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It was just last week when the BTN.com panel offered up our picks for potential breakout players to watch in 2014. Today, I’m going to take it one step further and provide my 2014 Big Ten All-Breakout team. These are the guys who aren’t stars yet, but certainly have the talent to be so in 2014. I listed five players on the offensive side of the ball (QB, RB, WR, TE, OL) and five on the defensive side (DE, DT, LB, CB, S).
Week 2 brings more juice than the opening salvo to the season, as there are three nationally relevant games: Michigan State at Oregon; Virginia Tech at Ohio State; Michigan at Notre Dame. In fact, those games will offer the Big Ten a golden chance to make a statement. A win by the Spartans on the road in raucous Autzen Stadium would stamp them legit national title contenders. Here’s a look at the best of Week 2.
Forget about the fastest player in the Big Ten, NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer ranked Purdue speedster Raheem Mostert as the nation’s fastest player. So much for the narrative that the Big Ten has no speed, huh? Regardless of conference affiliation, Mostert can fly. He’s shown his speed on the football field (see video above), but he’s done most of his damage in track and field.
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Who are the top current coaches throughout college basketball? Our friends over at ESPN are working on a series, listing the top 50 coaches in the nation. Three Big Ten coaches appear in the first installment, which ranks Nos. 25-50: Minnesota’s Richard Pitino, No. 49; Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, No. 33; and Nebraska’s Tim Miles, No. 32.
With the season less than 100 days away and preview magazines on the shelves of the local Piggly Wiggly, it’s never too early to start looking forward to the college football season. This week, I begin to take a week-by-week look at the coming season, highlighting what to look for. Consider it an early, early preview. You’re welcome.
The formula for building a non-conference schedule is pretty standard: play one challenging game vs. a team from a Power 5 league (ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten) and three games vs. foes from “lesser” conferences. And ideally, three of the four games are at home. But, as you can see, not all non-conference games are created equally.