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Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls

There are seven Big Ten teams in bowl games. And there would be two more, if not for Ohio State and Penn State being on probation. What’s the best quarterback duel? Wheres’ the best chance for an upset? Which game is the best candidate for a good, old shootout? Here’s a look at the best of the best involving the Big Ten and bowls games. Best game: The Rose Bowl clash between Stanford and Wisconsin will be like looking in the mirror. Each school has a tough, physical, punch-you-in-the-nose offense along with an underrated defense. Not having Bret Bielema along for

Big Ten Classics: Watch 2000 Rose Bowl on BTN2Go

In our latest Big Ten football classic, we’ve dug up the 2000 Rose Bowl because the two teams involved will sound familiar – Wisconsin and Stanford. We’ve clipped off a piece of the game here for you to watch. Spoiler alert, Badger fans: It’s a touchdown drive. Watch the entire 2000 Rose Bowl game on BTN2Go. We’ve got a few other worthwhile video clips in this post. They include a look at Barry Alvarez on “Big Ten Icons” and a complete look at the Badgers’ magical 1993 season, too. Watch them all on BTN2Go. Wisconsin won the 2000 Rose Bowl game against Stanford

What should happen to Big Ten divisions?

On tonight’s episode of “The Football Report,” our TV analysts tackled the expansion-related topic of the Big Ten Conference football divisions. Before you watch and see what our guys think, come tell us what you think in this post. Specifically, when the conference expands beyond 12 conference members, should the Big Ten form completely new divisions? If so, what should they be? Or should the Big Ten just add each school to an existing division? Driven by the recent news that Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten, the survey below asks this division realignment question among others. BTN

Did You See This? Barry Alvarez Rose Bowl sign

Wisconsin fans are excited to have former coach and current AD Barry Alvarez on board to guide the Badgers in the 2013 Rose Bowl vs. Stanford. And who can blame them? Not only is Alvarez a school legend who made Wisconsin football relevant, he’s a perfect 3-0 in the Rose Bowl. [RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule] That’s terrific news for the Badgers, who have lost the last two Rose Bowls, to TCU and Oregon, respectively. This time around, Wisconsin fans are hopeful the team’s luck turns, evidenced by the creative “Let’s Barry Stanford” sign in the photo above. Alvarez

Video: Full Barry Alvarez press conference

Here’s the full video of the Thursday’s press conference at Wisconsin where the school’s athletic director Barry Alvarez announced he would coach the team in the Rose Bowl. Alvarez spoke at length about the departure of Bret Bielema, among other topics , too. We had a short clip of this even up quickly on Thursday, but some technical difficulties kept us from getting entire piece up sooner. We apologize. Read a good recap of the event here, read BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart on the news of the event here, and be sure to bookmark our video vault where we flow every piece of online video.

Badgers RB Ball wins Doak Walker

Wiscosnin senior Montee Ball was named the best running back in college football Thursday when he was presented with the Doak Walker Award during The Home Depot College Football Awards at Walt Disney World. He also was named to the Walter Camp All-America team for the second-consecutive season. Ball finished ahead of Kenjon Barner of Oregon and Johnathan Franklin of UCLA. Ball is becomes Wisconsin’s second Doak Walker Award winner, joining 1999 winner Ron Dayne. Compare each of Bell’s season here: Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs 2009 Wisc 9 98 391 4.0 4 9

Dienhart: It's Alvarez for now, but who's next?

A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez addressed the media today, commenting on a variety of subjects. First and foremost: Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl after being asked to do so by the players. He will oversee things, letting the coaches assemble the game plan. Alvarez went 118-73-4 from 1990-2005 as

Alvarez to coach Badgers in Rose Bowl

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez announced Thursday morning that he will coach the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl after the Badgers players asked him to lead them in Pasadena. “My first concern is about the players,” Alvarez said as he explained the decision. After Bret Bielema accepted the job as football coach at Arkansas, Alvarez said he was contacted by Wisconsin co-captain Mike Taylor and said the players told him they would like Alvarez to coach them in the Rose Bowl. “I told him I would be honored to coach them,” Alvarez said. “I wanted them (the players) to

BTN to air Alvarez announcement live Thursday

Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez will address the school’s head football coach position in a press conference at 11 a.m. ET Thursday in the Kohl Center media room. BTN will air the announcement live, and you can also watch it on BTN2Go. On Wednesday, former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema was introduced at Arkansas. [Madison.com: Barry Alvarez to coach UW in Rose Bowl] Alvarez said he was surprised when Bielema told him he was taking the Arkansas job, but thanked him for his work over the past seven seasons as head coach, both on and off the field. Bielema will be

Big Ten mailbag: Bielema, Hazell, & expansion

Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing. Read all about that—and more. And send me your latest questions and comments at the bottom of this post. I think Bret Bielema is the first Big Ten head coach to leave for another job since Nick Saban bolted Michigan State for LSU in 1999. Why are some writers making it out like there’s a mass exodus of coaches from the conference? – Jonathan I can’t speak