Earlier this week I helped take a look at who might land in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship game. Well, the road to that big game starts Saturday as Big Ten teams put a rocky non-conference run behind them and focus on pounding on each other. In this post, I take a close look at all six games, and then I’m headed to East Lansing to cover Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday.
Saturday marks the beginning of Big Ten play. For the next eight weeks, Big Ten teams will be battling for their respective division crowns and a berth in the annual Big Ten title game. Who will make it to Indy? We’re only four weeks into the season, but BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to share their best guesses.
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Add a Twitter hashtag to the growing list of new features we’ll see during Saturday’s highly anticipated Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten opener. That’s right, “#Huskers” has been added to the field at Memorial Stadium. And the hashtag should get plenty of play on the social media site, what with the two teams wearing much-talked-about adidas alternate uniforms and special cleats.
We are less than a week away from the debut of a show that every Big Ten football fan will want to see. “The Journey 2012″ debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the show’s producers head out to this weekend’s games in order to take viewers inside the Big Ten football season with behind-the-scenes access. In the spotlight this week: Ohio State’s John Simon, Penn State’s Michael Mauti, and Michigan’s Denard Robinson.
Conference play is here – and not a moment too soon. I don’t say that for the reasons you might think (though I’m certainly not complaining about not having to discuss which game this weekend is most important for the Big Ten’s national reputation).
The Gophers can thank one specific unit for their early rise this season. Wisconsin has a new face in the backfield and he looks electric. Penn State does something interesting with their offensive lineman each week, and the Wisconsin-Nebraska game is becoming a new rivalry. And where is Nebraska looking when it comes to finding a new athletic director? Read about all of this and more in today’s Big Ten links.