Another day, another opportunity to take an in-depth look at the 2013 football season. Today, it’s all about Week 6 in my early week-by-week series. The first week of full Big Ten play, the slate offers some intriguing battles, including Northwestern hosting Big Ten favorite Ohio State. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 6 in this post.
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Every Big Ten and Pac-12 team has the same postseason destination in mind: Pasadena, home of the iconic Rose Bowl. Arizona and former Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez make that abundantly clear in the team’s short YouTube video above. It’s called Hard Edge, and it puts Arizona’s coaching staff in its own Wild West movie.
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There are photobombs, and then there is what Ohio State fans did to Michigan legend Desmond Howard. At a recent event, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner posed for a picture with a fan, while a trio of Ohio State fans spelled out “O,” “H,” and “O” behind him. That, of course, left the unsuspecting Howard and another fan to form the missing “I” in O-H-I-O.
Tackles are an inexact science, to be sure. Teams award them differently, so it’s not always as simple as comparing Player A from School A to Player B from School B. Whatever the case, the Big Ten returns several of its top tacklers, including 2012 leader Anthony Hitchens. Who will lead the Big Ten in tackles this fall? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.
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We all know Michigan product Denard Robinson is a Florida boy. So, how did he survive the cold Big Ten weather? Vaseline, of course. Yes, Robinson would rub it all over his arms to stay warm. Random, no doubt, but the former Wolverine and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back revealed the secret in the entertaining video above.