Good piece from Sam McKewon of Omaha.com, who says the Big Ten is hoping for a better non-conference showing early on in 2015 than it had in 2014. While the Big Ten finished strong last year, it struggled outside the league early in 2014. Remember Sept. 6, when in three high-profile, nationally televised games — Michigan State at Oregon, Michigan at Notre Dame and Virginia Tech at Ohio State — the league took it on the chin with three losses? This year, the Big Ten can score some big credibility points over Labor Day weekend, when there are myriad big
A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).
Yes, football ticket sales are down at Iowa. But A.D. Gary Barta stands by Kirk Ferentz, the Big Ten’s longest-tenured coach. “My response to you is, Kirk Ferentz is a proven and terrific leader, and he’s won at Iowa,” Barta said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “I’ve made it clear that I’m 100 percent behind him and I’m 100 percent behind his staff.“ *** Count Lloyd Carr among the growing legion of Jim Harbaugh fans. Mlive.com notes that schools like OSU, Michigan State and Notre Dame continue to establish strong recruiting roots in the Midwest, but Carr
There’s offense, defense … and special teams, the often overlooked aspect of football. But, special teams can be the narrow difference between winning and losing. Here's a look at the Big Ten East units.
The NBA draft is Thursday. And Jay Bilas thinks Branden Dawson is a second-round pick. Sounds about right. But I wonder: What position will he play? What offensive skills does he possess aside from grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks? *** Sporting News has seven reasons why Michigan-Ohio State meets the hype in 2015—as if you really needed seven reasons. No need to call in Don King. Here is all you need: Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Done. I just hope Meyer and Harbaugh stick around for 10 more years. Please, football gods. Let it happen. *** It didn’t take
The Big Ten West is home to some fine secondaries. And it all begins with a loaded Minnesota defensive backfield that teems with talent and experience.
How good could the Big Ten East be in 2015? Pretty good. Mark Podolski of the News-Herald in Ohio thinks the division may be the best in the nation. The SEC West was college football’s standard bearer. No more. The bottom line is the SEC is in a transition period. After the conference won seven straight BCS national championships — that last in 2012 — it’s been two years since it took home a national crown. Also, the SEC West was 2-4 in last year’s postseason. For those keeping score, the Big Ten East was 5-1 in the postseason. And
This is the last line of defense, the one remaining obstacle between an offense and paydirt, and the Big Ten East figures to feature some very talented defensive backfields.
Who are the Big Ten’s top quarterbacks? Omaha.com, rates the Big Ten signal-callers. Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa ranked the Big Ten’s quarterbacks and talked about potential sleepers, who is due for a breakout season, who just doesn’t have it and more. The league has some nice signal-callers at the top, but it drops pretty quickly. *** Speaking of Nebraska, Omaha.com catches up with Bill Callahan. You remember him, right? He’s now the Redskins offensive line coach. *** Who will be some of the top redshirt freshmen this season? Check out his video from Campus Insiders. Wisconsin’s T.J. Edwards and
There is no linebacking corps in the Big Ten East that can match Ohio State’s unit in the East. But there is a lot to like about some of the linebacking units in the Big Ten West.