Who doesn’t like a good highlight-reel one-handed grab? Typically, the play is reserved for wide receivers, and plenty of Big Ten wideouts obliged this season. But a couple defensive backs, the guys who play defense because they don’t have the best hands, turned in two of the better one-handed grabs of the 2013 season.
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Year Two under Tim Beckman brought hope in the form of an improved won-loss record, as Illinois went from two victories to four. The credit goes to a revived offense, as new coordinator Bill Cubit altered the scheme and maxed out the skills of senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois averaged 29.7 points and 426.7 yards in 2013 after averaging 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in 2012.
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If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive, weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which unit will face the toughest challenge in its BCS game? The options: #MSUOffense, #MSUDefense, #OSUOffense, #OSUDefense.
Big Ten play is just around the corner, and that is great news. It’s going to be another fantastic Big Ten conference season. I promise. Anyway, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. This week, Minnesota is a huge riser, while Indiana is a significant dropper.
Tom Izzo liked how buddy Tom Crean and Indiana honored longtime official Ed Hightower last month so much that he decided to do the same Tuesday. With 2:01 left in an easy win over North Florida, Izzo grabbed the mic and thanked Hightower – who will retire at the end of the month and was officiating his final game at the Breslin Center – for his 32 years as an official.
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