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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.

2011-2012 College Football Bowl Game Schedule

2012 BCS Championship

Although the BCS Championship Series Bowl games are the most anticipated, several other bowls also garner much attention.

Some of the most highly anticipated sporting events in the world are the annual college football bowl games.  Each year, top college football teams across the season participate in these post-season bowl games that play a large part in determine the final rankings.  The biggest of which is the BCS National Championship game.  The BCS Championship game will be held at the Superdome in New Orleans on Jaunary 9th, 2012 and will feature the number 1 and numer 2 ranked teams in the nation.  The winner of each of the BCS conferences will appear in their respective BCS Bowl game (unless the champion earns a berth in the BCS title game).  The winner of the ACC will go to the Orange Bowl, Big 10 to the Rose Bowl, Big 12 to the Fiesta Bowl, Pac-12 to the Rose Bowl, and the SEC to the Sugar Bowl.

Although the Bowl Championship Series games are often the biggest draws, several other bowl games are immensely popular and offer alumni and college football fans alike a chance to travel to a warm destination to root for their favorite team.  Some of the most popular bowl games include the Capital One Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Outback Bowl, and the Pinstripe Bowl (held at Yankee Stadium).

With bowl game season nearly upon, here is a complete schedule for the 2011-2012 College Football Bowl games.

 

Bowl Date Location
Alamo Bowl

12/29/2011

Alamodome, 
San Antonio, TX
Armed Forces Bowl

12/30/2011

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, 
University Park, TX
BCS National Championship

1/9/2011

Superdome, 
New Orleans, LA
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

12/20/2011

Tropicana Field, 
St. Petersburg, FL
BBVA Compass Bowl

1/7/2011

Legion Field, 
Birmingham, AL
Belk Bowl

12/27/2011

Bank of America Stadium, 
Charlotte, NC
Capital One Bowl

1/1/2011

Citrus Bowl, 
Orlando, FL
Champs Sports Bowl

12/29/2011

Citrus Bowl, 
Orlando, FL
Chick-fil-A Bowl

12/31/2011

Georgia Dome, 
Atlanta, GA
Cotton Bowl

1/6/2011

Cowboys Stadium, 
Arlington, TX
Fiesta Bowl

1/2/2011

University of Phoenix Stadium, 
Glendale, AZ
Gator Bowl

1/2/2011

Municipal Stadium, 
Jacksonville, FL
GoDaddy.Com Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium, 
Mobile, AL
Hawaii Bowl

12/24/2011

Aloha Stadium, 
Honolulu, HI
Holiday Bowl

12/28/2011

Qualcomm Stadium, 
San Diego, CA
Humanitarian Bowl

12/17/2011

Bronco Stadium, 
Boise, ID
Independence Bowl

12/26/2011

Independence Stadium, 
Shreveport, LA
Insight Bowl

12/30/2011

Sun Devil Stadium, 
Tempe, AZ
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

12/31/2011

ATT Park, 
San Francisco, CA
Las Vegas Bowl

12/22/2011

Sam Boyd Stadium, 
Las Vegas, NV
Liberty Bowl

12/31/2011

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 
Memphis, TN
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

12/27/2011

Ford Field, 
Detroit, MI
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

12/31/2011

Reliant Stadium, 
Houston, TX
Military Bowl

12/28/2011

RFK Stadium, 
Washington, DC
Music City Bowl

12/30/2011

LP Field, 
Nashville, TN
New Mexico Bowl

12/17/2011

University Stadium, 
Albuquerque, NM
New Orleans Bowl

12/17/2011

Superdome, 
New Orleans, LA
Orange Bowl

1/3/2011

Sun Life Stadium,
Miami, FL
Outback Bowl

1/2/2011

Raymond James Stadium, 
Tampa, FL
Pinstripe Bowl

12/30/2011

Yankee Stadium, 
Bronx, NY
Poinsettia Bowl

12/21/2011

Qualcomm Stadium, 
San Diego, CA
Rose Bowl

1/2/2011

Rose Bowl, 
Pasadena, CA
Sugar Bowl

1/3/2011

Superdome, 
New Orleans, LA
Sun Bowl

12/31/2011

Sun Bowl Stadium, 
El Paso, TX
TicketCity Bowl

1/1/2011

Cotton Bowl Stadium, 
Dallas, TX


Top Weekend Events 10/28 – 10/30

Hello Wednesday and happy weekend before Halloween!

While, once again, the top weekend events list is dominated by college football, a few other events did manage to make the list.

First and foremost being the UFC Fight taking place between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz in Vegas.  This will the Diaz’s first fight since 2006.  His supporters say that he has transformed from a mediocre boxer to one of the best strikers in the division.  The fight was originally supposed to be between Diaz and Georges St- Pierre until St-Pierre sprained his knee.  This fight has had so many ups and downs already, that it should prove to be a very interesting event.

In other non-NCAA related football happenings,  Corey Smith will be playing in Jacksonville, FL.  The country singer has shown up on the top events weekend list before.  His booze-driven lyrics are very popular with the college-aged crowd.  He’s one to watch.    Of the oddball singers to appear on this list is Roger Hodgson, the British musician and songwriter and former co-front man of the band Supertramp.  He has been performing solo since 1984.

The top college football game this weekend is Auburn vs. Ole Miss…two strong Southern teams will take on each other.  While neither is in any contention for the SEC championship title (who can compete against the LSU tigers anyways?), it should still be a fun game.  There’s still a slim possibility of the the Auburn Tigers getting ranked, if all the cards and starts align. 

Obviously, Big-Ten teams always draw a huge crowd and fans flock to see the games.  This is a pivotal game for Illinois, as this could set the tone for the remainder of their season, particularly since they lead the Big Ten in rushing yardage per game.  Penn State is still expected to come out ahead in this game though.

 

Top Weekend Events 10/28/2011 – 10/30/2011

1.)   UFC 137 Penn vs. Diaz, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, October 29

2.)    Auburn vs. Ole Miss, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AB – Saturday, October 29

3.)    Penn State vs. Illinois, Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA – Saturday, October 29

4.)    Georgia vs. Florida, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL – Saturday, October 29

5.)    Corey Smith, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL – Friday, October 28

6.)    Roger Hodgson, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Montreal, QB – Saturday, October 29

7.)   Steelers vs. Patriots, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Sunday, October 30

8.)     Michigan vs. Purdue, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI – Saturday, October 29

9.)    Oklahoma State vs. Baylor, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK – Saturday, October 29

10.) Minnesota vs. Iowa, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MB – Saturday, October 29

Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!

Top Weekend Events 10/21 – 10/23

We’ve made it. We’re more than halfway through the week.  Yahoo!

This weekend’s top events list is, um…odd.  What an odd grouping of events.  Sure there’s still plenty of college football on the list, but some of the games are not expected to show up on the list.  For instance, what’s up with the New Mexico vs. Hawaii game?  I have to imagine it’s kind of a limited audience that would attend this game, no?  Perhaps fans are just eagerly waiting to see if their place-kick block issues will be resolved?

For your obvious games to make the list, clearly the Notre Dame vs. USC game will have a big draw.  Both teams recently had blowout wins (Notre Dame over Air Force and USC over Cal) and are looking to dominate each other. 

And, have you realized the Texas A&M has shown up on the top weekend events list for the past 3 weeks?  Those Texans love their football.  As do the Okies.

For your non-football events, this weekend, the Talladega Speedway will be busy with the Sprint Cup Series.  The AMP Energy 500 (aka Good Sam Club 500) is one of four races that are currently run with restrictor plates. And the Coca-Cola 250 has been an exciting event held since 2006.  It was first held as the John Deere 250.

Sir Elton John leads the top weekend events list with his Vegas show.   John began his new show “The Million Dollar Piano” in Las Vegas in September at Caesars Palace, where he will perform at for the next 3 years.    Just recently, he performed his 3000th concert.  Wow! In his four-decade long career, he has sold more than 250 million records, earning him the honor of being one of the most successful artists of all time.

And, if you weren’t aware, Yo Gabba Gabba! is a kids show currently on Nick Jr.  Interesting point, Yo Gabba Gabba! was not invented by studio execs, but by two SoCal dads with no TV experience.   It is now a HUGE deal with the 2-4 year old sect.

Top Weekend Events 10/21/2011 – 10/23/2011

1.)    Elton John, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV – Friday, October 21st

2.)    Oklahoma vs. Virginia Tech, OU Memorial Stadium,  Norman, OK – Saturday, October 22nd

3.)    Notre Dame vs. USC, Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN – Saturday, October 22nd

4.)    Joaquin Sabina, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL – Sunday, October 23rd

5.)    Yo Gabba Gabba, Charleston Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WV – Friday, October 21st

6.)    AMP Energy 500, Talladega Super Speedway, Talladega, AL – Sunday, October 23rd

7.)    New Mexico State vs. Hawaii, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI – Saturday, October 22nd

8.)    Andrew Bird, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE – Saturday, October 22nd

9.)    Talladega 250, Talladega Super Speedway, Talladega, AL – Saturday, October 22nd

10.) Texas A&M vs. Iowa State, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA – Saturday, October 22nd

Top Weekend Events – October 14th – 16th

Welcome to your Top Weekend Events list for this upcoming weekend!  Obviously NCAA football dominates this list again, but a couple other evens managed to sneak up in there.

First of the non-college football variety is the Honda SuperClasico match featuring the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team vs. Chivas USA.  The Galaxy is currently the MLS Western Conference regular season champs. Chivas has a slightly less than stellar record.  This should be an exciting game, but it is expected that the Galaxy to win.

Two major NFL teams also face off this weekend; the Dallas Cowboys vs. the New England Patriots.  The Patriots have really proven themselves to be a top notch team once again, so even if the Cowboys have put everything into preparing for this game, the Pats are still expected to come out on top.

The top college football game for this weekend is the Auburn vs. Florida game.   While both teams lost last weekend (to Arkansas and LSU respectively), both teams are expected to bounce back for an exciting game as these two teams are equally matched.

The Longhorns had a tough go of it last weekend against the Sooners last weekend.  Unfortunately, they’re not expected to do much better against the other Oklahoma team this weekend either, the Cowboys.  OK State is averaging over 50 points a game.

The Baylor Bears vs. Texas A&M Aggies will be another well matched and exciting game.  Last year, the Aggies came out on top, but perhaps this will be the Bears year.  Additionally, the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs is another very evenly matched game.

 

Top Weekend Events 10/14 – 10/16/2011

1.)    Auburn vs. Florida, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL – Saturday, October 15th

2.)    Texas vs. Oklahoma State, DKR Stadium, Austin, TX – Saturday, October 15th

3.)    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina, Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS – Saturday, October 15th

4.)    Baylor vs. Texas A&M, Kyle Field, College Station, TX – Saturday, October 15th

5.)    Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, Home Depot Center, Carson, CA – Sunday, October 16th

6.)    Arizona State vs. Oregon, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR – Saturday, October 15th

7.)    Cowboys vs. Patriots, Gillette Stadium, Boston, MA  – Sunday, October 16th

8.)    Northwestern vs. Iowa, Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA – Saturday, October 15th

9.)    Navy vs. Rutgers, Rutgers Stadium, East Brunswick, NJ – Saturday, October 15th

10.) Florida State vs. Duke, Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC – Saturday, October 15th