The Big Ten handed out its top individual awards. Not many shockers, but I’ll admit that I was a bit surprised that Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier lost out on Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors to Wisconsin’s Chris Borland.
BTN will provide extensive coverage of the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis this weekend, when No. 2 Ohio State takes on No. 10 Michigan State. Leading up to the action, BTN will air the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences Friday from 3:30-4:30 PM ET. Later, #BTNLive, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason, will air live from the Big Ten Fan Fest at 6 PM ET. Also, Mike Hall will host the Big Ten Football Report Championship Preview at 7 PM ET with analysts Brandon Williams, Jim Miller and Stanley Jackson.
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: Should Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship Game winner go to the BCS Championship Game? Two answers: #B1GYes or #B1GNo
On the football field, Northwestern senior kicker Jeff Budzien’s collegiate career will be remembered for its consistency. He is now the university’s all-time scoring leader, and on Monday he was named the 2013 Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year.
The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off Tuesday, and the Big Ten went 2-4. That means the Big Ten must win at least five games Wednesday to extend its streak in the event. Here are the results: Minnesota 71, Florida State 61; Duke 79, Michigan 69; Iowa 98, Notre Dame 93; Pittsburgh 78, Penn State 69; Georgia Tech 67, Illinois 64; Syracuse 69, Indiana 52.
There’s a good chance Minnesota’s Maverick Ahanmisi will be visiting the dentist sometime Wednesday. The veteran guard took a scary fall in Tuesday night’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge win over Florida State at Williams Arena. The worst part of the tumble, Ahanmisi broke his fall with his mouth. The result: a chipped right front tooth. Watch it happen in this post.
Monday, BTN released the 2013 All-Big Ten Football Teams and 12 of the conference’s individual trophies. Tonight, we released the final five trophies, including Offensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. See all the winners in this post.