"Looks like Vegas will probably be as high on Michigan as the early preview mags and CFB columnists are"
Vegas Insider has a new batch of over/under win totals going into the upcoming season. To some surprise, Michigan is leading the Big Ten with a projected 10 wins. Ohio State comes in a close second at 9.5 wins – which is basically 10 wins if you're rounding.
Reigning Big Ten Champion Michigan State opens up at 7.5 wins, while Rose Bowl participant Iowa sits at 8.5 wins as a projected total.
Here is what the rest of the Big Ten is projected to do:
For those curious, here are the rest of the leaders from the Power 5 schools:
SEC: Alabama and LSU at 10
Big 12: Oklahoma at 12(!)
Pac-12: Washington at 9 wins
ACC: Clemson at 10.5
"It just feels really good to reward my mom"
– Ezekiel Elliott to SportsDay (story by Kate Hairopoulos)
It's been almost a month since Buckeye nation found out that Ezekiel Elliott was headed to the Dallas Cowboys as the No.4 pick in the draft.
Since draft day, Zeke signed his contract and participated in OTAs – and is a reasonable candidate to be the next great Dallas Cowboy running back.
To get to the level he's gotten to, it takes parents willing to make sacrifices after sacrifices to give their child every chance to succeed. Elliott recognizes that, and is giving back to his parents.
Recently, Elliott bought his family a house in St.Louis, around the same area where he began his start as being a beast on the gridiron.
"The hard work she put in raising me and all she sacrificed, finally being able to do something for her for the first time feels really good," said Elliott, as reported by SportsDay writer Kate Hairopoulos.
.@EzekielElliott found a special way to spend his 1st NFL check.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 26, 2016
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As reported by Dallas Cowboys sideline reporter Kristi Scales, Elliott's contract is worth $24.956 million over four years and includes a signing bonus just north of $16 million. That's a lot of shirts he can buy – which inevitably can be converted into crop tops.
"Just from how many schools I reached out to, there were not a lot of takers,"
– Ohio State deputy director of athletics Martin Jarmond, via Bill Rabinowitz (The Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio State finally got their schedules sorted out for the 2018 season. The Tulane Green Wave were the last team to be scheduled for 2018, and now Ohio State has a complete schedule through 2019.
"Tulane enhances & completes a non-conf. schedule in '18 that already includes Power 5 teams TCU and Oregon State." Martin Jarmond, Dep. AD— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) May 26, 2016
As deputy AD and scheduling mastermind Martin Jarmond said to Rabinowitz, it was "very challenging" to find a team to schedule for 2018, since the season is in the not-too-far distant future.
For coming up to Columbus from New Orleans, Tulane will receive $1.5 million for playing inside The Shoe for the first time. The AAC program features a new coach in Willie Fritz, who comes from Georgia Southern carrying a 17-7 record in the past two seasons at the helm.
With 99 days until the start of the 2016 season, football can't get here soon enough.
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