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When discussing Michigan’s season, most focus on the offensive line as the key area. No doubt, the unit has a lot of pressure to perform after a lackluster effort in 2013. But quarterback Devin Gardner also has a big role. He must grasp new coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s attack—and play within the system. He can’t try to do too much.
The day has arrived! Big Ten football kicks off tonight, with Minnesota hosting Eastern Illinois (7 ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Before the action, get Thursday’s top Big Ten headlines.
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In Wednesday’s Big Ten links, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart takes a spin around the headlines they include a look at how Michigan chooses football captains now, Iowa’s preparation for Northern Iowa, and a number of other stories. Dive in and get caught up.
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OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti is famous for his fanatical intensity when it comes to weight lifting and conditioning. Want proof? Buckeyes LB Joshua Perry posted some before and after pictures from over a two-year period after working under the screaming Marotti. This is stunning. Where do I sign up?
The hype surrounding the Ohio State defensive line has been growing. And with good reason. Even Urban Meyer is heaping praise on the Buckeyes’ front, comparing it to his star-studded group in 2006 at Florida that was led by Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey that whipped Ohio State in the BCS title game after the 2006 season.
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Where have all the 1,000-yard rushers gone in Ann Arbor? Really. It’s a crisis of sorts. Is there one on this year’s roster? The competition at running back figures to be strong between De’Veon Smith and Derrick Green.
The move toward autonomy for the nation’s power leagues chugs forward. Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith is confident it will happen. Good enough for me. The NCAA will vote on the issue on Aug. 7. Gotta think it will pass. And this would be a good thing.
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When the Big Ten was drawn into new division alignments, much was made about the perceived strength of the East. It does look loaded with the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. Dirk Chatelain of Omaha.com is buying in. In fact, he thinks the West will be an afterthought in 2014.
Today is July 1. But, it’s much more than just the first day of a new month. It’s also an historic day, the first day in new conferences for many schools. Rutgers and Maryland officially come aboard the Big Ten today.