I took a look at three areas to watch for Big Ten West teams Wednesday. Today, it's time to take a look at the East Division. See my three areas to watch inside.
I about fell off my Barco lounger when I heard there will be three new bowls in 2015. That will bring the bowl total to 42. So, if any poor souls out there are keeping track, that means 84 of 128 FCS schools—a whopping 66 percent–will play in a bowl. This entire postseason situation crossed the “ridiculously insane” line years ago. I have an alternative. Let’s just let every FBS school schedule a 13th game—and only keep the College Football Playoff, OK? *** Old-time Iowa fans will like this story from Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette on how
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has been sidelined with an appendectomy. Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Meyer could be held in the hospital overnight Wednesday.
When it comes to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. knows his stuff. [ MORE: See all 20 of the Big Ten’s picks from Rounds 4 through 7 ] The well-known NFL Draft guru recently put together a list of possible early-impact performers from Rounds 4 through 7. Kiper Jr. lists former Big Ten defensive standouts Jake Ryan (Michigan) and Michael Bennett (Ohio State) on the list. Ryan was selected in the fourth round with the No. 129 pick by the Green Bay Packers. “I could see (Jake) Ryan challenging to move into one of the inside linebacker roles
Spring football ended across the Big Ten almost two weeks ago. The long offseason is here—but work remains. All 14 league teams enter the summer with some nagging questions. First up: The Big Ten West. ILLINOIS 1. Is the d-line better? Tim Beckman brought in Mike Phair from the NFL to coach the line and co-coordinate. He has been in the pros the last 13 years. This D needs help after ranking 94th, 105th and 107th in the nation in scoring in Beckman’s first three seasons. And it starts up front. 2. Can the offensive line get a push? This
Looks like Michigan State is talking to Florida about playing some hoops. This is good news. Mlive.com points out that the two schools have met six times, including in the 2000 national championship game—when MSU won the Big Ten’s last title. Each team has won three times, including the Gators taking the last matchup in 2009. Who will be coaching the Gators? *** OK, Penn State A.D. Sandy Barbour offers her take on satellite camps. And, I like it. She says everyone should be able to do them … or no one should. She also recently went on to say:
With the 2015 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Big Ten's 35 draft picks are starting to select their NFL numbers. See all of the confirmed numbers inside.
With 2015 NFL Draft behind us, I decided to take a look back at the previous 10 drafts and select a best and worst pick for each Big Ten team, including Maryland and Rutgers. See my picks inside.
No one would argue that having NFL talent will surely help a college team be successful. Ohio State is proof of that. The Buckeyes, winners of at least a share of six of the last 10 Big Ten titles, annually are in the mix for the Big Ten's most NFL draft picks.
Ohio State did OK in the 2015 draft with five picks. Cleveland.com says next year could rival 2004, when the Buckeyes set a record with 14 players drafted. It’s possible Ohio State breaks its own record. “No question Ohio State is a team that’s going to be well represented at next year’s draft,” CBSSports.com NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “There’s so much talent, we could be talking about potentially double digit draft picks for the Buckeyes next year.” So, what does that mean for OSU on the field this season? Are another unbeaten season and