As a handful of Big Ten Spring Football games approach, I found out what’s making news on Big Ten gridirons. Which team does Montee Ball see as the favorite in the Leaders Division? Who can help Rex Burkhead carry the load at Nebraska? How has Iowa freshened up the offense? Plus, get my takes on a few Big Ten-related tweets.
Michigan State center Derrick Nix announced he will stay with the team during an emotional news conference on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, Nix pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of impaired driving. Nix had been suspended after his arrest but on Thursday Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reinstated him to the team with certain conditions.
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This Saturday the Big Ten Network offers up an unprecedented amount of Spring Football coverage on TV and online as fans can watch all six Saturday events live. In action on Saturday: Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Find out how to watch each event in this post and listen to your Big Ten coach speak on this week’s Big Ten teleconference.
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The top-ranked Northwestern women’s lacrosse team puts its undefeated record up against No. 3 North Carolina on Friday night, and all the action can be seen live BTN/BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET. Watch now as Kara Lentz takes a look at the national lacrosse scene and talks with Northwestern attacker Shannon Smith to preview the highly anticipated game. Additional lacrosse events on BTN this weekend include: Ohio State men facing Michigan at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday; and Penn State women versus Ohio State at noon ET Sunday.
Michigan State is coming off consecutive 11-win seasons. The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten crown in 2010 and captured the Legends Division title in 2011 before falling to Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Some heady accomplishments under Mark Dantonio. But something is missing—a trip to a BCS bowl, which is a destination that Michigan State never has enjoyed. In fact, the Spartans haven’t been to the Rose Bowl since after the 1987 season.
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