The news came down today: The Big Ten features 14 home football prime time games that will appear on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN during the 2012 season.Wisconsin at Nebraska, Penn State at Iowa, and Michigan at Nebraska highlight the conference night schedule. Earlier this spring BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart ranked his top 15 Big Ten games for next fall as well as his Top 15 non-conference games. Now read in this post Dienhart’s take on each of the prime time games once Big Ten Conference play begins Sept. 29.
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Not all non-conference schedules are created equal, as you can see from my rankings, from 1-12, of the Big Ten non-league menus. Some are high calorie. Some are low-calorie. So, who has the toughest slate? And the easiest? Find out in this post. You can find all of my Big Ten football coverage here. Oh, and if you like rankings like this, you’ll want to check out this archive, where I’m ranking 2012 games, players and schedules.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for April 16-22 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.
With the wind howling in Sunday in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader at Indiana, Northwestern showed its power prowess with a pair of deep home runs and seven total extra base hits that aided an 8-3 Wildcats’ win at the IU Softball Field. In the second game, it was all Indiana en route to an 11-3 win in six innings. The win gave Indiana two wins over Northwestern in the same season for the first time since 1997. The Hoosiers connected for three home runs, matching a season high. Watch our highlights from the Northwestern-Indiana doubleheader now and get our Sunday softball roundup in this post.
The University of Iowa baseball team beat Penn State, 4-2, Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes scored three first-inning runs and never looked back en route to snapping a three-game losing streak. Iowa starter Sasha Kuebel was terrific, earning his fourth win of the year to remain perfect (4-0). The rookie threw seven and a third solid innings, yielding just two runs, striking out two while scattering seven hits. Read the full recap at HawkeyeSports.com and get our Sunday baseball roundup in this post.
This just in from HawkeyeSports.com: The Iowa football team will wear 1921-22 throwback uniforms when the Hawkeyes host Iowa State on Sept. 8. The helmet is the old gold, with matching gold on the jersey and pants and gray facemasks. The jersey is a black body with an old gold semicircle under arms and white numbers front and back. There will be no player names. The shoes? Black with black laces. The socks? All black as well. There’s a small photo of the jersey at HawkeyeSports.com.
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Last year brought us some epic Big Ten games. We soon won’t forget Michigan State over Wisconsin; Ohio State beating the Badgers; Nebraska rallying over Ohio State. What classics are waiting to be hatched in 2012, you ask? Good question. Get out your red Sharpie and circle these games that land on my Top 15 Big Ten clashes of 2012. Earlier, I ranked the top 15 nonconference games. Did I miss one? Tell me which Big Ten games have you fired up the most. I’m on Twitter and Facebook, too.
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