Big Ten: George Taliaferro
- Mark Wogenrich tackles Penn State's 65-man scholarship puzzle. Bill O'Brien presses the reset button on the Lions' offense each spring.
- Ohio State incoming safety Vonn Bell talks about his recruiting process. Eddie George talks Urban Meyer, Ohio State's running backs and other Buckeye tidbits.
- Northwestern wants as many home games in prime time as possible after landing three for 2013. The Wildcats add another big piece (Dareian Watkins) to a strong 2014 recruiting class. They could soon be adding one of Watkins' teammates.
- Linebacker Kaleb Ringer leaves Michigan without ever playing a down for the Wolverines. Michigan offensive lineman Patrick Omameh is hopeful about sticking with the San Francisco 49ers.
- New Michigan State assistant Jim Bollman says "the wheel wasn't broken" with the team's offense. Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says the 2013 defense could be his best.
- Tom Shatel thinks Nebraska greats Eric Crouch and Trev Alberts soon will join Tommie Frazier in College Football's Hall of Fame. Corn Nation weighs in on Nebraska, the Big Ten and night games.
- A great look at the incredible story of Indiana great George Taliaferro.
- Iowa is shut out of prime time for the first time since 2008.
- There's an interesting story behind the Wisconsin commitment of junior-college cornerback Tekeim Reynard. Wisconsin adds a second road night game to its 2013 schedule.
- Purdue recruit Trae Hart brings tremendous speed to the Boilers.
- An extremely thorough breakdown of Minnesota's spring game.
- A weak Big Ten won't hurt Ohio State's national title hopes next season, Bob Hunter writes. A street in Columbus is now being called "12-0 Row." Maurice Clarett found a way to pop back into the news with a book excerpt about his lavish lifestyle with the Buckeyes.
- Penn State looks like it will be shorthanded at quarterback heading into the spring after Jake Waters chose Kansas State.
- Greg Garmon transferring sends the wrong message for Iowa, Pat Harty writes. Garmon would have had a lot of obstacles in front of him for playing time.
- What went right and wrong for Michigan this season. One thing that really went right for the Wolverines: profit.
- Mark Dantonio says Michigan State is inches away from greatness. A pair of Spartans recruits are battling for a Pennsylvania state title.
- Minnesota's bowl ticket sales are lagging. Alcohol sales at Gopher games accounted for $900,000 this season.
- Losing a grad assistant won't be the end of the world for Nebraska (and Nebraska might be the only place where fans would worry about that).
- Akeem Shavers is hoping to lead a Purdue ground charge against Oklahoma State.
- Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada could join Dave Doeren at NC State. Badgers players are dealing with the change.
- Looking back on the career of George Taliaferro, a Hoosier and a humanitarian.
- The Big Ten can't get embarrassed again in postseason play.
- Iowa incoming freshman running back Greg Garmon pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and is headed back to campus. No word yet on whether there will be punishment from Kirk Ferentz. Hawkeyes linebacker James Morris wants to make sure he's not a half-step short in any more plays this year.
- David Jones looks at the means in which the NCAA can levy the death penalty. Some alternatives to the death penalty that could apply to Penn State. It's time for schools to reel in their athletic programs, and Penn State should lead the way, Pat Forde writes.
- Former Indiana star George Taliaferro -- the first African-American drafted by the NFL -- reflects on his life and career (subscription required).
- The Big Ten office is on the move to Rosemont.
- Field temperatures that have reached 120 degrees at times can't slow down Wisconsin's conditioning this summer. Maize N Brew previews the 2012 Badgers.
- What Northwestern can expect from Syracuse in its season opener.
- The Washington Post ranks Minnesota No. 80 in its preseason countdown.
- The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Doug Lesmerises says Braxton Miller will be one of the league's best quarterbacks this season.
- Will Fitz Toussaint reach his bold goal of 1,600 rushing yards this season?
- A backup Michigan State offensive lineman is transferring. An early look at the Spartans-Badgers game on Oct. 27.
- Looking back on the day Nebraska linebacker Julius Jackson became a touchdown machine. Husker quarterback commit Johnny Stanton is a fierce competitor.
- Athlon ranks the Big Ten defensive lines, with Ohio State on top.
- Purdue picked up a defensive lineman from Alabama.
- A summer preview of Illinois.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
This series isn't designed to beat up on any programs, so I'll put this mildly. Indiana's football history is, well, limited when it comes to winning. Aside from a nice run in the late 1980s, Indiana has consistently finished in the league's bottom half.
As much fun as it would be to compile a Rushmore for Indiana hoops -- could the candy striped pants get a spot? -- this is a football blog, so I'll stick with football. And despite the Hoosiers' struggles on the gridiron, they have produced several notable players and coaches.
- Anthony Thompson -- A two-time first-team All-American, Thompson is undoubtedly the greatest player in team history and one of the top running backs in Big Ten history. In 1989, he set NCAA single-season records for rushing and scoring, won the Maxwell Award and finished second for the Heisman Trophy. Thompson led the Big Ten in rushing in each of his last two seasons and is the only player in team history to have his number retired.
- Antwaan Randle El -- Indiana never notched a winning season during his career, but the dynamic Randle El left his mark on the program and the Big Ten. One of the most exciting Big Ten players of this decade, Randle El won Big Ten MVP honors in 2001 and rushed for more yards than any quarterback in FBS history (3,895). The College Football Hall of Fame selection finished his career with 86 career touchdowns (44 rushing, 42 passing).
- George Taliaferro -- Taliaferro remains the only Indiana player to earn All-America honors in three different seasons. He played on Indiana's Big Ten championship team in 1945 and became the first black player drafted by an NFL team. Taliaferro earned first-team All-America honors as a defensive back in 1948 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
- Bill Mallory -- Mallory's overall record at Indiana might not look overly impressive (69-77-3), but he turned around a neglected program and restored it to respectability during the mid 1980s. In 1986, he coached Indiana to its first bowl game since 1979 and followed with postseason appearances the next two years. Indiana reached six bowl games under Mallory before going through a drought from 1993-2007. Mallory won back-to-back Big Ten Coach of the Year awards in 1986-87.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska