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 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
The 2012 All-Big Ten Football Teams were announced Monday night on BTN. Dave Revsine hosted the 60-minute special that included analysis from Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Chris Martin and interviews with several of the Big Ten’s individual award winners, including Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. See both of the teams in this post. Earlier Monday, BTN.com released its 2012 All-Big Ten teams. Here’s a look at the Coaches Team: 2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team as Selected by Conference Coaches FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State Running Back Ameer Abdullah,
BTN will announce the 2012 Big Ten All-Big Ten teams at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Before the lists are made official on our 60-minute special, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their first-teams and superlative winners. See who made the teams in this post. Who did we miss? Tell us your teams in the comment section at the bottom of the post. ALL-BIG TEN OFFENSE BRENT TOM QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State* Braxton Miller, Ohio State* RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State WR Allen Robinson, Penn State Allen Robinson,
The regular season is over. All that’s left is the Big Ten title game, which could alter the Big Ten bowl projections at the top of the pecking order. We know this for sure: seven teams will go bowling, as Purdue and Michigan State punched their tickets with wins on Saturday to join Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern and Minnesota. That means the Big Ten won’t be able to fill its eighth and final bowl spot in the Little Caesar’s Bowl. If Ohio State and Penn State weren’t on probation, the Big Ten bowl ranks would swell to nine. The Big
This is the final edition of the 2012 Big Ten power rankings. And it’s pretty clear who the two best teams in the Big Ten are: Ohio State and Nebraska. Alas, they can’t meet in the conference title game, as the Buckeyes are on probation. But Ohio State finished 12-0, including a 63-38 win over the Cornhuskers in Columbus earlier this season. So, the Buckeyes must be best, right? [RELATED: Big Ten Player Rankings] See the final power rankings in the photo gallery below. About Tom Dienhart BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big
Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis, it’s time to check out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 13 predictions. For the second straight week, it was a perfect showing for BTN.com fans, who now stand two games ahead of Dienhart in the season standings. Dienhart and I both went 5-1, as the former missed Michigan-Ohio State and latter Indiana-Purdue. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 75-21; .781 Tom: 73-23; .760 Brent: 69-27; .719 Nebraska 13, Iowa 7 Tom’s pick: Nebraska, 35-13 – This will be like a de facto
There’s a trio of Big Ten teams ranked in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. No. 12 Nebraska paces the group, while No. 19 Michigan and No. 22 Northwestern round out the Big Ten contingent. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings] Nebraska moved up two spots following its win at Iowa, Michigan stayed put despite a loss at Ohio State, and Northwestern moved back into the poll after dismantling rival Illinois. Perfect Ohio State (12-0, 8-0), which is ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll, is not eligible for the BCS Standings. Neither is 8-4 Penn State.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 13? Find out in this post. WEEK 13 GAME BALLS 1. Robert Marve, QB, Purdue: 20-29, 348 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT – You know the story by now, that Marve is playing on one knee and will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL following the season. That surgery
Every Saturday throughout the Big Ten football action, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his immediate thoughts from every Big Ten game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Purdue and Norhtwestern’s convincing wins over Indiana and Illinois, respectively. Purdue 56, Indiana 35 1. The Boilermakers showed guts and guile in winning their last three games to become bowl eligible for a second season in a row for the first time since 2006-07. And this one was close, being tied 35-35 late before Purdue scored three touchdowns in a four-and-a-half minute span to seal the victory and win the Old Oaken Bucket