Got a case of the “football blues” with basketball season in full-tilt mode? If so, than chew on this piece from Athlon Sports that picks the 12 best Big Ten teams of the BCS era. Or, if you prefer, the 12 best Big Ten teams since 1998. As you would suspect, Ohio State is well-represented with half of the countdown being Buckeye squads: 2002 (No. 1); 1998 (No. 2); 2006 (No. 4); 2012 (No. 5); 2007 (No. 7); 2010 (No. 12).
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For some players, it’s all about getting a jump on the college experience in hopes of getting a jump on winning a job. That’s why players enroll in college early.
BTN is at the Senior Bowl tracking the progress filing reports on a number of players. In their latest report, Rick Pizzo and Gerry DiNardo focused on two defensive lineman: Illinois’ Michael Buchanan and Penn State’s Jordan Hill.
BTN has confirmed that new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell has made the final big hire of his first Boilermakers staff, tabbing John Shoop as offensive coordinator.
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With top-ranked Duke going down hard, and I mean hard, last night against the Miami Hurricanes, the No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll may be there for the taking for AP No. 2 Michigan if it beats Purdue at home tonight and then prevails at Illinois on Sunday. Right now, Michigan is No. 3 in the Coaches Poll behind Duke and Kansas.
Pop quiz: Which school has the longest streak of putting at least one player in the Super Bowl? Alabama? Florida? LSU? Nope, it isn’t a SEC school; it’s Nebraska, according to this USA TODAY story.
By now, everyone knows Denard Robinson will have to make the NFL as a wide receiver or return specialist. His days under center behind him, Robinson is trying to learn a new position during the week of practice leading up to Saturday’s Senior Bowl. Watch BTN host Rick Pizzo and BTN NFL Draft expert Russ Lande discuss Robinson now.