So, what if Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones gets injured? Who will take snaps for the Buckeyes? True freshman Stephen Collier is on deck, according to Cleveland.com. The staff wants to redshirt the kid, but they are bringing him along just in case. A former three-star prospect from Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County, Collier maintains that he’d be capable in the event the Buckeyes need him. If they do, it will be on college football’s biggest stage. “What’s it like to be No. 2? You just always have to be ready,” Collier said. “When you’re at No. 4 you kind of have
In Friday's Big Ten links, we look at what one NFL expert says about Devin Gardner's NFL chances. Plus, Penn State is down one quarterback while Indiana added an impressive wide receiver. Read about all of that and more in this post.
In Thursday's Big Ten links we look that stories on the Cotton Bowl being a good fit for Michigan State, the NCAA president looking back at the Penn State scandal, and at least one Big ten hoops coach who likes to see the men's tournament headed to New York City. Get caught up in this post.
Ohio State didn’t just get to the College Football Playoff by itself. No, it got help from these five teams—according to Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com. At the top of the list is Baylor, which knocked off a TCU team on Oct. 11 that likely would have gone unbeaten—and been in the playoff—if not for this defeat. You see? *** This is pretty cool: Adam Sandler gave a shout-out to Indiana QB Zander Diamont—and advice on cigars. It pays to have a famous father. *** How good was Cardale Jones vs. Wisconsin? Very. Great breakdown here of what the redshirt sophomore
This is kinda cool: The conference will have a “Big Ten Day” in New York beginning in 2016 and 2017 that will include basketball and hockey doubleheaders. The men’s hoops tourney will be in Madison Square Garden in 2018. But the Big East traditionally plays its tourney at MSG the weekend that culminates with Selection Sunday, so the Big Ten tournament will be played one week earlier, according to the report. That means more conference games in December and, more jarringly, no significant games in the week before teams try to impress the NCAA tournament selection committee. I think that
Like everyone else, I already am looking forward to the Alabama-Ohio State clash in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. What a coaching battle between Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. Cleveland.com has a nice breakdown of their meetings. This will be Encounter No. 4. By the way: Saban leads, 2-1. *** Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com thinks Iowa’s bowl vs. Tennessee is big in scope for the program. And, he’s correct. This team needs to finish on an up note. The eighth bowl trip to Florida under coach Kirk Ferentz will provide an opportunity for the program to take a positive
Even though it’s bowl eligible with six wins, could Penn State—or any other 6-6 and 7-5 Big Ten team–be left out of the postseason? Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com says the outcome of Saturday’s Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Ohio State will be a major factor in determining whether a team stays home or not. If Wisconsin beats Ohio State, it’s a near certainty that everyone is going bowling because the Big Ten would likely have three programs — Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin — in a New Year’s bowl. If the Buckeyes win, however, the league could
Did Jerry Kill deserve to be Big Ten Coach of the Year? You won’t get an argument from me. But a case certainly could have been made for Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. Incredibly, a Buckeye coach hasn’t won this honor since Earle Bruce in 1979. Of course, Ohio State faces Wisconsin on Saturday. One of the best stories of 2014 has been how Badgers QB Joel Stave has resurrected his season which began with a mental funk that saw him unable to complete the simplest of passes to finishing the season on a roll. Check out this video feature. He’ll
Attendance was an issue at Michigan this season. How much so? It dropped to No. 3 in the nation. This is a big deal, folks. The Wolverines had paced America in attendance every year since 1998. Ohio State led the country this season, with an average attendance number of 106,296 in the Shoe. Texas A&M was No. 2 at 105,122. Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com says Michigan reported an average drop of 6,683 fans per game this season, as last year’s average worked out to 111,592 per home contest. *** Mike Griffith of Mlive.com thinks five Michigan State football players deserved
So many questions loom around Cardale Jones. Can he pass? Run? Take a hit? Who knows? But what a stage for discovery, playing in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title and a possible playoff spot. Bill Livingston of Cleveland.com says it basically boils down to this: OSU will be trying to scheme running plays to lessen the pressure on Jones. Wisconsin will crowd the line, daring Jones to throw. It is tough to run in those situations. To prep for Jones, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen looked at high school tape of the Buckeye sophomore. There just isn’t much OSU tape.