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10:55 AMB1G Championship - Session IWatch
11:00 AMMcKendree at IndianaWatch
11:00 AMB1G Championship - PrelimsWatch
2:00 PMArkansas at Michigan St.Watch
2:00 PMSyracuse at Penn St.Watch
3:00 PMNorth Carolina at MarylandWatch
5:00 PMMinnesota St. at WisconsinWatch
5:07 PMBemidji St. at MinnesotaWatch

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Dienhart: My Pre-Championship Big Ten Mailbag

You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag leading up to the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship. Questions about Michigan State’s All-Big Ten picks, Big Ten expansion and, of course, the league title game highlight this week’s mail bag. I’m surprised that Michigan State did not have more players represented on the All-Big Ten teams as voted by the coaches and media. It won the Legends Division and will play in the first ever Big Ten championship game. How some respect for the Spartans? -James Hert Often times, good teams aren’t filled with myriad stars. And that’s often

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

Last summer in conjunction with WhatIfSports, BTN.com 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 WhatIfSports.com results for the 1996 Big Ten season. And with some help from our friends at Narrative Science, we even produced a game story for a selected game of

Get your 2011 All-Big Ten teams & award winners

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. Spoiler alert: Wisconsin RB Montee Ball, who has scored a Big Ten record 34 touchdowns, is the Big Ten’s only unanimous choice. Watch our interview with Ball and Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson now. And check out all of our Monday interviews here. The inaugural award winners included only the positional awards, as offensive, defensive, freshman and coach

Live chat: Answers from BTN.com's Dienhart

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart chatted with readers Monday (check out his previous chats in the BTN.com chat archives).  Look back at the Q&A he conducted with Big Ten football fans and be sure to read his work all week long.

Big Ten honors 6 players for Week 13

The Big Ten handed out its weekly Football Players of the Week for Week 13, and the final week of the season produced plenty of honorees. Six players were honored, including two offensive and defensive players of the week. See the winners in this post. Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Denard Robinson, Michigan, Jr., QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach Accounted for five touchdowns and more than 330 yards of total offense, becoming just the fourth player in NCAA history to gain 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a season twice in his career Completed 14 of 17 passes

Predicting Big Ten Football Honors

BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of several Big Ten football awards during the All-Conference Selection Special at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday. For the fifth straight year, Dave Revsine will host the show, alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Select award winners will be interviewed during the 60-minute program. Read the full release on our show. See BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s predictions for superlative winners and All-Big Ten First Team in this post. Also, as for the Big Ten’s new trophies, check out BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s Trophy Tracker. Offensive Player of the Year: Montee

Final Football Power Rankings

Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 13 saw Wisconsin clinch the Leaders Division and a spot in the Big Ten title game. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. 1. Wisconsin (10-2, 6-2) – Here’s a stat for you: Montee Ball hasn’t run for fewer than 156 yards or scored fewer than three touchdowns

Dienhart: Week 13 Snap Reactions

Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. See Tom’s Week 13 Snap Reactions in this post. Michigan State 31, Northwestern 17. Despite essentially having nothing to play for, the Spartans showed laser focus in dispatching a Wildcat team that had won four in a row. Now Michigan State advances to the Big Ten title game in a rematch with Wisconsin, needing a win to advance to the program’s first Rose Bowl since the 1988 season. Purdue 33, Indiana 25. The

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week

BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances and quotes from Week 13 in this post. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska – The Huskers running back received a school-record 36 carries the day after Thanksgiving, and he took advantage of it, running for 160 yards and a touchdown in Nebraska’s victory over Iowa on senior day in Lincoln. Lavonte David, Nebraska – Another week, another impressive day from David, as the star

Purdue tops Indiana, takes back Bucket

(AP) Ralph Bolden scored one touchdown, Caleb TerBush threw for another and Carson Wiggs made four field goals Saturday to lead Purdue past Indiana 33-25 for the Old Oaken Bucket. The victory makes Purdue (6-6, 4-4 Big Ten) bowl-eligible for the first time under coach Danny Hope. But the Boilermakers are not guaranteed a bowl spot because 10 Big Ten teams are eligible for the league’s eight bowl berths. The milestone victory also was tarnished by a third-quarter injury to Bolden, who appeared to injure his right knee and did not finish the game. Indiana (1-10, 0-8) finished the season