As I decided to be an Iowan and skimp out on my linkdump responsibilities for the Iowa State Fair last Friday (MMMMMM DOUBLE BACON WRAPPED CORN DOGS DIABEEEETUS), this will be a lengthy Big Ten at Ten. Over the weekend the Big Ten Network Tour made their way from Illinois to Ohio State and will be in State College to watch the Nittany Lions today, Minnesota added a national title in football and Iowa quite possibly lost another running back to a knee injury. Yes, you read that correctly. Iowa quite possibly lost another running back to a knee injury.
Because this is one of the youngest teams Kirk Ferentz has fielded in years and several players were sidelined the first time around, he decided to hold another scrimmage/open practice. Things were relatively uneventful until this happened:
True freshman Barkley Hill was jogging into the endzone when fullback Jacob Reisen and cornerback Torrey Campbell appeared out of nowhere and crashed into his leg. His knee buckled, he fell to the ground and was carted off a few minutes later. There's no official word at this time but if you watch the video it looks like an ACL/MCL sprain at the very least. At the very worst...well....ya know.
As Jesse previously posted, the AP Preseason Poll was released over the weekend. USC checked in at #1 and is followed by Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon. The highest ranked Big Ten team is Michigan, who also received a #1 vote from Bob Asmussen. Asmussen, a beat writer for the Champaign News-Gazette, believes the Wolverines are the best team in the nation and stands by his vote. He also has the Wolverines beating Alabama:
I just have a gut feeling, for no reason, that Michigan wins that game. Then all bets are off at that point. Now, they may lose 38-10 and I'll get ridiculed and that's OK, but I just have a feeling, for whatever reason, they'll be OK in that game
That's right kids. Preseason ballots and week 1 predictions based on "gut feelings" are published and we're actually supposed to take them seriously. Links after the jump.
- A Lion Eye profiles safety Supo Sanni and running back Donovonn Young. Yes, that is a lot of n's in that guys name.
- IlliniHQ profiles receiver/punter (what?) Ryan Lankford.
- Indiana running back Stephen Houston and defensive tackle Larry Black Jr. talk about the conclusion of camp.
- The Crimson Quarry previews Indiana's week 8 opponent: the Illinois Fighting Illini.
- The Crimson Quarry follows it up with a preview of their week 9 opponent: the Iowa Hawkeyes.
- Oh, and finally, the Crimson Quarry talks about Indiana's quarterbacks.
- Backup Hawkeye QB Jake Rudock is in the mix to be Vandenberg's backup.
- Video highlights and photos and MORE PHOTOS from Iowa's second open practice.
- A complete Twitter roundup for Iowa's second practice.
- Have a heart and donate some money to the Iowa Children's Hospital, will you?
- Maize n Brews latest Monday Recruiting Roundup
- Brady Hoke hopes to have Michigan's offensive line settled by next week (this week).
- Michigan sophomore cornerback Blake Countess draws inspiration from Charles Woodson but isn't trying to be him.
- Michigan defensive tackle Jibreel Black is ready to prove he can handle defensive tackle.
- Michigan OT Taylor Lewman is the Big Ten's 10th best player, per ESPN B1G blog.
- Junior Bennie Fowler has emerged as Michigan State's leader at wide receiver.
- Michigan State is ready to run the football.
- Former Ohio State defensive end Kenny Hayes is reportedly transferring to Michigan State.
- Jarius Jones is in the middle of the Spartan's emerging secondary.
- Spartans tight end Don Sims caught 10 passes for 171 yards and a TD in Michigan State's final scrimmage.
- The Daily Gopher Podcast from August 18th.
- Bo Pelini rewarded a few walk-ons with scholarships on Saturday.
- Nebraska checks in at #16 over at Pre Snap Read.
- Corn Nation previews the 2012 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
- Big Ted Today's Q&A with Nebraska cornerback Josh Mitchell.
- Omaha author attempts to compare Bo Pelini to Nick Saban. Fails.
- Northwestern did something pretty bad ass last Friday: met and worked out with Navy Seals.
- Anytime someone can work in an "Ain't No Love" reference I'm a big fan. Oh, it's an SoP profile of Cermak Bland.
- Demetrius Fields, the quiet leader of Northwestern's wide-receivers.
- Tweets from Ohio State's practice via the BTN Football Tour.
- Ohio State freshman Bri'onte Dunn was found not guilty of the disorderly conduct charge filed against him last month.
- 11W looks at tOSU's secondary.
- LGHL has a good roundtable on the 2012 Ohio State season.
- Ohio State has named their 2012 team captains.
- Urbz and Ohio State are shaping up to be tough.
- BSD previews Penn State's tight ends.
- A wide receiver from Akron is actually transferring TO Penn State.
- Penn State receives a late 2012 commitment in linebacker Gary Wooten. Apparently, he hasn't played in a year so he has immediate eligibility.
- PSU RB Bill Belton knows his time is now.
- Assistant PSU coaches Larry Johnson and Ron Randerlinden are helping the team through transition.
- What Tom Dienhart will be watching at Penn State.
- Dreaming of a Purdue Big Ten Championship, via Hammer & Rails.
- Wisconsin adds their second offensive lineman for the 2014 class in Jaden Gault.
- Wisconsin will start Danny O'Brien for their opener against UNI.
- This kinda got buried under the closing arguments so: All-Time WORST Big Ten Team Ever Challenge, Game 8 - 2011 Indiana vs. 2008 Michigan
- The Big Ten offenses are spread out, per ESPN. Or to put it another way, they're becoming more versatile.
- The latest BTN Tour Mailbag.
- Bruce Feldman has Ohio State going 9-3 in his mailbag.
- College Football Zealots previews the Big Ten.
- A roundup of Big Ten scrimmages over the weekend.
- Hoegher ranked the top 10 Big Ten teams since 1994. BIG TEN TEAMS. NOT TEAMS THAT WERE IN THE BIG 8/12.
Things I need: a non-Gannett newspaper for Purdue and Minnesota. Other things I need: running backs.