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.
Recruiting hasn’t been kind to Tom Izzo the last few seasons. Michigan State fans know it. Izzo has swung and missed on some big-time recruits. So, it looks like he’s adjusting his strategy. Hey, it’s not just about winning Big Ten titles in East Lansing. It’s about competing for national crowns. Top, top talent is needed to do that.
One week from today, Maryland and Rutgers will be official members of the Big Ten. Check out some of our favorite Big Ten headlines and tweets from around the web today in this post.
It’s Monday. To help ease you back into the work week, we compiled some of our favorite Big Ten links, photos and tweets from across the web today. Enjoy!
Happy Thursday, Big Ten fans. It’s almost the weekend. Are you excited? Here are some of our favorite Big Ten headlines and photos from today.
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U-S-A! U-S-A! We hope you enjoyed the thrilling World Cup win last night, but now it’s time for today’s top Big Ten headlines.
It’s a fun debate: Who’s the best basketball coach in the Big Ten? We all have our favorites. Marcus Jackson’s of the Champaign News-Gazette does, too. And he ranks ‘em. Guess who is No. 1? C’mon. It’s not that difficult to guess.
The gang at Athlonsports.com cranks out some quality stuff. You’ll wanna check out the site’s 10 must-see Big Ten non-conference games. At the top of the list? Michigan State at Oregon. No shock there. If the Spartans can leave Eugene with a win, they may have a good shot to run the table.
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Who is the Big Ten’s best quarterback? According to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, it’s Michigan State’s Connor Cook, who is No. 6 on the former scout’s preseason “Quarterback Tracker.” My pick? Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, a classic passer who embodies everything that a big-time quarterback should be.
NFL.com continues its series examining top players at each position in college football. The defensive backs are up. And Michigan State’s Trae Waynes is No. 5. Fellow Spartan Kurtis Drummond also is on the list at No. 8, while Ohio State’s Doran Grant is No. 7.
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Want a ticket for the Michigan-Notre Dame game? Get ready to pay up. The cheapest ticket available via the secondary market? It’s $419.95. I don’t see that price going down, as the last scheduled meeting between these iconic schools should draw lots of interest.
Wanna see Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill dance (sorta)? Check out this video, in which Kill tells students to dance after delivering the commencement speech.
Here’s some more news that won’t shock anyone: Christian Hackenberg already is on the radar of NFL teams. “Hack” had a boffo debut in 2013 and figures to be the first Big Ten quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL draft since … Kerry Collins in 1994!!! I still can’t believe that fact.
When discussing schedules, seven home games often are mentioned as a magical benchmark for schools. Well, the Big Ten is not set on it, apparently, according to this piece by Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. The coming move to nine Big Ten games in 2016 is one factor causing schools to rethink scheduling. The other is lucrative neutral-site games.
The start of the football season is less than 100 days away, if you can believe it. And there are few more anticipated non-conference games than Michigan State’s visit to Oregon. The Spartans are using the summer as prep time to get ready for that high-flying Duck offense led by Heisman contending quarterback Marcus Mariota. MSU will need the extra prep work. Everyone does.
The hype surrounding the Ohio State defensive line already is building. And with good reason. The unit may be the best in the nation, headlined by Noah Spence, Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa. In fact, all three of these guys could be first-round draft picks.
Oh, boy. You know the football season isn’t too far away when someone starts a countdown of some sort. Well, here’s one from the Lincoln Journal Star counting down the Top 25 Big Ten players of 2014. Here are Nos. 11-25. Check back for the rest.