BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides a look at the five most important players for Ohio State in its quest to beat Oregon and win the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.
The hype continues to build for Monday night’s national championship game. No doubt, the play of the quarterbacks will play a big role in the outcome. Cleveland.com takes a look at how Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones stack up numbers-wise. On the subject of Ohio State, how good of a job has Urban Meyer done this year? It has to be one of the all-time best coaching jobs ever, right? The way Meyer has managed an injury-riddled quarterback spot and improved the defense has been remarkable. *** Who is Jim Harbaugh rooting for to win the national
Newborn babies at OSU’s Wexner Center will receive “One Down, One To Go!” blankets. Get the details in this post!
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh will be rooting for Ohio State in Monday's national championship game. Get the full details inside!
Did the Sugar Bowl outcome surprise you? How does Ohio State stop Marcus Mariota and Oregon? And could the 1995 Buckeyes beat this year's Buckeyes? That's what we asked Ohio State product and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George in our Q&A.
If this is what life without Rayvonte Rice (out indefinitely with a broken hand) is going to be like for Illinois, then things may be A-OK in Champaign. The Illini got a monster effort from Malcolm Hill en route to shocking Maryland on Wednesday night. This was a huge win for Illinois—it also was its first of Big Ten play after suffering some tough losses earlier in league action. This could be a spark. *** The staff of new Nebraska coach Mike Riley is taking shape. And it has an “Oregon State” feel, if you know what I mean. Including
When Oregon and Ohio State meet in the national championship game on Monday night in Arlington, Texas, each offense will feel like it’s looking in the mirror.
Like uniforms? The popular uniform-centric @Uniformswag has a poll that will be of interest. Especially for Illinois and Northwestern fans. The Illini’s “Gray Ghost” and the Wildcats’ “Gothic” alternate uniforms are among the 15 designs up for the 2014 uniform of the year award. Yes, those are the only Big Ten uniforms to make the list. Notre Dame’s “Shamrock Series” set, worn vs. Purdue, is in the mix, too. See all 15 designs & vote here. Voting ends Friday and the winner will be announced Sunday. Another Big Ten look worthy of inclusion, based on creativity and execution: Maryland’s “Star
With the football season hitting its apex and the Big Ten playing a major role, I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your queries. The Jim Harbaugh hires continues to resonate.
This is a fun piece: ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach wrote an apology to the Big Ten, a conference he buried earlier this year. *** Looks like D.J. Durkin reportedly will be defensive coordinator at Michigan. He was with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and most recently ran the defense at Florida, where he was interim head coach for the Gators’ bowl win. *** The great Mike Griffith of Mlive.com has a good recap of Michigan State’s 11-2 season in photo and extended cutline fashion. *** Nice piece from Tom Shatel of Omaha.com on Jack Hoffman’s appreciation for meeting Stuart Scott, who