LeBron James is heading home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. This will go down as the biggest decision of the 2014 sports year. This got us thinking, what were the biggest decisions made in the Big Ten this past year? Here is a list of our top Big Ten decisions of the past year. Adding Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Just 11 days ago, Maryland and Rutgers officially became the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten conference. It marked a historic day for the nation’s oldest conference. Check out all of our Maryland and
Who will be the most dominant college football team in the Big Ten over the next three seasons? Our friends over at ESPN recently took an in-depth look at that in their latest Future Power Rankings. A five-man panel, which consisted of Travis Haney, Brad Edwards, Brock Huard, Tom Luginbill and Mark Schlabach, provided 1-10 ratings in five different categories, including coaching, talent, recruiting, title and power. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason positions rankings ] Here is a look at what Big Ten teams appear on the list. 3. OHIO STATE Coaching: 9.2/10 Talent: 8.6/10 Recruiting: 9.2/10 Title: 8.2/10
He’s often one of the most popular men on campus. Fans often clamor to see him buckle his chinstrap and trot onto the field: He’s the backup quarterback. When an offense is struggling, the No. 2 signal-caller is a favorite. Who is your school’s backup quarterback? How confident should you be in him? Get my ranking in this post. [ MORE: View all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason position rankings ] 1. Illinois. With Nathan Scheelhaase gone, the starting job is up for grabs in Champaign. Oklahoma State sophomore transfer Wes Lunt, senior Reilly O’Toole and athletic sophomore Aaron Bailey are
If you enjoyed last season’s Big Ten title game – who didn’t?! – you’ll want to leave the night of Nov. 8 open. That’s because the Big Ten announced Thursday that Michigan State will host Ohio State under the lights (8 ET) for the first time in a rematch of last season’s memorable clash at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ MORE: View our Michigan State homepage | Ohio State homepage ] The Spartans won the game, 34-24, on their way to claiming the Rose Bowl title, the program’s first since taking the 1988 game. As a result of Thursday’s announcement, Michigan
The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 28-29 at the Hilton Chicago. The 43rd annual event will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten and will feature 20 returning all-conference selections and all 14 head coaches. Nebraska star running back Ameer Abdullah will speak on behalf of the players at the Kickoff Luncheon. EAST DIVISION INDIANA David Cooper, Sr., LB Nate Sudfeld, Jr., QB Shane Wynn, Sr., WR* *** MARYLAND C.J. Brown,
@ESPNCFB made Michigan State fans’ day Wednesday afternoon, all with one tweet. The handle tweeted a graphic that broke down Michigan State and instate rival Michigan’s success since 2008. This was the text that accompanied the tweet: “Has Michigan State passed Michigan as the top CFB program in the Great Lakes State?” [ MORE: Spartans top defensive back unit rankings | Special teams, too ] As you can see above, the Spartans, or “Little Brother,” as former Michigan star RB Mike Hart dubbed them, has had the upper-hand the past six seasons; they’ve also gone 5-1 in the series, the
Specials teams are often the overlooked area of teams, but they’re the essential third component that can make or break a game or a season. That big return, booming punt that flips the field or clutch last-second field goal often looms large in any game. Here’s a look at the Big Ten special teams units. [ MORE: Five B1G stars named to Lou Groza or Ray Award watch lists ] 1. Michigan State. The Spartans are sitting pretty with punter Mike Sadler and kicker Michael Geiger. Sadler has deft touch, pacing the nation in punts downed inside the 10-yard line.
This is an interesting revelation from Michigan’s Brady Hoke, who says new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will work from the sideline and not the press box during his maiden voyage calling plays. Nussmeier predecessor Al Borges worked from the box, where most O.C.s tend to operate. Oh, in case you are wondering: Hoke still won’t wear a head set. And, I love it. “What people don’t realize, I wear a headset when I need to wear a headset,” Hoke said, “I have a guy behind me who is telling me every call. When guys come off the field, when guys
Yes, it’s early July. Yes, it’s crazy to entertain possible 2014-15 bowl destinations. But, man, it’s fun to consider these lists. Athlon Sports recently released its preseason bowl projections, and nine Big Ten teams made the cut. The headliner: Ohio State, in the Rose Bowl, part of the inaugural College Football Playoff. Big Ten newcomer Maryland is on the list, too, as is Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin. [ MORE: Nebraska fans voted nation’s most loyal | Ohio Stadium ranked No. 2 in nation ] See all of Athlon’s B1G predictions here: Heart of Dallas: Maryland
Few schools have played defense as well as Michigan State in recent years. And a big reason for the success has been the secondary, a unit known for its aggressive, press-man coverage. MSU will have another talented secondary in 2014. In fact, it will be the best in the conference. Here’s a look at Big Ten defensive backfields. [ MORE: Read all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] 1. Michigan State. This group has become famous for its “No Fly Zone” moniker. Expect more standout play even with CB Darqueze Dennard gone. Trae Waynes is the new star corner.