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.
Ohio State had a banner 2014-15 season, no doubt about it. In fact, the Buckeyes won five of the Big Ten’s single-season record 10 national titles, it all beginning with the football team’s memorable run to its first national crown since 2002. Wrestling, pistol, synchronized swimming and rowing followed suit, the latter becoming the first to three-peat in the sport’s history. The Buckeyes had some success on the hardwood, too, as the men made their seventh consecutive NCAA tourney and D’Angelo Russell was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and the women bounced back to make the
Ohio State uniform concept on Ezekiel Elliot! RATE 1-10 and COMMENT REQUESTS! #OhioState #Ohio #State #Buckeyes #OhioStateBuckeyes #Football #Champions #NationsBest #Shoutout A photo posted by Concept Uniforms (@next_gen_uniforms) on Jul 7, 2015 at 8:24am PDT When thinking of the most traditional uniforms in college football, it’s hard not to include Ohio State in the mix. The classic scarlet and gray tops with the buckeye helmet is one of the most recognizable looks throughout the nation. Well, the folks over at Next Gen Uniforms gave that classic look a bit of a twist. Next Gen Uniform’s Instagram account, next_gen_uniforms, recently posted
It’s July, and hopes run high across the fruited plain of the Big Ten. The possibilities seem endless from Lincoln to Piscataway. Now is the time to dream big.
The NCAA, EA Sports settlement is in. And athletes could receive thousands. According to legal documents obtained by USA Today, many athletes are “likely” to receive “at least $1,000” and some could receive “$6,700 or more.” *** Fun piece from SI.com, which wonders what is your program’s brand? And what should it be? *** So, with Bo Ryan poised to leave after this season, who is his likely replacement? Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says current Wisconsin assistant Greg Gard is the one to watch. Makes sense to me. Why stray from the Ryan family tree? Gard deserves
At 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Iowa’s memorable 24-23 victory over No. 3 Penn State in the 2008 Big Ten regular season. This game will be remembered as the one that ruined the Nittany Lions’ perfect season and any chance they had at making the BCS National Championship Game. Daniel Murray’s 31-yard field goal with one second remaining gave Iowa the victory, its first against a top five team since 1990. Shonn Greene rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, while the Hawkeyes’ defense held Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark to just 9-of-23 passing for 86 yards and
Our friends over at Collegespun.com recently released an article of the 10 best Ohio State cakes on Pinterest. There are a number of creative cakes featured in the post, ranging from birthdays to weddings to baby showers. This got me thinking: If Ohio State has so many creative cake designs on Pinterest, every Big Ten school probably has some type of extravagant food creations on the popular social media platform. So, I searched all 14 Big Ten schools and picked my favorite food creation for all 14 schools. Here we go. ILLINOIS: 146 birthday cupcakes – University of Illinois INDIANA:
The University of Michigan has reached an agreement in principle with Nike to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. The partnership commences August 1, 2016 and will see Nike supply all 31 of U-M’s athletics programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. U-M and Nike also will collaborate throughout the agreement on innovation initiatives in sports technology, design and best practices. “After careful consideration, the right partner for the University of Michigan was Nike,” said interim athletic director Jim Hackett. “This decision, this partnership is