Purdue is coming off a 7-6, the program’s first winning mark since 2007. That has some people in West Lafayette thinking big, as the program aims for back-to-back bowls for the first time since 2006-07 when Joe Tiller still was the coach. Danny Hope’s fourth Purdue team is loaded with veteran talent, including a defense that could end up being one of the better units in the Big Ten. And an offense that is endowed with an abundance of options at quarterback could make strides after ranking seventh in the Big Ten in scoring with a 26.9-yard average in 2011.
Another week is in the books, and that means we’re that much closer to the kickoff of the 2012 college football season. Catch up on all of BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the past week in this post. 10. Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan State OC Dan Roushar After Don Treadwell left to be head coach of Miami (Ohio) after the 2010 season, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio turned to offensive line coach Dan Roushar to be offensive coordinator. And that has proven to be a good move. Last season, the Spartan attack ranked fourth in the Big Ten, averaging
ESPN announced its 2012 college football commentator assignments Monday morning, and the list is littered with Big Ten products, including the addition of former Ohio State standout wide receiver Joey Galloway as an analyst. See all the pairings here and find out what roles Big Ten products will have this fall in this post. Northwestern grad Brent Musburger and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit will return for their seventh season together calling Saturday night games. Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman will be an analyst on the Saturday noon telecasts. Penn State product Matt Millen will serve as the
College football is coming to FOX on Saturday, Sept. 1, and you know what that means: Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Erin Andrews are ready to bring you all the action. The network debuted a new commercial Saturday night that plays on Johnson’s knack for calling great games and for making games better. The promo features two friends on a couch flipping the channel back and forth between a boring football game and an exciting Johnson-called game, and when it goes to Johnson’s, one of the friends explains: “It’s the Gus Effect, it makes everything more exciting.” Watch the full
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: