Michigan State is one of the hottest programs in the Big Ten—if not the nation. And the Spartans can thank Mark Dantonio. Since arriving from Cincinnati to assume command in 2007, Dantonio has forged a 44-22 record in six seasons, including a 27-13 mark in the Big Ten. And each season, Michigan State has gone to a bowl, highlighted by a win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl after last season. Dantonio also beat rival Michigan for a fourth consecutive season in 2011, forever endearing him to Spartan fans.
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It appears Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis will tee off against each other again on July 24 in their ongoing friendly competitive golf series. Brandon and Hollis hammered out the deal on Twitter and we have the tweets to prove it. Looks like Brandon gets to pick the course, too. Do you remember who won last year? And these guys are so into it, the showdown has its own Twitter account (@B1GADGOLF). You can watch video from last year’s match at MSUSpartans.com.
A Big Ten-SEC bowl game? In St. Louis? Maybe, according to this story in STLToday.com. Long story short: This is a LONG shot. A big long shot, as a lot of hurdles would have to be cleared for this to be a reality. But I love any concept that has the nation’s two best leagues meeting.
What’s going on around the Big Ten football landscape today? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart links you to Wednesday’s best Big Ten headlines in this post.
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The 2012 NFL Draft draft just completed Saturday night, and many of the experts are already looking ahead to the 2013 class. See links to early 2013 mock drafts and much more in BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s latest daily links.
Five Big Ten teams land on ESPN’s College Football Live’s 2012 preseason top 25, and each will be featured on a segment of the show at 3:30 p.m. ET in the coming weeks. Ohio State’s turn came Monday (watch it here), while Nebraska and Wisconsin are up Thursday and Friday, respectively. See where the five teams are ranked in this post.
Who do you think are the top three candidates to win the Big Ten offensive and defensive player of the year honors? Tell us in the comments below and watch Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo give you their nominations on tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET (and again at 9 and 11:30 p.m. ET). To get ready, watch this Internet-only interview with Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis conducted earlier today.