Yahoo! Sports writer and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde set off quite the firestorm Tuesday when he reported Bret Bielema was headed to Arkansas. The move came out of nowhere and surprised everyone. After all, Bielema and the Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Rose Bowl. Check out some of the best tweets on Bielema’s move in this post.
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The finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy were announced Monday night, and there are a couple surprises: 1. The list includes only three players; and 2. neither Braxton Miller nor Montee Ball received an invite. No. 1 is the real shocker, however, considering there have been five finalists two of the past three years. The last time there were three: 2008.
We found out where the Big Ten’s seven bowl teams were headed Sunday night. Read Tom Dienhart’s early thoughts on each game here. Now, it’s time to familiarize ourselves a little more with the seven opponents. Who is the key player for each team, and why should we keep our eye on him during the bowl game?
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The regular season is over, the Big Ten title game is in the books, and now it’s time for bowl season (view bowl schedule). Before we offer our bowl predictions, though, it’s time to find out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our title game picks. Let’s just say no saw what was coming in Indy.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Wisconsin spent the better part of the last month hearing about how it didn’t deserve to be in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game. Now, for the next month, it will hear that it has no business playing in the Rose Bowl, the program’s third consecutive Grandaddy of Them All.
Prior to Saturday’s 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, the conference hosted its second annual Big Ten Fan Fest at the Indiana Convention Center. There, “#BTNLive” hosted a live show that included interviews with Nebraska legend Tommie Frazier and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, the 2012 Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, among others. Like last year, the event also featured tons of fan entertainment. See photos of the event in this gallery.
This should be fun. The 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, that is. People will argue it’s not going to be much of a game, because it doesn’t feature the Big Ten’s top team – 12-0 Leaders Division champ Ohio State – it’s a rematch of a game earlier this season, and it includes a 7-5 Wisconsin team that has lost three of its last four.
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same for the Big Ten title game and bowl season.
Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to meet in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night in Indianapolis, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina are there to cover it. Given they’ve been debating topics here all season long, the two of them thought it would be fun to look ahead to the 2013 Big Ten title game. So, who will represent the Legends and Leaders a year from now?
Three days away, the field at Lucas Oil Stadium is ready to host the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night. The B1G Championship Game logo has been added to midfield, the “B1G” logo to the 25-yard lines, and the school names to the end zones. See a photo, courtesy of @B1GFootball, in this post.
When it was announced last week that Maryland was joining the Big Ten, I predicted Under Armour would come up with some crazy uniforms for future Maryland-Northwestern football games. Turns out, we didn’t have to wait until 2014 for it. Under Armour, which outfits both schools, designed some crazy shoes that select players wore during Tuesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge tips off Tuesday night, starting with Minnesota-Florida State and Iowa-Virginia Tech at 7:15 p.m. ET. On the line: The Big Ten will try to win its fourth consecutive event, this after losing the first 10.
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BTN will announce the 2012 Big Ten All-Big Ten teams at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Before the lists are made official on our 60-minute special, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their first-teams and superlative winners.
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It’s time for my final regular season Big Ten Player Rankings. This week, Le’Veon Bell and Jordan Hill reenter the list following jaw-dropping individual performances. See all the latest changes in this post. Remember, this feature ranks the Big Ten’s top six offensive and defensive players. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa.
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Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis, it’s time to check out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 13 predictions. For the second straight week, it was a perfect showing for BTN.com fans, who now stand two games ahead of Dienhart in the season standings.
Purdue fired football coach Danny Hope on Sunday. In four seasons as the head man, Hope went 22-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten. With Saturday’s win over Indiana, he got the Boilermakers (6-6) to their second consecutive bowl game. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough. Several of Hope’s players went to Twitter to react to the news. See some the tweets in this post.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 13? Find out in this post.
Coaches never know what questions await them during a postgame press conference. Penn State coach Bill O’Brien knows this all too well following an emotional 24-21 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium.
There’s no doubt who Penn State’s leader is. And we’ll see proof of it in Saturday afternoon’s season finale against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are wearing No. 42 on the left side of their helmets in honor of injured senior Michael Mauti.
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Saturday was a big day at Ohio Stadium. Not only did Ohio State beat heated rival Michigan to clinch a perfect 12-0 season, the school celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the 2002 national championship team. And yes, the festivities included Jim Tressel, the former coach responsible for the current team’s NCAA probation. That didn’t matter on this day, as the Ohio State faithful gave Tressel a rousing ovation. Watch the fans shower Tressel with love now.
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re down to the final week of play, and BTN.com fans are in the lead.
As BTN’s Gerry DiNardo mentioned during Tuesday’s coverage of Rutgers joining the Big Ten, there are three variables to consider when creating the conference’s new divisions: 1. Competitive balance; 2. geography; and 3. rivalries.
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Maryland it is not, Rutgers is no slouch in the uniform department itself. To be fair, though, no Big Ten school can challenge Maryland when it comes to uniforms and helmets. The Scarlet Knights, outfitted by Nike, mix it up quite a bit – only in a tamer manner than Maryland.