A look at the rise of Penn State's Carl Nassib. Another look at how Michigan punter Blake O'Neill handled adversity. What are Ohio State's Cardale Jones' options? Is Iowa's 7-0 start "lucky" or a product of design? Find these Big Ten football stories and more in Friday's Big Ten roundup.
Thursday morning brings stories on Brady Hoke's take on Michigan's last play last Saturday, a little bit of possible tension between Pit and Penn State, Maryland's handshake plan for this weekend, and Urban Meyer's thoughts on Rutgers WR Leonte Caroo. Plus, Purdue seeks approval on a new football complex. Read it all in this post.
Mark Dantonio has a name for that crazy game-ending play that propelled Michigan State to a wild last-play victory at Michigan that still has me sitting on the ceiling: “Rangers: Mission 4:10.” This also interesting: Dantonio said the MSU staff turned the situation around, and like many other staffs across the country, reviewed what they would have done in Jim Harbaugh’s shoes. “You have to recognize the situation, (and) recognize if there’s a guy back (to receive the punt) in that situation or not, (and) if they don’t have a guy back, you bring you gunners in possibly,” Dantonio said.
Still can’t get enough of the wild end to the Michigan State at Michigan game? Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com looked into the history of Wolverine Aussie punter Blake O’Neill. And Solomon unearthed some interesting stuff, as O’Neill’s Australian rules past may have contributed to his last-play fail. *** And then there is this: Mark Dantonio says he missed the postgame handshake with Jim Harbaugh but says no issues loom between them. “It’s one of those things, you’re just not there at the time, but there’s no problems between myself and coach Harbaugh,” Dantonio said Monday morning on WDFN. “I have
Still don’t believe what you saw at the end of the Michigan State-Michigan game? Mlive.com has a good breakdown from the snap, to the run, to the celebration. It still takes my breath away. *** The Spartans’ win brings more focus on their visit to Ohio State on Nov. 21 in a showdown of what could be unbeaten teams at the top of the Big Ten East. As Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com notes, after seven weeks of leaving doubt as to whether they belonged there, No. 1 Ohio State and No. 7 Michigan State are right where everyone predicted –
Who wins Michigan vs. Michigan State, and why - at least in the eyes of these experts? And Urban Meyer is not surprised by Jim Harbaugh's early success leading the Wolverines. Also, Penn State is eyeing an upset of the Buckeyes this Saturday, plus a handful of notes from Thursday's Big ten Basketball Media Days.
In Wednesday's batch of Big Ten headlines, we look at stories on Wisconsin's struggling offense, Penn State's plan for Ohio State, plus handful of other football and basketball stories. Oh look - Frank Kaminsky is dancing in China! Watch and read these stories in this post.
Let’s keep priming the pump for the Michigan State at Michigan game. Mlive.com takes a look at the most recent matchups when both teams were ranked. As you certainly know, both teams are currently ranked. This should be so much fun Saturday. *** More Michigan: It is incredible to think that Wolverines’ odds to win the national title are now 10:1, fourth best in the nation. The only teams with better odds than Michigan at the moment are Ohio State (5-2), Baylor (5-1) and LSU (8-1). Remember: The Wolverines finished 5-7 last season. *** In case you forgot, the three-game
Finally, it’s here: Michigan State at Michigan. And, no doubt, the Wolverines are playing better than any team in the Big Ten. But the Spartans—who have won 32 of their last 35 games–are just where they want to be: being overlooked despite being 6-0. MSU has won six of the last seven games in the series, a run of MSU dominance that this series hasn’t seen in years. When was the last time a Wolverine-Spartan game meant so much or was as highly anticipated? *** Unbelievably, Michigan is just a win over Michigan State from being a national contender, says
USAToday has its coaching salary data base out, and the updates are interesting. Also, Rutgers hasn't forgotten what Michigan State did last time. And Northwestern has lost four consecutive games to Michigan - does that streak end this weekend? Dive into Friday's headlines leading up to Saturday's games.