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Detroit News: Michigan State opponents to watch: game by game

Aug. 30, Western Michigan, 8 p.m.

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Desmond Bozeman: The senior linebacker, left, was named third-team All-Mid-American Conference last season after he recorded 90 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and four sacks. He finished the season strong for the Broncos, racking up 13 tackles against Central Michigan and establishing a career-high with 15 stops against Buffalo.

Sept. 7, South Florida, Noon

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DeDe Lattimore: The senior started the season on the Lombard Award watch list as an outside linebacker, where he started the first six games. He made the move to middle linebacker for the final six games and capped off the season with 76 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and blocked two kicks. The Bulls expect big things from him with a full season playing in the middle.

Sept. 14, Youngstown State, 2 p.m.

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Kurt Hess: The senior quarterback ranks first in career touchdown passes (53), passing yards per game (202.9), passer rating (141.78) and 200-yard passing games (18) and is closing in on the lead in career passing yardage for Youngstown State. The three-year starter completed 17 of 35 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown against Michigan State in 2011.

Sept. 21, at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.

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Louis Nix: The 357-pound senior defensive lineman was a force in the middle for the Irish last season and they expect big things in his third season as a starter. He had 50 tackles, including five in a win over MSU. He finished 2012 with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks and had five solo tackles in the national title game against Alabama. 

Oct. 5, at Iowa, Noon

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James Morris: The senior linebacker was third in the Big Ten last season with 9.4 tackles per game and enters 2013 on the Lott Impact watch list. The captain was an academic All-American in 2012 and was second on the team with 113 tackles. He also had nine tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. He had 10 tackles in the overtime victory at Michigan State.

Oct. 12, Indiana, Noon

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Cameron Coffman: The junior college transfer split time during his sophomore year but still played in 11 games and threw for 2,734 yards and 15 TDs. He threw for 282 yards and three TDs against Michigan State and enters fall camp battling sophomores Tre Roberson, who missed most of last season with a leg injury, and Nate Sudfeld for the starting job.

Oct. 19, Purdue, TBA

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Bruce Gaston: The senior defensive tackle enters the season finally out of the shadow of the likes of Kawann Short and Ryan Kerrigan, who are both now in the NFL. In 2012, Gaston had 28 tackles and 5.5 for loss in 13 games. He also forced two fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles, following up a sophomore season when he had 30 tackles and three sacks. 

Oct. 26, at Illinois, 3:30 p.m.

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Jonathan Brown: The senior linebacker was honorable mention All-Big Ten last season after recording 59 tackles and led the team with 9.5 tackles for loss despite missing three games to injury. He enters the season on the watch lists for the Butkus and Bednarik awards as well as the Nagurski Trophy.

Nov. 2, Michigan, TBA

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Devin Gardner: He made the shift from wide receiver and started the final five games at quarterback for the Wolverines, throwing for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. Gardner is also a threat to run the ball after scoring seven rushing touchdowns in 2012 and enters his first full season at quarterback as a dark horse Heisman Trophy contender.

Nov. 16, at Nebraska, TBA

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Kenny Bell: The junior has led Nebraska in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches each of the last two seasons. In 2012, he caught 50 passes for 863 yards and eight touchdowns and was named second-team All-Big Ten. His 863 yards were the most by a sophomore in Cornhuskers history.

Nov. 23, at Northwestern, TBA

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Kain Colter: The senior QB also spent time at WR and proved to be one of the best playmakers in the Big Ten. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten and was 11th in the conference in total offense at 135.9 yards a game. Colter was 101-for-149 passing for 872 yards and eight TDs, caught 16 passes for 169 yards and carried the ball 170 times for 894 yards and 12 TDs.

Nov. 30, Minnesota, TBA

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Ra’Shede Hageman: The defensive tackle was honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2012 but enters his senior season on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy, Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award. He started all 13 games as a junior and recorded 35 tackles and six sacks last season and expects to lead a much-improved Gophers defensive front.

 

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B1G/ACC Challenge matchups announced

These days, college basketball has a flurry of early season events; it’s not just Maui anymore. There are aircraft carriers and U.S. Army bases and the Champions Classic and the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon and the Battle 4 Atlantis and whatever else Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis dreams up next. Much of this did not exist even five years ago. In 1999, when the Big Ten/ACC Challenge was born, much of it would have been laughable.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 
Florida State at Minnesota 
Illinois at Georgia Tech 
Indiana at Syracuse 
Michigan at Duke 
Notre Dame at Iowa 
Penn State at Pittsburgh 

Wednesday, Dec. 4 
Boston College at Purdue 
Maryland at Ohio State 
Miami, FL at Nebraska 
North Carolina at Michigan State 
Northwestern at North Carolina State 
Wisconsin at Virginia 

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The Competitive Balance (or lack of) Between the New Big Ten Divisions

straight-from-the-mitten:

The Big Ten announced new football divisions starting in the 2014-2015 season, or when Maryland and Rutgers arrive, opting to go the geographical route this time (here is a map version of the divisions)

The divisions look like this:

B1G West

  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nortwestern
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

B1G East

  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Rutgers

On the surface, it looks as though the divisions have a huge imbalance competitively, with traditional powers Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State all in the East, and Nebraska in the West. However, if you take a closer look, it’s actually quite balanced.

Last year for Penn State will be the exception, not the rule. Once the scholarship reduction hits the Nittany Lions, they will struggle. Maryland and Rutgers are middle-tier programs, and Indiana is, well, Indiana. Ohio State is certainly going to be a contender for years to come, but I’m not convinced Michigan has “arrived” yet. One joke of a Sugar Bowl bid doesn’t mean you’re the class of the B1G. And Michigan State’s offensive struggles have been well documented. 

In the West you have three-time defending B1G champion in Wisconsin, last year’s Legends Division winner (and traditional power) Nebraska, and Northwestern who had 10 wins last season. Yes, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota have all struggled, however all of those programs except Minnesota have been to BCS bowls, and only Purdue hasn’t been in one since 2008 (the 2001 Rose Bowl). Minnesota is on the rise, so is Illinois (mostly because they have nowhere to go but up), and Iowa has shown a tendency to bounce back under Kirk Ferentz. Purdue is optimistic with a new coach, so it is safe to say that as a whole, the West is much more even and will be exciting to watch in the future.

While the B1G East will get more attention because of the names that are in it, the B1G West shouldn’t be ignored. If there is anything we learned last season in Big Ten football, it’s that anything can happen. That’s the beauty of college football, and college sports in general.

After a convo I have been having on Twitter, I was about to write an extremely similar post to this one. Good thing Tyler did the work for me.

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Hey Joe: What the new Big Ten means for Michigan State

Delany just did a heck of a job of illustrating the imbalance that has been created. The truth, of course, is that Ohio State and U-M are both No. 1 seeds. And that Penn State is a No. 2. And that there isn’t a No. 1 on the other side. And that goes far beyond recent performance or current situation (such as the probation that should weaken Penn State in the near future).

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New Big Ten Football Divisions

The divisions have yet to be named, but they would look like this:

“WEST”
Illinois
Iowa
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Wisconsin
Indiana or Purdue

“EAST”
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Penn State
Rutgers
Indiana or Purdue

My friend Kara shared this link with me. However, I have no idea how accurate this is because I haven’t seen anything on BTN, ESPN or even on Big Ten Conference website. But…

When I first posted about the different realignment options from BTN.com, this was the one I liked the most.

What do you all think? 

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Thoughts on Week 16 AP Poll College Basketball Rankings (and possible week 17 ranking)

Michigan State is extremely close to #3 Gonzaga (only behind by 12 points).

If MSU, Miami (FL), and Gonzaga don’t lose this week (meaning Indiana will lose at Michigan State), I think the rankings will be
1. Miami (FL)
2. Michigan State
3. Gonzaga

Even though they only have 2 losses, I don’t think Gonzaga will move because they haven’t really played anyone. The only “good” teams they have played are:
Illinois (was ranked at #13) - lost
Kansas State (was unranked)
Oklahoma State (was #22)
Butler (was ranked #13) - lost

I don’t think Miami will lose to Virginia or Wake Forest, but if they do, I think MSU has a chance in jumping to #1 (as long as they win against Indiana and Ohio State). It will really come down to how both Gonzaga and Michigan State plays, how close the games are, and the amount of people who watch Gonzaga vs MSU games.

It’ll be a little ridiculous if the pollsters still put Gonzaga ahead of MSU when Gonzaga is only playing Santa Clara and University of San Diego. Unfortunately, Gonzaga does have two 1st place votes already. 

It will be HUGE  if  when MSU beats #1 Indiana and #18 Ohio State. I’m just glad MSU is playing Indiana at home. The Ohio State game will be interesting, especially after OSU’s game at Wisconsin yesterday. OSU only scored 49 points.

Speaking of the OSU and Wisconsin game. I am SHOCKED that they left Wisconsin (#19) below Ohio State (#18). They have split their games 1-1. OSU beat Wisconsin 58-49 back in January. But Wisconsin won 71-49 yesterday. Wisconsin is 18-8 and Ohio State is 18-7. I think it SHOULD be #18 Wisconsin and #19 Ohio State, but oh well. 

Anyone have anything to add?

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Purdue head coach Matt Painter reacts to an official’s call during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Purdue, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann)
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That wasn’t the only call he was upset about; in fact, with 8:08 left in the game, Coach Painter got double technical fouls AND ejected from the game after some serious arguing with the refs. 
Purdue lost at Illinois 79-59

Purdue head coach Matt Painter reacts to an official’s call during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Purdue, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann)

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That wasn’t the only call he was upset about; in fact, with 8:08 left in the game, Coach Painter got double technical fouls AND ejected from the game after some serious arguing with the refs. 

Purdue lost at Illinois 79-59

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National Signing Day - Big Ten Rankings

#1 - Ohio State

#2 - Michigan

#3 - Nebraska

#4 - Penn State

#5 - Wisconsin 

#6 - Michigan State

  • #6 ILB - Shane Jones
  • #13 QB - Damion Terry
  • #45 ATH - Delton Williams
  • #34 OLB - Jon Reschke
  • #20 S - Jalyn Powell
  • #35 OT - Dennis Finley

#7 - Indiana

#8 - Illinois 

#9 - Purdue

#10 - Northwestern

#11 - Iowa

#12 - Minnesota

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