The Lansing State Journal is counting down the Top 50 Michigan State football players in history. No. 50: Denicos Allen. *** No shock here: Michigan expects an eight-year high in season ticket sales this season. Having seen season ticket sales drop in recent years, Michigan is rebounding thanks mostly to the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and a 2015 schedule featuring home games against both Michigan State and Ohio State. “We had to get the revenue moving line back up,” Hackett said. “One of our core strategies was getting a special football coach.” *** Good story from Sam McKewon of Omaha.com
The linebacking corps in the Big Ten East are measured by Ohio State’s unit, which teems with athletic ability and talent. Is young Buckeye Darron Lee the top linebacker in the Big Ten? Maybe.
This is one of the most glorious Saturdays of the year. It’s rivalry week, with eclectic trophies up for grabs—and maybe some division titles and bowl bids.
Steph Curry is all the rage. Why not? He is the NBA MVP who just led Golden State to the NBA title. But not long ago, he was bottled up by Purdue and Chris Kramer. Remember? Back in Dec. 2008? *** With Steve Kerr leading Golden State to the NBA title in his first season, Mike Huguenin of NFL.com got to wondering what first-year college coaches will have the most success in 2015. Three Big Ten coaches make the list: Jim Harbaugh, Mike Riley and Paul Chryst. Who do you think will have the most success this season? *** Looks
Big Ten West can’t match the star power and proven ability of its East Division counterpart. But there still is plenty of talent—and potential. And it all begins with a monster tackle tandem at Nebraska.
Welcome to the penultimate Saturday of the regular season. And, it’s a Saturday filled with some big games, none bigger than Michigan State's visit to Ohio State.
Wanna generate a good debate? Try coming up with the five best running backs in Penn State history. Lions247.com took a stab at it. No. 1 on the list: Curt Warner. Guys like Larry Johnson, Curtis Enis and Franco Harris didn’t make the cut. Shows you how deep the talent has been at this position over the years. *** Add Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen (yawn) to the growing list of critics (yawn) of Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camps (yawn). “I’m a bigger fan of (camps held on a school’s own campus),” Mullen said, adding that in his camps at Mississippi State,
The Big Ten East has some strong defensive lines. And none is stronger than Michigan State’s front, led by end Shilique Calhoun. Ohio State has perhaps the Big Ten’s best player on its line in end Joey Bosa.
The battle for Floyd of Rosedale is the highlight of this week, as Minnesota takes on Iowa for the iconic bronze pig bauble. See my early look at Week 11 and game rankings inside.
Possible big doings here: According to a report released last week, the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) will vote soon on the proposal of early football signing period. The start date for the proposed change is Dec. 16, and it will last for three days, if the vote passes. The addition would be up for review in two years, allowing the CCA a large enough sample to test the efficiencies of the amendment. I, for one, hope this passes. But, the “elite” schools don’t want an early signing period so they can poach commitments from lesser programs late in the recruiting