Take a spin around Friday's Big Ten headlines starting with Wisconsin's impressive run to the regular season title. Also, we've got a great story on how Iowa's Aaron White revived the Hawkeyes and a few more updates on a handful of Big Ten football teams. Spring football games are less than a month away. Read on.
The snow version of the College Football National Championship Trophy! #GoBucks #buckeyes pic.twitter.com/FxsuJPfhyH — The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) March 4, 2015 It’s been a long, cold winter in the Midwest and throughout Big Ten country. With winter comes snow, and with snow comes snowmen, snow angles and snow sculptures. One Ohio State fan put together a must-see snow creation of this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship trophy, which of course, belongs to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Check it out in the photo on top of this post. Can anyone sculpt a Big Ten Championship trophy? If so, send me
Former Michigan State standout Le’Veon Bell, who is set to enter his third NFL season, has already developed into one of the top running backs in the league. The 23-year-old running back rushed for 1,361 yards last season, which ranked second in the NFL, to go along with 83 receptions for 854 yards and three more scores. Bell was named a first-team All-Pro and was selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl this past season. However, NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. did not give Bell great reviews coming out of Michigan State, and Bell went off on the analyst
The debate lasted most of the 2014 season, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down as the 2015 NFL Draft approaches. Along the way, though, the debate has gone from arguing the Big Ten’s best running back to the NFL’s top running back prospect. Is it Melvin Gordon, the Big Ten Running Back of the Year and 2014 Heisman Trophy finalist? Is it Ameer Abdullah, the all-time all-purpose yards leader at Nebraska and NFL Combine star? Is it Tevin Coleman, the star out of Indiana? Or, is it former Georgia star Todd Gurley? It’s Coleman, according to former Chicago
No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
In Thursday's collection of links from around the Big Ten, we spotlight an interesting look at the expected breakout players in spring football. Also, what does Iowa's hoops win over Indiana mean (video highlights included)? And here's an odd tale about an accidental text message sent to a football recruit. Dive in for more.
RT @CoachJim4UM: Big Congrats to Judge Judy on signing her contract extension thru 2020 from a Devout Fan! pic.twitter.com/sFJL6f6FDm — Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 3, 2015 One doesn’t rack up nearly 200,000 Twitter followers in a little more than two months without providing unique takes. Jim Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) has done just that since rejoining Twitter upon his hire late last year at Michigan. And it’s a big reason why he immediately became the Big Ten’s second-most followed coach, behind rival Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer). On Tuesday afternoon, he delighted social media again with this tweet congratulating Judge Judy on her contract
BABY ANIMAL ALERT! Meet Zeke, a Humboldt #penguin chick. He hatched on 2/20 & now weighs 10 ounces! pic.twitter.com/RpGyDnbLAh — Columbus Zoo (@ColumbusZoo) March 3, 2015 Run for 200-plus yards in three straight postseason games on the way to the national championship, and people will find no shortage of ways to honor you. [ MORE: Sporting News ranks Ohio State nation’s No. 1 program ] Take the Columbus Zoo for example. It announced on Twitter (@ColumbusZoo) Tuesday that it named a baby Humboldt penguin, born on Feb. 20, “Zeke.” If there was any doubt about where the name came from,
Which college football program is the best top to bottom? It’s reigning national champ Ohio State, according to Sporting News’ Matt Hayes. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Ohio State spring preview ] Hayes put the Buckeyes atop his top 10 program rankings, ahead of national powers Texas and USC. The list is a who’s who of college football, as one might expect, and it also includes another Big Ten team: Michigan, at No. 6. With two schools, the Big Ten is tied with the Pac-12 (USC and Oregon) for second-most teams on the list, behind the SEC’s three (LSU, Florida