The Big Ten wraps up spring practice Saturday, when Iowa, Rutgers and Michigan State hold their annual spring games. It’ll be a new-look conference this fall, with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, giving the league 14 teams split into East and West divisions. Here’s a glance at where each team stands now and how that might change by this fall:
Big Ten West
Coach: Jerry Kill (fourth year).
2013: 8-5, 4-4 Big Ten. Bowl game: Lost to Syracuse 21-17 in Texas Bowl.
Starters returning: Offense 8, defense 7.
Top returnees (2013 stats): RB David Cobb (1,202 rushing yards), DE Theiren Cockran (7 ½ sacks).
Spring news: LB Cody Poock looked like a potential starter at outside linebacker but tore the ACL in his right knee and is questionable for the season.
Schedule notes: The Gophers play at Texas Christian (Sept. 13) and drew two tough Big Ten East crossovers: at Michigan (Sept. 27) and vs. Ohio State (Nov. 15).
Football fever temperature: 60. The Gophers are coming off their best finish since 2003. This team might be better, but the big test comes with this November finish: Iowa, Ohio State, at Nebraska, at Wisconsin.
Coach: Tim Beckman (third year).
2013: 4-8, 1-7.
Starters returning: Offense 7, defense 8.
Top returnees: RB Josh Ferguson (779 rushing yards), S Earnest Thomas (101 tackles).
Spring news: Despite a shaky spring game, Will Lunt, a transfer from Oklahoma State, is the favorite to take over at quarterback. He’ll replace Nathan Scheelhaase, who quietly led the Big Ten in passing last year.
Schedule notes: Illinois plays at Washington (Sept. 13) and faces Ohio State and Penn State in its Big Ten East crossover games.
Football fever temperature: 45. An unheralded recruiting class did little to quell fans’ angst about Beckman, who is 6-18 at Illinois, including 1-15 in the Big Ten. Beyond Scheelhaase, this team must replace linebacker Jonathan Brown, the conference’s second-leading tackler.
|Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa||0||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: M. Stroman||8|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson||1||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||2|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||2||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy||4|
|Houston||0||Top 4th Inning|
|Miami - H. Alvarez||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - A. Harang|
|San Diego - T. Ross||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson|
|NY Mets - D. Gee||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - M. Garza|
|Chicago WSox - H. Noesi||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - P. Hughes|
|Cleveland - C. Kluber||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - D. Duffy|
|Detroit - M. Scherzer||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - G. Richards|
|Baltimore - W. Chen||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - H. Iwakuma|
|Real Salt Lake|
|Winnipeg||7/25/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/26/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|New York||9:00 PM|