The 2015 college football season just ended, you say? Give us at least a day to digest it all before looking ahead to the 2016 season, you say? [ MORE: Six Big Ten teams land on final AP & Coaches polls ] Not a chance. Not in today’s world, one in which the annual way-too-early polls start being released pretty much as soon as the the national championship game ends. Well, the second annual College Football Playoff National Championship Game was Monday night (it was a great one, too), so the way-too-early polls are out in full force. Check out
By most accounts, Jim Harbaugh’s debut at Michigan was a rousing success. He inherited a 5-7 team and turned it into a 10-3 squad with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl to end the season. The losses all were “quality,” as the Wolverines fell at Utah, vs. Michigan State and vs. Ohio State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] No doubt, this is a program with as much promise as any in the Big Ten, as Harbaugh continues to fold in talent that he has recruited. Most of last year’s key contributors
The second annual College Football Playoff title game was Monday night, with No. 2 Alabama holding off No. 1 Clemson in an absolute thriller. [ MORE: Relive all of the bowl action on our 2015-16 bowl schedule ] With the 2015 season now completely in the rearview mirror, the AP and Coaches polls released their final rankings Tuesday. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in each poll, paced by Ohio State (No. 4 AP/No. 4 Coaches), last season’s national champ. The Buckeyes took care of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-1, the lone loss coming on the
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It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] See both of the experts’ latest mock brackets below. @jppalmCBS No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 play-in team in the East No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 East Tennessee State in the Midwest No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 14 UT-Arlington in the West
Indiana, Iowa and Maryland sit atop the Big Ten standings, all unbeaten in league play. The Hoosiers and Terrapins are 4-0 in Big Ten games, while Iowa is 3-0. Indiana and Maryland have both won nine straight games, while the Hawkeyes have claimed five consecutive wins. Best of all, two of these teams meet this week, with Iowa playing at MSU. It’s gonna be sweet. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ]
So, Jim Harbaugh would like to hold part of spring practice in Florida? Why is this not a shock? This from the guy who conducted satellite camps last summer that caused an uproar. How do you think SEC schools will feel about this? Exactly. *** Good news from Indiana, as Kevin Wilson has inked a six-year deal that will keep him in Bloomington until 2021. Wilson has the program on the rise, taking it to its first bowl since 2007. The next step: winning the school’s first bowl since 1991. *** Michigan State didn’t have Denzel Valentine for four games
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to offer up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Not much changed this week, although Iowa did replace Purdue in the No. 3 spot. Something tells me Iowa fans will appreciate the boost. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Jan. 10 action. See my latest list below. 1. Maryland (15-1, 4-0). The Terps not only possess the most balanced team in
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass announced Monday that head football coach Kevin Wilson has signed a new six-year contract. The agreement runs through the 2021 season and Wilson will earn an average annual compensation of $2.55 million or $15.3 million over six years.
Big Ten football fans saw Indiana wide receiver Simmie Cobbs make plenty of impressive catches in the 2015 season. None of his 60 receptions came shirtless in freezing temperatures and on a snow-filled Memorial Stadium, though. As odd as it sounds, Cobbs did just that Monday afternoon, part of an impromptu practice with Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont and fellow receiver J-Shun Harris. He tweeted video proof, too, which you can watch in the tweet above. If you’re wondering, Diamont tweeted that it was 12 degrees in Bloomington, Indiana. Here’s another video from the practice: