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Phil Steele released his 2012 Midseason All-American Teams on Wednesday, and all things considered, the Big Ten was represented pretty well. In all, there were 14 honorees, including two first-team players and four second-team players. See all of Steele’s Big Ten standouts in this post.
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Gene Smith and Ohio State aren’t messing around. The Buckeyes said they wanted to schedule top nonconference teams in future seasons, and they’re doing just that. A week after announcing a home-and-home series with TCU, Ohio State announced Wednesday a home-and-home with Texas.
A week ago I asked, where are the upsets in Big Ten volleyball? For a conference with parity from top to bottom it had been an almost as expected start to 2012. Week 3 put that thought to shambles, as one shocking upset and several near misses gave Big Ten volleyball fans the most baffling weekend of the season thus far.
Former Iowa Hawkeye defensive lineman and first-round NFL draft pick Alex Karras died Wednesday morning at the age of 77. Karras had recently suffered from kidney failure. While at Iowa, Karras finished in the top three in Heisman voting as a defensive tackle in 1957 and also won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top lineman.
In today’s Big Ten Links, we’ve pulled together a number of stories, including a look at the possibilities for Penn State for the rest of the season. Penn State is 4-2. And few—if any—envisioned that. Now, with six games to go, it’s time to dream big in State College, Pa. Or, is it? Also, learn more about another player named Watt at Wisconsin, the youth movement at Minnesota, Ohio State tight ends, and running quarterbacks in the Big Ten.
If you missed the season debut of “The Journey 2012” last week, you can catch the entire episode on BTN2Go. This week’s episode airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET and our crew covers several interesting developing stories. For right now, see two bonus highlight clips in this post from twp key games last weekend.
Like all quarterbacks, Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell watches his share of game film. He’s taken in plenty on Iowa, this week’s opponent, and on Tuesday’s “#BTNLive,” host Dave Revsine asked him what he’s seen. Maxwell’s thoughts: “Iowa’s interesting to watch on film, because they don’t do many things, but what they do do they do very well.” The junior also showed a strong knowledge of Iowa’s defensive philosophy and recent lineage.