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7:00 PMDelaware at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMW. Illinois at WisconsinWatch
Wednesday Oct 26
6:00 PMMichigan at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMAkron at Ohio St.Watch
7:00 PMOhio St. at Penn St.Watch

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Athlon Sports ranks top 25 Big Ten Heisman Candidates

Coming up with 25 national candidates for the Heisman Trophy is difficult enough, so it’s easy to understand what Athlon Sports must have gone through while compiling its Big Ten’s 25 Heisman Trophy Contenders. Twenty-five, really?! Let’s focus on the top 5, what do you say? Here it is: 1. Denard Robinson; 2. Montee Ball; 3. Rex Burkhead; 4. Braxton Miller; 5. Taylor Martinez. Not many surprises, although some would say Ball, a Heisman finalist a year ago, should be No. 1. The biggest eyebrow-raiser might be Miller at No. 4. The Ohio State sophomore QB has all the tools,

Greatest Games: 1998 Purdue at Wisconsin

Suggestion Box: Nominate Your Big Ten Greatest Game

“The Big Ten’s Greatest Games” for football and basketball is a popular program for our TV viewers and online readers. Each year we dig through the archives and roll out new episodes featuring games from the past. For example, that classic 1989 Big Ten basketball finish between Illinois and Indiana featured in our ongoing series “I Hit It To Win It” (watch the video in this post). We also like to hear suggestions from our Big Ten fans. Is there a game you’d like to see make it into the rotation? Let us know via the box in this post.

Commissioners reach consensus on playoff plan

(AP) The BCS commissioners reached a consensus Wednesday on a model for a four-team, seeded playoff that will be presented to the university presidents next week for approval. All that’s left is for the presidents to sign off and major college football’s champion will be decided by playoff come the 2014 season. The commissioners have been working on reshaping college football’s postseason since January. The meeting Wednesday was the sixth formal get-together of the year. They met for four hours and emerged together with a commitment to stand behind a plan. [AP: College football closes in on playoff — finally]

NCAA releases academic progress rate (APR) scores

The NCAA released its latest academic progress rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and the Big Ten received favorable results. Not only did all 12 Big Ten football and men’s basketball teams avoid penalty, Northwestern football compiled the highest score in the FBS. See how Big Ten football and men’s hoops teams did in this post. For a point of reference, any score of 930 or below results in penalty, ranging from scholarship reductions to a postseason ban. FOOTBALL Northwestern: 995 Ohio State: 988 Wisconsin: 975 Penn State: 971 Nebraska: 966 Indiana: 964 Purdue: 950 Illinois: 953 Iowa: 949 Michigan State: 943 ranks BCS teams since 2007

It’s anyone’s guess what the future of college football’s postseason holds. Will there be a four-team playoff? A plus-one? Or will it be the status quo? Whatever it may be,’s Brett McMurphy posted an interesting article that ranks the nation’s top teams using final BCS Standings since 2007. Where do Big Ten teams land over the last five seasons? Find out in this post. Big Ten – Since 2007 2. Ohio State 79 13. Wisconsin 46 20. Penn State 35 22. Michigan State 34 28. Nebraska 19 33. Iowa 17 38. Illinois 13 38. Michigan 13 52. Northwestern 3

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Debate It: Big Ten Fans Have Spoken

When senior writer Tom Dienhart and I decided to debate 2012 Big Ten football statistical leaders a couple months ago, we made it a point to let Big Ten fans have a say, as well. We did so by including a poll and incorporating relevant tweets in each statistical debate. The 11-series installment now complete, check out who Big Ten fans predict to lead the conference in categories ranging from scoring to sacks. Big Ten Fans’ 2012 Statistical Leaders SCORING: Wisconsin RB Montee Ball – 46 percent of votes My take: Easy choice. If anything, it’s a surprise Ball

Big Ten, Ivy League to study head injuries in sports

The Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League, in conjunction with the Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), have announced plans to engage in a co-sponsored, cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports, continuing efforts dating back more than two years. This historic collaboration brings together two prestigious academic and athletic entities, and allows for the coordination of ongoing efforts by each conference to research and address various aspects of head injuries in athletics, including concussions. The world-class academic and research capabilities of the institutions will help to promote a collaborative and collegial atmosphere

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema hoists the Big Ten Championship trophy after defeating the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wisconsin won 42-39. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Your 2012 BTN Awards Show Winners

BTN aired its fifth annual BTN Awards Show on Monday night. The biggest winners: Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Christina Manning, the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Jesse Owens and Suzy Favor Awards, respectively. Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo hosted the hour-long special, which also handed out awards for categories such as “Breakout Performer” and “Game of the Year,” to name a couple. See all the award winners and watch video from each category in this post. Suzy Favor Award: Ohio State’s Christina Manning Most Courageous Performance of the Year: Michigan State’s Arthur Ray Best

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

Happy Monday! Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. A quick conclusion: people are longing for football and love to debate their fall obsession. Not a big surprise with it being the middle of June. Only a couple more months, Big Ten fans. 10. Did You See This? Mark Titus’ Groom Cake Former Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus loves many things in life. Atop the list are basketball and wrestling, it would seem. The ex-Buckeye nicknamed “The Shark” incorporated those two loves into his groom’s cake, which featured Larry Bird and Shawn Michaels in

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten tackle leader

On Friday, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten sack leader, the 10th in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Tackles. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too. TACKLES 2011 leader: Mike Taylor, 150 Returning leaders: Mike Taylor, 150; Chris Borland, 143; James Morris, 110; Christian Kirksey, 110; Jonathan Brown, 108. Brent: More than any other category we’ve addressed in this series, tackles features the most returning talent. Seven of