Jim Tressel is back in football. The Indianapolis Colts hired the former Ohio State head football coach as a gameday consultant, Colts coach Jim Caldwell announced during a conference call Friday. Tressel’s main role will consist of helping the team determine when it should challenge plays. Read more about the hire here.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Sure, the conference added a team. True, we now have divisional play and a championship game. Yes, some long-tenured coaches are gone. But you can always count on the “Big Ten Numbers” – back for a fifth season. With no further ado (for no other reason than, in the first week of the season, I’m a little too busy for much in the way of ado), let’s get to them.
This season, BTN rolls out a new show called Step Into My Office, as Mike Hall sits down with football coaches for some really interesting chats. Catch the series debut right now on BTN. Mike passes along this bonus clip and a quick story in expectation of the first “Step Into My Office” with Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio.
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Russell Wilson lived up to the hype and made all the offseason talk about him seem worthwhile. The much-talked-about former North Carolina State star led the Badgers on six scoring drives in the first half, including five touchdowns, en route to an easy 51-17 victory over UNLV on Thursday night at Camp Randall Stadium. Wilson did it with his arm (255 yards, 2 TDs) and his legs (62 yards, 1 TD), while Montee Ball scored four touchdowns for the third straight regular-season game, dating back to last year, and added 130 total yards. Read the recap, scroll through the box score, and bookmark our brand new B1G football scoreboard.
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa appeared atop the Wildcats’ depth chart when it was released late last week. But two days before the opener at Boston College, the school’s pregame injury report lists the star as questionable. In other words, Persa might not be physically ready to play in Week 1 as a result of last year’s season-ending Achilles’ injury. Persa and head coach Pat Fitzgerald spent much of the offseason saying the Achilles was good and that Persa would be ready to start the season. That could be the case, although this report indicates he could use another week, if not more.
Wisconsin jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 51-17 win over UNLV on Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium.
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First impressions are everything. That said, Wisconsin fans must be loving Russell Wilson right now. The former North Carolina State star and much-talked-about player led Wisconsin on a seven-play, 65-yard scoring drive — capped by a touchdown pass to Montee Ball — on its first possession tonight against UNLV. That was just the beginning, though, as the Badgers also scored TDs on their next five drives. It should come as no surprise, considering the opponent and the fact Wilson accounted for 93 TDs in his three years at North Carolina State. Track the UNLV-Wisconsin game.