Iowa, Michigan State and Rutgers wrapped up the Big Ten spring football season with spring games on Saturday. After 13 games, one practice and an infamous cat leading Nebraska onto the field, it’s safe to say that this year’s spring was a success. Many Big Ten teams faced questions heading into the spring, and a number of those questions were answered. So now we ask: Who are the top players in the conference heading into the 2014 Big Ten football season?
Iowa is coming off a nice rebound season in 2013, forging an 8-5 mark (5-3 Big Ten) a year after going 4-8 (2-6). Now, expectations are high in Iowa City for a Hawkeyes program that brings back lots of talent and could win the inaugural Big Ten West as Kirk Ferentz begins his 16th season.
Rutgers is ready to turn the page on a 2013 season that began with the promise of a 4-1 start but melted into a 6-7 finish. The program seemingly has been energized by its maiden Big Ten voyage. Great possibilities loom—as do challenges. Is this roster up to the challenge? Kyle Flood has some talent to work with.
CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish pegs four former Big Ten stars as lottery picks in his latest mock draft. Parrish predicts Noah Vonleh (Indiana) to go No. 5, Gary Harris (Michigan State) No. 10, Nik Stauskas (Michigan) No. 11 and Adreian Payne (Michigan State) No. 12. See what Parrish says about each player in this post.
The Spartans put a bow on spring drills on Saturday. And, this team looks good. Yes, it has some areas to shore up, like defensive tackle and the offensive lines. Still, there is a lot to like. So much so that there is … national championship talk? Yes, your ears aren’t deceiving you.
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look back at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of the week that was. See all 10 stories, plus our top video, in this post.