The two-day Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off Tuesday evening. With Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame joining the ACC, that conference is trying to stake its claim as the best in the country. Last year, the challenge finished in a 6-6 tie but here are my predictions for the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
It’s never too early to start thinking ahead. Here is an a very early projection of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology. You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi three of the past four years. Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for weekly updates.
It’s obvious that I love me some Kain Colter. And I’m going to miss me some Kain Colter. I still remember when his college football career was born on New Year’s Day 2011 in the bowl game whose name I can’t remember, but it was held in The Cotton Bowl. And now it’s over….sort of. Colter has the Senior Bowl; and a chance to prove his NFL Draft stock.
I recently asked Mel Kiper Jr. on conference call about Big Ten players with pro potential, and the NFL Draft expert says he sees Kain as a wide receiver prospect, in the Hines Ward mold.
Michigan State defensive back Isaiah Lewis is no secret to controversial plays. In the inaugural Big Ten championship, his questionable running into the punter penalty really decided the championship and handed it to Wisconsin. Sure, the Badgers Punter Brad Nortman did a good job flopping, in order to sell it.
The Michigan State DB got into trouble again today at Northwestern, take a look.
For the Michigan State Spartans, their ticket to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game is pretty much punched now. They’re good. They got this. When MSU avenged last year’s lost to Nebraska, they sinched up at least a share of the Legends Division title. And Michigan State hold the tie-breakers to boot. They’ll obviously meet the Ohio State Buckeyes it what promises to be a pretty good showdown.
Should be a fantastic matchup!
As for the Northwestern Wildcats, well it’s only a matter of time before they become a verb and end up on Urban Dictionary.com Clemsoning is already there, just like Tebowing or Kaepernicking, so Northwesterning will probably get there some day I’m sure.
Thanksgiving dinner is likely to seem especially tasty for onetime American Association hurler Bo Schultz since news arrived Wednesday that he had been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. The 28-year-old righty and Northwestern journalism grad, who was mostly a bullpen contributor (4-3, 4.13 in 37 appearances) while helping Grand Prairie, TX win the Association title in 2011, went 3-0 with a 3.09 earned run average in seven starts in the AFL after both starting and relieving for the D-Backs’ top two farm clubs this summer.
Northwestern basketball suffered a very bad loss at home to Illinois State, but they rebounded nicely (both metaphorically and literally) by absolutely putting a whipping stick on the UIC Flames. NU Coach, and local product Chris Collins is in his first year at the helm having served as an assistant at Duke. Illinois-Chicago leader Howard Moore is in his fourth season, having been an assistant at Wisconsin.
Neither Northwestern basketball, nor the UIC Flames basketball program will be serious contenders for the NCAA Tournament this year, but Northwestern basketball seems to be light years ahead of the Flames in reaching respectability. NU beat Eastern Illinois 72-55, and UIC lost to EIU 86-66, so by transitive property of inequality….yes, the a>b and b>c, therefore a is MUCH GREATER than c. Northwestern basketball won 93-58, proving the theorem, in a game that was over before the singing of “God Bless America.”
Northwestern football no longer has a relationship with 4-star WR recruit Dareian Watkins. The Ohio product de-committed this morning says one outlet. Another outlet claims he had his scholarship pulled. Another outlet is claiming he had his scholarship pulled because he got suspended for two weeks. The overall consensus seems to be he visited Wisconsin, and doing so was frowned upon in this establishment.
Northwestern football Rivals site Wildcat Report claims that they broke the story first, but in order to read it, you need to have a login. And that costs money. I only have a login for Scout, the recruiting site which is the Fox Sports equivalent of Yahoo’s owned Rivals.
Northwestern football unveiled these flamboyant new uniforms in conjunction with Veterans Day. The patriotic new unis, made by the uniform partner of NU, Under Armour, will be part of the Wounded Warrior Project. Northwestern will host Michigan on November 16th, and after the game the jerseys will be auctioned off on the school website.
Does Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter have a future in the NFL? Well, maybe but if so only at a position other than QB. I was on media conference call with ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. and I asked about the professional football future of Big Ten players. Kain Colter was the only guy from NU that Kiper mentioned.
The player comparison he made was an interesting one as well.
Chris Collins returns home this college basketball season to take over a program with literally no NCAA Tournament history. He comes from a program that’s been as rich as any in the nation the past 30 years or so. The Duke Blue Devils are college basketball blue blood; both literally and figuratively. Northwestern is not. Collins takes over a program that is projected to finish anywhere from 9th to 11th in the Big Ten; depending on which hoops expert or pundit you’re talking to. No one really thinks the Wildcats will make a run at the big dance this year, so we’ll likely be spared the “will they or won’t they go dancing?” storyline that was exhausted by local and national media 2009-2012. Since half the local and national sports media are Northwestern graduates, the storyline got way overblown. Everyone loves the Chris Collins hire; they just don’t think there’s enough talent in Evanston right now to make a run. [Read more...]
I can understand why single tweets can become stories. Especially when it’s somebody famous, who’s normally corporate and vanilla, all of a sudden says something controversial. Sure, quotes by themselves can make for a story, but uniforms?
What are we all 14 years old and still obsessed with the hot brand of sneakers? Why are new uniforms such a hot topic these days on the internet?
Yes, Oregon rolls out 1,934,762 different uniforms a season. DON’T CARE! Maryland makes a lot of uni changes, they’re all ugly. Yawn.