My Big Ten Mailbag is filling up. So, let’s answer some questions! Who is gonna win the East? Does Michigan have the best fleet of pass catchers in the Big Ten? Are we anointing Jim Harbaugh too quickly? Let’s go!! Who do you think will win the Big Ten East? – Steven Spivey It could be a terrific race, with Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan the favorites. Michigan State is the defending champ, but it has lots of holes to fill—beginning at quarterback. Michigan remains a bit of a work-in-progress, which like MSU needs a new signal-caller. That brings
All 14 Big Ten teams are in action on the first Saturday in November. And, no doubt, a big focus will be on Columbus, Ohio, where Nebraska travels to play Ohio State. This is the month championship teams make a push. Who’s gonna step up? The Cornhuskers haven’t played the Buckeyes since 2012, with OSU taking a 63-38 win in Columbus. NU won the other meeting vs. Ohio State as a Big Ten school, taking a 34-27decision in 2011 in Lincoln. Here is a look at the Best of Week 10. Game of the week: Nebraska at Ohio State. Going
Let’s get things going with something simple and informative: A video from Campus Insiders ranks the Top Three Big Ten QBs. My top three, you ask? 1. J.T. Barrett; 2. C.J. Beathard; 3. Tommy Armstrong. Pretty simple. Sorry, Mitch Leidner. *** SaturdayTradition.com ranked the Big Ten coaches. Pretty predictable stuff. *** I promised you a Jim Harbaugh link each day. And, I continue to deliver. The latest: Captain Jim says the NCAA is making rules up as it goes along. Michigan is prohibited, by NCAA rule, from publicizing its appearances at camps. Per the Baltimore Sun’s Jake Lourim, Harbaugh said:
ESPN Senior Writer Mark Schlabach released his college football "Way Too Early Top 25" rankings today.
If Nebraska is going to have a banner season, it will have to navigate a challenging non-conference slate that is highlighted by a visit from Oregon. Conversely, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell catches a break by not having much heavy lifting out of conference. Here is a ranking of the non-league schedules of the Big Ten West schools, from toughest to easiest. 1. Nebraska. The visit from Wyoming, led by former Husker player and assistant Craig Bohl, on Sept. 10 in the second game of the season should be a breeze. Bohl has gone just 6-18 in two seasons in Laramie. The
The Big Ten announced on Thursday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2015-16 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.
Welcome to Week 9, which has a couple of hefty matchups with Michigan at Michigan State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. And, Northwestern’s trip to Ohio State could be compelling, too. This could be a season-defining Saturday, which features six games. Two schools are off: Iowa and Rutgers. Here is a look at the Best of Week 9. Game of the week: It doesn’t get much better than Michigan-Michigan State. If the Spartans want to repeat as East champs, they need to dispatch hated rival (and fast-rising) Michigan when the Wolverines visit East Lansing. The Spartans are 7-1 in the last
When it comes to spending money for recruiting, Nebraska does a pretty good job. Check it out, as Omaha.com lays it out. Nebraska once again outpaced the rest of the Big Ten in recruiting expenditures, spending $3,467,277 from 2012-2015 and $991,818 in the 2015 according to a league-wide analysis by the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette’s Scott Dochterman. Penn State was only other Big Ten team to spend over $3 million in the last four years. *** No shock here: Denzel Valentine was named Michigan State’s male athlete of the year. In my mind, the guy is one of the all-time
Today, Ohio State announced it will wear an alternate uniform during a game this season in honor of its first three-time All-American, who led the school to its first football conference championship in 1916.
With the Big Ten playing nine league games for the first time since 1984, there are fewer non-conference tilts with each school playing just three. So, the number of marquee out-of-conference games has been trimmed. Still, there are some intriguing matchups. Here is a ranking of the non-league schedules of the Big Ten East schools, from toughest to easiest. 1. Ohio State. The game at Oklahoma on Sept. 17 should be a doozy and one of the best non-con games in the nation. Each school has national title hopes. And each school has a Heisman-contending QB, with J.T. Barrett facing