On one hand, he’s often the most popular player on campus. On the other hand, you may not even know his name. He’s the backup quarterback. If he’s pressed into duty, it usually means one of two things: 1. The starter got hurt. 2. The starter was, ahem, ineffective. Knowing all this, it’s time for you to get to know your school’s No. 2 signal-caller. Here’s is how I rank ‘em.
Jerry Kill enters his second year as Minnesota’s head football coach and the challenges of the 2012 season are clear. What is one must-win game? When could the Gophers possibly pull off an upset? What could be the bumpiest stretch for Kill and Company? I lay it out here in my latest team-specific schedule analysis.
The Big Ten Baseball Tournament right around the corner, which means the NCAA baseball tourney isn’t far away either. A number of sites are rolling out their tourney projections, including PerfectGame.org. Writer Kendall Roger has Purdue winning the Big Ten’s automatic bid as the No. 1 seed in the Gary Regional, one of sixteen regional brackets in the 64-team tournament. By the way, we featured Purdue’s baseball team earlier this season so you can get to know the squad by watching the video in this post.
Michigan unveiled plans for new men’s hockey uniforms for the blue and maize jerseys, and they have a little something old and a little something new. Note that the white jersey will remain unchanged. It’s a move to honor some of the great Michigan teams of the past. As the release notes, “fans will recognize Michigan’s redesigned maize jersey as the same uniform that the Wolverines wore in the “Big Chill at the Big House” outdoor game vs. Michigan State.” See the video from that game in this post to refresh your memory. You can also see the new jerseys over at MGoBlue.com, where they launched a full photo gallery of the uniforms, too.
Should computers have anything to do with college football rankings? Who cracked the post-spring football rankings? Our colleagues at ESPN.com are posing a buzz-worthy question about the next Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten – for now. Is it William Gholston? John Simon? Gerald Hodges? Someone else?
Michigan State’s 2012 football schedule is an interesting one, partly because of what happens right from the start. And you can be sure there is a very rugged three-game stretch in the second half of their season. This post on the Spartans is just the latest in my series analyzing the upcoming schedules by Big Ten school. Have a look at my previous posts, and I’ll have the rest of them rolled out in the coming days.
Danny Hope admits that this is his best team at Purdue. He enters his fourth season in West Lafayette with a 16-21 record (10-14 Big Ten) after first arriving from Eastern Kentucky as Purdue’s head-coach-in-waiting in 2008 under Joe Tiller. Hope assumed command in 2009 and guided Purdue to its first bowl since 2007 last season, when the Boilers downed Western Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl.