In the coming weeks, students on every campus in the Big Ten Conference will return home for the holidays. The idea of returning home, whether it’s at the end of the calendar year or the conclusion of a student’s collegiate career, is one that often brings mixed emotions.
Adding to the intrigue of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State Big Ten championship game is the fact the teams didn’t play this fall. The Buckeyes cross-division foes in 2013 were Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern. The Spartans played Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.
The Big Ten Football Championship game is being analyzed from every possible angle. And that’s just on this website. But let’s not stop there as we are days away from the big game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State. I’m headed to Indianapolis for all of the hoopla on Friday and I’ll be covering Saturday night’s game of course, too. So here is my look at the big clash from A to Z.
Some bets are meant to be fun, unless of course you come out on the wrong side of the bet. Former MSU basketball standout Draymond Green, who is currently a member of the Golden State Warriors, placed a bet with teammate Harrison Barnes on last night’s Michigan State vs. North Carolina game. Of course, Barnes stared at UNC and is now a teammate of Green in Golden State.
A night after going 1-5 in the opening night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Big Ten women’s hoops teams went 4-2 Thursday against their ACC counterparts. Add it all up, though, and the ACC came away with the 7-5 win. No. 25 Iowa outlasted No. 22 Syracuse, 97-91, while No. 16 Purdue fell 99-78 to No. 2 Duke. Catch up on all of Thursday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge in this post.
On Wednesday, we set up a conference call for BTN’s Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith to preview this weekend’s B1G Championship game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State. We had a good crew of Big Ten beat writers join, one of whom was the Detroit News’ Angelique Chengelis. You can see her take on the call here.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which unit has the edge on Saturday? Two answers available are #OSUOffense or #MSUDefense