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2014 Big Ten Power Rankings – Week 2

East Division 1. Michigan State - The Spartans rolled past JSU 45-7 on the strength of three TD’s from Connor Cook. A concern for the Spartans as they head into a huge match up with Oregon has to be their run game. Sparty averaged just 4.2 yards per carry against an FCS team. Coming Up: Sept. 6th at Oregon- Michigan State is dogged by 12. The game should be closer than that. 2. Ohio State - The Buckeyes survived Navy and...

2014 Big Ten Power Rankings – Week 1

East Division 1. Michigan State - The Spartans jump over the Buckeyes due to the Braxton Miller injury. They open up with FCS foe Jacksonville State. The Spartans need to show why they should be the class of the Big Ten East. Coming Up: August 29th vs. Jacksonville State 2. Ohio State - The Buckeyes will have to look to Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett to fill the shoes of Braxton Miller being out for the year. Ohio State has a...

2014 Big Ten Power Rankings – Fall Camp

It is finally August and college football teams are gearing up for fall camp. That means it is time to put out our first 2014 Big Ten Power Rankings. Let me explain one thing first. This is not a prediction of where the teams will finish at the end of the year. It is a ranking based on how strong or weak I think a team is heading into fall camp. With that being said, let’s jump right in.  East Division 1. Ohio State –...

Rutgers & Memphis Football 2014 – Bette...

Rutgers Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE This is the million dollar question.  They have so much talent on the perimeters.  Ralph Friedgen is an elite level offensive coordinator, where due to timing the Scarlet Knights luckily landed.  Leonte Carroo looks to be a Day 1 or 2 NFL draft pick.  Ruhann Peele (although the injury is a mystery) looks too be a serious threat. The offensive line was...

Illinois Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about th...

Illinois Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE The offense was the saving grace of the team last year and should carry the squad again this season. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit ran fantastic offenses at Western Michigan and that was without players on the talent level of transfer QB Wes Lunt and RB Josh Ferguson. Lunt had the talent to start at Oklahoma State as a true freshman before injuries cost him...

Northwestern Football 2014 – Better, Worse or abou...

Northwestern Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE It’s going to be tough for the offense to be worse than last year’s. At one point, Northwestern ran out of scholarship running backs for a few plays, and quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian both missed games or played hurt for much of the year. Star running back Venric Mark also missed most of the season. However, with Siemian, the top...

Minnesota Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up

Minnesota Football 2014 Spring Wrap Up Strengths & Question Marks I think the obvious strength of this team is the running game.  The Gophers return 4/5 of their offensive line, with some talented underclassmen pushing last year’s starters for reps.  They also return David Cobb who was a 1,200 yard rusher after having a breakout junior season. And they add a couple very talented backs to the crew in Berkley Edwards...

Purdue Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the ...

Purdue Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE It’s tough to imagine an offense any worse than what we watched last season. They had no rhythm, weren’t good at running or passing the ball…had an offensive line that looked overmatched…while play calling was predictable and vanilla. Thankfully, they showed a pulse in the final game of the season…sadly, that was against one of the...

Iowa Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Sa...

Iowa Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE I think there’s a lot of hope on the part of Iowa fans — and not unjustified — that the offense will be better than it was a year ago.  This is year three under Greg Davis as offensive coordinator, he should have a second-year starter at QB (Jake Rudock), and collection of players at RB and WR that are better-suited to the style of offense that...

Boston College, Louisville & Michigan State &...

Boston College Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE BC lost some of their major contributors on offense with the graduation of Heisman finalist Andre Williams, star receiver Alex Amidon, tackles Ian White/Matt Patchan and quarterback Chase Rettig. However BC reloaded this offseason with the transfer of Florida QB Tyler Murphy, and a stable of young running backs including sophomore Myles Willis and...