Predictions. Everyone has them, and rarely do people prognosticate correctly. As the saying goes, that’s why they play the game. I’ve been burned with predictions several times, the most recent one coming when I said Illinois was for real and a Rose Bowl contender. We all know how that turned out! With the calendar flipping to 2012 Sunday, it’s time to offer up some more educated guesses, posted in a multiple choice test format to give it a different wrinkle. Feel free to post your answers or fill in your “other” selection in the comment box. The predictions are listed in chronological order and, just for clarity, many of the football ones take into account likely early NFL departures.
We received a great photo from our friend John Lewandowski, Michigan State’s football SID, Thursday night. With the Spartans preparing for Monday’s Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio decided to have an alligator attend Thursday’s practice for “a little extra motivation,” according to the email. The team posed with the beast, jaws taped together, of course. See the photo, courtesy of MSU Athletic Communications, in this post.
Any trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex these days must include a detour to Cowboys Stadium. Now in its third season, the world’s largest domed stadium cost $1.3 billion to construct, and it used every single penny. The place is impressive on TV, so just imagine what it’s like in person. The Penn State football team knows how majestic the place is, as it toured the famous stadium Wednesday. Penn State faces Houston in the TicketCity Bowl at noon ET Monday at the Cotton Bowl. Watch the team’s tour, courtesy of GOPSUTV’s YouTube page, in this post.
You heard about Wednesday’s announcement that the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference made a unique scheduling agreement where among other things the football teams from each conference will play one inter-league football game each year. Now you can listen to Wednesday’s teleconference where commissioners of both conferences took questions from reporters – just jump down further in this post.
You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mailbag. With bowl season heating up, some wonder how the Big Ten will fare in the postseason after a rough 2010 experience. Also, which hoops teams have impressed with conference play just beginning? And some fans wonder how the Ohio State defense will look with Everett Withers arriving as co-coordinator to work in concert with Luke Fickell.
Everyone’s heard of Alcatraz, but have you ever toured the San Francisco landmark? Illinois football players did just that while in California preparing for Saturday afternoon’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl versus UCLA. Go behind the scenes with the Illini as they tour the famous military prison in an IlliniProductionsHD YouTube video in this post.
How exciting would it be to see Wisconsin play USC in the Rose Bowl to kick off a season? Well, It could happen under a new partnership announced today by the Big Ten and Pac-12 that will include inter-conference scheduling across all sports as well as cross-promotion on each league’s TV network.