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Two traditional powers square off for a second season in a row in the postseason. And each will do so without the quarterbacks they began the season with. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has been shelved with a variety of ailments—shoulder, hip, abdomen, ankle–missing eight of the last nine games. Aaron Murray’s season was wrecked by a knee injury suffered vs. Kentucky on November 23.
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 non-BCS bowl team needs a bowl win the most? The options: #BTNBadgers, #BTNHawkeyes, #BTNCornhuskers, #BTNWolverines or #BTNGophers
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USA Today has its All-American Team out. So, let’s start daily links there. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard are the lone first-team choices from the Big Ten. Funny, wasn’t Wisconsin linebacker the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year? Borland was on the second team with Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien. Lewan? Really? He was one of the 10 best offensive linemen in America this season? Talk amongst yourself.
When the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced this week, predictable pop stars like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk and Macklemore were among those who made headlines for their selections. Who else made the acclaimed list? None other than Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Wayne Wallace and IU sound media historian and producer Patrick Feaster.
Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson threw down a dunk that will be the talk of the town in Madison, Wis., this week. The Badgers’ junior point guard drove to the hoop and exploded for a thunderous left-handed dunk, posterizing the Milwaukee defender.