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2017 Schedule
8-5, 2nd in Big Ten - West
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21dTom VanHaaren

Big Ten West teams poised to score big upsets

Pulling off an upset can make a good season great. Here are some Big Ten West teams that could score some surprise victories this fall.

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29dDan Murphy and Tom VanHaaren

Picking over/under win total for Big Ten West teams

The oddsmakers don't think any Big Ten West team will win 10 games, or that Nebraska and Iowa will even win seven games. Are they right? Yes, and no.

36dMichael Rothstein

Why the Penguin loves the Hawkeyes so much

Robin Lord Taylor, best known for his role in the TV series "Gotham," grew up in Iowa and has strong memories of growing up a fan of the Hawkeyes. Even if it occasionally involved a black-and-gold scooter.

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44dDan Murphy and Tom VanHaaren

Big Ten freshmen who could make an immediate impact

Michigan's Donovan Peoples-Jones looks ready to make an instant impact, but he's not the only one, as the Big Ten's incoming freshman class is strong.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa and wide receiver Jerminic Smith have agreed to part ways, the team confirmed today. Smith started nine games last season, and cut 23 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns. He was suspended from team activities in April because of academic reasons. His departure adds even more questions to the wide receiver spot entering 2017.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs are signing Iowa cornerback Greg Mabin, according to his agents.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 49ers total haul from the 2017 NFL draft: 1A. Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford; 1B. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama; 3A. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado; 3B. C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa; 4. Joe Williams, RB, Utah; 5A. George Kittle, TE, Iowa; 5B. Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech; 6A. D.J. Jones, DT, Mississippi; 6B. Pita Taumoepenu, DE, Utah; 7. Adrian Colbert, DB, Miami. The Niners also traded for Denver Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chargers got some real value with CB Desmond King in the 5th round. King has the ball skills and instincts to make plays and he was one of the top tackling CBs I watched on tape. King also brings the versatility to move around in the secondary and impact special teams.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Another good fit at TE with George Kittle and the 49ers. Kittle is one of the top blocking TEs in this class. That jumps out on film. But Kittle also has 4.5 speed and can be utilized in Kyle Shanahan's system as a "move TE" or H-Back.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers used pick No. 146 on Iowa TE George Kittle. Kittle is considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft and has underrated hands. This is another pick that has a chance to contribute right away at a position where the Niners could use help.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a case to be made that defensive tackle is the Vikings' biggest question mark outside the offensive line, with Sharrif Floyd's future in doubt, and Jaleel Johnson can step in and help at three-technique tackle if he's able to use his strength effectively in the NFL. Johnson will likely compete with Datone Jones and Tom Johnson for playing time, and the Vikings should be able to expect the trio to provide a solid interior pass rush next to Linval Joseph.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

DT Jaleel Johnson has that initial speed off the ball to play a role for the Vikings as an interior pass rusher. Johnson had a productive week at the Senior Bowl, showcased his quickness during 1-on-1 drills and flashed on the tape with impact plays.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan points to quarterback C.J. Beathard's experience in an offense similar to what he runs as a reason Beathard stood out. Shanahan saw the traits in Beathard to translate those skills to the NFL. Shanahan said that won't happen right away but he hopes he can develop long term.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars have four picks in the final four rounds of the NFL draft on Saturday. They have the third pick in the fourth round, the fourth pick in the fifth round, and two picks in the seventh round (fourth and 22nd). They traded their sixth-round pick to Seattle to move up one spot in the second round to select Alabama OT Cam Robinson. Players to watch in the fourth round include TE Jake Butt, CB Desmond King, and QB Nathan Peterman.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

New 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard said the feedback he received indicated he could go anywhere from the third to sixth rounds. The Niners took him in the late third with pick No. 104. He also said he believes he's capable of becoming a starter in the NFL.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers have drafted a developmental quarterback, selecting Iowa's C.J. Beathard with pick No. 104. A surprising move with the likes of Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs and Pitt's Nathan Peterman on the board.