Is there a conspiracy theory as to why Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was snubbed by the Lombardi Award in the quarterfinal round of balloting? Or maybe it wasn’t a snub. Maybe it was just plain, good old incompetence. David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News explores as only David Jones can. That’s one of the many Big Ten Links I present to you on this wonderful Friday.
Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.
Big Ten basketball is almost here as a handful of teams plan for opening night events traditionally known as “Midnight Madness.” Fans can watch six of these events at Big Ten schools live online via the Big Ten Digital Network. The first three happen Friday night: Minnesota’s “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” goes live at 8:20 p.m. ET, Purdue’s “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” goes on at 8:30 p.m., and Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” starts at 10:30 p.m. Go to video.btn.com and click on the “Live Events” tab for the full schedule.
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We’re officially halfway through the 2012 Big Ten football regular season. That means it’s a good time to start debating such things as early Big Ten Player of the Year and Coach of the Year candidates. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter.
On this Saturday’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiles the touching story of a young brain cancer patient who is also a big Nebraska football fan. Jack Hoffman and Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead have formed a special relationship, and the two have worked together on “Team Jack.” In this post you can see portion of the full profile that airs Saturday on our 11 a.m. ET TV show. Read more about this at Huskers.com and at Jack Hoffman’s page at CaringBridge.com. Randy York at Huskers.com posted this recent update, too. Also, be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. We’ll post the full feature online shortly after that.
The Wisconsin offense appears to perhaps be turning a corner after some early season tumult that saw the offensive line coach fired and the staff make a quarterback change. There have been many keys to the slow ascent. One key: quarterback Joel Stave is given the option to “tweak” plays—not necessarily totally change them—at the line based on the defense he sees.