Predictions. Everyone has them, and rarely do people prognosticate correctly. As the saying goes, that’s why they play the game. I’ve been burned with predictions several times, the most recent one coming when I said Illinois was for real and a Rose Bowl contender. We all know how that turned out! With the calendar flipping to 2012 Sunday, it’s time to offer up some more educated guesses, posted in a multiple choice test format to give it a different wrinkle. Feel free to post your answers or fill in your “other” selection in the comment box. The predictions are listed in chronological order and, just for clarity, many of the football ones take into account likely early NFL departures.
How exciting would it be to see Wisconsin play USC in the Rose Bowl to kick off a season? Well, It could happen under a new partnership announced today by the Big Ten and Pac-12 that will include inter-conference scheduling across all sports as well as cross-promotion on each league’s TV network.
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And they’re off! Conference play began last night, and we’ve already been treated to a close game and a Wisconsin blowout–two things we’ll probably see plenty of over the next two-and-a-half months. Let’s get to the details.
Rivals.com’s Dallas Jackson released his 2011 RivalsHigh.com All-American Team on Wednesday, and a few future Big Ten talents made the cut. All three of the honorees play defense: Five-star defensive end Noah Spence (Ohio State) and four-star linebackers Vince Biegel (Wisconsin) and James Ross (Michigan). See Rivals.com’s entire All-American team. The team includes 11 players who are currently undecided, so there could be more future Big Ten products on the list.
Wisconsin and Oregon met the Rose Bowl media on Wednesday at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown. There, as they do leading up to any game during the season, the Badgers and Ducks fielded reporters’ questions. The crowd was bigger, though, considering this is the Granddaddy of Them All. Oh, and there was also some fun, with the players taking their turns on Big Buck Hunter. See a picture of Nick Toon playing the game in this post, plus other Rose Bowl pictures.
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Maybe you say it every year: This is the season that I’ll go to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Or maybe you go every year and you’re feeling lucky. Now’s the time to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip To The Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2012 Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. The prize package includes tickets to all of the tournament games, flights to Indianapolis, and hotel accommodations. Enter over on our BTN contest page.
(AP) Ryan Evans scored a career-high 22 points and No. 11 Wisconsin defeated injury-plagued Nebraska 64-40 in the Cornhuskers’ inaugural Big Ten game Tuesday night. The Huskers closed within five points early in the second half, but the Badgers went on a 27-5 run to put the game out of reach. Jordan Taylor added 15 points as the Badgers (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth consecutive Big Ten opener. Toney McCray led the Huskers (8-4, 0-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Read the full AP recap, view the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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