The winged helmet wins out. After weeks of voting, BTN.com readers selected Michigan’s iconic lid as the champion of the 2013 Big Ten Helmet Bracket. The Wolverines obliterated tourney darling and Leaders Division champ Indiana, 78%-22%, to record their second BTN.com aesthetic competition in as many summers. Last year, Michigan took our uniform bracket.
Often, the most popular player on campus is the backup quarterback. The guy holding the clipboard and wearing a baseball cap typically is perceived as being the answer to every struggling offense. On that note, here’s my ranking of the Big Ten backup quarterback situations.
Iowa’s Hawk Truck is used to transporting equipment to away games across the country. Recently, it hit the road filled with beds, food and other everyday supplies. Why? Because Kirk Ferentz and company wanted to lend a helping hand to those affected by the tornadoes in Moore, Okla.
If we had told you prior to last season that Matt McGloin, Taylor Martinez, Robert Marve, Braxton Miller and Cam Coffman would finish 1-5 in touchdown passes, you would have thought we were crazy. Point is, at this time of year, it’s difficult to predict a category like this.
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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart compiled his thoughts to a host of recent Big Ten tweets that caught his attention. See all the tweets and Dienhart’s reaction in this post.
Phil Steele released his 2013 Preseason All-American Team, and the Big Ten featured 15 representatives, including three first-team honorees (Taylor Lewan, Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby). The Big Ten’s 15 players rank fifth among all conferences, one behind the Big 12. To no surprise, the SEC’s 27 honorees led the way. See Steele’s Big Ten preseason All-Americans in this post.
The struggles of the Michigan State offense in 2012 are well-documented. Aside from sticking the ball in the gut of running back Le’Veon Bell, nothing else worked with much consistency. In particular, the play of quarterback Andrew Maxwell came under scrutiny. That caused some to wonder if he’d keep his job. Well, repeat after MSU coach Mark Dantonio: There is no quarterback question. Nope. Dantonio says Maxwell is the guy—for now, at least.