On Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Board. The list didn’t change much this week, other than Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins and Purdue’s Kawann Short switching spots and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen reentering the list. Watch Lande break down his updated Big Board now.
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Did you catch “#BTNLive” on Tuesday night? If not, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah joined the show. Robinson talked to the guys about preparing for Notre Dame, Saturday night’s opponent, and Abdullah told the crew how he’s been able to fill in for starter Rex Burkhead. Watch both interviews in this post.
The Big Ten went 10-2 last week. But look closer. It wasn’t an impressive 10-2. The wins came vs. FCS Charleston Southern; FCS Northern Iowa; UMass; Arkansas State, Western Michigan; Cal; Navy; Boston College, Utah State and Eastern Michigan. And Indiana lost to Ball State.
Lots of questions in today’s Big Ten headlines. Will Rex Burkhead play this weekend? How dangerous is this upcoming opponent for Illinois? What does Michigan’s Brady Hoke think about the future of the series against Notre Dame? Find those items and plenty more in my links in this post.
Can you believe it? Big Ten conference play is only a few days away. As we approach week one, I must say that from a distance it looks like the tectonic plates in Big Ten country sat still over the past eight months. But if you use your microscope, you’ll see that those plates are slowly gathering momentum.
With Week 3 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.