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The Big Ten Conference office announced its 2012 Medal of Honor winners Thursday, honoring 24 student-athletes from 13 different sports. One of the most prestigious conference awards in college athletics, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.”
So much for the Michigan football program’s struggles. After suffering through the worst three-year period in program history (15-22), the Wolverines came out of nowhere to card an 11-2 record, including their first BCS win since 2000, in Year 1 of the Brady Hoke regime. Naysayers will argue the schedule played out perfectly for Michigan in 2011, but 11-2 is 11-2 no matter how you slice it. And the Wolverines did beat ranked foes, drilling Nebraska and nipping Virginia Tech, both of which were ranked No. 17, in addition to finally topping Ohio State.
Perhaps you heard Spartan Stadium will have new scoreboards in 2012. Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know: The board’s video screen will be the fifth largest in the country, according to AD Mark Hollis. More important, the school says the $10 million project will give Michigan State the biggest scoreboard in Michigan. In other words, it will be bigger than anything at Michigan Stadium. It’s called a rivalry for a reason, people. See a picture of the scoreboard in this post and see more here.
The trenches are where games are won–ask any coach. And the Big Ten, led by a strong crop in the Leaders Division, has some good defensive fronts that will rate among the best in the nation. Where does your Big Ten school’s defensive line rank? Check out my entire list in this post. Don’t agree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings.
Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten passing yards leader, the second in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Passing TDs. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post.
Take a quick spin around the Big Ten to get your Wednesday football fix. You won’t regret it. In fact, it’s 100 percent guaranteed.