Monday, November 19, 2012

Big Ten news & notes: Maryland and Rutgers, Brady Hoke & Urban Meyer, and more.


Big Tentacles  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.


Welcome to the planet. 
Andrew Coppens defends Maryland and Rutger's admission into the Big Ten. (Delany's Dozen)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
Jeff Seidel isn't too overwhelmed about Maryland and Rutgers joining the Big Ten. (The Detroit Free Press)

Apocalypse Now.
Hilary Lee reacts to the probable Notre Dame-SEC BCS title showdown. (Off Tackle Empire)

Game Change. 
Ted Glover looks at how Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke and Ohio State HC Urban Meyer have reemphasized focus on "The Game" and the Wolverine-Buckeye rivalry. (Land-Grant Holy Land) 

Nothing Ever Goes As Planned.
The Nebraska-Iowa rivalry hasn't quite gathered the steam that the Big Ten had hoped at the two-year mark. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien is thankful that Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio decided to "ice" his first 43-yard field gold attempt before halftime with a time out. That kick missed. The next one Budzien tried made it, giving the Wildcats a 6-5 halftime lead. Northwestern went on to beat Mich. St. 23-20. (The Chicago Sun-Times)