Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Sep 9, 2019 So which is it? Is Michigan football supposed to feature a new-age offense or will the Wolverines remain seemingly stuck in gear? Is Michigan State football the kind of team that can score in the air or on the ground, or will they stick to the "3 yards and cloud of dust" mantra. We've seen a little bit of both from most Big Ten teams. But as we look at the Big Ten power rankings for Week 2, we can see some truths starting to bare out. For instance, Maryland is good. Many tried not to be swayed by blowing out an FCS team last week, but jumping up early on top of Syracuse has catapulted the Terrapins into the top 25. A disclaimer: rankings this time of year still have the stench of the "well, we thought this team would be really good" benefit of the doubt. 1. Ohio State (2-0) Last week: 1. Never really a doubt as the Buckeyes dispatched in-state foe Cincinnati with easy, 42-0. In … [Read more...] about Big Ten power rankings: Michigan football slips, but how far?
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Perry A. Farrell Detroit Free Press Published 1:15 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 It was 8:45 a.m. and Dwan Mathis was pacing. Something seemed amiss — last week he said that he was a solid Ohio State commit even with Ryan Day taking over for the soon-to-be-retired Urban Meyer. Oak Park coach Greg Carter thought there could be a change in his quarterback’s decision. Rumors are that Georgia backup quarterback Justin Fields is possibly transferring to Ohio State. While Mathis eventually said that Fields’ upcoming decision had no bearing in his flip from OSU to Georgia, the fact that Fields wouldn’t be a Bulldog made the school more attractive. At 9 a.m., when Mathis was scheduled to make his decision in front of teammates, his family and underclassmen that were brought to the small auditorium, he was outside on the phone. He emerged and ducked away to take another phone call. He had put two hats under the table. One for Georgia and one for OSU. He was … [Read more...] about Why Dwan Mathis picked Georgia football over Ohio State
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:34 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 Michigan State wrapped up final exams Friday across campus. The last test this season for the Spartans’ football team is a bit more than two weeks away, against Oregon at the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 31 in Santa Clara, Calif. But Mark Dantonio and his staff also get a sneak peek at the future Wednesday when the second college football three-day early signing period arrives. Tom Izzo and his basketball team, in the meantime, are off until Sunday, then only have two more games until the new year. Scheduling quirks – with the Big Ten going to a 20-game conference slate, MSU having to play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and also going to the Las Vegas Invitational, as well playing the one-year-delayed game at Florida – left December relatively open for the ninth-ranked Spartans. And the academic calendar left the sporting calendar fairly silent this week. Yet there remains plenty on fans’ minds … [Read more...] about Michigan State mailbag: How did football win 7 games?
By Nick Moyle Published 5:34 pm CST, Friday, November 16, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger looks for an open receiver during the second quarter of a college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, West Virginia's Will Grier, Iowa State's Brock Purdy and Sam Ehlinger of Texas have been impressive and could determine which teams makes it to the Dec. 1 title game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File) less FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger looks for an open receiver during the second quarter of a college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. Oklahoma's Kyler ... more Photo: Colin E. Braley/Associated Press Photo: Colin E. Braley/Associated Press … [Read more...] about College football preview: No. 15 Texas vs. No. 16 Iowa State
Peter Scamardo Published 1:00 pm CST, Friday, November 9, 2018 PHOTOS: College football coaches salary (2018) Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer, center, runs past Oklahoma State's defensive tackle Trey Carter, right, during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP) >>>Browse through the photos for a look at college football coaches' salaries ... less PHOTOS: College football coaches salary (2018) Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer, center, runs past Oklahoma State's defensive tackle Trey Carter, right, during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. ... more Photo: Associated Press 23 (tie). Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech$3.5 million per year (Source) 23 (tie). Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech $3.5 million per year (Source) Photo: Tim … [Read more...] about College football preview: Baylor at Iowa State