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The 2000s saw plenty of great players in the Big Ten. One, in fact, won the Heisman: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (2006), who arguably is the top player from the 2000s. Over the next couple days, I’m going to take a look at the best of the best in the Big Ten since the calendar flipped to 2000. First up: Offense.
I attended a clinic for officials in the Big Ten, MAC and MVC last weekend in the Chicago area. During one part of the clinic, Big Ten director of officials Bill Carollo gave attendees an exam to complete. Here is a copy (with the answers) of the exam I received. Take a look at the questions—and feel free to test the college football rules knowledge of your friends and family.
What does one give Thad Matta as a birthday present? Gum, if you’re looking for a cheap gift that you know he’ll love and use. The Buckeye Nuthouse, the team’s official student section, sent Matta a season’s supply of Juicy Fruit for his 46th birthday last week.
Nebraska installed new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium this offseason, and all reports indicate it looks terrific. The new surface also will include a nod to former legendary coach and athletic director Tom Osborne. This fall, the Huskers are putting “Tom Osborne Field” on the white edges of the east and west sidelines.
The BTN Big 10K and 5K run/walk just got super-sized. More than 12,000 runners have already signed up for the second-annual event, more than double the amount of runners who participated last year. The race is set for Saturday, July 27, and will be televised on BTN at 8 p.m. ET that night.
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Typically, a team will go only as far as its quarterback takes it. Well, listen up, Nebraska fans: Sam McKewon of Omaha.com has ranked the Huskers’ quarterback opponents. This is a fun exercise that you may want to do with your favorite team, as it may give you a good idea on how many victories to expect.