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  1. Season's best Big Ten players: Nos. 1-5

    Brian Bennett

    We've been counting down the top 25 players from the 2014 Big Ten season all week, and now we have reached the summit. Like Chris Rock, we're ready to deliver a top 5. These are the best of the best from the year that was. No. 1: Melvin Gordon...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  2. Offseason to-do list: Ohio State

    Brian Bennett

    We've been running down the offseason to-do lists for every Big Ten team. Now we turn our attention to the team that might have the least amount of work to do: defending national champion Ohio State. Still, even the Buckeyes have a checklist. &nbs...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  3. Who will top Big Ten player rankings in 2015?

    Brian Bennett

    We've been counting down our postseason Top 25 player rankings for the Big Ten's 2014 season all week. There's still a ways to go until we get to No. 1, and I won't spoil who topped the list (it's not that hard to figure out). These postseason ran...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  4. Overreacting in the Big Ten

    Brian Bennett

    We live in an instant reaction society, in which every development is immediately dissected and analyzed for all it's worth. Often, in this hyperbolic chamber, our first reactions turn out to be overreactions. That's especially true in football, w...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  5. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    Good morning, fans of the conference that's home to the national champs. That's fun to say. 1. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz held an unusual, mid-January news conference on Wednesday because "it was just my sense that we needed to talk." Ferentz understands...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  6. Buckeyes' QB derby is full of intrigue

    Brian Bennett

    Ohio State has won the national championship after the first College Football Playoff. Now we can move on to the really fun stuff for the Buckeyes: finding out who will be their quarterback in 2015. OK, that's overstating things just a bit. Still,...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  7. Cardale Jones defying all expectations, precedent

    Brian Bennett

    Marcus Outzen might be the only person on the planet who can relate his experience to what Ohio State's Cardale Jones is going through. In an odd bit of coincidence, Outzen also began his redshirt sophomore campaign as a third-string quarterback b...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  8. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    An otherwise very encouraging Big Ten bowl season ended with a thud, as Iowa got hammered 45-28 by Tennessee at the TaxSlayer Bowl on Friday. There was no real shame in losing to the Volunteers, a young and very athletic team that no doubt benefit...

    Blog | January 05, 2015
  9. Youth a strength, not an excuse, for Ohio State

    Brian Bennett

    NEW ORLEANS -- On signing day in 2013, Vonn Bell surprised a lot of people by spurning Alabama for Ohio State. Two seasons later, the Buckeyes' starting safety helped lead his team over the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff semifinal at...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  10. ESPN's Big Ten all-freshman team

    Brian Bennett

    The Big Ten doesn't put out an all-freshman team. But we do. Here are our picks for the top first-year players in the league in 2014: Offense QB: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: Well, duh. RB: Justin Jackson, Northwestern: In the year of the runni...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  11. Reviewing our preseason Big Ten calls

    Brian Bennett

    Earlier today, we presented our ESPN.com 2014 All-Big Ten team. We took a stab at a preseason All-Big Ten team back in August, based largely on players' previous track records. So how'd we do? Of our 26 preseason selections, only eight made it ...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  12. ESPN.com's All-Big Ten team

    Brian Bennett

    The Big Ten unveiled its official all-league teams last week, but we have our own thoughts and choices. Here is the ESPN.com All-Big Ten team for 2014: Offense QB: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: Barrett broke the Big Ten single-season record for tou...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  13. Buckeyes make emphatic case for playoff

    Brian Bennett

    INDIANAPOLIS -- The debate will continue until the College Football Playoff selection committee reveals its picks for the four-team field, and the controversy surely won't stop then. Does No. 5 Ohio State belong in the playoff over Big 12 co-champ...

    Blog | December 07, 2014
  14. Notes from Big Ten title game eve

    Brian Bennett

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer met with the media Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium to preview Saturday's Big Ten championship game. Here are a couple of noteworthy items from their sessions: The biggest ...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  15. Big Ten Friday mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    Hello from Indianapolis. Lots to talk about, so let's get to your questions: Sameer from Chicago writes: Can you please help me understand why there is this much discussion re: impact of J.T. Barrett's injury on Ohio State's (potential) select...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  16. Big Ten playoff tracker: Dec. 3

    Brian Bennett

    How does the Big Ten's remaining College Football Playoff contender stand just days before the selection committee makes its actual picks? Let's take a look: Ohio State Record: 11-1 (8-0 Big Ten) Rank: No. 5 Next major obstacle: Saturday ...

    Blog | December 03, 2014