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Five things about the Big Ten

Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:38 am
Edited on: August 2, 2010 4:37 pm

Sizing up the Big Ten going into the Big Ten media days in Chicago...

Divisional set up. Conference officials will begin talking this week about how to split the Big Ten in two beginning in 2011. That would be two six-team divisions and staging a championship, which is all but a certainty as league officials meet this week in Chicago. In a league that believes Dockers are a fashion statement, expansion to 12 teams is a radical step. Traditional rivalries are at stake. What do with the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana-Purdue)? More importantly, what to do with Ohio State-Michigan? Competitive balance is first on commissioner Jim Delany’s list of priorities. But today’s slug (Michigan) could be tomorrow’s power. Don’t screw this one up, fellas. You’ve got a good thing going as it is. We don’t want too many Iowa-Northwestern championship games.

Joe goes for 400. No one is talking about it, but Joe Paterno is six victories away from 400 career victories. Only two other college coaches have made it to that number (Eddie Robinson, 408 and John Gagliardi, 471). The way the profession is structured today, it’s doubtful anyone will ever get to 400 again. Incredibly, JoePa has gotten better with age. His teams go to BCS bowls. He keeps recruiting with fervor. His staff stays mostly intact. We’re talking a modern miracle here, folks. Joe has been under the weather during the offseason with an intestinal disorder so it will be interesting to see how he looks at the media days. The Lions become the first team ever to play three teams that won BCS bowls the previous year. Alabama, Ohio State and Iowa are all on the road. Penn State hasn’t won in Iowa City since 1999 and has lost six of the last eight to Ohio State. Still, save the date: The way the schedule shapes up, win No. 400 will come on or around Oct. 30 against Michigan.

Malaise and blue. This is either the last year of the Rich Rodriguez era or the takeoff point for Michigan getting back on track. There is no in-between with a new athletic director in place and pending NCAA penalties on the horizon. Rich Rod is going to have to win – big, it says here -- to save his job. With the school trotting out a $225 million refurbishment of the Big House this season, another losing season won’t be tolerated. The angst starts Sept. 4 against UConn.

Define “pause.” That’s the term Delany used on June 11 to describe the current state of Big Ten expansion.  That was also the day Nebraska formally announced it had joined the league. That means college athletics still is sitting with a tack on its chair. There’s this uncomfortable feeling that things aren’t settled. Notre Dame could decide tomorrow it wanted in and we’d be in for another round of expansion turmoil. Texas could spend two years in the 10-team Big 12 and decide it doesn’t want to go to Waco and Ames anymore. Those two scenarios aren’t likely but Delany isn’t closing the book on expansion either. Going into Monday’s media days, he hasn’t quite defined what hitting the pause button means. For now, the Big Ten, which has an 11 in its logo, will expand to 12 beginning in 2011. 

Ohio Statement. After winning its first Rose Bowl in 10 years, the Big Ten is on a roll. It beat four top 15 teams in bowls last season. Even in losing, it proved its worth. Northwestern gave Auburn a tussle in the Outback Bowl.  Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn may be this season’s Ndamukong Suh. Wisconsin seems to have the running thing down (a 1,000-yard rusher in 15 of the last 17 seasons). It’s up to Ohio State, though, to complete the comeback. The Buckeyes won their first Rose Bowl in 14 years, have a Heisman candidate in Terrelle Pryor and most probably will start the season ranked No. 2.  This season is a success in Columbus and around the Big Ten only if Ohio State plays for in a third national championship game in nine years.


Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:48 pm

Five things about the Big Ten

Again i never talked trash on Iowa i just think you have a diluted view of them.  I dont like people who talk smack on a team when they cheer for a team that couldnt hold our jock.  You dont see me talkin trash to SEC fans they have owned us and i respect that.  So show some respect and politley shut your face.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 10:52 am

Five things about the Big Ten

Finally won a bowl? Yes, because our bowl wins in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 were distant memories before winning the Rose Bowl last year! haha, get a clue. OSU lost to a BETTER LSU team and a BETTER Texas team, period. The only choke was Florida, but I would love to hear your thoughts otherwise.

Actually, until you beat us, your thoughts are really irrelevant. Keep hanging your hat on the fact that you kept it close last year in Columbus, we think it's cute.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:25 am

Five things about the Big Ten

you are saying you dont choke in bowls???????????????????????????????
um i beg to differ.  yes you beat iowa and im not denying that
im saying that dodd dissing iowa is a joke and that iowa in the past couple of years has kicked some serious a$$
and dont be bragging on beating iowa last year. if we would have had stanzi or not missed that easy field goal you wouldnt be spouting off right now. yes i know...if if if
but read the whole post...the way iowa got disrespected last year and mostly because the media brought it on unfairly. saying we dont want iowa in the championship game.  i said not to slight ohio state BUT COME ON....if you cant say you havent choked in the last few bowl games than you need to check your brain. and why the whole...the big ten sucks thing started in the first place.  get real
im a big ten fan and stick up for the big ten living in suc country. youre an idiot and try reading my post again.  that ohio state - iowa, iowa started a freshman qb who had played in one game before...the game he took over because stanzi got taken out by a northwestern guy.  
and you cant deny iowa has a beaten top bowl teams as well as regulary beating penn state AT PENN STATE and others. im not trying to say iowa is better than ohio state. NEVER once said that and not now but youre an idiot if you dont think stanzi playing last year would have made a difference.  there are always teams that gives another team fits regularly and ours is ohio state. doesnt mean we dont go to january bowls or bcs bowls
and dodd will never accept iowa even after winning at penn state, at wisky, and at michigan state and nearly upsetting ohio state at ohio state. its not like this is just a one year achievement...the point im trying to make. we beat florida, lsu, georgia tech and got totally ripped off beating florida again. ripping south carolina on jan. 1st only counts because iowa was the ONLY TEAM to win for the big ten two years ago. you shouldnt be ripping on iowa just for that fact or we would have never heard the end of the big ten sucks. the fact that ohio state FINALLY won a new years bowl or bcs bowl made the media stop the rippings. that is my point you missed

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:12 pm

Five things about the Big Ten

If you split east and west it really does solve the problem. PSU OSU UM MSU Purdue and Indiana in the East and UN UW NW Minnesota Iowa and Illinois. That gives you three strong teams, two middle of the roads and one pushover any given year. I know people have suggested not puting UM, OSU, and PSU in the same division, but seing as how Purdue and Indiana were bottom dwellers in the past few years I think it evens it out.

Iowa-Northwestern would only happen if you put 4 or 5 of the big six in the same division.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:51 pm

Five things about the Big Ten

As much as it pi$$es me off to get dissed from the media, Hawk fans are used to it by now. A part of me is fine with it because we have had several underpromise/overdeliver seasons in the past couple years. KF, Ken and Norm ALWAYS underpromise especially when they know they have a good squad. My favorite quotes are when KF talks about a guy who just got drafted in the NFL and says "he did a decent job for us" downplaying the talent that he helped produce. Seems Iowa does well when we aren't supposed to. That said, however, and as much as I hate having to live up to hype, I think we (finally) ought to be talked up this year, no quesitons asked. We have minimum 6 future NFL players on defense (Front 4, Sash, and Jeramiah Hunter), a year more experience on offense in all the skill positions, veteran QB who wins. We pulled some strings last season, true, but when it came down to it they won, and on the BCS stage won convincingly. I'm not predicting that we'll go BCS or win the conference as the Big 10 is tough this year, (NW, WI, OSU, MSU are all I think on an up year, PSU will be solid, MI may resurge, and then there is wildcards IU and Purdue) but Iowa IS and will continue to be a VERY GOOD football program.

So I agree with the other posts in that I guess overall the point is that, we may not be the powerhouse that OSU has been but regardless, over the past 10 years Iowa has had more success than not and that deserves respect and yet they get annually downgraded by much of the media. I think (as a previous poster commented) more NFL signees have come from Iowa than any other Big 10 school the past 10 years, there were more Iowa alumni in the NFL Pro Bowl last year than from any other school, we have a positive bowl win %, an extraordinary fan base, and a just a plain tradition of good football. In 11 seasons under KF Iowa has an 81-55 record, 5-3 in bowls, 2 conference titles, 4 top 10 finishes, only 3 losing seasons. Respect?

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:52 pm

Five things about the Big Ten

I said it in 2007-08, last year and I'll say it again this year, for whatever reason Dennis Dodd hates Iowa and does not ever want to see them win.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:17 pm

Five things about the Big Ten

"why the thought of ohio state not choking and letting the big ten down(oh yes they won last year but you know their bowl record)."

since ohio state usually chokes "

Hey flaSUCKSgoIOWA, seeing that your team has beaten Ohio State ONCE since President Clinton first took office, you certainly talk a lot of smack.

Let's follow your advice and look at OSU's bowl record: 5-3 in BCS bowls, 6-4 in bowls under Tressel, 2-0 in their last two Rose Bowls, 1 National Championship. Hmmm, I bet Iowa would take that resume in a heartbeat!

Shall I continue? So OSU "usually chokes?" ... explain. In their 3 bowl losses this decade, 2 were against big favorites in LSU and Texas (which beat us in the final minute). If you want to talk choke, just put in the tape from our matchup in 2006 in Iowa City. I have never seen a huge, raucous crowd collectively mute itself after such a thorough beatdown on their home field.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:00 am

Five things about the Big Ten

First of all i never talked trash on Iowa i said they have a good little football team.  I just didnt like the Iowa fan talking trash on OSU after we have owned the confrence for the past decade. Yes we got destroyed by Florida and followed that up with a loss to LSU but at least we were there and have won a national championship in the last 50 years. Iowa pops up and has a good year every once in a while but dont every think that your on the same level as the Buckeyes. 

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:08 am

Five things about the Big Ten

Yeah, because listing 5 important issues or questions was invented by Tony Barnhart. You're an idiot if this is what you have to say after reading the article. Also, Tony Barnhart is an average writer that can look at an issue on the surface and find something to rile up passionate SEC fans. It's a good model for him and it works, but don't try to pretend Tony Barnhart ever comes up with a revolutionary thought on his own, or even an article that includes a rational thought that would be agreed upon outside of the greater Atlanta area. Mr. College Football? Not even in the state of Georgia.

Zeta Kappa sucks. Ha.

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 8:16 am

Five things about the Big Ten

I agree with most of your comments. I don't think that you can divide the confernce based on strength. The great thing about the Big ten is that all of the teams have good times frequently. Northwestern is down most of the time. But they have put together good enough teams that give auburn a run for their money in the bowl game. Illinois, Iowa, PSU, MSU....where do you see a perpetually soft opponent? So I think that you divide based on geography and know that each conference will have strong years and weak years. That is the nature of college football. The "Reload" teams like Ohio State are few and far between.

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