There’s offense, defense … and special teams, the often overlooked aspect of football. But, special teams can be the narrow difference between winning and losing. Here's a look at the Big Ten East units.
The NBA draft is Thursday. And Jay Bilas thinks Branden Dawson is a second-round pick. Sounds about right. But I wonder: What position will he play? What offensive skills does he possess aside from grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks? *** Sporting News has seven reasons why Michigan-Ohio State meets the hype in 2015—as if you really needed seven reasons. No need to call in Don King. Here is all you need: Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Done. I just hope Meyer and Harbaugh stick around for 10 more years. Please, football gods. Let it happen. *** It didn’t take
It should be another strong season for the Big Ten. Fresh off the conference's first national title since 2002, the Big Ten boasts a bevy of top-end talent. One look at Athlon Sports' All-America Team proves that.
Tuesday brought the second and final day of Fox Sports’ draft of the best players in college football. If you missed it Monday, Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman decided to draft mythical teams, consisting of 25 players (11 offensive starters, 11 defensive starters, backup quarterback, kicker & punter), and put the final rosters to a vote. Michigan State center Jack Allen and Ohio State safety Vonn Bell and guard Pat Elflein were taken on Day 2, after seven Big Ten players were selected on Day 1. This draft, from a Big Ten perspective, was all about Big Ten East powers
One doesn’t need to be a big college football fan to know that the Big Ten is home to some of the nation’s top stadiums. NFL.com’s recent ranking of college football’s best stadiums is more proof. Five Big Ten stadiums make the list, accounting for 33 percent of the countdown. Ohio Stadium leads the way at No. 5, while Michigan Stadium, Memorial Stadium (Nebraska), Beaver Stadium and Camp Randall Stadium also made the cut. The No. 1 stadium, according to NFL.com? That is the Rose Bowl, home of The Grandaddy of Them All. See what NFL.com has to say about
The Big Ten West is home to some fine secondaries. And it all begins with a loaded Minnesota defensive backfield that teems with talent and experience.
How good could the Big Ten East be in 2015? Pretty good. Mark Podolski of the News-Herald in Ohio thinks the division may be the best in the nation. The SEC West was college football’s standard bearer. No more. The bottom line is the SEC is in a transition period. After the conference won seven straight BCS national championships — that last in 2012 — it’s been two years since it took home a national crown. Also, the SEC West was 2-4 in last year’s postseason. For those keeping score, the Big Ten East was 5-1 in the postseason. And
Don’t tell Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman that there’s still two-plus months before kickoff. The FOX Sports college football writers are busy conducting a fantasy draft to pick the best team to win this year’s College Football Playoff. Monday featured the draft’s first 25 selections, five of which came from reigning national champion Ohio State. Joey Bosa went No. 2, to Feldman, after Mandel selected Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson, to pace four Buckeyes in the top 13; J.T. Barrett was taken with the 25th pick. Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun (No. 17) and Connor Cook (No. 18) rounded out the Big
Rain pounded the Midwest this past week, and Urban Meyer’s basement is the proof. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section ] Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, tweeted pictures of the damage to the their $1.45 million house Sunday morning. Making the inconvenience all the more frustrating, the first picture she shared, the one above, was a playful response to a newscaster’s tweet about an upcoming segment on how to prevent basement flooding. This is no fun. Silver lining? Now the Meyers have an excuse to replace the old-school TV with a more modern one. h/t: elevenwarriors.com
This is the last line of defense, the one remaining obstacle between an offense and paydirt, and the Big Ten East figures to feature some very talented defensive backfields.