The Big Ten put the finishing touches on spring football over the weekend with Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin playing games. Here are some things I learned.
When it comes to NFL quarterback production, the Big Ten has lagged. [ MORE: Get all of our NFL draft coverage ] How bad has it been? The league hasn’t had a signal-caller taken in the first round since Penn State’s Kerry Collins was tabbed by the Panthers in 1995 with the No. 5 pick. Many feel current Penn State rising junior Christian Hackenberg will end that drought when he comes out for the draft. No Big Ten quarterbacks figure to be drafted this year. Rutgers’ Gary Nova may be the league’s best hope. Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian also is gaining
And, that's a wrap. Saturday featured the Big Ten's last three spring football games of the year. Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin were in action on the final Saturday of the Big Ten spring season.
Coming off a season that saw Ohio State take home the national championship, the highlight of a successful 2014 bowl season, the Big Ten is not slowing down this spring season.
When it comes to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are the two biggest names in the game. So, what better than a head-to-head mock draft with the two ESPN NFL gurus? [ MORE: Where could Big Ten’s top prospects call home? ] That’s exactly what happened as McShay and Kiper recently got together and took part in a mock draft where they alternated picks, with no trades allowed. A total of 15 Big Ten players were selected in this three-round mock draft, highlighted by five selections in the first round. Iowa’s Brandon Scherff was the
The Big Ten has had its share of quality tight ends in recent years. And the NFL has taken notice.
Big Ten schools on Thursday announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. Minnesota and Ohio State lead the way with three night games on those networks, while Michigan State boasts a pair of primetime matchups. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers will each take part in one night contest on those networks. The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two primetime games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Minnesota hosts TCU to kick off the season at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Michigan State faces
There must be a few Iowa fans among the construction crew renovating the sound end zone at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium. [ MORE: Read more about the stadium’s renovation at cyclones.com ] How else can one explain the “Iowa” going up before the “State” on the outside of the stadium (see above)? Sure, the letters need to be centered and we’re trained to do all things letter-related left to right, but it’s a little interesting that the “Iowa” was State-less for as long as it was on Iowa State’s stadium. (Just look at the timestamps of the tweet above
The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching, which means teams are finalizing their boards as the big day nears. Every NFL organization has a need somewhere, and that is what makes the draft such a fun event.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has laid out his plan for freshman ineligibility. In a 12-page letter titled “Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us” and sent to media members Friday, Delany reiterated why he believes a so-called year of readiness would be beneficial at this “critical moment in the evolution of intercollegiate athletics.” The letter is not a proposal, he wrote. He did, however, lay out a plan to raise scholarship limits in FBS football and Division I men’s basketball and add scholarships in women’s sports to stay compliant with Title IX. Under