Is Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh getting too much attention? Who will win the Big Ten East? And what’s up with that perceived chip on the shoulder at Michigan State? I get into all of that—and more–in this super terrific mailbag. Why do you continue to be a publicist for Jim Harbaugh? Is he paying you to keep his name alive in your columns? The last time I looked, there were 13 other coaches in this league. Do they do nothing? – David Walimaki OK. I have received several emails along these lines. Seems some in Big Ten Nation are suffering from
It’s the final week of the season. And, even better, it’s rivalry week! Division titles may be on the line, in addition to cool trophies. Front and center on this Saturday: “The Game,” between Ohio State and Michigan. Could the Big Ten East crown be on the line? The Buckeyes have dominated this series of late, going 12-2 since 2001 and winning the last four meetings with a 42-13 triumph last season. The last time Michigan won in Columbus? In 2000, when the Wolverines took a 38-26 decision. This is the best of Week 13. Best game: The Buckeyes need
Mlive.com has a cool look at where Michigan and Michigan State football recruits have come from over the last 10 years. It’s a pretty cool map that shows it. A tidbit for you: The top high school Michigan tapped is Detroit Cass Tech, with 11 players from the talent-rich program. Mark Dantonio’s go-to school is Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati, Ohio, with five signees. *** What’s the next step for Penn State RB Saquon Barkley after he set a school record for rushing yards by a freshman? Keystone Sports has a good podcast that looks at the subject. This guy may
This is the penultimate week of the Big Ten schedule. And the action figures to be at a peak, as all 14 schools will be in action headlined by Ohio State’s visit to Michigan State in what could be a de facto Big Ten East championship game.
NJ.com takes a look at 10 Rutgers players who changed positions this spring. Warning: This is a slide show. Chief among the changes: Julian Pinnix-Odrick has moved back to DE after being a DT. He needs to bring heat off the edge for a d-line that has a lot to prove. *** Got your daily dose of Harbaugh here: Today, he says his Michigan staff is gaining energy as his camp tour rages on. Really? More energy? I’ll have what Jimmy is having. But Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi offers this: “We’re not going to do (that) many,” he said. “I
Another week of full action, with seven games involving all 14 schools. There are six division games. The only one that isn’t—Michigan at Iowa—is the sexiest matchup of them all. Iowa has won four of the last five from Michigan, including the last three in Kinnick Stadium. (Iowa is 6-4 in its last 10 vs. U-M.) The last time the Wolverines won along Melrose Ave. was 2005, a 23-20 decision. These schools haven’t met since 2013. Here is a look at the Best of Week 11. Game of the week: Michigan at Iowa. This game for the Hawkeyes comes on
BTN will televise 17 games the first three weeks, beginning with seven the opening week and starting with the first game of the season: Oregon State at Minnesota on Thursday, Nov. 1 in a Pac-12-Big Ten clash.
This is good to see: Jim Harbaugh and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pushing to get the Michigan-ND series going again. College football needs these teams playing. They’re both also on the same page in terms of reigniting the rivalry between Michigan and Notre Dame, with the goal of it starting the 2018 or 2019 season. “I’ve been on board since the inception,” Harbaugh said at the recent Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Wayne State in Detroit. “It’s something that’s been working on for many months, going on seven, eight, nine months now. There are still some T’s to
Which NBA owner is kicking himself for not drafting Draymond Green in 2012? One outlet gives us a nice update on former Wisconsin standout Chris Borland. Another outlets ranks the "best night game environments" in football, too. Catch up with Thursday's Big Ten news digest.
My Big Ten Mailbag is filling up. So, let’s answer some questions! Who is gonna win the East? Does Michigan have the best fleet of pass catchers in the Big Ten? Are we anointing Jim Harbaugh too quickly? Let’s go!! Who do you think will win the Big Ten East? – Steven Spivey It could be a terrific race, with Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan the favorites. Michigan State is the defending champ, but it has lots of holes to fill—beginning at quarterback. Michigan remains a bit of a work-in-progress, which like MSU needs a new signal-caller. That brings