Illinois Fighting Illini
The 2013 season marks a turning point for the Illinois football program. Head coach Tim Beckman has several must-win games on the docket, but which is the most important? The staff at Writing Illini gave their opinions.
The Chicago Tribune spent 18 holes on the golf course with Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson, and the result was as entertaining as we’ve come to expect of the Hoosiers’ sideline general.
The release of future nine-game Big Ten schedules this week bring what The Quad City Times calls “an old school feel” for Iowa. The redistribution of divisions by region means the Hawkeyes face some of their more traditional Big Ten rivals.
MLive.com renewed its Over-Under series for Michigan football this week. Included in the breakdown is prognostication of the Wolverines’ offensive production at a base of 33 points per game.
Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State has one of the best defenses in the Big Ten, and setting the tone is a linebackers corps that ranks among the top in all of college football. Detroit Jock City examines the Spartan linebackers in its 2013 preview.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
University of Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague presented a proposal for $190 million in upgrades to facilities over the next six-to-eight years, The Pioneer Press reports. Included are proposed improvements to the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.
Per the aforementioned future schedules the Big Ten issued this week, Nebraska will not see current Legends Division rival Michigan in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Husker Extra reports. The Huskers will draw Ohio State each season, however.
ESPN.com’s Big Ten blog examines Venric Mark’s outstanding 2012 season, and the benchmark it sets for the versatile play maker in 2013.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Land Grant Holy Land takes a look at the off-season happenings at Ohio State, through the scope of Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators teams. With all the scrutiny that has been heaped on Meyer since former UF pupil Aaron Hernandez was arrested on charges that include first degree murder, the LGHL piece provides an interesting juxtaposition.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Head coach Bill O’Brien met with the Penn State board of trustees privately last week, per The Centre Daily Times and among the rumored topics is a possible pitch to the NCAA to reduce its sanctions against the university’s football program. Penn State went 8-4 in its first of four seasons under NCAA sanctions.
The Boiler coaching staff has adopted a recruiting strategy under new head coach Darrell Hazell that The Indianapolis Star reports is the foundation for the new era of Purdue football.
Gary Andersen is “excited” to jump in as the Wisconsin Badgers new head coach, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.