Football

Dienhart: Early NFL entrants may be few

The Big Ten already has seen two top underclassmen officially declare for the draft: Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus and Iowa OT Riley Reiff. And one report has Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy bolting (read the report), while many speculate that Wisconsin RB Montee Ball will opt for the NFL, too.

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Did You See This? Eddie George as Caesar

A month ago, our friends over at LostLettermen.com alerted us that former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George would be playing Julius Caesar at the upcoming Nashville Shakespeare Festival. The news is for real, and you can watch George as Caesar in a promo video from the NashvilleShakesorg YouTube page in this post. The festival runs Jan. 12-29 at the Troutt Theater on the campus of Belmont University.

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Dienhart: My Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll

The bowl season is over, with the Big Ten forging a 4-6 mark in the postseason. Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Illinois all scored victories. Wisconsin and Ohio State lost close games, while Northwestern’s comeback against  Texas A&M came up just short and Iowa fell as well. Penn State? Nebraska? Maybe they will do better next season. Here’s a look at the best of the bowl season in my Honor Roll. Tell me what you think in the comments at the end of my post.

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Dienhart: Breaking down the Sugar Bowl

Throughout the bowl season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on the Big Ten’s record 10 bowl games. Find Dienhart’s reaction to Michigan’s exciting overtime victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday in this post.

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Sugar Bowl: Michigan beats Va. Tech in OT

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Wolverines Talk Sugar Bowl Win

(AP) Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime to lift Michigan to a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night. The victory capped an impressive debut season for head coach Brady Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory. Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway. Virginia Tech (11-3) had more than double Michigan’s total yards, 377-184, and had 22 first downs to Michigan’s 12. Read the full AP recap, get Tom Dienhart’s reaction, see the box score, check out our photo gallery and don’t forget about our 2011-12 bowl schedule. And get your Sugar Bowl Champs gear here in our BTN,com store.

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