The annual summer trek through Big Ten country continues as the 11th stop on our tour brought us to Rutgers where we watched the Scarlet Knights scrimmage Saturday night. Here are the fives things I learned at Rutgers. 1. The defensive line should be good. End Kemoko Turay was a revelation last season in his debut, but he missed Saturday’s scrimmage with injury. Senior Darius Hamilton, who could be one of the best tackles in the Big Ten, also didn’t play Saturday. He lacks great bulk but is quick off the ball. RU needs both of these guys 100 percent.
Defending champs Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll in the history of the poll, which dates back to 1950. The Buckeyes got 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. Michigan State is ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, one spot up from the Spartans’ No. 6 ranking in the Coaches’ poll. Wisconsin rounds out the Big Ten teams in the AP poll at No. 20. The full poll is here. Our Summer Football Tour stops in Columbus on Monday with full coverage on BTN
So, what does Ohio State do for an encore coming off a stunning 14-1 national championship season? How about winning another crown? The reigning kings of college football have it all going on, as Urban Meyer features a loaded roster. Will this team lose a game this season? Hmmmm. Some issues may arise to derail the mighty Buckeyes. Here are three things I’ll be watching Monday at practice. 1. How do the quarterbacks look? This is obvious, right? I mean, no position in America has been scrutinized more that the Ohio State quarterback spot. Junior Cardale Jones and sophomore J.T.
The BTN bus has left Maryland, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while watching the Terrapins scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Maryland tweets ] Senior Brandon Ross and junior Wes Brown are battling to see who will be the No. 1 running back. Each took turns rotating today. Ross limits mistakes, which is a trait the staff likes. Brown is a physical specimen who is still looking to hit his stride. Is either a top back? Depth was hurt when Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid
The 10th stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to College Park, Maryland, where we watched the Terrapins scrimmage Saturday afternoon.
Saturday afternoon marked the 10th stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Maryland scrimmage notes ] Stop No. 10 of 14 had us visiting College Park, Maryland, on Saturday to watch Randy Edsall’s Terrapins scrimmage at Byrd Stadium. After the scrimmage, our bus hit the road, in order to watch Rutgers’ scrimmage Saturday night. Get host Dave Revsine, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the Maryland scrimmage below. @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNTOMDIENHART
Rutgers begins its second season in the Big Ten. But, some big issues hang over Kyle Flood’s program. The team is breaking in a new quarterback. How will that go? There also is a new offensive coordinator. And the secondary is being re-worked. Here are three things I will be watching at Rutgers practice. 1. What is the offensive identity? Rutgers is on its sixth offensive coordinator in six years, with Ben McDaniels now pushing the buttons on the offense. Don’t expect a radical difference, as the Scarlet Knights figure to be built around the run to help buffer the
College football is fast approaching. Can you smell it in the air? To get ready for the season, Sean Merriman took a look at the best Big Ten player born in every state.
Maryland’s debut in the Big Ten was mixed. There were wins vs. Iowa, Penn State and Michigan and a bowl trip but a late-season meltdown marred a 7-6 season. Hope floats in College Park, as Randy Edsall may have his best team yet as he begins his fifth season on campus. Here are three things I will be watching at Terrapins’ practice. 1. How does the o-line look? This unit has been underperforming since Randy Edsall has been in charge. A lack of depth and talent have been issues. But, the unit looks to be well-stocked. And there is some
The BTN bus has left Penn State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered from watching the Nittany Lions on Thursday and Friday.