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On Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Board. The top three names stayed the same (William Gholston, Kawann Short and Johnathan Hankins), while Le’Veon Bell made the biggest jump and John Simon is the lone newcomer. Watch Lande break down his updated Big Board now.
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Love him or hate him, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio is a favorite among fans who enjoy trick plays. That’s everyone, right? Dantonio was up to his bold ways in Michigan State’s season opener against Boise State, and while the trick play didn’t work, we all appreciated the effort. If history is any indication, Dantonio may call another Saturday against Notre Dame.
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While the Big Ten took its lumps last week in going 6-6, it has a great chance to get healthy this Saturday with a collection of games against largely inferior foes that all will take place in Big Ten venues. Without a doubt, the marquee matchup is Notre Dame at Michigan State. And Cal at Ohio State could be decent. After that, it’s a mixed lot.
The Big Ten was expecting a better result than its 6-6 clip in Week 2. It was a frustrating week, needless to say. The good news: Every Big Ten team plays at home this week, so the opportunity to bounce back is there. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 2 in this post.
The season is still in its infancy, so the bowl picture remains lucid. Very lucid. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.
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With Week 2 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.