Snow is still on the ground in parts of the Midwest and the calendar still says “February.” No matter, Northwestern kicked off spring football on Wednesday, the first Big Ten school to take the lid off this beautiful annual rite. Yes, the 2013 season is a day closer. And, that’s a tremendous thing.
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Please forgive John Beilein if he doesn’t want to get out of bed this morning. You see, his No. 4 Michigan team suffered arguably the biggest upset of the college season last night, falling 84-78 to a Penn State squad that was 0-14 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines were done in by a variety of issues. Trey Burke felt a lack of heart was the culprit in a defeat that likely kills any hope the Wolverines had of winning a share of the Big Ten title for a second season in a row. And a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney? It’s probably toast, too, after the Wolverines blew a 15-point second-half lead.
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BTN’s Rosevelt Colvin and Russ Lande were in Indianapolis tracking the Big Ten players who participated in the 2013 NFL Combine leading up to the NFL Draft in April. See a full gallery of Big Ten players in action and watch our collection of interviews with a handful of the Big Ten players.
An update on Denard Robinson’s run to be the make the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 14: He’s made the championship round of the voting. Robinson is currently up against Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope. Here is the link to vote on Facebook, but you can also use mgob.lu/votedenard.
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Should Indiana be on upset alert tonight when it plays at Minnesota? Hmmm. Maybe. Let’s start daily links there. The Hoosiers withstood a furious Minny rally to take an 88-81 victory back in January. But the Golden Gophers are struggling, having lost eight of the last 11 games and dropping their last two by an average of 23.5 points.
Michigan State product and current Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins joined “Big Ten Football Report” on Monday. The show also airs several times Tuesday morning. Check out the TV schedule for the complete list. With Cousins in studio, BTN.com flagged down the quarterback for a quick Q&A. We asked him about his transition to the NFL, his Hail Mary pass, Mark Dantonio and Robert Griffin III, among other things.
The 2013 NFL Draft’s top prospects are in Indianapolis taking part in the annual NFL Combine from Feb. 20-26. Several Big Ten products received an invitation, and here we’ve compiled a USA TODAY Sports photo gallery with some of the best shots. See photos of Montee Ball, Denard Robinson and MarQueis Gray, among others, in this post.