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- Illinois has wins over Coastal Carolina, and series wins over Oklahoma State and South Florida.
- Ohio State has a signature victory over ACC leader Louisville in the midweek.
- Indiana took 2/3 from Stanford, split 2 with College of Charleston, swept Cal State Fullerton, and beat Louisville in the midweek.
- Nebraska split with Fullerton as well and swept Florida Gulf Coast.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So it's 7 months out and we've only got one slot left to fill?||
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||And here I had totally skipped the toy store news feed||
I can't wait for the Domino's esque commercials about, we weren't making a good product.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Saying we were on the bubble might understate||
We were longest of longshot on the edge of the bubble. Luckily, many of the other teams expected to win struggled on infield defense or pitching while Michigan played it's best all season.
Big win today. Hopefully they get sent to Houston so I can see them.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||There's actually quite a few minor league clubs in the area||
Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State all have minor league teams in town. Penn State actually shares a field with them.
There's also already wood bat leagues in the midwest for college players during the summer. The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League isn't the Cape Cod League, but it offers a place to play for many of Michigan's college teams already. It would be interesting, and probably a financial payday for the wood bat league to play B1G teams.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Baseball is both fluke and not||
RPI has changed drastically to emphasize road wins. It's helped the northern teams quite a bit. As an example, the Missouri Valley conference is one of the strongest conferences in RPI this year by playing tough teams in the non-conference on the road. The top 25 in RPI includes Dallas Baptist (who I've seen adn know are good), Missouri State, Radford, and Bradley. What the hell is a Radford or a Bradley?
Add that Nebraska and Maryland were two very solid adds in the last few years. The B1G has had several big wins over big name programs this year.
All of those are pretty damn impressive wins.
The big kicker though is how down the Big12 is. They are looking at only having 2 tourney teams this year. Texas is way down leaving just TCU and Oklahoma State in the running. Tech has an outside shot, but its borderline. Part of that is losing Texas A&M and Mizzou (granted they added TCU after that loss). Baylor is down, Oklahoma is down. They just aren't up there at the moment.
There's some structural disadvantages yes, but the amount of money put into programs like Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, or anyone else in the B1G the last few years, the B1G is definitely showing some major improvements. We've been a 2-3 bid league for a while, we're taking advantage of a down Big12 to grab another, and our recent success in facilities/adding good teams has lead to some better recruiting.
For more in depth coverage, I suggest d1baseball.com. They've amassed every major college baseball writer I have read over the last 15 years into one site. Aaron Fitt (formerly of Baseball America), Eric Sorenson (ESPN/CBS), Kendall Rogers (Yahoo!), Mark Ethridge (SEBaseball), and Michael Baumann (Grantland) are just a few . "O.M.G., it's amazing" is probably the best way to describe it. They do regular features of different areas of the country along with national storylines.
For B1G fans, I'd suggest starting right here:
For a little older:
Season update from about a month ago:
Early season/preseason about how B1G has spent big on baseball
If you really wanted to stretch, you could blame the huge drop in home runs on some of the recent success, but they've adjusted the seams on the ball to make up for the deadening of the bats and we've still had success as home runs have come back up. I don't think any the structural changes with the pitch clock have really offered any help to northern teams specific, so there isn't much to draw from there either.
So yeah... BASEBALL
|8 weeks 6 days ago||DISCUSS||
In-and-Out > Burger TX >> Five Guys
Burger TX only drops because all of the Blue Bell has been recalled.
|20 weeks 15 hours ago||Have to agree||
I'm guessing Brian sees it as so unlikely to happen, that today is just hyperbole, not actual threat. Then again, I could see Brian creating a giant twitter attack on a guy with one bad idea as an over-reaction.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||Damn, beaten to the punch.||
I just wonder how Brian didn't link him to Brandon already. There's a conspiracy here, sheeple.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||You know what,||
I'd forward this kid's resume to Dave Brandon.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Crimson Quarry is an SBNation blog for Indiana.||
Always willing to plug other B1G blogosphere groups. CQ has been around quite a while and has a pretty solid community given the state of Indiana atheletics.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||How does wearing sunglasses help recruiting?||
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Not a fan of the GIF charts||
It's hard to compare two different years on two different charts when I can't see them at the same time. Any chance we can get stacked bar charts?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||You'll find them at this link||
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Several of his||
They are for researching where they're going. If they happen to be great/funny kids, I've noticed he tends to keep them for a while.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||NFL Network||
or ESPN. Too big of a name to both men and women viewers for them to not throw cash at. And he actual can handle himself well in front of a camera.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously||
What would a Hoosiers blog know about recruiting anyway? /fires-off-tweet
|21 weeks 1 day ago||+1||
Love the softball coverage. Would rec again.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||As a neutral observer||
This game seemed totally in line with officiating. I thought it was a great pick up for pass interference. Holding is what it is. After watching JJ Watt not get a single holding penalty flag in his favor all season, there isn't anything else I would expect in the playoffs. NFL doesn't want flags thrown on every play in big games.
If I was a Lions fan, I'm pissed about not going for it on 4th and 1.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||STAPH||
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Kid hit a growth spurt.||
Kid hit a growth spurt.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Return #57||
|26 weeks 1 day ago||#Illuminati||
Advanced google image search:
coach rumor assistant
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|26 weeks 1 day ago||You seem overly optimistic||
You seem overly optimistic about the Jay Gruden for punt coverage coach. I like your style.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I'm still not going to go||
I'm still not going to go back and reverse any of my downvotes for people claiming the suspension was part of the "****ification" of the NFL among other things.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||ALL HAIL OUR NEW||
ALL HAIL OUR NEW AMERICAN-GERMAN OVERLORD
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Slim Jims||
I love it.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||There's something in this||
I haven't quite locked down a title based on the famous golden toilet yet... but there's something there, I know it.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||ASADCotW||
To quote fight club:
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Harponits?||
Harp on it?
It's got all the same letters.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Ideas:||
Xs and HARB-O's?
Neck Sharpie Tuesdays?
MANBAUGH? (MANBALL derivative for the linguistically challenged)