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Big Ten Football Preview 2013

Last year’s Big Ten league was pretty terrible.  Only four teams ranked, and the two that did (Michigan and Nebraska) were ranked 24 and 25, and the second best team, Northwestern, finished 17.  Ouch.  In fact, the Big 10 hasn’t won a national championship since Ohio State in 2002. So, let’s review the teams for the upcoming 2013 season.

1.) Ohio State

Urban Meyer had  an awful year last year with a 12-0 record.  He is not known for keeping his players in line, either at his previous post as Gators head coach and the Aaron Hernandez shenangians or with his current Buckeye players.  He really needs to step up, but with players Braxton Miller as QB and Carlos Hyde as RB, they have a shot at ending the SEC’s reign.

2.) Michigan

The Detroit native, Devon Gardner, will start his junior year season as the starting QB after only playing a little last season, and at WR for parts of his first two years. Brady Hoke has done an excellent job recruiting high quality talent, such as newbie running back Derrick Green, to support his pro-style offense, and the go away from the spread offense of previous coach Rich Rodriguez.  They’re looking good this year!

3.) Northwestern

While the Wildcats were the second best team of the Big 10 last year, they still weren’t particularly noticeable.  They still have the very talented senior running back, Venric Mark and the equally thoughtful coach, Pat Fitzgerald. This year, the Wildcats have a huge advantage as Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State will play on their home grass.

4.) Nebraska

The Huskers have had a rough go of it lately. Every season they have huge expectations, and the last two seasons have been particularly bad, specifically when Wisconsin creamed them 70-31 in the title game.  This year isn’t shaping up too great either with another year of Martinez.

5.) Penn State

Under penalty last year for the Sandusky scandal, The Nittany Lions should do well this year under Bill O’Brien. Unfortunately, they are still ineligible for the postseason for three more years.  The team is made up of high quality tight ends, like Breneman

6.) Michigan State

The Spartans defense looks stellar again this year, as they did last year.  Their offense game, on the other hand, needs a ton of help.  They lost a key player in RB Le’Veon Bell.  Their passing game needs a ton of help too.  On their side is a weak schedule in their favor which might propel them into a quality bowl.

7. )Wisconsin

The new coach, Gary Andersen, hails from Utah State, after previous coach Bret Bielema departed for Fayetteville. The Badgers will continue on with the power running game, but the new OC has big plans to improve the passing game.  The Badgers are blessed with an easy schedule, they don’t play Michigan, Michigan State or Nebraska, so they’ll lack the game play to somehow get into the Rose Bowl for a fourth year.

 

8.)Indiana

The Hoosiers had the most passing yards per game in the Big Ten last .  Indiana has an abysmal track record, with  having played in one bowl in the last 20 seasons, but this year they have an advantage with  an easier schedule than 2012. Head Coach Kevin Wilson has his choice this year of starting QB with Cameron Coffman, Tre Roberson, and the rising sophomore Nate Sudfeld.

9.)Purdue

The Boilermakers have high hopes with new coach from Kent State, Darrell Hazell.  Hopefully he is able to work some magic on this team, who have only had one double digit win since 1979.  Ouch.  A lot of things are not on Purdue’s side, like a challenging schedule and an inexperienced backfield.

10.) Minnesota

Last year was pretty lackluster for the Gophers with only a 6-7  season with a loss to coach-less Texas Tech in a pre-New Year’s Day bowl. Minnesota takes on terrible opponents in the non-con schedule , so there is a good chance they could be 4-0 heading into conference play.

11.) Iowa

Coach Ferentz is back again and his team is just above .500 since 2005, if the fluke 2009 Orange Bowl season was toss out that is. An unnamed QB starts this year and they have a tough schedule.  The 2013 season is not shaping up well for the Hawkeyes.

12.) Illinois

Senior QB, Nate Scheelhaase is expected to have another stellar season, Heisman-worthy, even.  The team, though, might be a different story.  Scheelhaase, is a run-first, pass-last type of guy.  Good news for Illinois, though, is that they move tot he West division next year.

So there you have it, the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2013 Big Ten Football.

2011 Preseason Big 10 Football Rankings

The 2011 Big 10 Football season promises to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.  The biggest reason for anticipation revolves around the addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the conference.  The former Big 12 football powerhouse should fit in nicely and will form some nice natural rivalries with Wisconsin, Penn State, and The Ohio State University.  This season the Big Ten will bump up to 12 teams.  The 12 teams will be broken into two divisions: The Legends & The Leaders.  The Legends Division will be comprised of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwesterm.  The Leaders Division will feature Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

If that wasn’t enough of a change to build up excitement for the upcoming season, the fact that the race for the Big 10 Championship is probably more wide open that ever certainly will.  Perennial favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes will likely fall back to the pack this year as they lost head coach Jim Tressel and star quarterback Terrelel Pryor to the “TattooGate” scandal.  The likely fall of the OSU program will open the door for several other strong teams such as the Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans, Penn State Nittany Lions, Northwestern Wildcats, and of course, the new addition Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Although there are a lot of question marks and unknowns at this point in the season, below we rank the top Big 10 College Football Programs.

1.  Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers have been one of the strongest programs in the nation but the perennial BCS title contender Ohio State Buckeyes have always been in the way.  Despite the fact that the Badgers lost quite a bit of top talent, they have plenty of depth, especially on offense,that should be able to step right in. This season should be an opportunity for the Badgers to take control of the control of an unusually weak conference with their strong running game and tough defence.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Although there will likely be some bumps along the way for NU as they adjust to the Big 10, the Huskers defensive prowess should keep them in the mix for the Big 10 title.  If coach Pelini can make some defensive adjustments and Quarterback Taylor Martinez builds upon his success in 2010, the Huskers have a shot at the Big 10 title in their first year and a BCS Bowl game.  The only thing holding them back is a brutal schedule that includes a non-conference game against the Washington Huskies and Wyoming Cowboys, as well as tough road games against Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

3. The Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes are still extremely deep and talented but its hard to imagine the pressure and scrutiny not getting to them.  New head coach Luke Fickell will have his hands full finding a replacement for Terrelle Pryor and continuing to deal with distracting allegations following TattooGate.    If coach Fickell can take what he learned from Jim Tressell he might be able to minimize the damage and have OSU ready to compete for a title- they certainly have the talent!

4.  Michigan State

The Michigan State Spartans are the Wildcards of the Big 10.  They have the talent and ability to be title contenders but they have plenty of question marks.  Namely, they need continued development and improvement out of Kirk Cousins.  They also need to address who will Eric Gordon and Greg Jones at Linebacker.

5.  Penn State

After a down 2010, the PSU Nittany Lions could take a big step forward.  The question is how big of a step are they able to take.  A lot will be riding on who wins the quarterback competition.

6.  Northwestern

The Northwestern Wildcats always seem to be the underdog in the Big 10.  If Dan Persa continues to build upon his impressive 2010 campaign and the defense improves, NU could shock the Big 10 world.

7. Iowa

After an impressive Insight Bowl win, the Hawkeyes look like they are on the up and up.  However, this isn’t the year for Kirk Ferentz’s squad to put it all together.

8.  Illinois

The Illini will have a lot of rebuilding to do on defense but they look to have found a quarterback in Nathan Scheelhaase.

9. Michigan

New head coach Brady Hoke will have his work cut out for him but if Denard Robinson and spread offense can put it all together the Wolverines could be a dangerous team.

10. Purdue

The Purdue Boilermakers are a sexy pick as a sleeper team in the Big 10 but they still have lots of question marks on defense.

11.  Minnesota

Another new head coach, Jerry Kill will have his work cut out for him.  He does have some talent to work with but it will likely be a few years before this program starts making some noise.

12.  Indiana

Kevin Wilson does have a plan but it will likely be a few years before the Hoosiers are anything but Big 10 bottom feeders.

No matter how these teams end up finishing out the season, there is not doubt 2011 will be an exciting year for Big Ten Football.  For all your college football needs be sure to check out our wide selection of College Football Tickets!

Top 10 College Football Games (Week 3)

Iowa vs Arizona Football Tickets

Will the Hawkeyes be able to conrtol the Ball against the Arizona Wildcats?

We have another action packed weekend of college football ahead of us as many schools are just getting into conference play while others have big geographic rivalry games.  The frist 2 weeks of NCAA action saw few surprises as Alabama is still #1, with Ohio State (#2), Boise State (#3), TCU (#4), and Oregon (#5) hot on their tail.  Although no top 5 teams will be playing ranked opponents this week we still have some intriguing match-ups.  Perhaps, most interesting of the bunch is the #9 Iowa Hawkeyes vs #24 Arizona Wildcats.

This game should be extremely interesting as 2 two 25 teams with very different style meet in Tucson.  The key of the game will  be if the Arizona defense can continue its strong play.  If Arizona can cause a few turnovers and contain the Hawkeye ground game we could see a major upset here.

The Arizona Wildcats are coming off impressive wins against Toledo (41-2) and Citadel (52-6) in their first two weeks of action.  Nick Foles, the Wildcats QB, has been impressive racking up 574 yards connecting on 49 of 59 and 3 touchdowns.  His 174.7 passer  rating is good for 11th in the nation.  While the Arizona running game hasn’t been the center of the offense, both Nic Grigsby and Greg Nwoko have averaged over 8 yards per carry.   The big Arizona playmaker thus far has been standout wide reciever Juron Criner.  After just 2 games he has racked up 247 yards on 13 catches and 1 touchdown.  Although, the Wildcats defense will face a big test against the Hawkeyes, they have looked pretty tough thus far.

For the Iowa Hawkeyes, the have also looked pretty impressive while beating Eastern Illinois (37-7) and Iowa State (35-7).  Although the Hawkeyes do not have quite the explosive offense that Arizona has, their methodical clock killing running game has proven extremely effective.  Led by running back Adam Robison (265 Rushing yards), Iowa has rushed for 469 yards in just 2 games.   In the air the Hawkeyes have spread the ball out well with 6 receeiver racking up multiple catches.  Allen Reisner leds the team with 7 catches for 105 yards.  QB Ricky Stanzi has been solid connecting of 29 of 41 passes for 433 yards and 3 TDS. Most impressive is the fact that he has not throw an interception. This is key for a team that prides itself on time of possession and a strong defensive unit.

This game should be extremely interesting as 2 two 25 teams with very different style meet in Tucson.  The key of the game will  be if the Arizona defense can continue its strong play.  If Arizona can cause a few turnovers and contain the Hawkeye ground game we could see a major upset here.

As good as the Arizona – Iowa game will be  there are many other great matchups this weeek.  Below is a list of the Top 10 Games of Week 3!

TOP 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES WEEK 3

  1. #24 Arizona vs #9 Iowa
  2. Georgia vs #12 Arkansas
  3. Texas Tech vs #6 Texas
  4. Tennessee vs #10 Florida
  5. #16 Auburn vs Clemson
  6. #2 Ohio State vs Ohio
  7. Florida State vs BYU
  8. Duke vs #1 Alabama
  9. Washington vs #8 Nebraska
  10. #5 Oregon vs Portland State

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