2013 Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Hip Hop MCs Edition

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Can’t leave Big Ten football alone the game needs me. Notorious B.I.G. once said that he raps about the ghetto because that’s what he knows. And…”if I worked at McDonald’s, I’d be rapping about Big Macs and fries.”

You write and talk what you know and live. And I know Big Ten football. We’re still a ways away from Big Ten football media days. Well, less than two weeks now. The preseason is indeed here, time for some WAY TOO Early Big Ten football power rankings

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Big Ten Title Game between Wisconsin and Nebraska has B1G ramifications

For the Wisconsin Badgers, a win at the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis would mean three straight Big Ten titles and three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances, a feet which is unprecedented in school history.

For the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a win in the Championship game would be their official welcome to the conference as they move on from a successful history in the Big 12 and start anew in just their second year in the Big Ten.

Who said there wasn’t a lot at stake in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday?

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Taylor Martinez: Big Ten MVP?

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Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez has improved his throwing mechanics quite a bit this year. Last season they were just plain unsightly. This fall he looks and throws like a top flight college football quarterback. And the numbers back it up, as he’s tossed 15 TDs against just 4 picks, 1,615 yards and 67% completion.

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Wisconsin Badgers vs. #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers: Brutally Honest Preview

Excitement, mystery and revenge are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the start of the conference season for the Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Both teams look to move forward from what was a disappointing non-conference slate from not only their-selves, but the entire Big Ten conference as a whole.

The Badgers are still searching for their offensive identity and the Huskers still have a bad taste in their mouth from the 48-17 drubbing Wisconsin handed them to open the conference season in Madison last year.

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#17 Nebraska Cornhuskers: College Football 77 in 77

Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Spring Gameday Preview

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At 2 o’clock eastern time on a Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will participate in their annual Red-White spring game.

Months after a disappointing finish to the 2011 season with a 30-13 loss to South Carolina, Nebraska will finally resume play before an expected large crowd Saturday.

Although this is only a spring game (more a scrimmage than an actual contest), it is a culmination of all the work the team has put into this spring season.

Coach Bo Pelini believes his team has made a great deal of progress over the previous month and expects his players to put on a good show out there Saturday. [Read more…]

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez Continues Throwing Progression

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While college students across the nation were enjoying a week-long break from the pressures of schoolwork, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez was doing something quite different.

The quarterback, instead of relaxing at the beach, went back home to California and used the time to work on his throwing.

Talk about commitment.

Martinez worked for three days with quarterback coach Steve Calhoun, a man who runs a quarterback development camp called Armed and Dangerous Football Camp and can count Cam Newton and Jake Locker among his former students.

Martinez praised the three days with Calhoun as a wonderful learning experience, but if there was one lesson to be taken from their work, it was a simple, yet important message: improve footwork. [Read more…]

Nebraska spring football: preview of the Cornhuskers offense and defense

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After ending their 2011 campaign with a disappointing defeat at the hands of the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are more than happy to herald in a new season with the return of spring football.

Nebraska began its spring football season on March 10 and ran three practices before ending temporarily on March 14. The season has been idle since as players enjoy their spring breaks, but they will be back soon enough with the return date to practice of March 26 and the spring game date of April 14 set firmly on their calendars.

The Cornhuskers finished a solid 9-4 in 2011, but were rather disappointed with that mark, hoping to win the Big Ten in its maiden year in the league rather than finishing a measly third place in the Legends Division.

This is a time for the team to do some spring cleaning, sweeping out any issues that plagued them last season. So, here are the issues coach Bo Pelini will attempt to clean up on each side of the ball.

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Penn State is “Radioactive” to Bowl Selection Committees; Big 10 Bowl Projections

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“They’re radioactive,” a bowl official told Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday. “[Bowls] wanted Joe Paterno ‘s last game, not a nightmare.”

The Nittany Lions finish the season at Ohio State and Wisconsin. The OSU game looks like a toss-up, and the Badgers will likely destroy them. That season ending tilt is looking like it’ll be the Leaders division championship game, with the winner going to Indianapolis. So Penn State still has a chance to go to the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl; although it looks much less likely given how they performed Saturday.

Remember, the bowl selection process is arbitrary and capricious to say the least, and since PSU is a branding and PR nightmare right now, they could fall to the Ticketcity or  Meineke Bowl. If it comes to that, hopefully the school will do the right thing and decline their bid. Even if it doesn’t come to that, and PSU ends up in one of the top five slots, they should do the right thing and decline their invitation.

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Big 10 Bowl Projections; Much Hinges on Wisconsin Badgers

When looking at the Big Ten conference standings, and trying to figure out the hierarchy for the college football bowl system, I can’t help but think of one of my favorite lines from the ’80s movie “Fletch.”

“I’d say we’re in a gray area.”

“How gray?”

“Charcoal.”

We do know this however- the Big Ten bellcow is still Wisconsin (get it bellcow, dairy state?). The Badgers, last year’s Rose Bowl representative is still the favorite to go to Pasadena this year.

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Big 10 Football Power Rankings: Mediocrity, Parity, Blah Edition

There are only two times when doing a power rankings can be fun- way early in the season/preseason, or when everything is jumbled, disorganized chaos and blah. Doing a power rankings when the hierarchy is clear cut is a practice strictly for centrist, vanilla losers.

In the current Big Ten football world, mediocrity, blahness, national irrelevance, and parity reign. And remember that’s PARITY not PARODY! Weird Al Yankovic does not play tailback in college football.

I HATE when writers make that mistake worse than when announcers call coincidence “irony.” Some say the teams beat up on each other and hurt each other’s record. That’s a feeble excuse; because every team in this league is severely flawed in at least one major area. And in the interest of me being my ornery, cynical self, I’m going to highlight each team’s fatal flaw in my snippet.

Numerical rankings are from the latest BcS standings.

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Rapid Reaction: Cornhuskers Roll Over Spartans in Defensive Battle

Rex Burkhead carried the ball 35 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ defense held the Michigan State Spartans to only 187 total yards of offense on Saturday, both of which were huge factors in the Huskers’ 24-3 dismantling of a Spartan team that had been rolling coming into the game in Lincoln.

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