The second annual College Football Playoff title game was Monday night, with No. 2 Alabama holding off No. 1 Clemson in an absolute thriller. [ MORE: Relive all of the bowl action on our 2015-16 bowl schedule ] With the 2015 season now completely in the rearview mirror, the AP and Coaches polls released their final rankings Tuesday. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in each poll, paced by Ohio State (No. 4 AP/No. 4 Coaches), last season’s national champ. The Buckeyes took care of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-1, the lone loss coming on the
So, Jim Harbaugh would like to hold part of spring practice in Florida? Why is this not a shock? This from the guy who conducted satellite camps last summer that caused an uproar. How do you think SEC schools will feel about this? Exactly. *** Good news from Indiana, as Kevin Wilson has inked a six-year deal that will keep him in Bloomington until 2021. Wilson has the program on the rise, taking it to its first bowl since 2007. The next step: winning the school’s first bowl since 1991. *** Michigan State didn’t have Denzel Valentine for four games
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass announced Monday that head football coach Kevin Wilson has signed a new six-year contract. The agreement runs through the 2021 season and Wilson will earn an average annual compensation of $2.55 million or $15.3 million over six years.
Big Ten football fans saw Indiana wide receiver Simmie Cobbs make plenty of impressive catches in the 2015 season. None of his 60 receptions came shirtless in freezing temperatures and on a snow-filled Memorial Stadium, though. As odd as it sounds, Cobbs did just that Monday afternoon, part of an impromptu practice with Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont and fellow receiver J-Shun Harris. He tweeted video proof, too, which you can watch in the tweet above. If you’re wondering, Diamont tweeted that it was 12 degrees in Bloomington, Indiana. Here’s another video from the practice:
They’re the reigning national champs – at least for a few more hours – and they’re college football’s most valuable program for the second consecutive season, according to a recent wsj.com study. The Ohio State Buckeyes lead the country with a value of $946.61 million, nearly $62 million more than second-place Texas, which has the nation’s largest revenue at $128 million. Rival Michigan places third ($811.30), while Penn State rounds out the top 10 ($481.39). Just missing the top 10 are No. 11 Nebraska ($443.13) and No. 12 Iowa ($439.57). The annual study was conducted by Ryan Brewer, an assistant
Penn State's football staff has some turnover. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh gets an invite to President's State of the Union address. What does a "quality control coach" do? Read those Monday headlines and more in today's collection of Big Ten links.
The Maryland program is in transition after Randy Edsall was fired during the season. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley took over for the last six games but couldn’t right the ship, as the Terrapins lost eight in a row at one point en route to finishing 3-9 a year after going to a bowl. Hey, at least Maryland ended the season with a stunning comeback win at Rutgers. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Maryland hired Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to take over. And, he has work to do, especially on defense. Maryland ranked
With the NFL Wild Card weekend complete, it’s time to take a look at how Big Ten names fared in Saturday and Sunday’s playoff games. Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier highlighted the participants, registering 13 tackles and two forced fumbles, including the one that led to Pittsburgh’s dramatic game-winning drive in the final seconds. Other notable performances: Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) recorded eight tackles and three sacks in Houston’s loss to Kansas City, Fitz Toussaint (Michigan) totaled 118 yards in Pittsburgh’s aforementioned victory, Cliff Avril (Purdue) notched five tackles and three sacks in Seattle’s comeback win at Minnesota, and Trae
It was another highly successful season for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. [ MORE: Big Ten names on NFL playoff teams ] None were more impressive than San Francisco LB NaVorro Bowman (Penn State), Cleveland T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Houston DE J.J Watt (Wisconsin) and Baltimore G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), all of who made the 2015 All-Pro Team, released Friday. Bowman racked up a career-high and NFL-best 154 tackles, Thomas played every snap for the ninth time in as many seasons, Watt, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, registered an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, and Yanda allowed just
No Ohio State fan will soon forget standout and do-it-all running back Ezekiel Elliott. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Elliott helped carry the Buckeyes to the 2015 national title, the first of the new playoff era, and totaled 4,125 yards and 41 touchdowns in his two seasons as the starter, including an eye-popping 12 scores in four career postseason games. For all of his efforts and accolades, Elliott figures to go down as one of Ohio State’s all-time greats. The Ohio State fan pictured in the tweet above knows this, and that’s