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The Michigan State Spartans had a year to be remembered in 2010 for two reasons. One reason for setting a record for wins in a single season with 11 and one for being humiliated by Alabama in the Capital One bowl to resign one the better football teams in the programs history.

On paper, the 2011 team could be as good or even better than last years squad. Quarterback Kirk Cousins will be under center entering his fifth year in the program. Emerging star Edwin Baker will be the front-runner of a loaded backfield and Jerel Worthy will lead a ferocious defensive line. Those are just some of the bigger names to what could be Mark Dantonio’s best team in five years at MSU. (more…)


Last summer, there was discontent  in the college football landscape as a record number of teams were choosing to head to greener pastures.  The Big Ten added Nebraska, the Pac-10 added Utah and Colorado to get to the Pac-12, the Big East added TCU, the Mountain West added Boise State, and the list goes on.

Now, we are looking at the potential for round two to the madness of last summer as Texas A&M could be heading to the SEC.  In addition, rumors are circulating that Florida State could be headed there also.


Iowa Hawkeye linebacker Shane DiBona who participated in all 13 games last season (started two of those) will miss the rest of the season after his Achilles injury he suffered Wednesday. DiBona was listed as the number two outside linebacker after the first week of camp. DiBona is supposed to make a full recovery after his successful surgery Thursday morning at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Dibona also had shoulder surgery this off-season as well as being hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis.

One of the more heated off-season position battles on the Hawkeye roster was at the weak side linebacker between DiBona and Christian Kirksey. Kirksey is now the projected starter with Anthony Hitchens the likely back up, who will now expect to have a role with the Hawkeye defense. sophomore Dakota Getz could also see some action when cleared to play.

DiBona made a big impact on special teams last season and now with the injury, its nothing but a negative impact. Quinton Alston will likely see loads of playing time now that Dibona is down. DiBona and Iowa could apply for a medical hardship. DiBona already used up his red shirt so it will be tough for him to get the hardship. Iowa has talent to take over for DiBona, if anything it affects depth.

Michigan is the clear choice as the question mark in the Legends Division.  Heck, they might even have the most question marks in the NCAA this year.

To start, reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson will be adjusting to a pro style offense,  a far cry from Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense last season.  How he adjusts to getting the ball from under center will have a huge effect on the offense.  If he adjusts seamlessly, Michigan will have a dynamic offense again this year, if he struggles, it will be up to the defense to win games.


The Legends division appears to be a tough division to win this season as there is no clear-cut favorite.  However, there is a cellar dwellar in the division, and that is Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers had a tough go of it last season, as they limped to a 3-9 record.  While they decided to go in a new direction and named Jerry Kill as their head coach, they still have a lot of rebuilding to do.


The favorite to reach the Big Ten championship game from the Legends division has to be Nebraska.  Even though they are the newest member of the Big Ten, they may have the best defense to go along with a dominate rushing attack.

While the Big Ten did Nebraska no favors with the schedule, it is looking much more manageable than it once did.  Ohio State will have a new quarterback and a new head coach, and there is a lot of uncertainty with the other Legends division teams this fall.  The biggest game on the schedule appears to be their Big Ten opener at Wisconsin.


The legends division promises to be wide open this season as the teams are all relatively equally matched, save for Minnesota.  However, the team that I feel is a sleeper has to be Northwestern due to the fact that they won 7 games last fall, and probably would have won more if star quarterback Dan Persa did not go down with an injury during the Iowa game, causing him to miss the finalthree games.