Look out, Big Ten quarterbacks! Once again, the Big Ten will boast more than its share of premier pass-rushers. In all, the Big Ten returns seven of its top 10 sack leaders. It all starts with Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the year who racked up a Big Ten-best 13.5 sacks in 2014. All of the following guys are back after finishing tied for fourth place with eight sacks: Vince Biegel (Wisconsin), Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State), Darron Lee (Ohio State), Drew Ott (Iowa), Kemoko Turay (Rutgers) and Anthony Zettel (Penn State). After that, don’t
He’s usually one of the most popular people on campus—but you may not even know his name: He’s the backup quarterback. And, he could hold the key to your team’s season.
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Purdue’s 26-18 victory over No. 7 Ohio State in the 2009 Big Ten season. Purdue QB Joey Elliott was outstanding in this game, passing for 281 yards and hooking up with Aaron Valentin on a pair of touchdowns. The victory marked Purdue’s first win over a ranked team in six years, and the first victory over Ohio State in seven seasons. Here is a breakdown of Purdue’s win over Ohio State. Top moment: Joey Elliott hit Aaron Valentin for a 23-yard touchdown strike with 3:35 left in the third quarter,
Let’s all say it together: The Michigan State at Ohio State game is the most anticipated in the Big Ten in 2015. And, as Kyle Austin points out, it also is the 7th-most expensive ticket in the nation, according to SeatGeek. The average resale price of a ticket is at $341, more than double the $150 face value of tickets sold by Ohio State — the highest face value of any of the school’s seven home games. *** On the subject of tickets, Michigan is about sold out for its home games. Tell me you aren’t surprised. Thanks, Jim! The
Michigan State says running back Delton Williams is returning to the Spartans this fall as a non-scholarship athlete.
Some things just don’t get old. Like, for example, the classic uniform dummy pranks. [ MORE: You have to see this Urban Meyer sculpture made out of butter ] Never seen one before? Watch Ohio State’s quarterback intern coach Mike Hartline, the brother of former Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline, execute it perfectly above. If you remember, Michigan State did something similar two years ago. Basically, the prank consists of someone dressing up in full uniform, standing still – resembling one of the mannequins showing off the team’s several uniform combinations – and scaring anyone who approaches. Cardale Jones
It was the Big Ten’s turn Monday in SI.com’s conference-by-conference look at the top 2016 NFL Draft prospects. The publication ranked the Big Ten’s top 10 pro prospects, and all 10 play in the Big Ten East – more specifically, Ohio State (4), Michigan State (3), Penn State (2) and Rutgers (1). Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott top the list. Not surprisingly, those two claimed defensive and offensive player of the year, respectively, in cleveland.com’s annual preseason Big Ten poll. Here’s a snippet of what SI.com said about Bosa: The NFL will have to
Every media day, writers arrive in Chicago with no shortage of questions. For fun, and in anticipation of the event Thursday and Friday, I sat down and jotted down some of the first queries that came to mind. Here are 50 vexing questions to ponder at Big Ten media days: 1. How will the Buckeyes deal with being the hunted?2. Is Michigan’s offensive finally good? 3. Who will emerge at receiver for Maryland? 4. Who will start under center for Ohio State? 5. Can Northwestern reverse a disturbing two-year 5-7 funk? 6. Is the Indiana defense ready to show some
When it comes to social media stars in the Big Ten this summer, it doesn’t get much bigger than Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. [ MORE: Like this post! Check out our Gone Viral section ] He’s right up there with new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has received non-stop attention for his activity on Twitter, and that says a lot. Jones, a third-string quarterback just a year ago, is about to hit 230,000 followers. He’s so popular on the platform, tweets about him often become a big deal, too. For example, the videos above and below, tweeted by teammate
Cleveland.com released its fifth annual Big Ten preseason football poll Monday, and it was all about reigning national champion Ohio State. All 40 voters from around the league picked the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten, while they also tabbed RB Ezekiel Elliott and DE Joey Bosa as offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively, in landslide decisions. Bosa garnered 37 of 38 first-place votes, with Maryland’s William Likely taking the only other top vote, and Elliott took 31 of 39. The West champion was a runaway winner, too, as Wisconsin tallied 32 first-place votes, to Nebraska’s five and