What’s being said about Big Ten football on this glorious Thursday? Here are the top stories. Enjoy.
Penn State’s defense has some big holes to fill on the defensive line but Iowa’s defensive line is young and inexperienced, too. Could Minnesota true freshman quarterback Philip Nelson unseat MarQueis Gray? And how will the production of departed Nick Toon be replaced at Wisconsin? Here’s my daily spin around the football headlines in the Big Ten.
One of the best things about college football bowl games is the inter-sectional matchups we typically never get to see. Well, it’s only April but the Big Ten features some non-conference games that already have the look and feel of bowl games. So I compiled my top 15 non-conference football games coming our way next fall, the first in a series of occasional off-season “Rank It” posts.
Day 2 of our Twitter Tips series takes us to Indiana. We kicked off the 12-installment project Tuesday with the Big Ten school at the top of the alphabet, Illinois, and will post a new one, in alphabetical order, every day until we reach Wisconsin. Our goal with this series is simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with our fans. Now, let’s get to the Indiana handles.
On Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine interviewed first-year Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien, the former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, and the Nittany Lions hold their spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. Find out how to watch the game. Saturday, of course, will mark fans’ first chance to see the new-look Nittany Lions, who are under the guidance of someone other than Joe Paterno for the first time since 1965. How has O’Brien and his staff put their stamp on the program? Watch Revsine’s interview with the head coach now.
Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray sat down with Dave Revsine on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report” to discuss former teammate Gary Tinsley’s passing (story), the Gophers’ running back position and his improvements as a passer, among other topics. Gray and the Gophers play their spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go. Find out how to watch the game. Gray, entering his second season as the starting QB, completed just 50.7 percent of his passes and threw as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions in 2011. Hear why the senior is excited about Minnesota’s 2012 offense now.
On Tuesday’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Gerry DiNardo took you inside the film room with new Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis. In the feature, Davis, who coached at Texas from 1998-2010 and won the 2005 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, hit up the whiteboard to talk about the offensive philosophy he brings to the Hawkeyes. Watch the entire segment now.