Weekend at Indy: Follow BTN's title game coverage

Tune into BTN/BTN2Go and BTN.com leading up to the and through Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship for extensive coverage from Indianapolis this weekend. Join BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com editor Brent Yarina for a live blog from the press box. In addition to their analysis and observations we’ll be adding selected in-game highlights, photos, tweets and quarterly game stories.

On Friday, BTN airs the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Dienhart will have updates from those events and Yarina will be filing posts throughout Friday afternoon. Bookmark our Big Ten Football Championship section, and find them both on Twitter – @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNBrentYarina.

In the video clip in this post, our panel answers the question, “What at stake for the Big Ten in this championship game?” What do you think? Tell us in he comments below.

[RELATED: Read Tom Dienhart’s examination of the matchups within the title game. ]

Then Friday at 7 p.m. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) hosts BTN’s “Big Ten Football Report Championship Preview” with Tony Banks (@tonybanks12) and Rosevelt Colvin (@rcolvin3) from the Chicago studio with an appearance from Dienhart. Also, Friday’s episode of “#BTNLive” with Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine), Gerry DiNardo (@GerryDinardo) , Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith)and Glen Mason (@BTNGlenMason) airs live from Big Ten Fan Fest in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. on XM channel 169 and certain Fox Sports Radio outlets (click here for affiliates).

Game day coverage begins live from Fan Fest with Revsine, DiNardo, Griffith and Mason on #BTNLive at 11 a.m..  The same four return just hours before kick-off from Lucas Oil Stadium with the Big Ten Championship Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. leading right into FOX Sports’ pregame coverage. And after the game, get extensive analysis, highlights and on-field interviews, too.

We roll right into the bowl announcements on Sunday with the Big Ten Bowl Selection Special at 9 p.m. ET. Revsine hosts with DiNardo and Griffith to preview each Big Ten bowl matchup. Select coaches also will be interviewed during the 60-minute program, which airs live from the Chicago studio.

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Will on 11/29/2012 @ 1:55pm EST Said:

For the second straight year the yearly Big Ten Title game is not pulling as much support (traveling fans) as was projected/hoped for. Everyone knows that Husker fans usually invade their opponents stadium on game day and everyone also knows that the Husker fans are hungry to see their team finish off this season as Big Ten Champs <– Been a long time coming (CCG Winner), however I am wondering if the Big Ten should not look at doing what the Pac 10 does and have the championship game played on the field of the team who is rated highest at year’s end? At least the stadium would be full. The economics is playing a role in this too as well as the fact that these two teams have already played each other once this season. The biggest factor I believe however is that Nebraska fans are weighing the dollars (cost to go to the Big Ten Title Game vs. the thought process of ‘we should save our money and go to the Rose bowl game) should we win.

Anyone have any thoughts on this and are we locked into Indy for a specific time period?

    BTN.com staff on 11/29/2012 @ 2:00pm EST Said:

    Here’s a little more info, Will. “The Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corporation have entered into an agreement to host Big Ten Football Championship Games at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis through 2015. FOX will serve as the official broadcast partner of the Big Ten Football Championship Games through 2016.”

    But let’s hear what people think about Will’s idea.

Will on 11/29/2012 @ 2:17pm EST Said:

Thanks for the information undisclosed BTN staff member…

    BTN.com staff on 11/29/2012 @ 3:12pm EST Said:

    You’re welcome, Will.

    -Chris Malcolm, BTN.com

Kelly Rumpel on 11/29/2012 @ 5:57pm EST Said:

I like Wills input, but don’t see it happening. All big ten schools are outdoor stadiums and the weather could get pretty sketchy the first week of Dec. especially if played at Minn, Wisc, MI. Although people might think a snow game would be great, I believe the quality of the game would greatly dimish. One advantage I beleive the SEC has over the big ten is the weather, down south playing football in the fall is nothing like it is here in BIG country. Now, back to my original thought, the home team would have no trouble traveling but it may affect the traveling team. I mean look outdoor weather plays a factor whether people admit it or not, look where all the BCS and major bowls are played, warm weather states or indoors, streategically Indy makes sense I get it, but rewarding a school makes sense as wellor why keep a record

PinheadJarad on 11/30/2012 @ 6:54am EST Said:

i think Will’s idea makes alot of sence, if whoever is rated the highest in the B1G championship game should get home feild advantage!

Will on 11/30/2012 @ 12:00pm EST Said:

Thanks for feedback here and after listening to some of the CFB analyst since I posted this thought, it appears that having the highest rated Big Ten team host the championship game could be a logistical nightmare. They pointed out that if the venue was in some of the smaller stadiums (attendance capacity), tickets would be hard to come by and more over the motel/hotel accommodations would be a nightmare. Does anyone have a listing of each schools attendance capacity as well as their city (population base) <– that may help evaluate the potential for each Big Ten Venue to be able to handle an onslaught of 20-30 thousand visiting fans? Just a question to see if there could be an issue with my initial thought process. I do not think the weather would really bother Big Ten fans as much as it does the soft SEC fan base (although it would be nice to have sunny and 70 degree weather). Yet; I do recognize that if we had a huge snow storm roll into the venue, the road conditions could impact travel of the visiting and even the host team’s fan base.