Happy Wednesday! Another offseason week is nearly in the books, and that means we're kinda sorta close to football returning. At least give me some fall camp already.
As this Football Scoop article notes, Gary Andersen called Ben Strickland the one assistant from the previous regime that he simply had to retain. That praise was, and largely still is, stunning. But given Strickland's knowledge and recruiting acumen in the state -- watch the video below for his born-and-raised Wisconsin background -- keeping him in the fold would be critical for a new staff coming nearly halfway across the country to a major FBS program.
Wisconsin's been running a YouTube series where it mic's up all of the coaches, and Strickland's hit the web yesterday. I think it's pretty great footage -- he seems like a truly skilled teacher, and you get the impression the Badgers' young secondary will love learning under a coach not much
younger older than they are.
The Big Ten will look the same this upcoming season, so we're spared inclusion on this POWER ranking of the schools that are moving to new conferences. Andersen's old Utah State Aggies make the list -- pretty high, too, ahead of Pitt and Syracuse.
You might have seen these yesterday, but SB Nation's college network cast its ballots for each conference race. Accusations of ballot-stuffing aside, Jason Kirk did the yeoman's work of compiling the results. Here's how the Big Ten shook out:
|Leaders: Predicted order of finish||Average standing prediction||2012 conference record|
|Legends: Predicted order of finish||Average standing prediction||2012 conference record|
|Last meeting||Ohio State 26, Michigan 21 (2012)|
|Series record||Michigan leads, 58-45-6***|
|2013 F/+ ranking||Ohio State 10, Michigan 28|
|Big Ten championships||Michigan 42, Ohio State 35***|
|Last Big Ten championship||Ohio State 2009***, Michigan 2004 (shared with Iowa)|
NCAA Football 14 was released yesterday, and having picked up a copy on my way home from work and putting in a couple of hours -- beat Ohio State 38-31 under the lights at Camp Randall, hoorah -- I agree with this generally positive review. Anyone else have a review of their own?