You have questions, and I have answers in this week’s football-heavy mailbag. I said the mailbag was football-heavy, but I did receive one great question about the chances of the Minnesota men’s basketball team making a Final Four run this year. Got to love Big Ten hoop fans! Read my answers to all of your queries in this post. And remember, if you have a question, send it to me in the comment section at the bottom of this post. I’ll be on the upcoming Big Ten Football Preview Tour filing reports and answering your questions from our bus. Send
Football season is slowly approaching. Less than four weeks from now, in fact, the games will be underway. To help kill the time between now and then, I’ve provided what I think is a bold prediction for every Big Ten team. See all the predictions in this post. Have a bold prediction of your own? Tell me in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or you can tweet it to me, @BTNBrentYarina. Illinois – Redshirt freshman running back Josh Ferguson will win the Thomas-Randle El Award, presented to the Big Ten’s top freshman. Why it’s bold: Ferguson
If it’s August, it must be time for the Big Ten Football Preview Tour. For the sixth straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will zigzag across Big Ten country to bring fans a 60-minute, on-site preview show from every Big Ten campus on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour, presented by Culligan. The BTN crew will travel over 3,000 miles, across the conference’s nine states, in a customized chartered bus branded with the BTN logo. All shows can also be seen on BTN2Go. The first preview show will air at 10 p.m. ET on Aug. 9 with
The USAToday preseason poll is out. And, stop me if you have heard this before: LSU is No. 1 followed by Alabama—the teams that played for the BCS title after last season. Please, football gods, don’t give us a rematch. Interestingly, Bama had more first-place votes (20) than LSU (18). The Big Ten is well-represented. Michigan is No. 8. Wisconsin is No. 12. Michigan State is No. 13. Nebraska is No. 16. Since Ohio State is on probation, it won’t be ranked by the Coaches’ Poll. As I said in my analysis of the Sporting News poll, Michigan at No.
After three days and hundreds of emails, our Big Ten writers’ 2012 Big Ten mock draft is in the books. Here’s how this worked: writers from all 12 Big Ten teams conducted the six-round draft, picking a QB, WR, RB, TE, Defensive player and K. Check out the Round 5 and Round 6 selections in this post. And you can find all six rounds here. Unfortunately, we didn’t include offensive linemen because they don’t collect stats. To be clear, this is not a 2012 NFL mock draft and it is not fantasy football. There are no weekly standings, trades, points
Athlon Sports recently released its Big Ten Player Rankings: The Top 50 players for 2012, and two-time reigning Big Ten champ Wisconsin highlights the top of the countdown. Five of the first 12 names are Badgers, headlined by Heisman Trophy candidate Montee Ball, at No. 1, and left tackle Ricky Wagner, at No. 6. While Wisconsin dominates the top of the list, Michigan State (9), Nebraska (8) and Ohio State (8) all boast more overall players than Wisconsin (7). [AthlonSports.com: Big Ten Player Rankings: The top 50 players for 2012] Here’s what Athlon says about the Big Ten’s best player:
Good news! Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith and the rest of our BTN team is still heading out for our annual Summer Football Tour (have you seen the bus?) but the TV show times have changed. Every team still gets an hour-long show, but they will debut at 10 p.m. ET a few days earlier than previously schedule. See our new show schedule in this post. BTN SHOW SCHEDULE (all air at 10 p.m. ET) Aug. 9 Iowa Aug. 10 Nebraska Aug. 12 Minnesota Aug. 14 Wisconsin Aug. 15 Northwestern (Kenosha) Aug. 16 Purdue Aug. 17 Indiana Aug.
Our Big Ten writers’ 2012 Big Ten mock draft is gaining steam and through Round 4. Relive all the Round 1 selections and Round 2 picks. Here’s how this works: writers from all 12 Big Ten teams partake in the six-round draft, picking a QB, WR, RB, TE, Defensive player and K. Check out all the Round 3 and Round 4 selections in this post. We didn’t include offensive linemen because they don’t collect stats. To be clear, this is not a 2012 NFL mock draft and it is not fantasy football. There are no weekly standings, trades, points per
Who’s going to win the Big Ten this football season? Not two-time reigning champ Wisconsin, according to CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm. Palm predicts Michigan in the Rose Bowl, the bowl reserved for the Big Ten champ, in his latest 2012-13 bowl projections. Fear not, Wisconsin fans: Palm has your Badgers playing in the Fiesta Bowl. [CBSSports.com: 2012-13 bowl prjoections] Here’s Palm’s entire Big Ten bowl list: Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Oregon Fiesta Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma Outback Bowl: Nebraska vs. Florida Gator Bowl: Iowa vs. Mississippi State Capital One Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia TicketCity Bowl: Purdue vs. Toledo Buffalo Wild
Our annual summer BTN Football Tour starts next week and our tour bus is getting warmed up for the trip by driving around Chicago. As you can tell from the photo in this post, it stopped by Wrigley Field. Where will it be next? The bus heads downtown to Michigan Avenue, State Street, and Lake Shore Drive around lunch hour on Thursday and then out to U.S. Cellular Field on Friday during the evening. If you’re in Chicago and see it, take a photo and send it to us via our Twitter page or our Facebook page. You’re new to