So much can happen on the first Wednesday of every February, keeping up can be hard, so here’s a look at some of the things that went down in the Big Ten.
This Week in Big Ten Football looks first at Ohio State’s offense under Urban Meyer, whose scheme might have just evolved beyond its name.
Thursday on his weekly radio show, Urban Meyer declared the read option dead in his current version of the Ohio State offense. OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but we had to get your attention somehow.
What he actually said: “When you hear spread option, it cracks me up when I hear that. We don’t run really an option very much at all and it’s more of a pro-style from a spread set. So it’s a much different offense than what it was years ago.”
While that made headlines, it’s news a long time coming. Continue reading Requiem for Urban Meyer’s read option
Big Ten football could be said to have come back to Earth in week one, although there weren’t too many upsets around the league. If anyone was overly disappointed in the league’s weekend as a whole, their expectations were probably too high.
Only two teams unexpectedly won (Northwestern) or lost (Penn State), although it will be interesting to see what happens next for those teams (I’d say BYU-Nebraska was a tossup entering the day). Continue reading This Week In Big Ten Football looks at QB battle fallouts
Big Ten Football Media Days mean the unofficial start to college football season in the Midwest.
All 14 Big Ten football coaches and players from every team got together in Chicago for the conference’s annual media days last week to talk about the upcoming season, and while you no doubt saw plenty of stories emerge from the event, you probably missed some, too (especially since it wrapped up well after 5 on Friday in the East). Continue reading Big Ten Football Media Days review: All the links fit to aggregate
Even if this were a good idea, it wouldn’t happen because of the impracticality of it. I guess I agree with those who are viewing this as a shot across the bow at the professional leagues, particularly the NBA, regarding how their rules affect colleges, but I’m not too convinced it’s going to do anything if that is the case. They have plenty of their own things to worry about. Continue reading This week in the Big Ten: Bad idea receives poor reception
I think this will be one of the better Big Tens we’ve seen in the past decade or so, but I’m not sure there is an elite team in the league. There should be depth, and that could set things up for a strong 2015, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Ohio State is rebuilding on defense, but that unit could hardly be worse than it was when the ’13 season concluded, so it’s hard to count that as a negative. Michigan State’s offense was a sore spot early last season but finished on a high and returns almost everyone of consequence. They’ll have some new faces on the offensive line, but that unit wasn’t great anyway so they can probably get by with an average front again this season all things considered. Teams may play them differently now that Connor Cook is a known commodity, though. How he responds to that will tell a large part of the tale this season. Recent conference history is littered with quarterbacks who looked good early in their career but plateaued.
Michigan State is, pardon the pun, green in some spots on defense, and it is unlikely the Spartans will be as tough there regardless of how good coaches Mark Dantonio and Pat Narduzzi have proven to be on that side of the ball. The same can be said of Ohio State’s offensive line, though, so it all could be a wash when the teams play Nov. 8. Continue reading 2014 Big Ten football picks