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Best of Week 2: Michigan State rematch vs. Oregon, anyone?

The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] The visit to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State never is easy for the Hawkeyes. In fact, the Cyclones have been a burr under Kirk Ferentz’s saddle since he got the job in 1999. How bad has it been? Ferentz is just 7-9 vs. Iowa State. Maryland needs to be

Big Ten takes top four spots in NFL.com's best rivalry trophies list

The Big Ten boasts some of college football’s greatest rivalries, so it comes as no surprise that it’s rivalry trophies are among the best of the bunch. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section! ] According to NFL.com’s list of college football’s best rivalry trophies, the latest installment in its popular 15 for ’15 series, the nation’s top four trophies reside in the Big Ten. That’s right, the site ranks Floyd of Rosedale No. 1, Paul Bunyan’s Axe No. 2, Little Brown Jug No. 3, and Old Oaken Bucket No. 4. The first non-Big Ten trophy

Video: Jim Harbaugh calls Michigan State 'bigger than us on the block'

If we’ve learned anything since Jim Harbaugh took over at Michigan, it’s that we pay attention when the coach speaks and tweets. Speaking in front of about 200 high school coaches Thursday in Detroit, Harbaugh gave Big Ten football fans, particularity ones in the state of Michigan, reason to listen. When discussing the current pecking order of teams in the state, Harbaugh said this about rival Michigan State: “We know we’re not the biggest guy on the block. Michigan State’s bigger than us on the block.” “Rightfully so. They have done a tremendous job, and (I) respect the job that

Michigan Wolverines release 2015 football hype video

All college football fans are excited about the upcoming season. Few are are more stoked than Michigan fans. [ VIDEO: Watch Michigan’s 2015 hype video ] New head coach Jim Harbaugh is the biggest reason, of course. The former Michigan quarterback has won at every stop and every level, whether it’s college (San Diego and Stanford) or the NFL (San Francisco 49ers), boasting a 102-46 career record (.689). The link above gives Michigan fans another reason to get excited for the season, which starts Thursday, Sept. 3 at Utah. It’s a hype video that features several of the program’s top

Photo: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sporting a Michigan State hat

Several months back, a photo went viral of of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh sporting a Michigan State Izzone shirt. Now, a new photo has surfaced of the Wolverines’ coach wearing some more Michigan State apparel. This time, it comes in the form of a Spartan hat. This photo was likely taken in the mid-’90s, when Harbaugh’s brother in law, current Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, served as an assistant coach for the Spartans. My guess is that Harbaugh has since gotten rid of his Spartan gear. Either way, this is a fun photo to look back at that both

Reform is in the air: Creating a global education experience

ROSEMONT, Ill. – A global education experience. That’s a mouthful. And that’s also the goal of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for every student-athlete. Live it, learn it, know it. A procession of league athletic directors paraded in front of the media the last two days at the Big Ten’s headquarters and was peppered with myriad questions. What’s going on with the upcoming TV contract negotiations? Are there too many hoops games? Did the College Football Playoff work? Is the graduate transfer rule flawed? [ MORE: Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at AD meetings ] And on it went,

Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at Big Ten AD meetings

ROSEMONT, Ill. — During the recent meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, many topics were discussed. And one of the more prominent issues was that of graduate transfers. [ MORE: Q&A: Ohio State AD Gene Smith touches on several hot topics ] Is the concept working as intended? It’s a unique rule that has become a major part of the college sports landscape in recent years. A player earns his degree and still has a year of eligibility left. He then has the option to transfer to finish his athletic eligibility at another school. The catch: The athlete must be