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  1. ESPN's midseason All-Big Ten team

    Brian Bennett

    The regular season is at its halfway point, so we're presenting our selections for the midseason All-Big Ten team. Offense QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska RB: Tevin Coleman, Indiana ...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  2. Gophers learn from 'Larry Fitzgerald school'

    Brian Bennett

    It's well known that Minnesota needs to make major improvements in its passing game this fall and that the Gophers' young receivers need to develop. Luckily, they had a chance to learn from one of the best in the business this summer. NFL ...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  3. Preseason position preview: DB

    Brian Bennett

    Our preview of each position group in the Big Ten reaches its final stop on the defensive side: the secondary. The two best secondary players from last season both were drafted in the first round this spring: Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard and ...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  4. Big Ten Wednesday mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    Back from Michigan. And back to the mailbag. Caleb from MSU writes: With Malik McDowell finally in the fold, we now have a better look at the pieces available to the MSU defensive line. That being said, what are the chances McDowell starts and or ...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  5. Season report card: Minnesota

    Brian Bennett

    The red pens are out and we're handing out final grades for each Big Ten team's regular season. Teams earn marks for offense, defense, special teams and overall play. Step up and get your grades, Minnesota. Offense: C-minus The Gophers ranke...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  6. Q&A: Minnesota DC Tracy Claeys

    Brian Bennett

    Last week, I caught up with Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys and wrote about the Gophers' linebacker situation. Claeys had other interesting things to say about the defense as a whole, and here they are in Q&A form: What were your gene...

    Blog | July 16, 2013
  7. Spring Q&A: Minnesota coach Jerry Kill

    Brian Bennett

    Minnesota coach Jerry Kill guided the team to a bowl game during his second season in Minneapolis despite some depth and injury problems in 2012. What's in store for Year 3 of the Kill era? I recently caught up with him to get his outlook for the Gop...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  8. Best and worst of Big Ten bowl season

    Brian Bennett

    As we continue to put a bow on the Big Ten's bowl season, here are some superlatives from the league's seven postseason contests: Best game: I picked the Outback Bowl as my favorite matchup before the postseason began, and Michigan and South Carol...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  9. Big Ten predictions: Bowl picks

    Brian Bennett

    Big Ten bowl season officially arrives tomorrow night when Minnesota kicks off the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Texas Tech. Heavens knows I need a new season to begin after a horrible showing in the regular season, when I finished a full...

    Blog | December 27, 2012
  10. USF spring wrap

    Brian Bennett

    2011 overall record: 5-7 2011 conference record: 1-6 (T-7) Returning starters: Offense: 8; defense: 7; kicker/punter: 3 Top returners QB B.J. Daniels, RB Demetris Murray, WR Sterling Griffin, WR Andre Davis, LB DeDe Lattimore, LB Sam Barrington...

    Blog | May 10, 2012
  11. Notes from USF O-coordinator Todd Fitch

    Brian Bennett

    I had a chance to catch up with USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch this week to get his thoughts on quarterback B.J. Daniels for a blog post coming next week. But our conversation was not only about Daniels. Fitch talked on a variety of subjects...

    Blog | March 16, 2012
  12. Part I: Q&A with USF coach Skip Holtz

    Brian Bennett

    I had a chance to catch up with USF coach Skip Holtz in the wake of his team's disappointing 5-7 season. I will divide up our interview into two parts. Here is a little of what he had to say about the season in general. Part II will focus more on ind...

    Blog | December 15, 2011
  13. Season recap: USF

    Brian Bennett

    South Florida Bulls Record: 5-7, 1-6 Big East The season began with plenty of promise -- an opening win over Notre Dame and a climb to No. 16 in the national standings after a 4-0 start. But that was yet another mirage, a soft start based on wi...

    Blog | December 07, 2011
  14. Darrell Scott injury update

    Brian Bennett

    USF running back Darrell Scott will travel with the team to Syracuse, but whether or not he plays Friday night will be a game-time decision. Scott has been listed as day-to-day with a sprained wrist and post-concussion symptoms. Coach Skip Holtz ...

    Blog | November 10, 2011
  15. Midseason report: USF

    Brian Bennett

    USF BULLS Record: 4-1 (0-1, Big East) The season started with talk about being a dark horse to win the Big East. That talk intensified after a huge 23-20 win at Notre Dame, a game that meant so much to coach Skip Holtz, who played there and saw...

    Blog | October 11, 2011
  16. More Big East depth charts

    Brian Bennett

    Every Big East team, minus West Virginia, has now released depth charts. I already took a look at Louisville and Pitt. Here is a quick glance at the others: Cincinnati Only a few competitions remain before the opener Saturday against Austin Pe...

    Blog | August 30, 2011