The college football world was abuzz with analysis and opinion about the Big Ten’s stance on a playoff, which the conference discussed during a conference call on Monday. Listen to the audio now: In short, the Big Ten said it prefers the status quo BCS system over a four-team playoff. (I am shaking my head as I type this.) In fact, the league says it even likes a plus-one format better than a four-team playoff. (I am shaking my head faster now.) But, if a playoff is coming, the Big Ten says it will accept it—as long as the bowls
On Monday, the Big Ten Conference held a teleconference with officials and media. Among those participating for the Big Ten: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips, and BTN President Mark Silverman. A college football playoff was discussed on the call, among other things. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart wrote about this earlier and the AP published this breakdown of Monday’s news, but now you can listen to audio of the entire Monday teleconference in this post. Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said conference presidents would choose to keep the current BCS system as
Lots of questions loom on receiving corps across the Big Ten. The top seven pass catchers from 2011 are gone: Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins; Iowa’s Marvin McNutt; Northwestern’s Jeremy Ebert; Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham; Wisconsin’s Nick Toon; Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin; Minnesota’s Da’Jon McKnight. The corps could receive boosts from two transfers, as USC’s Kyle Prater is at Northwestern and Tennessee transfer DeAnthony Arnett is at Michigan State. The top veteran presences: Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis and Iowa’s Kennan Davis, but others will emerge. Here’s my ranking of the Big Ten receiving corps. 1. Wisconsin – Yes, Nick Toon is gone after
Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives and put their personalities on display in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and enlighten in the process. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Monday in this post. Jim Delany says he reads blogs. This is quite the revelation. — Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) June 4, 2012 Who knew?! Not so surprised he reads them, actually, but that he admitted it. Going golfing for the first time this should be interesting lol — Trevor Mbakwe (@TMbakwe32) June 4, 2012
In the coming days, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina will tackle all the important football statistical categories and offer their predictions for the 2012 Big Ten leader. Up first: Scoring. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too. SCORING 2011 leader: Montee Ball, 236 points (39 TDs, 1 2-pt. conversion) Returning leaders: Montee Ball, 236 points; Rex Burkhead, 102; Brett Maher, 100; Dan Conroy 99; Denard Robinson 96. [2011 Big Ten rushing TD leaders; 2011 Big Ten receiving TD leaders] Brent: When it comes to scoring, no
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Playoff talk dominates the headlines on this Monday, as we move closer to a June 20 meeting when all the leagues will convene to hammer out details of a likely four-team playoff to begin in 2014. The Big Ten-SEC rivalry on the field is intense. And it seems to be getting even fiercer off the field, as bold statements—particularly by the SEC–have been flying in the press during the debate on details of how to form a playoff. ONE SOLUTION: Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune offers his solution on the key nitty-gritty details of which: 1. teams to pick,
Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives and put their personalities on display in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and enlighten in the process. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Sunday in this post. Jordan Taylor is working out for the Bucks today and I'm heading over to St. Francis to speak with him afterward. I'll tweet some quotes. — Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) June 3, 2012 Good. I was surprised to hear he wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine. Maybe this is his chance.
You have questions, and I have answers. With the calendar turning to June, the focus is on football, as you can see from the questions below. Answering these queries got me thinking: Are Michigan State and Ohio State the best teams in the Big Ten? Find out in this post. Also, have you checked out my 2012 weekly schedule analysis series, which just reached Week 13 yesterday, or my archive of Big Ten rankings? Do you believe Ohio State and Michigan will ever be realigned into the same division (how it should be)? Alabama-Auburn are in the same division in
Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and entertain us in a way that wouldn’t be possible without the service. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Saturday in this post. Why are bathroom attendants so awkward? I would love to wash my hands with out you standing behind me please. — Mitch king (@Mitchking47) June 2, 2012 So true. I think I can reach for that paper towel myself, too. I'm getting dating advice from my grandpa today.