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Did You See This? Spartan Stadium Scoreboard

Perhaps you heard Spartan Stadium will have new scoreboards in 2012. Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know: The board’s video screen will be the fifth largest in the country, according to AD Mark Hollis. More important, the school says the $10 million project will give Michigan State the biggest scoreboard in Michigan. In other words, it will be bigger than anything at Michigan Stadium. It’s called a rivalry for a reason, people. See a picture of the scoreboard in this post and see more here. [ Michigan State football scoreboard to be largest in state] The stadium will feature

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Defensive Lines

The trenches are where games are won–ask any coach. And the Big Ten, led by a strong crop in the Leaders Division, has some good defensive fronts that will rate among the best in the nation. Where does your Big Ten school’s defensive line rank? Check out my entire list in this post. Don’t agree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings. 1. Ohio State – This is where it all begins for what should be a strong Buckeye defense. There’s

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten passing TD leader

Yesterday, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten passing yards leader, the second in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Passing TDs. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post. PASSING TDs 2011 leader: Russell Wilson, 33 TDs Returning leaders: James Vandenberg, 25; Denard Robinson, 20; Caleb TerBush, 13; Taylor Martinez, 13; Nathan Scheelhaase, 13; Braxton Miller, 13. [2011 Big Ten passing TD leaders] Brent: Three of last season’s top five touchdown throwers are gone, with

Hit the Links: Surfing across today's Big Ten news

Take a quick spin around the Big Ten to get your Wednesday football fix. You won’t regret it. In fact, it’s 100 percent guaranteed. McGLOIN IS NO. 1: Matt McGloin recently was named starting quarterback at Penn State over Rob Bolden. Now, McGloin is letting it be known how he felt about the quarterback rotation between him and Bolden last season. McGloin: It was “a killer.” I agree with McGloin, who says a team has to believe in its quarterback and needs a clear-cut starter. As many coaches say: If you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks. That is

Retweet this: Top 6/5/12 Tweets

Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives and put their personalities on display in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and enlighten in the process. Our goal is to present these tweets to our Big Ten fans, whether they’re on Twitter or not. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Tuesday in this post. Congrats! The Big Ten Player of the Year was selected 35th in MLB draft Monday night. My Coach telling me that I have to make some plays on this next drive

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Offensive Lines

For any good offense, it all begins up front. It’s not an oversimplification to say the teams with the best offenses typically feature the best lines. Knowing that, Michigan State and Wisconsin have to be happy entering the 2012 college football season. I like the Spartans and Badgers’ front lines, to the point where they rank 1-2 in my Big Ten offensive line unit rankings. Where does your school’s line rank? See the entire list in this post. Also, check out all of my 2012 unit rankings. 1. Michigan State – This may be the best line in the Mark

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten passing yards leader

Yesterday, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten scoring leader, the first in a series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Passing yards. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post. PASSING YARDS 2011 leader: Kirk Cousins, 3,316 yards Returning leaders: James Vandenberg, 3,022; Denard Robinson, 2,173; Nathan Scheelhaase, 2,110; Taylor Martinez, 2,089; Caleb TerBush, 1,905. [2011 Big Ten passing yards leaders] Brent: Even if last season’s two top passers – Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson – were

Tuesday's links: Big Ten Columnists discuss playoff

The college football world was abuzz with analysis and opinion about the Big Ten’s stance on a playoff, which the conference discussed during a conference call on Monday. Listen to the audio now: In short, the Big Ten said it prefers the status quo BCS system over a four-team playoff. (I am shaking my head as I type this.) In fact, the league says it even likes a plus-one format better than a four-team playoff. (I am shaking my head faster now.) But, if a playoff is coming, the Big Ten says it will accept it—as long as the bowls

Audio: Big Ten Teleconference on Football Playoff

On Monday, the Big Ten Conference held a teleconference with officials and media. Among those participating for the Big Ten:  Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips, and BTN President Mark Silverman. A college football playoff was discussed on the call, among other things. senior writer Tom Dienhart wrote about this earlier and the AP published this breakdown of Monday’s news, but  now you can listen to audio of the entire Monday teleconference in this post. Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said conference presidents would choose to keep the current BCS system as

Dienhart: 2012 Big Ten receiving unit rankings

Lots of questions loom on receiving corps across the Big Ten. The top seven pass catchers from 2011 are gone: Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins; Iowa’s Marvin McNutt; Northwestern’s Jeremy Ebert; Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham; Wisconsin’s Nick Toon; Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin; Minnesota’s Da’Jon McKnight. The corps could receive boosts from two transfers, as USC’s Kyle Prater is at Northwestern and Tennessee transfer DeAnthony Arnett is at Michigan State. The top veteran presences: Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis and Iowa’s Kennan Davis, but others will emerge. Here’s my ranking of the Big Ten receiving corps. 1. Wisconsin – Yes, Nick Toon is gone after