The injuries on the Michigan State offensive line are mounting. And, it’s not a good thing, says Mike Griffith of Mlive.com. When the Spartans line up vs. Purdue, they will be missing two starters. That hasn’t happened since a 7-6 season in 2012. Tackles Jack Conklin, a flat-out stud, and Kodi Kieler will be MIA. Sophomore Dennis Finley will man left tackle with Conklin out. Donavon Clark is the right tackle with Benny McGown at right guard, typically Clark’s spot. O-line coach Mark Staten will have these guys ready. Trust me. *** I had a reader remind me this week
When it comes to wild, out-of-the-norm uniform designs in the Big Ten, Maryland tops the list. It looks like the Terps will have another new design this weekend, and as you would expect, it’s loud! The Terrapins, who will host Michigan at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night at Byrd Stadium, will be sporting hand-painted “Black Ops” helmets, as well as alternate black-on-black uniforms. Take a look at the video Maryland Football’s official Twitter account, @MarylandPride, tweeted out today. Here is a photo tweeted out by Maryland’s Assistant Director of Social Media and Branding. Personally, I think these new-look helmets are
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
Here we go, Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday. To review: We collect our favorite animated moments from the past football weekend and conveniently display them in one spot.
From Tom Brady's historic day to Brian Hartline's highlight catch, former Big Ten stars produced several highlights in Week 3 NFL action. See the top highlights, via @NFL, inside.
You send me emails. I answer emails—if they are good ones. Pretty simple. So, let’s enjoy another round of Big Ten Mailbag, the best part of every week. As a bonus: There even is a Vinnie Barbarino reference in this week’s bag ‘o’ mail. How lucky are you?
Sunday was a special day for former Big Ten stars and longtime friends Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes. [ MORE: Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Five months after the Kenosha, Wisconsin, natives were selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft (Waynes, No. 11; Gordon, No. 15), Gordon’s San Diego Chargers visited Waynes’ Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 NFL action. Following Minnesota’s 31-14 victory, in an expected move, Gordon and Waynes did the popular jersey swap on the field. See the picture of it in the tweet above. As for how the former
The Big Ten is filled with some surprising storylines. And one of the best is Indiana, which is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1990 as it aims for the program’s first bowl since 2007 and just its second since 1993.
The great Lee Barfknect of Omaha.com nails it in this piece when he says the Big Ten West race is a pick ‘em—but it soon may settle. This week alone should bring some clarity, with Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. *** No. 1 Ohio State comes to 4-0 Indiana this Saturday for one of the biggest games in Bloomington in years. And I mean … years! It’s an honest-to-goodness big game in Bloomington. Could the Hoosiers maybe … *** Kyle Austin of Mlive.com takes a look at some key numbers for Michigan State. And his work reveals that
J.J. Watt isn’t all that different from other guys his age. [ MORE: Watch ex-Big Ten stars’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Turns out, the former Wisconsin star and current all-world NFL defensive end is a “Saved by the Bell” and Kelly Kapowski fan, too. Watt posted a picture to Twitter of him and Mario Lopez, aka “Slater,” following Houston’s 19-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; the text of the tweet read: “Bayside must have had a BYE week. #WhereIsKellyKapowski” Unlike other fans, Watt received a prompt response from Tiffani Amber-Thiessen. Here it is: @justinjames99 I heard you