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.
|Washington - WP: D. Fister||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|Philadelphia - WP: S. Gonzalez||6||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: J. Cosart||2|
|Toronto - LP: J. Francis||7||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: M. Rzepczynski||10|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||0||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||5|
|Tampa Bay - LP: S. Geltz||2||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: T. Hunter||4|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks||3||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly||13|
|Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez||6||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie||4|
|Seattle - LP: C. Smith||6||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: P. Neshek||7|
|Pittsburgh - LP: R. Liz||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Smith||5||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||3|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||7||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: Y. Gallardo||1|
|LA Angels - LP: J. Weaver||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||5|
|Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick||6||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: J. Shields||8|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Howell||1|
|NY Yankees - WP: A. Warren||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Kelly||5|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|New York City||1|
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