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The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress rate scores Tuesday, and the Big Ten came in No. 1 among the BCS conferences in football. The Northwestern football team led the nation with a score of 996, three points ahead of second-place Boise State, and Wisconsin (tied fourth) and Ohio State (tied seventh) also landed in the top 10.
Hey, who isn’t looking forward to football season? It’s only June, but I’m itching for kickoff and am starting to look ahead to each week of the 2013 season. From Week 1 to Week 12, I’ll offer the best each week has to offer and rank every week’s games. Up now: Week 2, highlighted by Notre Dame at Michigan.
It’s time to take a week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule. Interesting storylines, matchups and battles within the battles dot each week’s slate of games. Up first, of course: Week 1. Get my opening week preview in this post.
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At 8 p.m. ET June 17, BTN will air a special NBA Draft edition of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013.
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Get familiar with your team’s bitter rival, Michigan and Ohio State fans. Athlon Sports picks the Buckeyes and Wolverines to meet in the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game, meaning the two powerhouse programs would face off in back-to-back weeks (Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium; Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium) for the first and last time.
The winged helmet wins out. After weeks of voting, BTN.com readers selected Michigan’s iconic lid as the champion of the 2013 Big Ten Helmet Bracket. The Wolverines obliterated tourney darling and Leaders Division champ Indiana, 78%-22%, to record their second BTN.com aesthetic competition in as many summers. Last year, Michigan took our uniform bracket.
Often, the most popular player on campus is the backup quarterback. The guy holding the clipboard and wearing a baseball cap typically is perceived as being the answer to every struggling offense. On that note, here’s my ranking of the Big Ten backup quarterback situations.