Not all season-opening games are created equally. Some are more difficult and critical than others. Yes, you never want to put too much stock into one game. Still, the first game of the season is bigger and more important for some teams than it is for others. With the season fast approaching, here is my look at the seven most fascinating season openers.
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If you want to see Ohio State and Michigan play on back-to-back weeks, you’ll like Stewart Mandel’s 2013 Big Ten football preview. Mandel, who released his preview Tuesday, picks Ohio State to beat Michigan in the Big Ten title game, one week after losing at Michigan.
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Rookie Purdue coach Darrell Hazell made official what everyone suspected when he named fifth-year senior Rob Henry the starting quarterback.
The Big Ten football season kicks off in less than two weeks. Before Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go, it’s time to unveil my preseason All-Big Ten Offense. Who did I miss? Feel free to leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post. I’ll post my defensive team later.
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The topic of breakout players can be an ambiguous one. For example, some people view Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah as a 2013 breakout player. Others, meanwhile, feel that with 1,315 total yards and 10 scores a season ago, he’s well past “breakout” territory. I tend to side with the latter. Either way, I went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans for their 2013 breakout candidates.
David Boudia the Purdue football players are not. This comes as no surprise, but it’s even more evident after the team hit up the pool following Tuesday’s two-a-day. There, players took turns jumping off the diving boards, some taking it semi-seriously and others going for the best belly flop. Hilarity ensued, and the PurdueSports YouTube page has the video of it.