Big Ten Championship Game Preview: Will Legends Be Made? (Or Playoff Spirits Broken?)

The 2014 Big Ten Championship game is set for this weekend in Indianapolis. The Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers will face off with the winner claiming the conference title and … actually, we don’t know what else. For the first time ever, we really can’t be sure if the Big Ten’s champion even has […]

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 13: Where The Buck Stops

Week 13 of Big Ten football brings several critical matchups, some important “yardstick” games, and also Northwestern versus Purdue. We’re heading into the silly season for coaches as, if history is any guide, this will be the penultimate game for at least one Big Ten coaching staff. So this week I’m giving extra attention to coaching, particularly in those situations where one or both coaches look like they’re about to get their gooses cooked.

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 12: How The West Will Be Won

Big Ten football last Saturday was all about who was going to win the East. We’re pretty confident who that will be now. But what about the West? Two huge games will sort that out for us — and one is a total surprise. Click onward and let’s get to it.

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 11: Annual Game Of The Century

We all know there’s a pretty huge Big Ten football game this week, so how much of an introduction do we really need to this week’s picks? Wouldn’t it be better to just skip right to the game that’s on everybody’s mind? It absolutely would, so just click on to see my prediction.

Big Ten’s Got 99 Problems, But A Bias Ain’t One

Big Ten football fans are in a bit of a funk lately. It’s been years since the conference was a legitimate threat to win a national title. It’s even been a while since the Big Ten has made a good showing of itself in bowl games. Throw in the media’s tendency to dogpile on the conference and you’ve got the makings of some world-class conspiracy theories.

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

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 5: Ice-Cold Hoke Zero

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

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.

The problem with Big Ten football

There used to be a time when a smash-mouth style of football was the only way to play the game.

How far can each Big Ten basketball team go?

While only four of the 12 schools in the Big Ten were ranked in the most recent AP poll, the conference could easily see double that amount make the NCAA tournament come march, with three or four in contention to be playing on the season’s final weekend.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 10: Huskerdammerung

When one Pelini brother lost his job this week, many wondered why it wasn’t two. Bo Pelini is deep in the weeds in Lincoln after that loss to Minnesota, and everybody knows it.

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 8: Failing the eye test

A cursory glance at the Big Ten standings might seem to tell you a lot, to wit: Ohio State is awesome, Purdue is bad, Indiana is mediocre, and if you can figure out who the best team in the Legends Division is, you ought to get one of those MacArthur grants.

Pickin’ On The Big Ten, Week 7: Outsmarting Sparty Logic

Sorry there’s no introduction this week. I had a detailed analysis of Iowa’s pretty good punt return game but I guess that’s useless now.

Pickin’ on the Big Ten, Week 6: Requiem for a dream

September is over.

Now it’s October, when dreams begin to die as the level of competition increases sharply. The phrase “same as it ever was” no longer merely recalls a Talking Heads song. But you may ask yourself, “How did I get here?” when your team’s shattered dream leaves you alone in the middle of a cornfield. That’ll happen to a few Big Ten fanbases this week. Which ones? Read on, pilgrim.

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 5: Fall Break

It’s a thin week for games in the Big Ten, with only six teams in action. There are two conference games which promise to be classics or near-classics and two non-conference games which won’t be.