Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Big Ten Fallout: Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, Mike Riley, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Big Ten edition.

Image via Fansided.
Of course the first official Big Ten edition of the Fallout features a Brutus Buckeye photo. Not only is Ohio State the reigning College Football Playoff title holder, and won its season opener against Virginia Tech, but this season marks the 50th anniversary of Brutus Buckeye as the school's mascot. So deal with it.

Back in the Saddle Again.
Ohio State wide receiver/H-back/wildcat quarterback and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Braxton Miller's dazzling performance during the Buckeyes' 42-24 victory over Virginia Tech has brought the former starting QB back into consideration as a Heisman Trophy candidate. (College Spun)

Every day's the same. Nothing ever change. 
Cardale Jones earning the starting QB job for Ohio State's season opener doesn't mean that the QB controversy between Jones and J.T. Barrett is over by any means. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Tonight, I Celebrate My Love for You.
The Columbus Dispatch celebrates the 50th birthday of Ohio St. mascot Brutus Buckeye with a photographic retrospective.

I've got a little list. I've got a little list. 
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said he "made a little list" of things the Cornhuskers needed to improve on following the team's 33-28 loss to BYU. (The Omaha World-Herald)

We will get by. We will survive. 
Tom Shatel remains hopeful that Nebraska's last-minute loss to BYU will not hurt the Husker's chances to win the Big Ten West title. (The Omaha World-Herald)

The Likely Lad. 
The Big Ten names Maryland defensive back Will Likely as its Special Teams Player of the Week. (Testudo Times)

Ready to Start?
Rutgers has reportedly decided to go with Chris Laviano as its starting QB for its Week 2  home game against Washington State on Sept. 12. (On the Banks)

Looking for revenge. 
Michigan State prepares for its huge Week 2 showdown against Oregon, one of the two teams that beat the Spartans last season. The other was Ohio St. Both Spartan opponents wound up facing each other in the CFP title game this past January. (The Detroit News)

No One Here Gets Out Alive.
Off Tackle Empire takes both Iowa and Iowa State to task as the Hawkeyes go on the road for its annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game against the Cyclones.

Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Drew Hallett looks at where Michigan's offense went sideways, if not backwards, in the Wolverines' loss to Utah. (Maize n Brew)

Dubious achievement of the day.
Big Ten schools take three of the five places on Bart Doan's list of "teams which hurt themselves in the playoff race" in Week 1 of the season. The teams that earned the dubious distinction are Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Penn State. (The Student Section)

On the plus front...
Northwestern's upset of Stanford not only put the Cardinal on the list ahead of the Huskers and Nittany Lions, but also put the Wildcats on Doan's list of schools that actually helped their CFP chances in Week 1. So there's that going for the B1G. 

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