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AP At least it’s not all bad news on the football front for Ohio State this Monday, right? Shortly before news broke that the Buckeyes had dismissed their top running back and their star cornerback was arrested over the weekend, it was announced that OSU was the runaway favorite of the media to win the Big Ten championship this season. ? 25 of the 26 media members in the poll assembled by the Cleveland Plain Dealer ‘s Doug Lesmerises — the conference did away with preseason media votes a couple of years ago — picked OSU as the preseason favorite for the Big Ten title . 12 of the writers predicted an OSU win over Nebraska in early December; 11 predicted an OSU win in a replay of The Game with Michigan; and two saw the Buckeyes topping Michigan State for the title. ? One writer predicted that Michigan would beat Ohio State in the title game. Individually, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller , last year’s Big Ten Player of the…
Andre Ware counts down the top five quarterbacks in the Big Ten and picks his top QB from the five major conferences.
Is it preseason All-America team season already? You bet it is. Phil Steele has issued his 2013 preseason All-America teams, and a total of 15 players from the Big Ten made the four squads. Let’s take a look: First team Michigan T Taylor Lewan Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier Ohio State CB Bradley Roby Second team Ohio State QB Braxton Miller Nebraska G Spencer Long Wisconsin LB Chris Borland Michigan State LB Max Bullough Third team Penn State WR Allen Robinson Wisconsin TE Jacob Pedersen Ohio State G Andrew Norwell Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard Indiana long snapper Matt Dooley Fourth team Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis Ohio State T Jack Mewhort Northwestern all-purpose player Venric Mark Some notes and thoughts: Lewan is an obvious choice for the first team, while Steele clearly sees the potential in Shazier and Roby after
The Big Ten endured arguably the worst NFL draft in its history last month, and its struggles to produce high first-round talent are well documented. The league hasn’t had a top-10 pick since Michigan’s Jake Long and Ohio State’s Vernon Gholston went No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, in the 2008 draft. The Big Ten narrowly avoided being shut out of the first round for the first time since the NFL-AFL merger when Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick went at No.
Ohio State already had started paying more competitive salaries for assistant coaches before Urban Meyer arrived in November 2011. But when Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith sat down to discuss staff pay, Smith soon realized he needed to do more. “I think Michigan had stepped up with their coordinators,” Smith recalled last week during Big Ten spring meetings in Chicago. “So we were already going to that before Urban Meyer came, but we bumped it up a little more.
The Big Ten released its 2014 league schedule earlier Thursday, completing what its architect Mark Rudner called a “long, arduous process” of crafting a slate with two new teams, two new divisions and a second open week. ESPN.com caught up with Rudner, the Big Ten’s senior associate commissioner for television administration, to discuss how the 2014 schedule came together. It’s important to note the Big Ten compiled the 2014 slate based upon principles green-lighted by its athletic directors.
Corey Avery (Dallas/Carter) isn’t the most boisterous or most flamboyant athlete. In fact, when he’s on the field, he seems to be all business. Sometimes, not being the most vocal can result in the “sleeper” title. For months Avery was considered a sleeper, but recently he’s picked up offers from Texas Tech and Nebraska to go along with his first offer, which came from West Virginia. On Monday, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound sparkplug earned arguably his most recognizable offer as Ohio State entered the picture.
We wrapped up the spring and cast a net for a 2014 quarterback. This is Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. BuckeyeNation Week in Review As part of the Big Ten Blog’s package wrapping up spring ball, Austin Ward wrapped up the Buckeyes’ efforts. Brian Bennett handicapped the 2013 B1G race.