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Tuesday Oct 25
4:00 PMVirginia at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMColumbia at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMSt. Louis at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMDelaware at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMW. Illinois at WisconsinWatch
Wednesday Oct 26
6:00 PMMichigan at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMAkron at Ohio St.Watch
7:00 PMOhio St. at Penn St.Watch

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Big Ten products up for 2012 ESPY Awards

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years, huh? The 2012 ESPY Awards will mark the 20th installment of ESPN’s annual awards show. It all happens Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. As is the case every year, Big Ten products are up for their share of awards. See all of the Big Ten nominees in this post. Also, you can vote on the ESPY Awards here. Best Record-Breaking Performance Drew Brees Mike Krzyzewski Mariano Rivera Lexi Thompson Brees, a Purdue product, broke NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s single-season record for most passing yards, with What if there was playoff last 6 years?’s Matt Hinton is a playoff advocate, so he must have been thrilled with Tuesday’s news that a four-team playoff is official. If his latest work is any indication, he can’t wait for the 2014 field to be determined. Curiously wondering what the playoff would have looked like in recent years, Hinton recently scribed a post that includes the playoff bracket for each of the past six seasons. [ Playoff Precedents: College football has its bracket, but is it going to work?] It’s a good thing Hinton goes back six seasons, because the 2006 campaign was the one where Ohio

Delany, Hollis, others react to playoff reality

In case you missed it Tuesday night, a committee of university presidents approved a four-team college football playoff, which will debut in the 2014 season and run for 12 years. Get Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Michigan State AD Mark Hollis’ thoughts on the decision in this post, plus see relevant tweets from across the nation. [Dienhart: Let’s Get This Playoff Party Started] Delany “The Big Ten Conference is pleased with the decision made by the presidential oversight committee to implement a four-team playoff for college football. We feel that this system will protect the regular season, preserve the

Big Ten Links: Tracking the Playoff Buzz

Where were you on the day college football changed forever? Yes, Tuesday was one of those iconic days when we all will remember where we were at when the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee officially adopted a four-team playoff, set to begin in 2014. Now here’s a look at what some of the leading pundits think of the new postseason structure today. You know what I think; come tell me what you think in the comments box, by email to my mailbag, or via Twitter and Facebook. All of my contact info is at the end of this post. Listen up:

Dienhart: Let's Get This Playoff Party Started

Make a note of this day. It’s memorable. It’s historic. It’s the day college football changed forever with the adoption of a four-team playoff. Today in Washington, the BCS presidential oversight committee rubberstamped a four-team playoff that was endorsed by conference commissioners and Notre Dame. The four-team configuration will be in place for 12 years beginning with 2014. Every sport in America concluded its season with a playoff—even FCS, Division II and Division III football. But not major college football. Those days are finished. Thank goodness. Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany seemed pleased, citing the

Presidents approve college football playoff

(AP) Playoffs and tournaments long have determined champions of every college sport from baseball to bowling. The exception was major college football. That ended Tuesday. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents approved a plan for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the top football conferences. [Dienhart: Let’s Get This Playoff Party Started] For years, the decision-makers had balked at any type of playoff because they said it would diminish the importance of the regular season. If only two teams had a chance to win a championship in the postseason, even one loss could

Dienhart: Get Ready To Embrace Football Playoff

It’s so close, you can see it. There’s one last hurdle to clear. And then, the holy grail of college football will be reached: a playoff. I still can’t believe it. After years of wanting, wondering and dreaming about a college football playoff, it could become a reality as soon as today, when the BCS commissioners will present their playoff proposal to the 12-member presidential oversight committee in Washington. If the guys wearing the mortar boards who sit behind massive mahogany desks in ivy covered ivory towers rubber stamp the idea, it will be full steam ahead to a playoff

After the Fall: Who's Coming Back From Injuries?

Injuries can have a cruel way of twisting the fate of team. Lose a key player and a team’s season can take an entirely different direction. Just ask Purdue, which has had more than its share of key players injured in recent seasons, or Penn State, which saw several key players go down in 2011. As the summer progresses and we get closer to the fall, here’s my look at the top players who are battling back from injuries that cost them some or all of last season. It includes looks at Purdue’s Ralph Bolden and Rob Henry, Wisconsin’s David

Catch Up With Monday's Big Ten Links

It’s Monday. And I have all the top Big Ten grid links right here, including some news on rankings. Who doesn’t love rankings? Am I right, people? Of course I am. The Lincoln Journal Star has assembled a 1-12 ordering of its “dandy dozen” Big Ten players for 2012. What do you think? Having Wisconsin running back Montee Ball No. 1 is what they call in the biz a “no brainer.” But Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead at No. 2? Hmmmm. I’m not so sure about that. Nothing against Rexy. He’s a great back. But I would put Michigan State

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to look back at the most popular stories from the week that was. Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. Enjoy, Big Ten fans. 10. Iowa’s new practice facility taking shape The Iowa football team will have a new indoor practice facility when it opens practice in August. The 100,000-square foot, fixed-roof facility is a vast improvement over “The Bubble” that the team has used the past 27 years. With August fast approaching, @HawkeyeFootball tweeted a few pictures of the facility. 9. ranks BCS teams since 2007