It’s hot … it’s late July … let’s do a mailbag to cool down! The football questions are coming hard and fast. Should I have ranked Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers among the Big Ten’s top 10 linebackers? Can Iowa start 12-0 again? What is Minnesota missing from getting over the hump? I look at those questions … and more below. If you’re going to hand out honors, they should go to players who have numbers that support their inclusion. For that reason, Jabrill Peppers, no matter how special a talent he is, shouldn’t be on your ranking of top 10 Big
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Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season continues with players 60-41. Earlier this week, we looked at 100-81 and 80-61. View the third installment of our five-part series. 60. QB Wes Lunt, Illinois. Lunt enters his third season as the starting quarterback, and, if he can stay upright and healthy, he should have a big season in 2016. 59. WR Ricky Jones, Indiana. Whoever is throwing passes Jones’ way will boast one of the Big Ten’s premier receiving trio, as the senior-to-be joins Simmie Cobbs and Mitchell Paige to headline Indiana’s passing game. 58.
Is there a better defensive back in the nation than Iowa’s Desmond King, the reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner? Probably not. He emerged last year as a special talent for a Hawkeye defense that helped the program race to a school-record 12-0 start en route to winning the Big Ten West and earning the school’s first Rose Bowl bid since the 1990 season. [ MORE: Top 7 quarterbacks | Top 10 wide receivers | Top 10 running backs | Top 10 offensive linemen | Top 10 defensive linemen | Top 10 linebackers | Full unit rankings ] King is so talented,
First images of Michigan-Jordan merchandise being released today. Partnership starts 8/1 for football & basketball pic.twitter.com/8Cop0wBHhy — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016 How excited are Michigan fans for the school’s official deal with Nike/Jordan brand? Simple answer: VERY excited! Nike is set to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider beginning on Aug. 1. Images of the new Nike and Jordan-themed Michigan apparel are starting to trickle out. Check out the photo at the top of the post. Michigan’s football and basketball programs will be outfitted by “Jumpman” Jordan Brand gear, while all other Michigan sports
Every schedule has one—a must-win game. Look. You’ll find one. It’s a game that you feel your school MUST WIN if it wants to have a successful season. It can’t slip up. Victory must be accomplished. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s 2016 Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip ] Well, I perused each 2016 Big Ten schedule. And here is my “must win” game for each school. Illinois: vs. Purdue. If the Fighting Illini want any shot at a bowl game, they must win their Big Ten opener on Oct. 8. Big Ten victories will be difficult to come by. And
Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season continues with players 80-61. If you missed it Tuesday, here’s our list of 100-81. View the second installment of our five-part series below. 80. P Cam Johnston, Ohio State. The Aussie was No. 2 in the Big Ten in punting in 2015, averaging 43.9 yards on 58 boots. He’s a nice weapon to have when the offense bogs down. 79. LB Nyeem Wartman-White, Penn State. Wartman-White is fully recovered from last year’s season-ending knee injury, and, assuming he regains his starting role in the middle, he should be
With Bri’onte Dunn getting the boot from Ohio State, Mike Weber has a clear path to No. 1 running back status. Weber figured to win the job at some point this season. But now, with Dunn gone, Weber is the clear No. 1 back from the start of camp. He is supposed to be a stud. We shall see as works behind a line with three new starters. The No. 2 back could be true freshman Antonio Williams. Dontre Wilson and Curtis Samuel also could get carries. And J.T. Barrett may run more, too. *** Don’t be shocked if Penn
It’s getting closer, Big Ten fans. In fact, kickoff is a little more than a month away. To help pass some of the time before Minnesota opens the Big Ten slate vs. Oregon State and former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen on Thursday, Sept. 1, BTN.com decided to release its top 100 players entering 2016. We’re breaking this countdown into five parts: 100-81 (today); 80-61 (Wednesday); 60-41 (Thursday); 40-21 (Friday); 20-1 (Monday). View the first installment below. 100. K Michael Geiger, Michigan State. One of the top returning kickers in the Big Ten, Geiger is known for his game-winning kick against
One of the nation's elite linebackers, most college football fans are aware of Northwestern All-American Anthony Walker. For those unaware of him, Northwestern is making sure to keep one of its best defensive players ever on everyone's mind.