“Disappointing” is the only label to put on this season. Yes, this largely is a young roster under construction for a program that probably is still a year away from blossoming. Still, the 2013 campaign opened with most projecting Michigan to win the Legends Division. But after a 5-0 start, the Wolverines flopped, finishing fifth in the division with a 3-5 mark. And things could have been worse if not for narrow victories vs. Akron and UConn, who each inexplicably pushed the Wolverines to the limit. The biggest issue all season was an erratic offense that struggled to get a
Michigan Stadium will host the 2014 NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, and “The Big House” is starting to look like it’s ready to host a hockey game. Check out a photo gallery, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports, from media access day Thursday in this post. Detroit and Toronto will be the two teams involved in the NHL’s annual event. Read more about it.
So many bowls, so little time. That’s where I come in. Think of me as your bowl concierge. Time is precious. With that said, before you go ahead and make any bowl-watching plans, check out my Best of the Big Ten Bowls list. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Best game: This will be the 100th Rose Bowl, so that’s a big posterity factor. Even better: This also may be a heck of a ballgame. Michigan State and Stanford are virtual clones in many ways. Each possesses a blue-collar quality, being built around physical offenses that like to
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including Tom Izzo playing “Silent Night” on his accordion. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: Jingle bells jingle bells at the radio show last night 🎅🎅😂👏👏 A post shared by Denzel Valentine (@denzelvalentine) on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:33pm PST Our take: Favorite part is Denzel Valentine dancing and clapping. Ranking the top 10 players in
This is a great place to start daily links. Forbes.com has ranked the “most valuable” college football teams of 2013. A pretty interesting exercise. The most “valuable” Big Ten franchise: Michigan at No. 5. Next is Ohio State at No. 9; Nebraska No. 10; Penn State is No. 15; Wisconsin is No. 16. I guess I am a bit shocked that Ohio State isn’t No. 1 among Big Ten schools. I don’t care what metrics you use, how can the Buckeyes not be No. 1? Oh, well. It doesn’t really matter. *** The most emotional sports moment of the year?
Snow is falling on the ground and college football bowl games are still several days away. With that said, our friends over at ESPN took this opportunity to put together their first 2014 NFL Mock Draft of the year. ESPN college football and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay projected all 32 first round picks, based on team winning percentages through Week 15 of the NFL season. Three Big Ten standouts made the list, led by Michigan senior Taylor Lewan, who McShay has going No. 9 overall to the Buffalo Bills. “The Bills need to upgrade the O-line and provide QB
The Big Ten has seven teams in bowls. And there are some high-level opponents, including Stanford, Clemson, South Carolina and LSU. And one of the best parts of the bowl season is watching players you rarely get a chance to see compete vs. Big Ten foes. Here’s a ranking of the top 25 players Big Ten teams will face in the postseason. For what it’s worth, if Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger weren’t out with knee injuries, each quarterback would have been high on this list. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule ] 1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE,
The Associated Press released its 2013 AP All-America Team on Tuesday, and the Big Ten was well-represented. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, both first-teamers, led a Big Ten contingent of 15 players. [ MORE: View the complete AP All-America Team ] FIRST TEAM LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State CB: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State SECOND TEAM T: Taylor Lewan, Michigan DT: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State LB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin THIRD TEAM RB: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska T: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State G: John Urschel, Penn State G: Ryan Groy, Wisconsin WR:
With the year quickly coming to a close, I decided to take a look at the new basketball and football uniform designs that debuted in 2013. Don’t worry, 2014 is certain to include just as many, if not more, new designs. Actually, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Either way, enjoy the look back. ILLINOIS Tim Beckman and Illinois showed off plenty of new designs in 2013. Prior to the season, the Illini unveiled a new orange primary helmet. It went on to wear a blue helmet, white jersey and blue pants combination for the first time ever,
Pretty soon, it will be time to usher in 2014. Before we officially say good-bye to 2013, though, I looked back and considered the best 2013 Big Ten football games. See my complete top 10 list in this post. Did I miss one? Send me your nomination in the form at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: View our end-of-the-year top 10 lists | Help decide BTN’s top 10 marathon! ] 10. Iowa 17, Northwestern 10 OT, Oct. 26. The season looked to be slipping away for Iowa, which lost to Michigan State and Ohio State in the previous