Seven Big Ten teams are playing in bowl games, beginning with Minnesota vs. Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28 and ending with Wisconsin vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Which Big Ten team needs to win their bowl game the most? BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have two different choices, and host Dave Revsine chimes in with a third possibility. Vote your choice in this post. When asked for one team, DiNardo listed three: Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Nebraska. Pressed to choose one, he takes Wisconsin, but DiNardo added, “Those other two are
Nebraska announced a three-game series with Northern Illinois in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The Huskies are one of the top non-AQ schools in the nation, advancing to the Orange Bowl this season to play Florida State. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] The first of the three games in the series will take place in Chicago at Soldier Field on Sept. 24, 2016, and the final two will be in Lincoln, Neb. Northern Illinois has played neutral-site games the past two years at Soldier Field against Wisconsin and Iowa, as Chicago isn’t far from NIU’s DeKalb, Ill. campus.
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 75-22; .773 Tom: 73-24; .753 Brent: 69-28; .711 Meineke Car Care Bowl: Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) – 9 p.m. ET Dec. 28
One of the hottest debates around the Big Ten Conference’s announced plan to expand to 14 schools revolves around the future look of the two divisions. Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern reside in the Legends Division while Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin are in the Leaders Division. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers poses this question: What comes next? We’ve launched a survey question in this post with three ideas for divisions. Tell us your choice and add any other feedback, too. BTN’s experts will discuss these ideas on Monday’s “Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also, the numbers tell us
There are seven Big Ten teams in bowl games. And there would be two more, if not for Ohio State and Penn State being on probation. What’s the best quarterback duel? Wheres’ the best chance for an upset? Which game is the best candidate for a good, old shootout? Here’s a look at the best of the best involving the Big Ten and bowls games. Best game: The Rose Bowl clash between Stanford and Wisconsin will be like looking in the mirror. Each school has a tough, physical, punch-you-in-the-nose offense along with an underrated defense. Not having Bret Bielema along for
On tonight’s episode of “The Football Report,” our TV analysts tackled the expansion-related topic of the Big Ten Conference football divisions. Before you watch and see what our guys think, come tell us what you think in this post. Specifically, when the conference expands beyond 12 conference members, should the Big Ten form completely new divisions? If so, what should they be? Or should the Big Ten just add each school to an existing division? Driven by the recent news that Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten, the survey below asks this division realignment question among others. BTN
We found out where the Big Ten’s seven bowl teams were headed Sunday night. Read Tom Dienhart’s early thoughts on each game here. Now, it’s time to familiarize ourselves a little more with the seven opponents. Who is the key player for each team, and why should we keep our eye on him during the bowl game? [RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule] Meet the Big Ten opponents’ key players in this photo gallery below. Click on any picture for player stats and analysis.
The announcement last week that Nebraska and Oklahoma were renewing their rivalry was great news. The teams will meet on Sept. 18, 2021 in Norman, Okla., and in Lincoln, Neb., on Sept. 17, 2022. It’s too bad these teams won’t play sooner. Regardless, in a day and age when rivalries are sometimes getting swallowed up (Texas A&M-Texas and Kansas-Missouri), reduced in frequency because of conference realignment (Iowa-Wisconsin) or just plain killed (Notre Dame-Michigan), it was good to see these iconic programs agree to play again—even if it is just two times in the near future. By the time these foes lock
The bowl matchups are set as the Big Ten filled seven of its eight bowl slots. Four of the matchups are rematches of previous bowls. Here is a quick take on each bowl, with more analysis in coming days. We’ll get to breaking down the games in some detail in the coming weeks, but who do you think wins? Let us know in the comments at the end of the post. Or fire me a note via my weekly Big Ten mailbag. [RELATED: View the final 2012 BCS Standings] Rose Bowl: Wisconsin (8-5) vs. Stanford (11-2) The teams met in
INDIANAPOLIS – Could this bizarre 2012 Big Ten season had ended any differently than this? Of course not. Wisconsin’s 70-31 pummeling of Nebraska put a fitting punctuation mark on a season that didn’t go by script. In fact, it went way off script. The Big Ten’s best team—12-0 Ohio State—couldn’t play in the Big Ten title game or go to a bowl because of probation. But it was given a trophy for winning the Leaders Division. Penn State overcame long odds playing with a depleted roster and battling through an 0-2 start to finish 8-4 and in second place in