So, which Big Ten football team not playing in a bowl game this season will improve the most in 2014? If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our latest Big Ten Twitter poll for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On today’s show, we look ahead to 2014 and debate which of the non-bowl teams will make the biggest leap.
Iowa’s senior trio of linebackers James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens has a chance to go out with a bang in the Outback Bowl vs. LSU. But let’s take a peak toward 2014 as we kick off daily links: Who will replace the three stalwarts?
Michigan State is making its first trip to Pasadena since the 1987 season in what will be the 100th Rose Bowl. This is a culmination of sorts for Mark Dantonio in his seven seasons in East Lansing, finally getting the Spartans to the Big Ten’s Holy Grail after some close calls. Stanford is making its fourth trip to a BCS in a row and its second journey in succession to the Rose Bowl. This has become the premier Pac-12 program under David Shaw. Who needs Jim Harbaugh?
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Yes, Ohio State would rather be playing in Pasadena, Calif., for the national championship vs. another ACC school, Florida State. But this is still a BCS bowl vs. a very good Clemson team. And that means it’s a chance for the Buckeyes to score some credibility points and quell critics who say OSU played a soft schedule.
If you’re someone who seeks out the funniest athletes to follow on social media, look no further than Michigan State’s Mike Sadler. The Spartans’ junior punter takes the term of being an All-Star on and off the field to a whole new level, especially when it comes to his clever and humorous tweets.
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This is one of the better matchups of the postseason. Wisconsin—on a three-game bowl losing skid–and South Carolina—aiming for a third postseason triumph in succession–never have played, adding intrigue to this battle. Gary Andersen is looking to put his stamp on the Badger program in his first season; Steve Spurrier looks to add another brick in the wall of a strong program he has built in Columbia for a team that has wins vs. Missouri and Clemson.