Ohio State Buckeyes: Big Ten lunchtime links
Nice hook, Marty.
- Jim Delany said the Big Ten is not looking to add Friday games, but one of its priorities is scheduling more Saturday night games in November.
- NFL Network analyst Charles Davis shared his thoughts on the Big Ten prospects in this Q&A with the Big Ten Network and said Michigan's Taylor Lewan caught his eye.
- Athlon Sports ranks all of the conference's rosters, based on the last five years of recruiting classes, and points out seven things to learn from them.
- The head of Ohio State's strength and conditioning program showed players videos of Michigan State players clenching roses in their teeth to recharge the team.
- The pay raises of Michigan State's staff are put into perspective, as the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode shows that Mark Dantonio is technically fourth in the conference when it comes to annual salary.
- Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier didn't delve deep into the new offense he's forming but said he wants to have a multiple running back attack.
- ESPN Junior 300 tailback Andre Robinson surprised himself by committing to Penn State, making him the Nittany Lions' seventh pledge -- and fifth in-state player -- of the 2015 class.
- Wisconsin players received mixed reviews at the NFL combine, with the stock of linebacker Chris Borland falling after a slow 40 time.
- Three Nebraska players will miss spring ball with injuries, including senior offensive guard Mike Moudy.
- 2015 athlete Drew Cook is following in his All-American father's footsteps by committing to the Hawkeyes.
Americans should have the right to bear yogurt anywhere ...
- Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart ranks all the schools on recruiting appeal, placing Ohio State at the top and Indiana at the bottom.
- The ongoing saga surrounding ESPN 300 DT Malik McDowell is just part of Michigan State's "rise to respectability."
- Only two of Nebraska's assistant coaches received raises, totaling just $25,000, and the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steven M. Sipple believes that's a clear indication of the athletic director's assessment of the staff.
- Penn State's coaching staff will finally take a few days off to move into State College and stop living out of suitcases.
- Ohio State assistant Tom Herman chronicled last week's 19-hour traffic jam in detail and said it turned "pretty scary."
- Kirk Ferentz expects competition at every position this offseason -- and that includes quarterback.
- Shane Morris will compete for Michigan's starting quarterback job, and he talked about his progression since first arriving on campus.
- Illinois' Tim Beckman took a subtle shot at Northwestern while discussing how he signed more Chicago players "than the actual team in Chicago signed."
- Athleticism defines Wisconsin's recruiting class, especially at quarterback, writes Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Oates.
- Recent signee Brandon Lingen, a tight end, gained 60 pounds since his sophomore year of high school and now has the size and talent that Minnnesota is looking for.
National Signing Day is just five days away, so this is now in my head. Don't judge me.
- Illinois OL Corey Lewis knew something wasn't right with his left knee and, as it turns out, he might have played the entire season without an ACL.
- Taylor Martinez is serious about pursuing his NFL dreams and, if quarterback doesn't work out, the former Nebraska QB isn't opposed to trying wide receiver.
- Michigan's student newspaper labeled the university's response to the Brendan Gibbons' incident as "shameful."
- Former Ohio State OL Nick Mangold recently took part in a video where Kate Upton took snaps from him.
- Michigan State has two or three spots left in its 2014 recruiting class, and it's still heavily pursuing about a half-dozen prospects.
- PennLive's Bob Flounders tackles the differences between Bill O'Brien and James Franklin as a recruiter.
- Rutgers' recruiting class was the third-best in the Big Ten back in August but, after a dozen decommitments, it's now 11th -- and signing day can't come soon enough.
- Jerry Kill is optimistic about his recruiting class and says he doesn't put much stock in how many stars appear next to a recruit's name.
What you know about roses, bro?
- Northwestern's Mr. Everything, Kain Colter, is trying to impress scouts at the Senior Bowl. He assumes he'll be a slot receiver in the NFL.
- Here's a closer look at the two Big Ten defensive tackles at the Senior Bowl, Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman and Penn State's DaQuan Jones and where they're projected to go in the NFL draft.
- Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz owes a lot to one specific person who helped nurture his NFL potential -- his assistant coach and the brother of former New England TE Aaron Hernandez.
- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon played football for the Wolverines in the early 1970s, and that experience helped prepare him his current role.
- Vanderbilt's athletic director opened up about James Franklin moving to Penn State and reflected on their relationship.
- A 2015 Michigan State quarterback commit was charged with assault and battery for allegedly body-slamming a security guard at his high school. Video was captured of the incident.
- Four Michigan State walk-ons earned spring scholarships, including two redshirt freshman receivers.
- With Larry Johnson taking over assistant coaching duties at Ohio State, the Buckeyes' defensive line could end up being "real disruptive."
- A columnist for Ohio State's student newspaper says Jim Tressel would be a "perfect fit" for the NFL.
- The mystery surrounding Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez's injury is over: It's a "plantar plate tear," and it means Martinez won't lose his speed.
I need my football fix. Someone should consider resurrecting the XFL ...
- Urban Meyer and James Franklin are building the "SEC North" in the Big Ten, writes Fox Sports' Clay Travis.
- Nebraska tailback Ameer Abdullah decided to stay in school for another season, and that comes as a huge boon to the Huskers.
- Philip Nelson's surprise transfer from Minnesota leaves the door wide open for quarterback Mitch Leidner.
- The son of Ohio State's new defensive line coach, Larry Johnson Sr., discusses the family's move from Penn State and why it was made.
- As part of an ongoing series on Rutgers' transition to the Big Ten, NJ.com's Dan Duggan talked to former coaches about welcoming the Scarlet Knights -- and the New York media market.
- James Franklin isn't right to poach his former Vanderbilt commits ... but he isn't wrong either.
- A way-too-early look at Michigan's depth chart on defense.
- Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard is a physical corner with a chip on his shoulder, and he "should be a good corner in the NFL for a long time."
- Athlon Sports offers early predictions for the 2014 Big Ten season.
- Maryland announced three new additions to its coaching staff, including two-time Pro Bowl wideout Keenan McCardell.
December, 30, 2013
Including last season, the Big Ten is 1-6 in bowl games in 2013. Maybe 2014 will be better?
- Michigan State has come together as a close-knit team. Even a senior quarterback who lost his starting job and a redshirt freshman whose brother is suspended know what they need to do.
- The pre-Rose Bowl tradition of the "Beef Bowl" has mostly given way to moderation, but it wasn't always like that. One Michigan lineman once ate 8 pounds of prime rib.
- Penn State wants to find stability in its next coach but, the Patriot-News' Dave Jones writes, but that's not easy when the university's president and athletic director each have one foot out the door.
- Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence did not travel to the Orange Bowl because of "personal issues," but Urban Meyer said he hoped the Buckeyes' sacks leader might arrive before the game.
- Braxton Miller's decision whether to declare for the NFL draft is likely already made and won't be influenced by the Orange Bowl, writes Cleveland.com's Ari Wasserman.
- After hearing the seniors' take on their head coach, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez said he feels like he hit a "home run" with the hiring of Gary Andersen.
- Michigan's disappointing end to a disappointing season leaves more questions than answers about 2014. Defensive end Frank Clark didn't point the finger at the staff about the loss and said, "I think a lot of guys just lost the will to play as a family."
- Kirk Ferentz acknowledged there's one wild card standing in front of the Hawkeyes -- LSU's first-time starting quarterback Anthony Jennings.
- Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. has taken the good with the bad this season and, if he's able to play a clean bowl game, the Huskers have a good shot at winning.
- Sure, Minnesota lost the Texas Bowl. But there is a silver lining -- the Gophers return a solid nucleus next season.
December, 27, 2013
Let the (B1G) games begin ...
- Bill O'Brien and the Houston Texans have agreed to an interview, according to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Still, O'Brien's potential jump to the NFL is "far from a sure thing."
- Linebacker Max Bullough's surprise absence from the Rose Bowl is sure to impact Michigan State, but no one likely feels worse about the situation than Bullough.
- Ohio State players and coaches agree: There's a little of Woody Hayes in Urban Meyer.
- Jake Rudock has a tough final exam in the form of a bowl game against LSU, but the Iowa quarterback and microbiology/pre-med major possesses smart study habits.
- Shane Morris will start Saturday in place of injured Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, so the Detroit Free Press' Jeff Seidel takes a closer look at Morris' journey from middle school to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is hoping to tap a recruiting pipeline in Florida and, in two to three years, would like to see 20 or more players from the Sunshine State.
- Minnesota would like to win a bowl game for a change, and defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman believes having nine wins would be a program changer.
- Bo Pelini was all business as Nebraska arrived at its bowl site and said that "obviously, not everybody made the trip" -- although he wouldn't specify who.
- With Danny Etling, Purdue's future at quarterback is promising (subscription required).
- BTN's Sean Merriman takes a look at the main storyline for every Big Ten bowl game.
December, 20, 2013
One light goes out, they all go out!
- CBS' Jeremy Fowler offered a behind-the-scenes look of the Big Ten's bowl selection, and as one official said, "It's all politics."
- Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers could be close to becoming the next head coach at James Madison, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
- Michigan wideout Jeremy Gallon grew up in a town "surrounded by drug dealers, gangs and all negativity," but he overcame that and ended up becoming the Wolverines' team MVP this season.
- Michigan State's receiving corps received plenty of justified criticism before the season, but they've caught their way to redemption.
- Penn State has placed an increased emphasis on its nutrition program, which has aided greatly in DT DaQuan Jones dropping 25 pounds to increase his stamina and TE Garry Gilliam gaining 40 pounds to move to OT.
- Wisconsin redshirt freshman RB Vonte Jackson is trying to overcome three ACL injuries in a span of 22 months, but he's keeping the faith -- and hopes he'll be ready to contribute in time for spring ball.
- Two weeks off has done wonders for Nebraska after a long and tough season, Bo Pelini said.
- Few expected Minnesota's Drew Wolitarsky and Donovahn Jones to contribute this much this early, but the freshman duo has tapped into its potential pretty early.
- It's difficult to tell just how far off a winning season might be for Illinois, but at least it's well on its way to a winning offseason.
- Which Big Ten bowl features the best chance for an upset or the best quarterback battle? BTN's Tom Dienhart weighs in.
December, 13, 2013
The only thing scarier than Friday the 13th? Knowing there's nearly no football on Saturday the 14th ...
- How did Michigan State manage to find the kind of success not seen since the 1950s or 1960s? Look no further than the coaches.
- More than 31,000 requests were put in for the Spartans' 24,000 allotted Rose Bowl tickets, meaning there will be no public sale, so the secondary market is proving to be an expensive option.
- Maryland will not receive distributed bowl revenue from the ACC because the situation regarding its exit fee hasn't yet been resolved.
- Melvin Gordon could leave early for the NFL ... or he could follow the lead of former Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne.
- The Badgers must open up the competition at quarterback next season, writes the Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Oates.
- Ameer Abdullah injured his ankle in Nebraska's seventh game, but that lingering injury -- and the accompanying pain -- couldn't keep him off the field.
- Michigan TE Jake Butt looked as if he was headed toward a redshirt season but gained 37 pounds since last winter and now believes the "sky's the limit."
- Jerry Kill's battle with epilepsy hasn't kept him from taking Minnesota to new heights.
- Someday, CBS columnist Gregg Doyel writes, Penn State guard John Urschel will do something that makes the world stand up and applaud. But first he's going to play in the NFL.
- Braxton Miller is mulling whether to declare for the NFL draft, and here are five reasons why he should.
Finally, the Big Ten matchup we've been waiting for is nearly here ...
- Michigan State's heartbreaking loss in the 2011 Big Ten title game is now motivation for this season's Rose Bowl.
- Here's a look at five keys to the Big Ten title game in order for Michigan State to prevail.
- Spartans fans are flocking to Indianapolis to watch their team take on the Buckeyes.
- The only way for Ohio State to win Saturday might be to keep its defense off the field, writes the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Bill Livingston.
- The Buckeyes' confidence faces a test, but they've been here before -- and come out on top.
- For the Buckeyes, the path to the national title game is simple: Beat the Spartans, and they're in.
- Linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden's "resignation" from Penn State has to simply be a matter of style, writes the Harrisburg Patriot-News' Dave Jones.
- Despite an up-and-down season, Michigan remains an attractive choice to many bowls.
November, 29, 2013
Take your leftover turkey home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato. Baby, you've got a stew going.
- Michigan upset a heavily favored Ohio State team twice in the past, Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder writes, and another landmark victory here could define the future.
- The Buckeyes are setting offensive records left and right, but the young defense is also within range of the single-season sacks record -- and it hopes to get a few more against a struggling Michigan offensive line.
- Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan matchup will be played 50 years to the day when the rivalry suddenly felt small, back when The Game was played following John F. Kennedy's assassination. The Toledo Blade's David Briggs takes a closer look at the emotions surrounding that game.
- This isn't the season that Michigan State senior Andrew Maxwell envisioned, but he's quietly endured and gained the respect of his teammates.
- Mark Dantonio patiently built his program over seven years on defense, and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is hoping to emulate that.
- Neither Northwestern, Michigan nor Penn State can match Iowa's rushing attack, the Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue writes, and that's why the Hawkeyes will upset the Huskers.
- Nebraska has won at least nine games in each of the last five seasons -- something only Alabama, Boise State and Oregon have done -- and Bo Pelini is staking claim to win No. 9 on Saturday.
- Wisconsin's pre-snap movement has given fits to opposing offensive lines, even if the Badgers were a bit reluctant at first to embrace the new style.
- Temperatures should hover around the mid-30s for Penn State, which -- for some reason -- makes for perfect short-sleeve weather for many of the Nittany Lions.
- Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks has dealt with plenty of question marks this season, but the man who watched as his triplets didn't survive premature births knows what real losses are.
November, 22, 2013
Winter's cold is too much to handle.
- For Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, breaking down offensive film isn't easy because so few opponents use the 3-4. But, as far as Aranda's concerned, the fewer teams playing the 3-4, the bigger the advantage to the Badgers.
- First-year coach Gary Andersen has quickly earned the trust of his Wisconsin players.
- Minnesota's turnaround this season is raising plenty of eyebrows, and it's drawn quite a bit of praise -- and still some skepticism -- so far this season.
- With Ohio State on the verge of breaking the program record for the longest-winning streak, past Buckeyes reflect on Woody Hayes' 22-game streak and tip their cap to the current players.
- Michigan State has found its identity and, The Detroit News' Bob Wojnowski writes it's a pretty darn good one.
- Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald is nearly as conservative as a guy who plays penny slots, Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein writes, and that type of style isn't helping the Wildcats.
- Michigan coach Brady Hoke went with the glass half-full approach and said, "Honestly, we're a pretty good team."
- Conor Boffeli's last game at Kinnick Stadium will be special in no small part thanks to his younger brother, who survived a malignant brain tumor.
- Job security for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is no guarantee after this season, but it's "business as usual" for him as he prepares for Penn State.
- Grantland's Lindsay Schnell takes a closer look at Penn State's Christian Hackenberg and just how he's bringing happiness back to Happy Valley.
November, 13, 2013
Seriously, NCAA? Just give Jared Ward an extra year ...
- Mark Dantonio is a combined 0-8 against Nebraska as a head coach and assistant, but the Spartans might finally have the talent to knock off the Cornhuskers.
- Huskers tailback Ameer Abdullah is in the running for a few major awards, and Bo Pelini said he "wouldn't trade him for anybody."
- Defense has been Indiana's downfall as it's ranked near the bottom of the nation in major categories, but the Hoosiers believe they're turning it around -- and, if that's true, then the timing couldn't be better.
- Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon has been bottled up the past two games, but the Badgers have been finding other ways to generate offense.
- Michigan's defense isn't pointing the finger at a struggling offense. "We're a team, totally," defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said.
- Northwestern tailback Venric Mark will seek a medical redshirt and put his NFL aspirations on hold.
- Ohio State DB Corey "Pitt" Brown is starting to make a name for himself, so that he's no longer just "that other" Corey Brown.
- Illinois held a players-only meeting on Sunday night, and players are trying to maintain a positive attitude.
- Stopping the run remains a big issue for Purdue, as it's allowed opponents to rush for more than 200 yards five times this season.
- Penn State is hoping to put an end to its frustration with a victory against a struggling Boilermakers team.
A man should never have to give up his pet alligator.
- Northwestern CB Matthew Harris once survived on food stamps and church donations. Now, the freshman is making his family proud on the football field.
- Ohio State's offensive line has performed consistently well this season, and Urban Meyer said, "They're my favorite players on the team."
- Whether it's slinging pizzas at his part-time job or practicing on the football field, three-star PSU commit Antoine White is a perfectionist.
- Minnesota is dedicating Saturday's game to epilepsy awareness. Jerry Kill is expected to attend but remains on medical leave.
- Taylor Martinez will likely play this weekend, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said, but the starter remains uncertain.
- Northwestern might be reeling right now, but Iowa RB Mark Weisman and the Hawkeyes' running game aren't taking the team for granted.
- The staff of the "Writing Illini" take a look at the most important players heading into the game against Michigan State. (Hint: You can bet Nathan Scheelhaase is mentioned.)
- Mike Griffith breaks down Michigan State's matchup against Illinois and, although the Spartans have the edge on defense, it's a bit trickier on the other side of the ball.
- Nebraska WR Jamal Turner admitted this year hasn't gone as he hoped -- but he swore he'd have a good second half to the season. And that starts against Minnesota.
- Who are the key players for Ohio State this weekend? Three experts picked three different players: CB Bradley Roby, DL Joey Bosa and TE Jeff Heuerman.
Someone needs to do this for the Big Ten.
- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has returned home from a Michigan epilepsy clinic, but there's still no timetable for his return. He's not expected to travel to the game in Evanston, Ill.
- Iowa's Anthony Hitchens was recruited as a safety and even thought about playing offense early on. But, after gaining 40 pounds over his career, he's found a home an weakside linebacker and is one of the most improved players since last season.
- Braxton Miller acknowledged this week that he hasn't been 100 percent healthy and, against Northwestern, "wasn't fully myself through that whole game." He and head coach Urban Meyer are working on getting him back to full speed.
- Mike Poorman takes a closer look at Bill O'Brien's career and record after 18 games with Penn State.
- Does Illinois, which ranks 97th in run defense, really stand a chance at slowing down Wisconsin? Safety Earnest Thomas knows everybody's counting the Illini out but, "We don't care."
- The "freshman" tag still applies to Wisconsin cornerbacks Sojourn Shelton and Jakarrie Washington. But the two have seen a lot of time on the field, and Shelton said he doesn't feel like a freshman anymore.
- Historically, Indiana hasn't stood much of a chance against Michigan. The Wolverines have won 17 straight over the Hoosiers, including 32 of the last 33.
- Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has obviously played a huge role in his team's success, but athletic director Jim Phillips has also helped the school find success in football and other sports.
- True freshman quarterback Danny Etling and the Boilermakers know moving the ball won't come easy Saturday against one of the nation's top defenses.
- Mike Griffith takes a closer look at the position-by-position matchups in the Purdue-Michigan State game and, unsurprisingly, the Spartans have the edge at nearly every spot.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35