Latest Debate It News

Debate It: MSU's defense or Huskers' offense?

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Michigan State

Darqueze Dennard Interception

Each week during the season, BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman and a featured guest will debate a topic related to Big Ten football. This week’s question: If you were a Big Ten coach, would you rather have Nebraska’s offense or Michigan State’s defense.

Read More

Find out more about:

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten Running Back of the Year?

James White

White Takes Direct Snap, Rushes For TD

Wisconsin has its fingerprint all over the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year award. Not only is the award named after two Badgers, former Wisconsin standout Montee Ball is its lone recipient, taking home the honors in both 2011 and 2012. Will another Wisconsin back win it in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year?

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller 1 Yard Touchdown

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

In its short two-year existence, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year has been very kind to its recipients. The inaugural winner, Russell Wilson, went on to have an All-Pro NFL rookie season, and last year’s winner, Braxton Miller, is a preseason Heisman Trophy favorite. Not bad, huh?

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Defensive Player of the Year?

Penn State's Stephfon Green

Ryan Shazier Interception Touchdown

Here’s what we know: There will be no repeat winner for the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year. Last year’s winner, John Simon, is in the NFL, leaving a pool of worthy candidates to fight for the award now in its third year. Who’s the top candidate entering the season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Offensive Player of the Year?

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

Braxton Miller is kind of good. We all saw what he did a season ago in his first year under Urban Meyer, and it all resulted in the 2012 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Back under center as a junior, Miller is the favorite to repeat in 2013. Will he do it? Who are his biggest competitors? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten tackles leader?

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Forces Fumble at Goal Line

Tackles are an inexact science, to be sure. Teams award them differently, so it’s not always as simple as comparing Player A from School A to Player B from School B. Whatever the case, the Big Ten returns several of its top tacklers, including 2012 leader Anthony Hitchens. Who will lead the Big Ten in tackles this fall? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten sacks leader?

Ra'Shede Hageman

Gophers Bring Down Stave on 3rd & Long

Last year was hardly the season of the sack. For the first time in at least a decade, no Big Ten player recorded double-digit sacks. Nine was good enough for the 2012 lead, shared between Northwestern’s Tyler Scott and Ohio State’s John Simon. Who will lead the Big Ten in sacks in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten interception leader?

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Nick VanHoose (23) intercepts a pass in front of Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Miles Osei (8) during the second half at Ryan Field. the Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 50-14. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Nick VanHoose Picks off Indiana

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

No category, it seems, is more difficult to predict on a yearly basis than interceptions. Sure, we know who the best cover guys are in the league every year, but that’s not always who finds himself on top of the leaderboard. Last year, there was a quartet of guys who led the Big Ten, with four interceptions. Only Landon Feichter returns from the group. Will he repeat in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten receiving TD leader?

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson Hauls in 3rd TD of the Day

Raise your hand if you thought Allen Robinson would lead the Big Ten in touchdown receptions a year ago at this time. No hands, right? That’s what we thought. Robinson entered last season with a grand total of three receptions before breaking out to pace the Big Ten with 77 catches, 1,013 yards and 11 TDs. Will there be another Robinson-like breakout this fall in the receiving TD category? Or will it be a familiar name? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten receiving yards leader?

Kenny Bell

Kenny Bell 74 Yard Catch

While the Big Ten doesn’t boast a laundry list of all-world wide receivers, it’s not like it is void of talent at the position. Guys such as Allen Robinson, Kenny Bell and Jared Abbrederis steal most of the headlines, but there’s also plenty of other productive guys. Who will lead the Big Ten in receiving yards this season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten rushing TD leader?

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller TD Run

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

There used to be a time when the rushing touchdown leaderboard always came down to the elite running backs. These days, the running backs receive stiff competition from dual-threat quarterbacks. More specifically, in the Big Ten, Kain Colter, Taylor Martine and Braxton Miller. Will a signal-caller lead the Big Ten in rushing scores this fall? See Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten rushing yards leader?

Venric Mark

Venric Mark Film Session

The Big Ten is known for churning out 1,000-yard running backs. That’s still the case in 2013, with talents such as Ameer Abdullah, Carlos Hyde, Venric Mark and James White, among others, calling the Big Ten home. In recent seasons, however, quarterbacks have joined the mix, too. And that only makes predicting the rushing yards leader even more fun. See our guys’ picks for this season’s rushing yards leader in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten passing TD leader?

Taylor Martinez

Martinez Passes for Five TD's

If we had told you prior to last season that Matt McGloin, Taylor Martinez, Robert Marve, Braxton Miller and Cam Coffman would finish 1-5 in touchdown passes, you would have thought we were crazy. Point is, at this time of year, it’s difficult to predict a category like this.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten passing yards leader?

November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) passes the ball against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Buys Time, Hits Dileo in the Endzone

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

A year ago, few, if any, would have pegged Penn State’s Matt McGloin to lead the Big Ten in passing yards. He did, and did so in dominating fashion, finishing 395 yards ahead of Taylor Martinez despite playing two fewer games. Will another unexpected, under-the-radar guy lead the Big Ten in passing yards in 2013? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten scoring leader?

Jeff Budzien

Braxton Miller 1 Yard Touchdown

Good news, Big Ten offensive players: Montee Ball is gone, meaning the conference’s scoring title is wide open. Ball, the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist and 2012 Doak Walker Award Winner, ruled the category the last two seasons, scoring a combined 368 points. Now that Ball is in the NFL, who will assume the Big Ten scoring title? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: Should IU be ranked in preseason polls?

Yogi Ferrell

Yogi Ferrell Crossover Layup

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Crean and Indiana spent a big portion of last season ranked No. 1 in the nation. As we all know, though, the Hoosiers lost a ton of talent, including Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller. They return Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey and also welcome a decorated incoming class, so the question needs to be asked: Should Indiana be ranked in the preseason polls? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their thoughts below.

Read More

Find out more about:

Debate it: Most interesting Big Ten QB situation?

Texas Christian vs Michigan State

Bennie Fowler's 12-Yard Winning Touchdown & Celebration

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no more talked-about position than quarterback, and for obvious reasons. The quarterback, more times than not, is the face of the team, and has his hands on the ball every snap. That being the case, fans love to follow a good quarterback battle.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Will Hawkeyes bounce back and make bowl?

Kirk Ferentz

Greg Davis - Gerry DiNardo Conversation

Everyone associated with the Iowa football program would love to forget the 2012 season. It was a struggle all around, in pretty much every facet, as the Hawkeyes finished 4-8 and missed out on a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Can this year’s new-look team get back to the postseason? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their thoughts in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: Can Wildcats win Legends Division?

Pat Fitzgerald

Kain Colter Rushed for 4 Touchdowns

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The way Northwestern finished the 2012 season, culminating in the program’s first bowl win since the 1948 Rose Bowl, coupled with the fact it returns much of its skill position talent, expectations are quite high in Evanston. In fact, some are wondering if the Wildcats – yes, the Wildcats – have what it takes to play for their first Big Ten title since 2000. Do they? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Will Michigan offense be better without Denard?

Devin Gardner

Back to Back Michigan Touchdowns

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It might be crazy to consider, but will the Michigan offense be better this season sans Denard Robinson? You know, the same Robinson who set numerous records with his ability to rack up eye-popping statistical days? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss the topic in this post, and their answers may surprise some.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate it: Will Ohio State have B1G's best offense?

Devin Smith

Devin Smith Touchdown

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Give Braxton Miller and the Ohio State offense another year under Urban Meyer, and the results should improve. Heck, in Year One with Meyer, the Buckeyes averaged a Big Ten-best 37.2 points per game. With Miller and a host of his best weapons back, including Carlos Hyde, Corey Brown and Devin Smith, among others, will Ohio State have the Big Ten’s best offense in 2013? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate it: Will Bill Cubit fix Illinois' offense?

To put it mildly, the Illinois offense struggled last season under co-coordinators Chris Beatty and Billy Gonzales. It’s Bill Cubit’s unit now, and the veteran coach has had success on various stops across the nation. Will it continue in Champaign, and as soon as this season? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address the Illini offense in this post, and they’ll continue to do so throughout the spring football season. All of our spring football coverage is here, and the 2013 Spring Football Schedule is here.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate it: Will Nebraska defense improve in 2013?

John Papuchis

BTN Football Report on Nebraska Spring Practice

Nebraska holds its annual Red-White Spring Game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, and you’ll be able to watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go. As we’ll be doing with every team this spring, BTN’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address one hot topic facing each team entering the 2013 season. Up first: Nebraska.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Debate It: Is Burke or Oladipo Big Ten POY?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo Dunk

As we near the stretch run of the Big Ten schedule, there are plenty of races to keep an eye on. The most intriguing one, other than the Big Ten title race, is the battle for Big Ten Player of the Year. Will it be the season-long frontrunner Trey Burke? Or the quickly surging Victor Oladipo? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post.

Read More

Find out more about: , ,