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Bedeviled by the Big Ten

The Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off last night, and it was (as expected) a good night for the midwesterners. The Big Ten now leads the Challenge four games to two heading into tonight’s action. Let’s run down how the good guys got there.

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Ball, Still take Big Ten POY Honors

The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday the winners of the top five individual awards for the 2011 football season. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Devon Still was named the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was named the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.

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What if this wasn't the first Big Ten title game?

Last summer in conjunction with WhatIfSports, rolled out two related hypothetical questions: What if Nebraska had been in the Big Ten since 1996? And what if the Big Ten had been playing with two divisions leading up to a  title game since that year, too? Using the software from WhatIfSports, we generated each season’s possible outcome, including actual box scores. The results were rather intriguing. For example, check out the results for the 1996 Big Ten season.

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Get your 2011 All-Big Ten teams & award winners

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Russell Wilson & Montee Ball Talk Big Ten Awards

BTN announced the 2011 All-Big Ten Football Teams and several individual award winners on a special hour-long show Monday night, hosted by Dave Revsine. As always, the All-Big Ten Teams consist of first- and second-team selections from both the conference’s coaches and media.

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Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

It’s Monday, and there are no Big Ten men’s hoops games for the first time since Nov. 10. That means it’s the perfect time to release my latest power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands at that time. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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