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Big Ten Rumors: How Rutgers and Maryland Would Affect League’s Football Future

on November 18 2012 2:02 PM
Big Ten Rumors: How Rutgers and Maryland Would Affect League’s Football Future

In the second season after Nebraska turned the Big Ten into a 12-team league, it had appeared that the conference would be one of the few bastions of stability among the shifting winds of college sports realignment. Now, however, it appears the question of Big Ten expansion has been reopened.

ESPN reports that the Big Ten is in serious talks with both Maryland (a founding member of the ACC) and Rutgers (ditto for the Big East as far as football is concerned) about joining the league. The putative 14-team conference would then have its first foothold on the Atlantic coast to go with its traditional Midwestern power base.

Assessed purely as a financial decision (admittedly the primary driving force of the entire realignment maelstrom), the addition of both schools makes some sense. Maryland offers access to Washington, D.C. as a television market, while Rutgers does the same for New York City, and a bigger conference will inevitably have more bargaining power for TV contracts in any case.

Ohio State Buckeyes News: Why This Season Matters Despite No Bowl Game

on November 10 2012 10:24 AM
Ohio State Buckeyes News: Why This Season Matters Despite No Bowl Game
Many people feel that for the Buckeyes, this season means nothing. They say that there will be no bowl game, no league championship. They say that it will be nice to win, but what's the point? Yet what they don't realize is that they are absolutely wrong. 1.) The Buckeyes are currently 10-0 under Coach Meyer, and are looking very impressive. However, they will face a threat to their perfect season on November 24th when they square off against the Michigan Wolverines at the Horseshoe. The great thing about this is that there will be a number of optimistic recruits and Buckeye targets at the game. If Ohio State can pull off a victory against UM, they can potentially land quite a few recruits. 2.) There are always the polls. If the Buckeyes can stay perfect, they are looking at a high rank in the polls. Even the BCS, which has excluded Ohio State for a while now due to their NCAA sanctions concerning the tattoo scandal. 3.) People forget that the Buckeyes can still win their division title this year, even if they cannot play in the league championship and possibly a bowl game.

Big Ten Schools Still Have Opportunities for Greatness in 2012

on October 30 2012 4:13 PM
Big Ten Schools Still Have Opportunities for Greatness in 2012

While the Big Ten Conference, with the exceptions of Ohio State and Penn State, has been disappointing as a whole this season, a number of schools still have the opportunities to have excellent seasons.

With both Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for postseason or a conference championship, the Big Ten Leaders division will likely fall to Wisconsin even if is by default. Regarded prior to the season as a team that could compete for the national championship, the Badgers have been to many, a disappointment.

If Wisconsin however, were able to rise to the occasion on December 1st and win the Big Ten, the Badgers would reach the Rose Bowl for a third consecutive season. That's something that has never been done in Wisconsin history. No Big Ten school has played in the Rose Bowl in three consecutive years since Michigan did it from 1977-79.

Big Ten Football: 3 Stars Facing Serious Challenges On Saturday

on October 20 2012 9:06 AM
Big Ten Football: 3 Stars Facing Serious Challenges On Saturday

The burden of being a top-tier college football player is that when your team is in a jam, you’re the one who has to make the game-changing plays. With virtually every Big Ten game this week carrying conference title implications, several of the league’s elite will be facing high-stakes situations as they try to keep their squads in contention.

These three standouts will be up against especially daunting tasks in Saturday’s action:

Joe Gaglione, Iowa

Iowa’s unexpected 2-0 start in conference play owes a lot to a defense that’s allowed a combined 29 points in two Big Ten games. The heart of that defense has been senior defensive end Joe Gaglione, with his eight tackles for loss and four sacks, but he’ll need to play even bigger than usual on Saturday.

Big Ten Football: 3 Teams With Most At Stake On Saturday

on September 29 2012 9:00 AM

 

After four weeks of (mostly) getting beaten about the head and shoulders by the rest of the country, the Big Ten’s top teams breathe a sigh of relief and head into conference play this weekend. The race to the league title game in Indianapolis is complicated this year by the fact that two of the six teams in the Leaders division (including undefeated Ohio State) are ineligible to win it thanks to NCAA sanctions.

With that in mind, here are the teams whose chances of making it to Indy could swing the furthest, for better or worse, on Saturday:

1. Wisconsin Badgers

Even after an embarrassing loss to Oregon State dropped them from the Top 25, the Badgers are in the best position to win the Leaders division title. Of course, that will change in a hurry if they don’t look like the Badgers of old against No. 22 Nebraska in Lincoln.

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