Two legendary conferences. Two historic nights. One exclusive network.For the first time in their long, storied histories, two of America’s premier collegiate athletic conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, present their inaugural football championship games, live and in prime time on FOX.
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Saturday is still five days away. But it isn’t too early to sneak a peek at the matchups. There’s a lot riding on the line for the last weekend of regular-season action. Penn State and Wisconsin will play to decide who will advance to play Michigan State in the Big Ten title game; Purdue is trying to become bowl eligible; and it’s Ohio State-Michigan week. The storyline: The Wolverines are trying to end seven years of misery and enhance their BCS at-large resume.
On Monday night, the finalists for several prestigious end-of-the-year college football awards were released. Two Big Ten players, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, made the cut. Still is up for the Bednarik Trophy and the Outland Trophy, while Ball is in the running for the Doak Walker Award. The awards will be given out during “The Home Depot College Football Awards Show” on Dec. 8. Watch our interview with Ball from Monday night’s Pulse now.
It’s almost time to hand out the postseason hardware, as there is just one week left to impress. Many of the trophy races are still in flux, including the Player of the Year award. Who is my leader? Russell Wilson? Kirk Cousins? Montee Ball? Marcus Coker? Denard Robinson? Check out my latest Trophy Tracker.
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The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Football Players of the Week on Monday for Nov 19 games. See the winners in this post.
On tonight’s Pulse, at 6 ET, Rick, Rack and Timmy D discuss whether it will be Penn State or Wisconsin joining Michigan State, the Legends Division champion, in Indianapolis for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game. Speaking of the title game, FOX and BTN released the coverage plans Monday. Read the release here and see what else our crew will be talking about on tonight’s show in this post. Watch a web-only segment for the show now.
At a special 10:30 p.m. slot tonight, thanks to a men’s hoops doubleheader on BTN, Big Ten Breakdown takes a look at how Wisconsin’s defense made the appropriate second-half adjustments to lead to the comeback victory at Memorial Stadium. Also, Howard Griffith and Chris Martin will break down Denard Robinson’s four-touchdown performance in Michigan’s big win over Nebraska