Not only did Sports Illustrated put Ohio State on one of its four regional college football covers, it ranked the reigning national champ No. 1 in its preseason top 25 poll. The Buckeyes, who also topped the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, beat out Auburn for the top spot in the poll, released Wednesday. TCU, Notre Dame and Alabama round out the top 5. Michigan State lands at No. 7, and Wisconsin at No. 24 to account for the publication’s ranked Big Ten teams. Here’s what SI has to say about the Big Ten teams: OHIO STATE The nation’s knottiest quarterback
Win the national championship, and you’re going to grace a lot of magazine covers. [ MORE: Watch Ohio State dummy prank | Watch Ohio State trash can prank ] Sports Illustrated announced Wednesday morning that Ohio State, the victor of the inaugural College Football Playoff, is featured on one of its four regional college football preview covers. The cover features linebacker Joshua Perry, defensive end Joey Bosa and Brutus Buckeye. Oh, and the College Football Playoff trophy. The other covers, for those wondering? Those would Mississippi State (Dak Prescott), Notre Dame (Jaylon Smith & Ronnie Stanley) and TCU (Trevone Boykin).
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Mason Monheim is a tackling machine, one of the conference’s more unheralded defensive players. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo ] The Illinois linebacker has totaled 208 tackles over the last two seasons, including 111 in 2014. That’s strong. But he’s also known for the awesome act he did last year during fall camp in Rantoul. Seriously, check out that link. I caught up with Monheim during media days in Chicago and asked him to finish the following seven sentences. The first
Where’s Jim Harbaugh? Did you see him? Did you hear what he said? And so it went at Big Ten media days last week. Everyone with a pen and notebook was on the lookout for the new Michigan coach. Heck, we tracked the guy’s day! Harbaugh didn’t disappoint in Chicago. He charmed. He transfixed. He mesmerized. The kooky Harbaugh had them eating out of his hand—just as he had since being hired in late December. Harbaugh’s arrival offers hope for a Wolverines program looking to regain its national rep. How bad has it been? Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten
It can be a prickly subject: Should prospects who have verbally committed be allowed to take visits elsewhere? All coaches have their own policy. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com has an in-depth look at the subject and how Big Ten programs handle the situation. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio recently pulled an offer from a kid who was committed but still visited OSU. I mean, if a kid has verbally committed to you, why should he keep taking visits? *** The great Pat Forde of Yahoo! is out with his “Most Intriguing” lists of 2015. Up first: The 25 most intriguing coaches.
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The Ohio State football team is up to more fun, once again proving life is better as national champions. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] A week after quarterback intern coach Mike Hartline perfectly executed the dummy prank in the team facility, the Buckeyes went with the locker room trash can prank. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Someone hid in a trash can, right outside the shower, and popped out to scare players, most dressed in towels, who were on their way to clean up. Not a bad sequel. What could the
First look at the home white uniforms that the #B1GCats will wear during the upcoming 2015-16 season. #PoundTheRock #Northwestern #underarmour A photo posted by Northwestern Basketball (@numensbball) on Aug 4, 2015 at 9:12am PDT The Northwestern men’s basketball team will have new uniforms for the 2015-16 season, the team announced Tuesday. [ MORE: Get all of the latest Big Ten uniform news ] Under Armour is updating the Wildcats’ design for the first time since completely overhauling the team’s uniforms prior to the 2012-13 season, its first as the team’s outfitter. The makeover is a subtle one, with the biggest
Impersonations are great. Know what makes them even greater, funnier? When the impersonator knows the subject. [ MORE: Get to know Jordan Lucas | Get to know Drew Ott ] Big Ten stars Joshua Perry, James Ross and Jordan Lucas did impersonations of their respective coaches for ESPN at media days in Chicago. See it in the video embedded in the tweet above. Perry’s impersonation of Urban Meyer has to be the best. Nice work, Joshua! Perry also did a great job speaking on behalf of the players at media days: