Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema has long been a proponent of playing Big Ten games during the season’s first four weeks, and he’ll get his wish in 2013. Wisconsin announced Wednesday in a press release that it will host Purdue on Sept. 21, 2013 – also known as Week 4 – one week before the Big Ten typically starts conference play.
Now that the Big Ten and Pac-12 decided to put the kibosh on its scheduling plan across all sports, the Big Ten has a decision to make when it comes to future football schedules. Will the conference remain at eight conference games, or will it move to nine? Prior to the previous announcement with the Pac-12, it looked like the Big Ten was entertaining the latter.
(AP) The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Friday that they were scrapping plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to pull it off.
For a fifth consecutive year, ESPN will open the college basketball season with a 24-hour marathon of hoops, starting at midnight ET Tuesday, Nov. 13. The 11-game slate features 12 NCAA tournament teams from last season, including this dandy of a heavyweight battle: Michigan State-Kansas (7 p.m. ET). The game precedes Duke-Kentucky, the event’s other headliner, and pits last year’s Big Ten and Big 12 champions. See the full schedule.
The 2012-13 college bowl schedule was released Tuesday afternoon. There’s a total of 35 bowl games this upcoming season, including eight with Big Ten tie-ins.
(AP) The Rose Bowl has agreed to a 12-year extension with ESPN that will keep the game on the network through 2026. ESPN President John Skipper, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Rose Bowl officials announced the deal Thursday. Skipper called the Rose Bowl “one of sport’s most meaningful” events.
The Michigan football team announced Wednesday updates to the non-conference schedules for the 2014-16 seasons and the future schedule with Notre Dame. The highlights: Appalachian State, which upset Michigan in the 2007 season opener, will return to Michigan Stadium for the 2014 opener and Michigan will play its first Thursday night game, at Utah in the 2015 opener.
CHICAGO – Coming off its most successful season, with record ratings and 16 games featuring a top 25-ranked team, BTN will air 15 Big Ten games during the first three weekends of the 2012 college football season. Now in 51 million homes, the five-year-old network will air the debut of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State and the return of defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the first week of the season.
What does the SEC want when it comes to college football playoff? Wisconsin new quarterback is ready to get going, and Ohio State made a schedule adjustment. There’s no better way to end your work week than by getting caught up on your Big Ten football information. Just click, read and enjoy. It’s almost as easy as making microwave popcorn.
The Big Ten and ACC announced Tuesday the matchups for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge, set for Nov. 28-29, 2012. This year’s challenge marks the sixth year of the event, which has been extended through 2016.
The Big Ten announced its conference football schedules for the 2015-16 seasons. And the reactions in some precincts were interesting, which makes for a good jumping off point for Tuesday’s Big Ten grid links.
(BigTen.org) The Big Ten office announced the conference schedules for the 2015 and 2016 football seasons Monday, as approved by administrators during the Big Ten Joint Group Meetings last week in Chicago. Both the 2015 and 2016 schedules will feature all 12 teams in action the opening weekend and the last two Saturdays of Big Ten competition, while two teams will have byes during each of the other six weekends.
The 2012 Big Ten Rowing Championships take place Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. This year marks the second consecutive that the event has taken place at the course, and the event will return to Eagle Creek Park again in 2013. The 2012 Big Ten Rowing Championships are a seven-lane, finals-only event. Ohio State enters the event as defending champion after taking an 18-point margin of victory over second-place Michigan. BigTen.org has all the details, including a full event schedule.
The Big Ten Network is the home for complete coverage of Big Ten spring championships in May, televising events in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Each of these events will be produced in high definition.
Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced Tuesday that the Spartans have agreed in principle to a home-and-home football series with Pac-12 power Oregon. The two-game series will kick off Sept. 13, 2014, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., and conclude Sept. 12, 2015, at Spartan Stadium.
Here’s a really interesting story from the Associated Press about the potential for a change in the way the Big Ten baseball season rolls out. The reasoning behind some of the thinking? The Big Ten wants to give northern teams a better shot at the NCAA tournament where teams from warmer climates tend to dominate.
The Big Ten Conference announced the bracket on Sunday for the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, with conference champion Penn State earning the No. 1 seed and one of four first-round byes. The tournament is set for Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, previously known as Conseco Fieldhouse. BTN and BTN2Go will air the tournament’s first 10 games, starting with No. 7 Michigan-No. 10 Illinois at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday. The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.
Both all-session and single-session tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 27. You can buy them through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com /800-745-3000) and through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office. The tourney runs March 8 -11 and all of the games are at the Fieldhouse.
At least 27 Big Ten softball games will be broadcast on BTN this season, with a minimum of 66 additional games streamed on the digital network. A select number of streamed baseball and softball games will be televised on delay through BTN’s Student U initiative.
BTN will nationally televise at least 32 Big Ten baseball games, including the entire Big Ten Baseball Tournament. It will also stream at least 51 additional games on the Big Ten Digital Network.
The Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference have made a unique scheduling agreement that will have the football teams from each conference playing one inter-league football game, the two conferences announced on Wednesday. The conferences’ scheduling agreement will also span across all sports. Watch BTN’s interview with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany in this post and read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s exploration of the possibilities this new deal presents.
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.
The Big Ten Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament is underway at Northwestern. NUSports.com has a top-notch tournament central page with links to box scores, game trackers and schedule information. BTN TV will carry three games: Friday’s semifinals and the championship game on Sunday. Other games are available on the Big Ten Digital Network.
On Tuesday, the Big East and Big Ten conferences, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, released the schedule for the fourth annual Big Ten/Big East Baseball Challenge on Feb. 17-19. This year’s event will feature 10 Big Ten teams and nine Big East teams playing 30 games over three days to open the college baseball season. See the entire release and the full schedule at BigTen.org.
BTN announced the 2011-2012 TV schedule for Big Ten wrestling, which includes the Big Ten Championships at Purdue on March 4. Don’t forget that wrestling fans can find more wrestling events shown live on the Big Ten Digital Network.