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B1G Championship Game tickets go on sale Saturday

Tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. ET. The second annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 1, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will begin at 8:17 p.m. ET on FOX. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets range from $50 to $125 depending on seat location and orders will be limited to eight tickets. In addition, every Big Ten Football Championship Game ticket will allow complimentary admission to

Big Ten Web Links: More Penn State reaction

News about the NCAA sanctions against Penn State dominated the headlines Monday. Seemingly everyone around the nation had a take, and for the most part agreed with the severe sanctions levied by NCAA prez Mark Emmert. But here are a few aspects of the story that didn’t get as much play. For starters, amid the penalties it was announced that any players already on the Penn State roster could transfer to any school immediately and be eligible. This is devastating news for the Nittany Lions. REDD ON THE MOVE? There already has been this report that running back Silas Redd

Reader Mail: Can Spartans drop Wolverines again?

You have questions. And, of course, I have answers. It’s time for my latest Big Ten Mailbag and my readers brought some solid questions this week. What’s on your mind? Football, naturally. In this week’s edition, I’m asked if Michigan State can continue its dominance over instate rival Michigan and if a Big Ten city could bid for the national championship game? See all of my answers to your questions in this post. And, as always, thanks for all of the questions! Please tell me that Indiana will beat Indiana State in the season opener? – Ben You have to

Big Ten Daily Links: See Friday's best clicks

It’s Friday … it’s late July … but the Big Ten football news never sleeps. DELANY TALK: If the Chronicle of Higher Learning has its way, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany could be given the power to fire coaches. Crazy. The report had the nation stirring. Of course, this is all in response to the revelations in the Freeh Report on the Penn State scandal, which exposed a cover up by the university leaders—including Joe Paterno–of horrific sex crimes of former coach Jerry Sandusky. Empowering Delany may sound good in theory, but how would a conference commissioner know what’s going

BTN to Air Thursday's Football Media Day Live

BTN will kick off the 2012 Big Ten football season Thursday, July 26, with nearly five hours of live televised coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days from the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. The show also will be available on BTN2Go. Mike Hall and Chris Martin will anchor the network’s coverage from the BTN studios beginning at 11a.m. ET. Coverage will include full press conferences for all 12 head coaches, as well as Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials Bill Carollo.  BTN will also re-air the press conferences at 8 p.m. ET

Did You See This? Ex-Badger J.J. Watt vending machine

How do you know you’re a big deal? When your likeness is plastered on a vending machine, that’s how. Former Wisconsin defensive end and current Houston Texan J.J. Watt now knows the feeling. The ex-Badger is featured on a vending machine that @JJWFoundation tweeted Thursday. Watt’s Twitter response: “Wow. I hope it dispenses sacks at will.” Indeed. Watt was one of the Big Ten’s elite pass rushers in 2010, finishing the season with seven sacks, nine pass deflections and 10 quarterback hurries. He totaled 5.5 sacks as rookie last season. Wow. I hope it dispenses sacks at will… -> “@JJWFoundation:

Is Wisconsin RB Montee Ball underrated? Yes!

Is it possible for the Big Ten’s best football player to be underrated? I ask only because I think Montee Ball is being slighted by media and non-Wisconsin fans alike entering the 2012 season. Yes, I’m saying the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist is underrated. Plain and simple, the senior back who’s fresh off a season in which he scored 39 – 39!!! – touchdowns and ran for 1,923 yards isn’t getting the respect he deserves. Instead, he’s almost viewed as a product of Wisconsin’s system. In other words, his numbers are downplayed because the critics feel any talented running back can

Retweet this: Top 7/18 tweets

Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives and put their personalities on display in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and enlighten in the process. Our goal is to present these tweets to our Big Ten fans, whether they’re on Twitter or not. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Wednesday in this post. hate when I forget to put out the trash and I have to run outside to put the trash out before they leave my street! Neighbors think I'm fast — Mitch king

Ball, Robinson land on Phil Steele's Heisman list

The Summer of Steele continued Wednesday, as well-respected prognosticator Phil Steele posted his favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. Few things are more meaningless and yet hugely popular than preseason Heisman hopefuls — or preseason polls, for that matter — so don’t treat this as science. Steele’s list of the top 10 candidates, to no surprise, includes Montee Ball and Denard Robinson. See what Steele says about the two Big Ten stars in this post. [PhilSteele.com: Who will win this year’s Heisman?] 6. Montee Ball – “Ball was a Heisman finalist in ‘11 and tied Barry Sanders’ single season TD

Debate It: Discussing 9-Game Schedule Idea

Now that the Big Ten and Pac-12 decided to put the kibosh on its scheduling plan across all sports, the Big Ten has a decision to make when it comes to future football schedules. Will the conference remain at eight conference games, or will it move to nine? Prior to the previous announcement with the Pac-12, it looked like the Big Ten was entertaining the latter. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina give their separate thoughts on the merits of an eight- and nine-game conference slate in this post. Tell them what you think the