Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly, but hope floats as the program looks to continue evolving in Riley’s second year in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2015, it seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a vexing way to lose a game. But the squad finished strong with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise trying 6-7 season that was punctuated by myriad tough losses. The Huskers welcome back lots of talent on both sides of the ball, giving the staff a nice nucleus to work with. But some areas need to develop. Here is Nebraska to-do list for the offseason. 1.
Look at this: Tony Mandarich has complimented and advised Jack Conklin. I guess this is a good thing. I found this very difficult to believe: Conklin became the first MSU offensive lineman selected in the first round since Mandarich was the No. 2 overall pick in 1989. “He’s a great player,” said Mandarich. “Just look at what he did at MSU. He’s a top-tier, top 10 player in the country, and that says a lot. “The only reason I paid attention to the draft this year was because of Conklin.” *** Great read from Omaha.com’s Tom Shatel, who received some
There was huge news around Big Ten country today as BTN announced its 2016 Saturday primetime football schedule.
With spring practice in the books across the country, we continue to inch (slowly, mind you) closer toward the 2016 college football season. [ MORE: Follow @slmandel on Twitter ] It’s still three-plus months away, if you’re wondering, but you wouldn’t know it by the way-too-early top 25 polls, which actually started to come out immediately following the national championship game. Anyway, FOXSports.com’s Stewart Mandel released his early top 25 Monday, and it includes four Big Ten teams. Check out where Mandel places the Big Ten and get one sentence of his analysis below. 5. Michigan – Jim Harbaugh’s second
What can Iowa do for an encore to last year’s stunning success? The Hawkeyes raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing their final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title tilt and the Rose Bowl. It will be difficult to top that this fall, but the schedule is built for success a season after having another favorable schedule. Here is a breakdown of Iowa’s 2016 schedule. Toughest non-conference game: vs. North Dakota State, Sept. 17. The battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy always is a humdinger. The proof: Kirk Ferentz is just 8-9 vs. the
Of the 10 games, seven feature teams that finished ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll, including a pair of games for 2015 Big Ten title game participants Iowa and Michigan State. View our full primetime slate inside.
The Tracy Claeys era has begun. And, change is brewing … it has been for several months. The program is on solid footing, having been to a bowl each of the last four seasons. But the staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach on board. There is momentum coming off a bowl win that capped a disappointing 6-7 season, but this shapes up as an interesting and critical season for the program under Claey’s stewardship. While the offense—which ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in scoring (22.5 ppg), 11th in rushing (144.1
Is Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner a first-round pick? “Leidner shows some upside as a passer, but I’ll be looking to see if he can improve his accuracy (59.5 completion rate and 14/11 TD/INT ratio in 2015),” ESPN Todd McShay writes in an early look at the 2017 draft, tabbing Leidner the 25th pick in the draft. “Listed at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, Leidner has ideal size and has shown the ability to make plays with his legs off designed runs and scrambles. He’s a late riser to keep an eye on, similar to Blake Bortles and Carson Wentz.” I still
#LaxCapitalOfTheWorld pic.twitter.com/yYlIYezdDN — Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) May 9, 2016 Johns Hopkins and Maryland were selected to the 2016 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, as announced on the NCAA Selection Show Sunday night. The Blue Jays will face fifth-seeded Brown on Saturday, May 14, while the top-seeded Terrapins will host the Quinnipiac/Hartford winner on Sunday, May 15. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket ] Johns Hopkins earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament after finishing the regular season with an 8-6 record, including a 3-2 mark in Big Ten play. The Blue Jays will face off against Brown next Saturday
Take a moment and picture in your mind a college biology laboratory… Did you envision a crossbow shooting arrows into ballistics gelatin? Probably not. However, that was the recent setup for Philip Anderson, assistant professor of animal biology at the University of Illinois. Anderson — along with researchers Jeffrey LaCosse from Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, N.C., and Mark Pankow of North Carolina State University — studied how various creatures in the wild use their fangs, claws, tentacles and other appendages to puncture animals and materials for food and survival. The subject matter may seem bizarre to the