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.
So much to absorb, beginning with the awesomeness of Michigan State, the perfection of Iowa and the power of Ohio State. And how about those Hoosiers?!
In a move that wasn’t all that shocking, Rutgers fired athletic director Julie Hermann and football coach Kyle Flood on Sunday.
The final Saturday was busy, seeing Michigan State wrap up the East to set up a meeting with Iowa in the Big Ten title game. Get Tom Dienhart's full Week 13 wrap inside.
The Big Ten title game matchup is set: Iowa vs. Michigan State. The stakes: A spot in the second annual College Football Playoff. The surprising and undefeated Hawkeyes are making their first appearance, while the Spartans are preparing for their third title game in the event's five seasons.
Illinois announced today that it is stripping the “interim” tag from Bill Cubit’s title and making him the head coach. Given the uncertainty at a school with an interim president and an interim athletic director, it isn’t a shock that Cubit was retained. This school needs some continuity in the athletic department as it sorts through a trying period. And Cubit provides it in the most critical sport. But here is the rub: Cubit has been given a two-year deal. Two years? That’s it? Typically, coaches work with four- or five-year contracts to help with recruiting. But, some speculate Cubit’s
The dream lives for another week for Iowa. [ MORE: Catch up on all our Week 13 Big Ten football games ] The Hawkeyes’ 28-20 win at Nebraska moved Iowa to 12-0 for the first time in program history. Even better, the East Division champs will arrive in Indianapolis one win from a likely spot in the College Football Playoff. Not bad for a team coming off a 7-6 season that was universally picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten West. But look at sparkly 12-0 Iowa now. Iowa entered the week No. 4
This is one of the most glorious weeks of the year: It’s rivalry week, with eclectic trophies and bragging rights up for grabs. Get Tom Dienhart's best of the week ahead inside.
It’s the final weekend of the regular season. And, a lot is on the line. Michigan State is trying to sew up the East Division, while four teams are fighting to get to win No. 6 and guaranteed bowl eligibility. Oh, and Urban-Jim Bowl I takes place. [ MORE: Week 13 previews | Week 13 scoreboard | Stats | Standings | Latest polls | Polls: Pick Week 13 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Best of Week 13 | Mailbag | Q&A: Greg McMullen | Week 12 award winners | YouTube highlights ] Here are some Week 13
The great Nick Baumgardner has five things to watch in “The Game.” One of them: How much will star Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers play on both sides of the ball? The answer: A lot. Why leave anything in the tank? *** This is interesting: Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been emphasizing recruiting in Ohio. Cleveland.com says Michigan has taken the Notre Dame approach: Grab some guys from the Midwest, then expand nationally by using the school’s brand. There’s a ton of talent in California, Texas and Florida, and Harbaugh certainly has the Urban Meyer-like rock star personality to expand Michigan’s scope. ***