BTN/BTN2Go announced the 2013 All-Big Ten Football Teams Monday night on “BTN Football Report: All-Conference Selection Show.” Before the teams became official, the BTN.com panel offered its All-Big Ten selections.
After an unpredictable year that saw possibly the strongest collection of teams in conference history, the postseason has finally arrived. The Big Ten tied a conference record on Sunday when, for the fifth time in league history, eight teams were selected to the NCAA Volleyball Championship.
It was while watching a Purdue team fall to Nebraska in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament last year that I assured my colleague, Tom Dienhart, that the Boilermakers were simply in a rebounding season. They would be back next year, I told him, and I had no reservations about that.
Recently, a former Penn State football player was inducted into a hall of fame in Ohio, but it had little to do with his athletic ability.
No. 2 Penn State (28-2, 19-1) extended its winning streak to 19 consecutive matches in a 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 26-24) come-from-behind victory on the road at Nebraska (23-6, 16-4) Saturday evening.
My final Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, remain relatively unchanged after the final week of regular-season action. There are some potential debates. Like, should Minnesota be ahead of Nebraska? Still, there is no arguing about who the top two teams are.
A lot went on during the final weekend of the regular season, with Ohio State and Michigan State ending with wins to set up a clash between a 12-0 and 11-1 teams in the Big Ten title game. It should be a great battle. Here’s what I learned. Hang on, there’s a lot to cover.