Michigan State still has a good shot to earn a bid to the college football playoff. But its margin for error is slim, according to Mike Griffith of Mlive.com. The offensive line’s run blocking was better than it has been all season against a legit Michigan front seven that entered the game ranked No. 4 in the nation against the run. And defensively, safeties Kurtis Drummond and RJ Williamson were at their best after spotty showings through the first seven games. The bad news: The passing game has sputtered of late, as defenses appear to have a read on the
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Michigan State rolls on, so I am keeping them in the playoffs as a No. 3 seed playing in the Rose Bowl, this week vs. No. 2 Alabama.
The Big Ten office has released statements on the multiple controversial calls in the Ohio State-Penn State game Saturday night. Ohio State won the game 31-24 in double overtime, but before Penn State rallied to force overtime, there were a couple of controversial plays. The first one occurred on a first-quarter Vonn Bell interception that Ohio State turned into a touchdown. The ball appeared to have touched the turf, however the officials could not overturn it because the replay booth was unable to view all available feeds. Then, in the second quarter, Ohio State took a 10-0 lead on a
USAToday.com ranked the top 10 best entrances in college football, and only one Big Ten tradition made the list. What was it? Nebraska’s famed Tunnel Walk, which took the No. 9 spot. The top entrance, according to USAToday.com, is Clemson’s Running Down the Hill. Here’s what USAToday.com said about Nebraska’s entrance: “When “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project — the same entrance music the Chicago Bulls began using during the Michael Jordan era — plays over the speakers at Memorial Stadium, the Huskers sprint out of the tunnel. The new version of the Tunnel Walk includes fireworks. In fact, the
Penn State football coach James Franklin announced Monday that senior safety Ryan Keiser and senior running back Zach Zwinak will miss the remainder of the season with injuries.
The Big Ten office released its Week 9 Big Ten Players of the Week on Monday. See all of the honorees and watch select video highlights inside.
Another Saturday, another loss for Michigan, which fell hard at Michigan State. Give Wolverines coach Brady Hoke credit: He’s taking the blame for the tough season. “I have to do a better job,” Hoke said the loss to MSU dropped him to 0-7 all-time on the road against the Michigan’s rivals. “I’m accountable. That’s how I feel.” Nick Baumgardner notes that Michigan was brutalized in every facet again Saturday afternoon, racking up just 186 yards of total offense while Michigan State rumbled its way to 446. The Wolverines stoked the ire of MSU by planting a stake in the field
From Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela, we’ve all heard stories of people who didn’t let adversity stop them from making a mark on the world. But what qualities, exactly, made them succeed? Was it intellect? Education and mentorship? Hard work? Figuring out the answer in a scientific, measurable and practical way isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible, either. In fact, there’s an actual “science of resilience,” and University of Minnesota child psychology professor Ann Masten is at the vanguard of this growing field. Masten’s specific focus is resilience in children. “The ultimate goal of global resilience science is to prevent
Not much movement this week. One thing remains constant: Michigan State, Ohio State and Nebraska are the best of the bunch. Wisconsin may have a chance to join the “elite” club.