Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 9: All These Miles, None of Them Les

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This week’s Big Ten football schedule features two of the longest roads trips possible for conference teams — and the absolute shortest. No doubt some of these teams will be wishing they’d just stayed home. But who? And why? Well, that’s why I wrote the article, so go read it.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 8: Regression Analysis

Nebraska v Michigan State

At first glance, this week’s collection of Big Ten football games looks uninspiring, without a true marquee matchup. At second and third glance it’s much the same. But burbling just below the surface like the spinach in a pot of minestrone, we find that just about every game is going to reveal something we’ll need to know on the way to Indianapolis. Click on and see what’s going to be sorted out this Saturday.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 7: Rise of the Two-Headed Quarterbeast

Jake Rudock C.J. Beathard

Week 7 of Big Ten football sees two prominent teams, Wisconsin and Iowa, finally admitting they don’t have a complete quarterback at the moment, but maybe they have the parts to assemble one. While turning to the Two-Headed Quarterbeast is usually seen as a desperation move, for both these schools, it just may be the fix they need. (Emphasis on “may be.”) Click on, as for the first time this season, we have nothing but conference games to look at.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 6: Negative Brand(on) Equity

Brady Hoke Dave Brandon

I could write something snarky about Michigan, Brady Hoke, and/or Dave Brandon, but I don’t like to do what everyone else does. Besides, we all know there’s a huge game this week, one with potential national playoff implications, so why spend time discussing some school’s problems?

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 5: Ice-Cold Hoke Zero

Brady Hoke

The Wheel of Narrative has spun once more, and this week the Big Ten’s arrow is pointing to “hopeful.” (WARNING: Not valid in Washtenaw County, Michigan.) Can the conference keep the good football rolling? Or, now that conference play begins in earnest, are we just being set up for another five-loss conference champion? Your answer begins … now.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten: I’m OK, You’re OK, It’s Not OK

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Big Ten plays some pretty important non-conference games in front of millions of eyes, but things don’t quite go according to p-

(The Internet, as one: “Stop! We’ve heard this one!”)

Gladly. You think you’re sick of hearing it? Think how sick I am of writing it.

Q&A with Jay Glazer: Football, Talk Like a Pirate Day and Captain Morgan

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Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to interview FOX Sports football reporter Jay Glazer to help promote “Talk Like A Pirate Day” – or #TLAPD – which is this Friday, September 19. It’s a partnership with Captain Morgan to not only encourage everyone to channel their inner buccaneer, but also raise money for charitable organizations. For every tweet that uses the hashtag #CaptainAndColaaarr, $1 will be donated to two charities that Glazer is affiliated with, NYC’s City Harvest as well as Purple Heart Homes.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 3: All Thy Sins Laid Bare

James Franklin Penn State

I don’t know if you noticed, but the Big Ten lost a few important non-conference games last week. In this week’s Big Ten football picks I’ll be looking at each team, evaluating what’s working and what clearly isn’t. Well, as clearly as anything can be evaluated after just two weeks. To the games!

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 2: The Something Strange Is Always Les Miles

Wisconsin LSU

Big Ten football didn’t have too many shocks last week. There were only two real surprises, one pleasant (Rutgers’ win over Washington State) and one unpleasant but probably not all that surprising (Northwestern’s loss to Cal, which is the fault of everybody but Pat Fitzgerald, to hear him tell it). What’s in store for week two? Click through and see how I’m calling the games this week.

Unlike Josh Shaw, Joe Delaney and Shannon Smith are Real Heroes

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Hero and liar have become four-letter words thrown out far too often. In less than 48 hours USC football player Josh Shaw became both after making up a story of jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his seven-year-old nephew from drowning as a cover-up for something else that resulted in two high-ankle sprains.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Appalachian State and Other Disasters

Michigan Appalachian State

Week One of the 2014 Big Ten football season is here. I’ve already given you my picks for the three early games this upcoming week, but what about the games that are being played when they’re supposed to be, on Saturday? Click on, pilgrim; I’ve got some picks for you.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Weird Non-Saturday Games

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The 2014 Big Ten football season is finally here, and like everyone else, I too am ready to pretend I actually know a thing or two about Rutgers and Maryland football now. There is room in my brain since I have already forgotten which teams were in the Leaders division and which were in the Legends. I may never forget that’s what the two divisions were called.

10 bold predictions for the 2014 college football season

Robert Nkemdiche

With just a few days until the opening kickoff of a new college football season, it’s time to think about what will happen in 2014. Most experts have made conference predictions, listed Heisman Trophy favorites and made College Football Playoff predictions for this year. While those may be some of the more interesting conversations, there are still a few other areas of the sport to discuss and predict.

The 2014 Fantasy Football “Do Not Draft” List

Darren McFadden

Fantasy Football leagues aren’t necessarily won on draft day, but they certainly can be lost.

It’s not always who you pick for your roster, but also about who you’re able to avoid. Whether or not you want to avoid them altogether or decide simply not worth the value they may be pegged at, you’ll be better off if you can keep these names off your roster.

Here are the top 10 players you should completely avoid while drafting this season.

Robin Williams: A Sports Tribute

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Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams died Monday as a result of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. While his publicist didn’t confirm the reports of his death being a suicide, she did state that he had recently been “battling severe depression.”