State's Christian Hackenberg lately? And Michigan expects Jake Rudock to play this weekend.
All 14 teams are in action. But there is only one matchup this week featuring teams that both have winning records: Penn State (7-2) at Northwestern (6-2). Let’s take a look at all seven Week 10 games.
With J.T. Barrett suspended for this week’s Minnesota game, Braxton Miller will back up Cardale Jones. What are reasonable expectations for Miller? The gang at Cleveland.com debates it in this video. Don’t be shocked if Miller takes some snaps. I sure as heck would use him under center. He’s the most dynamic weapon in the nation. *** Mlive.com has a good look at some interesting numbers surrounding Michigan State. And here’s an interesting one: The Spartans haven’t lost a Big Ten road game in three years. MSU last lost a Big Ten road game on Oct. 20, 2012, at Michigan.
Much anticipation and buzz surrounds the release of the CFP poll, especially the inaugural edition. The unveiling of Poll No. 1 will be at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. And it sure seems like a lot of people are interested where 8-0 Iowa will land. I asked several beat writers for their takes.
The Michigan offense remains a work-in-progress under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. But one thing the Wolverines have been able to count on each week is tight end Jake Butt. [ MORE: Week 10 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jake Butt | View your team’s homepage ] Butt has become a key cog in a Michigan offense that is No. 6 in the Big Ten in scoring (28.6 ppg) and 10th in total offense (358.6 ypg). The 6-6, 248-pound junior from Pickerington, Ohio, has
So, J.T. Barrett will forfeit his scholarship? On Monday, Urban Meyer said that Barrett would have to complete counseling through the school and would also forfeit his scholarship for a term. But, Barrett will remain a captain. OK. I guess I don’t see the connection with getting arrested for OWI and having your scholarship revoked. Seems unprecedented for such a transgression in all my years in the business. Interesting. *** Did Purdue have a breakthrough win vs. Nebraska? The great Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel checks it out. “It will certainly help,” Darrell Hazell said. And then, “From