Around the Big Ten: Lou Holtz sees only one Big Ten team making the College Football Playoff

Lou Holtz thinks one of Ohio State or Michigan make the College Football Playoff.

In terms of the first two editions of the College Football Playoff rankings, count Lou Holtz among those who think the committee got it all wrong.

In the first installment of the College Football Playoff, released two weeks ago, the rankings had an SEC team followed by a Big Ten program atop the rankings:

Now, with losses from Tennessee and Clemson over the weekend, it is now Georgia atop the rankings followed by Ohio State and Michigan. TCU lept up to fourth.

Holtz, a former NFL and college head coach who won the national championship with Notre Dame in 1988, doesn’t think that the CFP rankings make sense.

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“I think they’re going on games that have been played so far. I try to look at it… what is going to happen in the future,” Holtz said on the Crowd’s Line.

“To have Ohio State (at) two and Michigan (at) three is ridiculous. Because one of them is going to lose when they play one another. Tell me who you think is going to win!”

Holtz and Mark May appear on the weekly ‘Crowd’s Line’ program. The duo used to appear on various ESPN platforms.

From the Big Ten, Holtz only thinks that one team is likely to make it through to the College Football Playoff. Michigan plays at Ohio State in the regular season finale with the winner of that game likely to be favored in the following week’s Big Ten Championship Game.

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“I think the winner of that game will make the playoff but the loser, if it is very close or in every time may very well end up with two teams from the Big Ten in the playoff,” Holtz said of Michigan at Ohio State.

“The playoff right now is a big mess. It could be a team from the Pac-12, it could be a team from the Big 12. I really don’t know but we’re going to find out. There is no way in the world that Michigan ends up there if they lose to Ohio State.”

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What scouts were at No. 5 Michigan at Rutgers?

Two NFL teams in attendance for Michigan at Rutgers.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Four NFL teams are represented tonight at SHI Stadium for the Big Ten Network’s primetime game. Rutgers hosts No. 5 Michigan at 7:30 PM on the Big Ten Network.

The Wolverines have some interesting names on both sides of the ball, led by running back Blake Corum. On the defensive side of the ball, there is defensive end Mike Morris, who recently got a first round nod from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. There is also defensive lineman Mazi Smith who is highly underrated.

NFL teams represented:

  • Carolina Panthers (Terry Bradway, former NFL general manager with the New York Jets)
  • New York Giants

Canadian Football League

  • Calgary Stampede

Senior bowl game

  • Shrine Bowl

Rutgers has several players who should generate interest ahead of this spring’s NFL draft. Wide receiver Aron Cruickshank has shown himself to be a weapon in the Rutgers offense as well as a special teams threat. Guard DiRenzo has been solid in his first (and only) season with the Scarlet Knights.

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Punter Adam Korsak should get some NFL looks as well.

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Michigan vs. Rutgers: Stream, injury report, broadcast info for Saturday

Rutgers takes on Michigan this Saturday. Check out the Stream, injury report, and broadcast info for Saturday

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights play the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, and if you’re wondering how, you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.

Rutgers (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten) has had an up-and-down season. They entered their matchup with Minnesota last week with a winning record. It was the first time since 2014 they entered Week 7 with a record above .500. However, they proved to be no match for the Golden Gophers, who came away with a 31-0 victory. Rutgers only had 134 yards of total offense, and they turned the ball over three times. On Saturday, they will be looking to get back on track but have a formidable opponent in Michigan.

If Rutgers hopes to pull off the upset, they will need to limit Blake Corum. The Wolverines running back had 177 rushing yards last week and has been a touchdown machine this season. Stopping him will take away one of Michigan’s primary weapons and give the Rutgers offense more time to put points on the board.


Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:

  • Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch here)


Michigan at Rutgers injury report:


DL Mohamed Toure – Out for season (knee), LB Moses Walker – Out for season (knee), TE Victor Konopka – Questionable (Undisclosed), RB Samuel Brown V- Out for season, (lower body), QB Gavin Wimsatt- Questionable (Undisclosed)


TE Erick All- Out for season (Undisclosed), LS William Wagner- Out for season (Undisclosed, DB Caden Kolsear-Out for season (knee), LB Nikhai-Hill Green-Out for indefinitely (lower body), QB Cade McNamara- Out for indefinitely (leg). 

Players to watch:

Kyle Monangai (Rutgers-RB): With Samuel Brown V out for the season, Rutgers will turn to Kyle Monangai on the ground. He has 212 rushing yards this season and is averaging 3.4 yards a carry. While losing Brown is a massive blow for the Scarlets Knights, their sophomore running back now has a chance to make his mark and spark the offense.

Blake Corum (Michigan-RB): Through eight games this season, Corum has been one of the best running backs in college football. He has 1,078 rushing yards and is averaging six yards a carry. The Marshall native has a team-leading 15 touchdowns. He is the most critical piece to the Wolverines’ offense. The outcome of this game could be determined by what Corum does every time he is on the field.

Around the Big Ten: Lou Holtz isn’t sold on USC as a contender

Lou Holtz thinks USC football is a bit overrated.

Lou Holtz isn’t sold on the USC Trojans being a College Football Playoff contender.

USC, set to join the Big Ten in 2024 alongside UCLA, has certainly shown a spark in their first season under head coach Lincoln Riley. Quarterback Caleb Williams has excelled as the Trojans (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) are ranked sixth in this week’s USA TODAY Sports AFCA football coaches poll.

The venerable Lou Holtz isn’t sold on USC quite yet, however. While the former Notre Dame head coach likes Williams, he doesn’t see this as a complimentary team.

And Holtz, who had a bitter rivalry with the Trojans while he was head coach of Notre Dame, began his bit about USC on the Crowd’s Line with an old laugh from his days on the sideline.

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USC plays Utah (4-2) on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET (FOX).

“The University of Spoiled Children – people went to USC rather than UCLA because it was easier to spell,” Holtz told Mark May on the weekly show.

“I used to say that when Notre Dame was their archrival but I love their quarterback I think their quarterback is a Heisman candidate. I mean, he is playing unbelievable. His ability to escape pressure when he is passing, he is very accurate. I just absolutely love Caleb Williams.”

Holtz, as much as he loves the USC offense, doesn’t see this as a complete team. The scoreboard, he says, backs up this line of thinking.

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Last week, USC didn’t exactly cruise in a 30-14 win over Washington State. Two weeks before that, they barely escaped with a 17-14 win at Oregon State.

He continued to praise the offense before tightening his sites on the defense.

“I think offensively they’re outstanding their receiver, (Jordan) Addison, I think he is leading the country in receptions, but defensively they have a problem. I know the opening ball game they ran three touchdowns – (they ran) three interceptions back for a touchdown,” Holtz said.

“But I’m not convinced on their ability to play great defense but I do think they’re capable of beating anyone country but they’re also capable of losing because they’ve had two very close games.”

Holtz won a national championship with Notre Dame in 1988. He co-hosts the Crowd’s Line with Mark May. The duo were popular pundits on ESPN’s college football programming for a number of years.

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Players of the Game from Rutgers loss to Nebraska

Let’s look at the players of the game for Rutgers in Week 6.

Rutgers football had yet another rough game on Friday night. After starting the season a promising 3-0, they have slipped up in three straight and has fallen to .500 and remain winless in conference play.

After a strong start and a solid, all around effort in the first half it felt like Rutgers might break their 20 game home Big Ten losing streak. After a sloppy second half, the Scarlet Knights found themselves on the losing end of a game in a clear 180-degree turn for both teams.

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In the first half, the Scarlet Knight defense shut down the Cornhuskers. They held Nebrask to just 134 total yards and no points. Christian Braswell and Max Melton both tallied interceptions and it looked like Nebraska had no chance of ending their road losing streak that dated back to 2020 (also against Rutgers).

The second half started as a mirror image to how the game began, Nebraska scoring on their opening drive. The halftime speech clearly made a difference as Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson came out like a completely different player. He went 14-for-19 passing for 133 yards in the second half with two touchdowns. Wide receiver Trey Palmer also made a bigger impact in the second half, catching three passes after the break (one catch in the first half) for 44 yards and a touchdown.

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Regardless of their struggles in the second half, there were still things to be positive about. Let’s look at the players of the game for Rutgers in Week 6.

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Each Big Ten football team’s Week 5 summed up with a GIF

Summing up each Big Ten football team’s Week 5 performance in GIF form.

This has been a wonky Big Ten football season, hasn’t it?

Sure, Ohio State and Michigan are humming along nicely and look to be the standard bearers. But two head coach firings in season from a conference known for its stability and patience is just something we don’t see around these parts.

Factor in the disappointing seasons from Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin (throw Northwestern in there as well) and this has been anything but a steady season in the Big Ten.

So check out the week that was around the Big Ten summed up in gif-form from ‘Curb Your Enthusiam.’ We promise you it will be pretty, pretty good.

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Is Nebraska football now on the verge of getting some momentum back?

Rutgers football faces a possibly rejuvenated Nebraska program.

With a win this weekend, Nebraska football finally has something to feel good about during what has been a most-difficult season for the program. And with an important game on the schedule this Friday night at Rutgers, will the real Nebraska stand up?

In preseason, Nebraska was getting lots of hype, with the Cornhuskers being a popular pick to make it to the Big Ten Championship Game. It was thought that the close, tough and hard-fought losses of last year would fade away.

But Nebraska (2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) has had similar struggles this season, leading to the firing of Scott Frost three weeks ago. Interim head coach Mickey Joseph got his first win with the program with a 35-21 win over Indiana on Saturday night.

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Network’s Howard Griffith said that he finally saw things coming together for Nebraska.

“This was the first time in a long time that we’ve seen a Nebraska team facing adversity, right in the middle of the game, and be able to overcome said adversity,” Griffith said on the Big Ten Network.

“Normally, we’d sit in the green room and its like ‘Here we go again! Right? Here we go!’ But the players – like players are – they are resilient. Because it is a new coaching staff, really, to some degree, because they’re being led by a new head coach. But they believed and that is kind of what we were talking about really going back to last year.

“They needed some good things to happen for them, the ball to bounce the right way, to be able to make plays when their backs were against the wall. And that’s what we saw happen and we hadn’t see that in previous years.”

Griffith is a former fullback at Illinois who went on to spend over a decade in the NFL. He is now with the Big Ten Network as an analyst.

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Rutgers vs. No. 3 Ohio State: Prediction, point spread, odds, best bet

Rutgers takes on No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday. Check out the lines provided by Tipico, see how you should place your bets

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights play the Ohio State Buckeyes on the road on Saturday, and if you’re looking to do some last-minute betting research, you’re in luck! We’ll give you the latest point spread, money line odds and over/under number, as well as the information you’ll need to make the smartest bet at Tipico Sportsbook.

The game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the Big Ten Network. Need to know how to watch the game? Check right here.

After starting the year 3-0 once again, the Scarlet Knights stumbled to start Big Ten play last week. They fell to Iowa 27-10 in a game that never truly felt that close. Rutgers’ biggest issue last week actually dates back to Week 3 as well, and that is the struggles of the offensive line. That will not be the only place they struggle on Saturday as there is a clear gap in the level of talent between these two programs. Rutgers is in the early stages of a program rebuild – nay, overhaul. Ohio State is No. 3 in the country, is an established power house, and has future NFL players throughout their roster. The Buckeyes have the leader for the Heisman Trophy under center and a history of beating up on Rutgers. Today’s game should be no different.


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Rutgers vs. Ohio State: Stream, injury report, broadcast info for Saturday

Rutgers takes on No. 3 Ohio State Saturday. Get the latest news, including where to watch the game

Rutgers plays No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.

If you know anything about the history between these two teams, then you know Rutgers has been dominated every time they’ve taken on Ohio State. Do not expect a different result today. After starting the year 3-0 once again, the Scarlet Knights stumbled to start Big Ten play last week. They fell to Iowa 27-10 in a game that never truly felt that close. There is a clear gap in the level of talent between these two programs. Rutgers is in the early stages of a program rebuild. Ohio State is No. 3 in the country in every poll, is a perennial power house, and has future NFL players throughout their roster – including their bench. The Buckeyes have the leader for the Heisman Trophy under center and have one of the best recruiting classes each and every year. Expect this game to be over before the end of the first quarter.

Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:

  • Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: Big Ten Network
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch here)

Rutgers at Ohio State injury report:


  • DL Mohamed Toure – Out for season (knee), QB Noah Vedral – Questionable (Undisclosed), LB Moses Walker – Out for season (knee), QB Gavin Wimsatt – Questionable (Undisclosed), RB Aaron Young – Questionable (Undisclosed)

Ohio State:

  • WR Kamryn Babb – Out indefinitely (Knee), CB Jordan Hancock – Questionable (Undisclosed), CB Lloyd McFarquhar – Questionable (Undisclosed), LB Mitchell Melton – Out for season (Knee), LB Teradja Mitchell – Questionable (Undisclosed), RB Evan Pryor – Out for season (Knee), TE Joe Royer – Questionable (Undisclosed), WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Questionable (Hamstring)

Players to watch:

Al-Shadee Salaam (Rutgers – RB): The sophomore running back has stepped up in a big way in the running back rotation. He has rushed 25 times for 145 yards (5.8 ypc) and two touchdowns.

Samuel Brown (Rutgers – RB): Many fans may not have expected to see this much of the true freshman out of Philadelphia this season, but injuries combined with a strong spring and strong showing in non-conference games have led to Brown being a staple in the backfield. He has 27 rushing attempts for 131 yards (4.9 ypc) and is also tied for the team lead with two rushing touchdowns.

C.J. Stroud (Ohio State – QB): If you aren’t familiar with how good Stroud is, just watch this game. He is going to pad his Heisman resume in a big way. He is tied for the No. 1 spot in the country with 16 touchdowns and just one interception. He has thrown for 1222 yards on 112 attempts and completed passes at a 70.5 percent clip. He has been exciting to watch and you’ll be watching him on Sundays next year.

Big Ten Network’s Gerry DiNardo: Ohio State’s defense has them atop the Big Ten, not Michigan

Gerry DiNardo has some strong opinions on what the Ohio State defense means for the rest of the Big Ten.

Gerry DiNardo thinks that Ohio State football might finally have found the missing pieces that eluded them last year. And in doing so, the Big Ten Network analyst and former college coach believes that Ohio State is now the best team in the Big Ten.

This Ohio State defense is greatly improved under defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. Last week in their Big Ten opener, a 52-21 win over Wisconsin, Ohio State limited their Big Ten rival to 296 yards of total offense and just 11 first downs.

No. 3 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) hosts Rutgers football (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) on Saturday (3:00 PM ET, BTN).

“Well it took me a little bit of time to learn it, I watched them against Wisconsin, and I think they’re so much improved and this is where the schedule has really helped Ohio State whereas the schedule has hurt Michigan. When I was comparing those two teams, who was the best in the conference, I thought it was Michigan,” DiNardo said on the Big Ten Network.

“Now I think it is Ohio State because of the defense.”

The addition of Knowles this offseason has been instrumental in Ohio State’s emergence this season as a true national championship contender. Knowles comes from Oklahoma State where he had one of the best and most consistent defenses in the nation over the past four seasons.

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“It looks like coach Knowles knows his personnel now, so he is playing to his personnel. Looks like the personnel knows his defense. The strides they’ve taken from spring ball to the opening game to now is significant. This is the missing piece to the puzzle,” DiNardo said.

“They’re running the ball better and now it looks like the right defense for them.”

A former standout at Notre Dame, DiNardo was a former head coach at LSU and Indiana among other stops. At LSU, he won two SEC West division titles.

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