Found November 30, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
          Saturday’s match-up between the #13 Michigan State Spartans and #15 Wisconsin Badgers is not only the rematch for one of college football’s most dramatic endings this season, it’s also the deciding factor in which team takes home the Big Ten Title and represents the conference in the Rose Bowl. If the Badgers are to win, they will need to rely heavily on their high-octane offense led by Heisman contenders Russell Wilson and Montee Ball as well as the commonly overlooked offensive line. WISC Analysis: Prior to the Badgers-Spartans meeting in late October, the Badgers were starting to be included in talk for the national championship game. However, true road games turned out to be a massive road-block for Wisconsin as the Badgers dropped back-to-back games at East Lansing and Columbus, both on heart-breaking long throws near the end of the game. Since then, the Badgers have been on a mission to get back to that elite level while outscoring their last four opponents 177-54,...

Ball named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

MADISON, Wis. At the astounding rate that Montee Ball scored touchdowns this regular season, it seemed only a matter of time before the accolades rolled in for the talented Wisconsin running back. On Wednesday, Ball chalked up another honor, with perhaps more to come. The Big Ten announced that Ball had been named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year. Ball, a junior...

5 Things I Learned About College Football This Weekend – Week 13 Review

Calling for five upsets (well, picking the underdogs) in my Top Five Picks probably wasn’t the safest thing to do…but, as they say, no guts, no glory.  What we all should have learned about college football this weekend was this: during rivalry weeks, forget about picking games and just enjoy them. Here are the 5 Things I Learned About College Football This Weekend: LSU-Alabama...

Too Many Sports Too Little Time

Between Football, Basketball, and the NFL, I can't believe my marriage is still in tact. It was a tough game for the basketball team, but the week could still be a good one for Badger fans with a Rose Bowl birth and state bragging rights for basketball on the line. Basketball Jack at Badger of Honor says that despite the loss, the Badgers can hang with anyone in the country...

Monty Ball hopes to lead Wisconsin past Michigan State, to Rose Bowl

Wisconsin's Montee Ball was named the Big Ten's offensive player of the year just this week.

Chryst denies report that Illinois contacted him

MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst on Tuesday night said he had not been contacted to be the next head coach of the Illinois football program, despite a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that indicated otherwise."Someone said that I was gone like yesterday or something," Chryst said. "I was here the whole time. I think people in the...

Bloguin Heisman Trophy Poll - Week 13

Each week a group of Bloguin college football bloggers get together and put our votes in for the top Heisman Trophy candidates. Then after the votes are tabulated by Kevin over at College Football Zealots, the poll is released on Wednesday. Here are the results for week 12 of the 2011 college football season. Be sure to head over Crystal Ball Run for a full look at the results...

Ready for Another Run At It

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has assaulted the school, Big Ten and NCAA record books this season but the junior still carries a chip on his shoulder. When No.15 Wisconsin takes on No.11 Michigan State Saturday, it will give Ball an opportunity to redeem one of his more frustrating performances of the season.

Ball, Wilson Grab Big Ten Honors

On the annual post season awards show, No.15 Wisconsin made out with a haul. Not only did the Badgers get 17 All-Big Ten selections and a school-record nine first-team selections, junior Montee Ball wins Running Back of the Year and senior Russell Wilson earns Quarterback of the Year.

RB Ball hopes to push Badgers to Rose Bowl

By CHRIS JENKINS, AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Montee Ball was named the Big Ten's offensive player of the year just this week. With another big performance against Michigan State at Saturday's inaugural Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis, the Badgers' running back could very well become a Heisman Trophy finalist. Such things are...

Stellar QBs could be key in Big Ten title game

MADISON, Wis. During the euphoric moments immediately following the Hail Mary heave of the college football season, Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins sifted through the celebration to find Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson dejectedly walking off the field. Cousins delivered an uplifting message after Michigan State's heart-stopping 37-31 last-second victory against...

Rose Bowl in Mark Dantonio's grasp

EAST LANSING, Mich. If there werent divisions and a championship game for the first time in Big Ten football history this season, Michigan State already would have punched its ticket to the Rose Bowl. The Spartans are the only team with just one conference loss, but theyve got to win one more game Saturday night against Wisconsin at a neutral site in Indianapolis - to make their...

Episode 093: Big Ten Championship Game Preview

8 p.m. ET, FOX | Twitter – #B1GFCG, @KevinOnCFB While hopes of reaching the BCS championship game have long been lost for Wisconsin and Michigan State, a trip to the Rose Bowl is still an awfully nice reward. The two schools will meet in a first for the Big Ten conference as the Badgers look to avenge a regular season loss to the Spartans in the first Big Ten Football Championship...

Big Ten Conference Championship Game Preview: Wisconsin vs Michigan State Analysis, Point Spread, Prediction, and Poll

The Big Ten has been a mixed bag this season, with several teams looking dominant at times but struggling when least expected.  The inaugural Big Ten Championship Game pits two teams who have been through some topsy-turvy weeks against one another. (And courtesy of our friends at Verizon, you have a chance to win four free tickets to the game, but you need to act quickly. Click...
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