The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday the winners of the top five individual awards for the 2011 football season. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Devon Still was named the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was named the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.
BTN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Big Ten’s inaugural football conference championship (#B1GFCG) begins Friday, as the Michigan State Spartans prepare to take on the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag leading up to the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship. Questions about Michigan State’s All-Big Ten picks, Big Ten expansion and, of course, the league title game highlight this week’s mail bag.
On tonight’s Big Ten Football & Beyond, at 10:30 p.m. ET, our guys will announce the conference’s offensive and defensive players of the year, in addition to the coach of the year, who will join us for an interview. Who is he? Watch to find out. We’ll also give our thoughts on the first year of divisional play and on whether LSU vs. Alabama is the right matchup for the BCS title game. See what else our guys will be discussing on tonight’s show in this post.
Last summer in conjunction with WhatIfSports, BTN.com rolled out two related hypothetical questions: What if Nebraska had been in the Big Ten since 1996? And what if the Big Ten had been playing with two divisions leading up to a title game since that year, too? Using the software from WhatIfSports, we generated each season’s possible outcome, including actual box scores. The results were rather intriguing. For example, check out the WhatIfSports.com results for the 1996 Big Ten season.
Nebraska has joined the Big Ten Conference, which means Nebraska has also joined The Journey! Here’s a quick behind the scenes clip with the Cornhuskers from our first shoot for The Journey, which debuts Jan. 8, 2012. Remember: We’re on Twitter @BTNJourney and we archive a lot of our material at BTN.com/thejourney and on the BTN YouTube page. And you can watch all of the episodes on BTN2Go.com including the season debut last winter. Want to hear the show’s theme song? Dive deeper into this post.
Everything went Ohio State’s way in Tuesday night’s 85-63 win over No. 4 Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (recap). At one point even, point guard Aaron Craft attempted to pass to Jared Sullinger through an opponent’s legs, only to have it deflect off Miles Plumlee’s leg and go right to himself in rhythm for a layup. If you didn’t watch it closely, it almost looked like Craft went five-hole to set himself up for the easy bucket. Either way, it was a great play on a night where it was all Buckeyes.