Big Ten College Football Round-Up


Big Ten college football is fast approaching. With just a week and a half until the college football season begins, Ink on Indy provides a brief round-up of the state’s B1G teams and their progression in getting ready for the football season.

Indiana Hoosiers

The Hoosiers open up their season in 10 days time against Southern Illinois in the team’s home opener in Bloomington, IN.

Indiana hosted the Big Ten Network at practice yesterday, and Coach Kevin Wilson gave some insight to the B1G folks, viewable below:

QB Nate Sudfeld has been highlighted as one of the biggest factors for Indiana’s success in the coming season, and though the starter has been shaky at times in the past the program clearly believes he is the most consistent option going forward into the season.

On defense, the Hoosiers are looking to shake things up and defensive specialist Zach Shaw will play a big role this season if IU plans on shocking more than a few with the hope of qualifying for a bowl game.

Indiana is at home for the first three weeks of the season, and their Big Ten schedule opens up with Ohio State in early October.

Purdue Boilermakers

The Big Ten Network also spent yesterday with the Boilers, as their season opens up at Marshall in ten days time, like the Hoosiers.

Purdue named their starting QB for the season as well – Jr. Austin Appleby out of North Canton, Ohio – after testing a few names in preseason and settling on experience.

On defense, stud LB Jawshaun Bentley is supposed to lead the way for the Black & Gold. Only a sophomore, Bentley was picked as one of the players to watch for the upcoming season and is expected to have one of the best seasons of any defensive player in the conference. The Boilers had a forgettable year last season but are poised to hit the ground running in 2015.

Though the Boilers are away to start the season, they are home for three straight weeks against Indiana State, Virginia Tech, and Bowling Green, before the Big Ten season opens with the Michigan State Spartans.

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