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.
Seeking its third consecutive win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Big Ten jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the annual series Tuesday night. No.2 Ohio State blasted No. 4 Duke (recap), Northwestern beat Georgia Tech (recap), Illinois topped Maryland (recap) and Purdue put away Miami (recap), while Michigan fell at Virginia (recap) and Iowa was no match for Clemson (recap). Catch up on all the action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard.
Like we do every year, us Geeks took to an email exchange to get our season previews in order. What you see below is that exchange, followed by our predicted order of finish.
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off in a matter of hours. With that being the case, coupled with the fact Trevor Mbakwe has been lost for the season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina thought it was time to release his latest Big Ten Player Rankings. See Brent’s top 10 list in this post. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.