Around the Big 10 Conference
Although Michigan concluded its Spring Practice schedule on April 14th many Big 10 schools finished their respective Spring Practice seasons with intra-squad games yesterday. Here is a quick look at what is going on at the other Big 10 schools at the conclusion of the Spring Practice Season:
1.) The Ohio State University
The Buckeyes had more than 75,000 fans in attendance yesterday as the Gray beat the Scarlet 17-9 in the Spring Game. Also, the site has a good position-by-position summary of the status of the Buckeyes in Spring Practice. Lastly, the site also has the 2007 roster in PDF format.
2.) University of Wisconsin
The Badgers had 18,000+ fans on hand to watch the Cardinal beat the White 35-6 in the Spring Game. Wisconsin also has a Spring Football Media Guide available in PDF format.
3.) University of Iowa
Like Michigan, the Hawkeyes concluded their Spring Practice season on April 14, 2007. The Hawkeyes had 19,000+ fans in attendance to watch Iowa's Spring Football Event. Also, here is a good position-by-position outlook on the 2007 Hawkeyes. Lastly, Iowa has a Spring Football Prospectus (i.e., Media Guide) available in PDF format.
4.) Penn State University
The Nittany Lions had a record crowd of 71,000 fans in attendance to watch the annual Blue-White game. The White team cruised to a 30-6 victory over the Blue team in the Spring Game.
5.) Michigan State University
The Spartans held their first Spring Game under new Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Green beat the White by the score of 21-8. The Spartans' Spring Game Rosters are available in PDF format.
6.) Purdue University
Boilermakers Head Coach Joe Tiller, like Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr did last week, chose to conduct an intra-squad scrimmage with a complex scoring system. The Purdue offense came out on top 86-45 in the Black & Gold scrimmage. Purdue's Roster is available with updated biographies by clicking here.
7.) University of Minnesota
The Golden Gophers conducted their intra-squad scrimmage (offense vs. defense, no score kept) under first-year Head Coach Tim Brewster on April 7, 2007. Minnesota attracted 15,000 fans to the practice session held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Golden Gophers have a Spring Football Media Guide available in PDF format.
8.) Northwestern University
The Wildcats hosted 3,500 fans at Ryan Field yesterday as the Purple beat the White 17-14 in the Annual Spring Game. Northwestern has a Spring Football Media Guide available in PDF format.
9.) University of Illinois
The Fighting Illini had approximately 10,000 fans in attendance yesterday for an intra-squad scrimmage where the defense outscored the offense 49-33 using a scoring system designed by Head Coach Ron Zook. Illinois has a Spring Football Media Guide available in PDF format.
10.) Indiana University
The Hoosiers played their Spring Game last week (April 14, 2007) with the Cream defeating the Crimson 27-26. Indiana has a Spring Football Media Guide available in PDF format.
Reviewing the other teams reminds me that Michigan is not the only team that has holes to fill for the 2007 season. Each team is rebuilding in some form or another. It looks like the Wolverines are in good shape if they can get healthier by the time Fall Practice rolls around in August. Go Blue!