Dec 26, 2019 2:17 PM

12/26 Big Ten Conference news

Posted Dec 26, 2019 2:17 PM

UNDATED (AP) — Almost a year to the day after breaking his leg, Kenny Willekes is ready for his Michigan State swan song. Willekes was injured in last year's Redbox Bowl but recovered in time for the 2019 season, when the senior defensive end was productive again for the Spartans. He's finishing up his college career in Friday's Pinstripe Bowl against Wake Forest. Willekes was the 2019 winner of the Burlsworth Trophy. That goes to the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. He has nine sacks this season.

UNDATED (AP) — This College Football Playoff shows that sometimes the best person for the job is someone already in the building. The head coaches for No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma were all assistants at their current schools before being promoted. Clemson's Dabo Swinney and LSU's Ed Orgeron were named interim coaches after mid-season firings. They were eventually elevated amid much skepticism. Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley was identified shortly after joining the Sooners as a possible successor to Bob Stoops. Ohio State made a similar move with Ryan Day replacing Urban Meyer.  

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Dec 26, 2019 2:17 PM
12/24 Big TEN Conference news

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Second-ranked Ohio State meets No. 22 West Virginia as one of two games on the week's AP Top 25 schedule matching a pair of ranked teams. The Buckeyes have already beaten Villanova, North Carolina and Kentucky in nonconference play so far. They rank in the top 10 of KenPom's national offensive and defensive efficiency metrics. The schedule also includes an instate rivalry game between No. 3 Louisville and No. 19 Kentucky. Gonzaga is off this week after becoming the sixth different team to reach No. 1 in the AP men's college basketball poll this season.

UNDATED (AP) — The College Football Playoff could produce more than a few offensive fireworks. No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma all feature offenses fueled by catch-everything wideouts who specialize in spectacular grabs and have incredible finishing speed. With the all the talent at wide receiver its the first time all four CFP participants are averaging better than 43 points a game.