It’s mid-May, so why not consider some ridiculously super-early bowl projections? That’s what CBSSports.com and BTN contributor Jerry Palm decided to do. Palm released his bowl projections Friday, and he has Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff, playing reigning national champ Florida State. In all, Palm forecasts seven Big Ten bowl teams. See his projections in this post.
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Thirty Big Ten players were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, including a quartet in the first round, headlined by Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. The players have visited their new teams and picked out their new numbers. See which number the Big Ten NFL rookies will wear this season in this post.
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Nowadays, if teams aren’t routinely improving their facilities, they’re falling behind other teams. Ohio State fans will be happy to know the Buckeyes are doing everything to stay ahead of the game. Thursday, the Buckeyes unveiled their new football turf; Friday, it was the renderings of its new “state-of-the-art” locker room, which includes a “waterwall.”
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According to ESPN.com, the Big Ten has agreed to increase its football officiating crews from seven officials to eight for all home games starting this fall. The added official, the center judge, will line up in the offensive backfield opposite the head referee.
Earlier this week, at the annual Big Ten spring meetings, Purdue AD Morgan Burke had some interesting—and refreshing–comments on the subject of the cost of attendance and player stipends.
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The NCAA released Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and all Big Ten teams avoided penalties. Northwestern led the Big Ten in football (991), while Indiana men’s basketball was perfect for the fourth straight year (1,000). The APR, which debuted in 2005, attempts to measure how teams perform in the classroom by using academic eligibility and retention and graduation rates to yield the four-year figure.