Big Ten, Pac-12 forge new schedule deal

The Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference have made a unique scheduling agreement that will have the football teams from each conference playing one inter-league football game, the two conferences announced on Wednesday. The conferences’ scheduling agreement will also span across all sports. Watch BTN’s interview with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany in this post and read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s exploration of the possibilities this new deal presents.

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Big Ten Geeks: Barnburner in Illinois, Calamity in Nebraska

And they’re off! Conference play began last night, and we’ve already been treated to a close game and a Wisconsin blowout–two things we’ll probably see plenty of over the next two-and-a-half months. Let’s get to the details.

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3 future Big Ten players make Rivals 1st Team

Rivals.com’s Dallas Jackson released his 2011 RivalsHigh.com All-American Team on Wednesday, and a few future Big Ten talents made the cut. All three of the honorees play defense: Five-star defensive end Noah Spence (Ohio State) and four-star linebackers Vince Biegel (Wisconsin) and James Ross (Michigan). See Rivals.com’s entire All-American team. The team includes 11 players who are currently undecided, so there could be more future Big Ten products on the list.

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Illinois blows away Alabama A&M

(FightingIllini.com) Sophomore Kersten Magrum scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds while junior Karisma Penn added 14 points and 12 rebounds to help lift Illinois to an 83-65 victory over Alabama A&M in the final non-conference game of the season. With the ninth-rated schedule in the nation, the Illini finish that part of the schedule at 6-7 while Alabama A&M falls to 5-5. BOX

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Badgers meet the media, play Big Buck Hunter

Wisconsin and Oregon met the Rose Bowl media on Wednesday at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown. There, as they do leading up to any game during the season, the Badgers and Ducks fielded reporters’ questions. The crowd was bigger, though, considering this is the Granddaddy of Them All. Oh, and there was also some fun, with the players taking their turns on Big Buck Hunter. See a picture of Nick Toon playing the game in this post, plus other Rose Bowl pictures.

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