Both coaches in Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship spoke with our crew in Indianapolis as part of Friday night’s “Big Ten Football Report.” Watch both interviews in this post. Remember: Our coverage continues Saturday with “#BTNLive” from Indianapolis at 11 a.m. ET, our “Championship Pregame Show” at 6:30 p.m., and full post-game coverage after the game. BTN.com will also be live blogging the entire game. Watch Bielema talk to our BTN crew in Indianapolis. Watch Pelini talk to our BTN crew.
Injuries are a key factor in any game, and this game is no different. Nebraska will miss the presence of tackle Baker Steinkuhler on the interior of the defensive line. The Huskers need Chase Rome—among others—to step up with Steinkuhler out. And center Justin Jackson is out. It will be Mark Pelini or Cole Pensick at center. In other news, Wisconsin got good news this week when linebacker Chris Borland was cleared to play after hurting a hamstring against Indiana on Nov. 10, forcing him to miss the last two games. His presence will be key in trying to slow
This should be fun. The 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, that is. People will argue it’s not going to be much of a game, because it doesn’t feature the Big Ten’s top team – 12-0 Leaders Division champ Ohio State – it’s a rematch of a game earlier this season, and it includes a 7-5 Wisconsin team that has lost three of its last four. True. True. And true. Still, that’s not to say we should expect a dud Saturday night. For starters, let’s not forget the teams played to an entertaining 30-27 decision Sept. 29 at Memorial Stadium.
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same for the Big Ten title game and bowl season. Heading into the title game, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings. Congrats! You are two games ahead of Dienhart and six in front of Yarina. See our title game predictions and choose your winner in this post. Nebraska (10-2, 7-1) Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4) – 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, FOX SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans 75-21 .781
Our documentary-style show ‘The Journey 2012″ is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship, and they’ll be capturing the action all day Saturday right through the game. But you”ll also want to check out the Instagram account run by the crew from “The Journey 2012” this weekend, too. They’re posting some cool shots today. We’ve gathered a few in this post, but find the rest on Instagram. Have a look below. You can watch every episode from this season on BTN2go using the links below: Also on BTN2Go Episode 1: Oct. 3, 2012 Episode 2: Oct. 10, 2012 Episode
The Big Ten title game is almost upon us, and who better to break down Nebraska and Wisconsin than coordinators from other Big Ten schools? I dialed up six Big Ten coordinators from both sides of the ball and talked off the record with the guys who watched film, prepared game plans and stared down each team on a Saturday this fall. I asked them for their frank, candid and unvarnished analysis of each team. Here is a collection of what they told me about each team. TEAM STATISTICS Nebraska Opponents SCORING 425 271 Points Per Game 35.4 22.6 FIRST DOWNS
Tune into BTN/BTN2Go and BTN.com leading up to the and through Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship for extensive coverage from Indianapolis this weekend. Join BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com editor Brent Yarina for a live blog from the press box. In addition to their analysis and observations we’ll be adding selected in-game highlights, photos, tweets and quarterly game stories. On Friday, BTN airs the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Dienhart will have updates from those events and Yarina will be filing posts throughout Friday afternoon. Bookmark our Big Ten Football Championship section,
Act Two of the Big Ten title game is almost upon us, but it will be difficult to top last year’s 42-39 sprint that Wisconsin won over Michigan State. Still, Wisconsin and Nebraska will try. Like last year’s Badgers-Spartans game, this year’s Badgers-Huskers game is a rematch of a scintillating regular-season meeting. On that Saturday night Sept. 29 in Lincoln, Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez led Nebraska on four consecutive scoring drives in the second half to erase a 17-point hole to notch a 30-27 victory (watch the video in this post). In that game, Nebraska had 440 yards; Wisconsin had
Three days away, the field at Lucas Oil Stadium is ready to host the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night. The B1G Championship Game logo has been added to midfield, the “B1G” logo to the 25-yard lines, and the school names to the end zones. See a photo, courtesy of @B1GFootball, in this post. [AP: 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game preview] The game pits Legends Division champ Nebraska versus Wisconsin, which finished third in the Leaders Division but advances due to Ohio State and Penn State being on postseason bans. Like last year, the inaugural event,
The 2012 All-Big Ten Football Teams were announced Monday night on BTN. Dave Revsine hosted the 60-minute special that included analysis from Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Chris Martin and interviews with several of the Big Ten’s individual award winners, including Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. See both of the teams in this post. Earlier Monday, BTN.com released its 2012 All-Big Ten teams. Here’s a look at the Coaches Team: 2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team as Selected by Conference Coaches FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State Running Back Ameer Abdullah,