This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament. Perfect. *** The Heisman Trophy winner will be unveiled on Saturday night in New York. And the six Heisman finalists
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four. It was a strong year for tight ends, the most difficult spot to pick. Among the promising youngsters are Minnesota’s Maxx Williams, Michigan’s Jake Butt, Penn State’s Adam Breneman, Michigan State’s Josiah Price and Nebraska’s Cethan Carter. In addition to Hackenberg, the Big Ten has good youngsters under center in Purdue’s Danny Etling and Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong, Jr. And
What makes Michigan State’s stingy defense, well, so stingy? The unit is strong and talented at all three levels, to be sure, but BTN analyst Howard Griffith feels there’s no more important group than secondary coach Harlon Barnett’s defensive backs. Or, as Griffith calls them, the “unsung heroes” of the Michigan State defense. Watch Griffith’s “Film Session” with Barnett in this post. [ MORE: Watch Spartans celebrate B1G title | Twitter: MSU products react to title ] Here’s a quick statistical look at how dominant the Spartans are.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive, weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which BCS bowl game is the Big Ten most likely to win? There are three answers: #BTNRose, #BTNOrange and #BTNBoth. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule page ] Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNRose #BTNOrange #BTNBoth Big Ten champion Michigan State takes on Pac-12
The Big Ten bowl matchups have been announced. And there are some interesting clashes. The Big Ten failed to get a team in the BCS title game for the sixth season in a row, but there are two teams in BCS bowls. Here’s a quick look at the seven Big Ten bowl matchups. [ MORE: View the complete 2013-14 college football bowl schedule ] Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford The Spartans are in Pasadena for the first time since the 1987 season, when they beat USC. Michigan State will be tested by a good Stanford team led by rising
The 2013-14 bowl schedule was announced Sunday night, and the Big Ten received two BCS bowl berths. Big Ten champion Michigan State is headed to the Rose Bowl to play Stanford, while Leaders Division champion Ohio State is off to the Orange Bowl to take on Clemson. Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin also received bowl bids. See the Big Ten’s full bowl slate in this post. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule page ] Big Ten Bowls Bowl Location Date (All ET)/TV Result Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan vs. Kansas State Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Sat., Dec.
The final Coaches Poll was released Sunday morning, and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio ranked his team No. 2. The Spartans, the Big Ten champions, came in at No. 4 in the latest poll. Check out Dantonio’s top 10 in this post. Also, see how every coach voted. [ MORE: Watch Spartans celebrate | Twitter reacion | Read our B1G title game coverage ] Here’s Dantonio’s top 10: Big Ten fans will find former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema’s top 25 interesting. He had the Buckeyes No. 12, the lowest of any coach with a vote.
Mark Dantonio couldn’t wait to get his hands on his Big Ten championship hat Saturday night. Don’t believe us? Watch the interview below. Trust us, you’ll be happy you did. Now, Michigan State fans can put that championship hat on their heads. [ MORE: Purchase your Michigan State B1G title gear! ] WATCH: When a very happy Mark Dantonio calls for a championship hat, you get him a hat. #orvillemoment – http://t.co/ugNKmx6E6r — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 8, 2013 Our store is selling the hat, in addition to championship t-shirts and hoodies. Shop here. Michigan State topped then-No. 2
INDIANAPOLIS — Mark Dantonio showed just about every card he had in his hand. Run, pass, option, quarterback sneaks, even a gutsy onside kick attempt that almost worked early in the fourth quarter in a three-point game. But when it really mattered, when Michigan State led 27-24 with 5:41 remaining, and when it had a chance to put the Big Ten title game on ice, Dantonio went with what had gotten him this far: Jeremy Langford. The offensive MVP of the team throughout the season, Langford was struggling to find any type of running room against a suffocating Ohio State
Soon the official bowl pairings will be announced. Here are my last projections. The big change is Ohio State falling from the BCS title game to the Orange Bowl, and Michigan State rising to the Rose Bowl. So, the Big Ten will have two BCS bowl teams but will have to wait another year to win a national title. [ MORE: Twitter: Ex-Spartans react to B1G title win | Watch Spartans celebrate ] Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12): Michigan State vs. Stanford Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: (ACC vs. BCS): Ohio State vs. Clemson Capital One Bowl, Jan.