Know your team’s left tackle. Just like the quarterback, he’s a glamour boy. Really. Jake Long, Orlando Pace and Eric Fisher are left tackles who recently were picked No. 1 in the NFL draft. You won’t see a guard or center earn that honor. And probably not even a wideout or running back. The left offensive tackle is a key cog to the production of the offense who often protects the backside of the quarterback. Without a good left OT, your school’s attack figures to be bogged down. Here’s my ranking of the projected Big Ten left offensive tackles from
The 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days are set to take place on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at the Hyatt Regency McCormickPlace in Chicago. This year, the format will be different from previous years, as seven teams will be featured on Thursday, and the other seven on Friday. Here’s how the days will be broken up: Thursday, July 30: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin Friday, July 31: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers Today, the Big Ten will release the list of players at this year’s media day event. However, before
Take the interim tag off Michigan A.D. Jim Hackett. Hey, why would he want to leave just when things appear ready to get really good with Jim Harbaugh on board? Exactly. “I’ve got to get my arms around it, but I’m not there yet,” he said. “It’s working so why mess with it?” See? To help Hackett, the Wolverines added a former longtime major college athletic director in former Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis, who will be a senior advisor. Smart move. *** Speaking of Michigan … its recent deal with Nike will be the largest … in …
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Minnesota’s memorable 39-38 victory over Purdue in the 2014 regular season. This contest was an offensive shootout with 901 total yards and 77 combined points scored between the Gophers and Boilermakers. Minnesota running back David Cobb rushed for 191 yards and Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal with just under five minutes remaining in the game to lead the Gophers to the comeback win. The victory gave the Gophers their first 3-0 start in conference play since 1990. Here is a breakdown of Minnesota’s impressive victory. Top moment: Cedric Thompson
Football season is drawing nearer, and that means it's time for BTN.com's annual Big Ten football uniform poll. This year's No. 1? It's Michigan, one year after rival Ohio State staked claim to the top spot.
Yesterday, we looked at Big Ten East breakout players, guys who never have started before and range from redshirt freshmen to seniors. Here’s a look at breakout players from the Big Ten West.
As of Wednesday, we’re 56 days from Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kicking off the 2015 college football season. Now that we’ve reached the under-two-month mark, Athlon Sports has released its preseason bowl projections. The publication likes the Big Ten, too, putting all but three of the conference’s teams in the postseason, including reigning national champ Ohio State in the second annual College Football National Championship Game. See Athlon’s full Big Ten breakdown below: Cotton/College Football National Championship: Ohio State vs. Alabama Rose: Michigan State vs. USC Citrus: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee Outback: Nebraska vs. Arkansas Holiday: Penn State
We recently looked at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Big Ten East. Here’s a look at the Big Ten West. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] ILLINOIS Best case: The arrival of co-defensive coordinator/d-line coach Mike Phair has the desired impact for a moribund defense that too often under Tim Beckman is equal parts punching bag/piñata. This defense finally has honest-to-goodness teeth. QB Wes Lunt stays healthy and puts it all together for an offense with underrated wideouts and the best line yet under Beckman. Say “hello” to the Pinstripe Bowl. Worst
Remember how Cardale Jones performed vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl? Impressive. Turns out, the Tide didn’t respect Jones. “Looking back, when we had exit interviews with our players where you look in hindsight, I asked every kid, Landon Collins, Nick Perry, Jarrick Williams, the really smart (players) on our team, ‘Where did we go wrong? What did we do wrong?’ All three of them said ‘We did not respect the quarterback.’ Our job as coaches was to make them respect the quarterback,” Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart told 680 The Fan. Let that be a lesson to you, kids.
Every school needs them. They are breakout players. They may come out of nowhere to become key contributors this fall. Or, expectations may be big for these “breakout” players.