Found November 28, 2011 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MADISON, Wis. -- Whether directly stated or not, the new cross-divisional format implemented by Big Ten officials for this football season and beyond was carried out with a systematic purpose in mind. Some point out that maintaining competitive balance was the most significant factor. Others argue that keeping the biggest rivalries intact was most important. People in both camps, of course, wouldn't be wrong. But those weren't the only reasons for the way in which the conference was realigned. Also at play was the opportunity to showcase traditional powers against each other every year on the biggest stage available -- the Big Ten championship game in early December. Michigan could play Ohio State twice in one season with the expanded 12-team league. Or Penn State and Nebraska could develop an annual rivalry in the conference title game. Among the teams not part of that discussion was Wisconsin. "When the whole conference realignment came in, I knew they wanted to ...

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...

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...

Michigan State Football: On the Road to Pasadena

The Spartans are ready for the Badgers. The last time the Michigan State Spartan football team played in Pasadena was when they won the 74th Rose Bowl on January 1, 1988. As they were celebrating that 20-17 victory over USC, Spartan fans couldn’t have imagined that the player that would possibly lead them back to the Rose Bowl wasn’t even born yet. 232 days later, on August 19...

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...

B1G Championship Preview: Wisconsin Badgers to Rely on Potent Offense

          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...

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 making marks on NCAA history

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin steamrolled Penn State 45-7 on Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium in what may have been the most impressive Badgers victory of the season given the circumstances. With the victory, Wisconsin (10-2, 6-2) captured the Leaders Division title and advanced to face Michigan State (10-2, 7-1) next Saturday in Indianapolis in the inaugural Big Ten championship...

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.

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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