With the collegiate football season just around the corner, ChiCitySports is going to break down the BIG 10 conference. The Big Ten is different in many ways from last season. This season’s changes include the addition of two divisions, the Legends and Leaders, the addition of Nebraska, and a conference championship game. BIG 10 fans have a lot to be excited about this fall.

It’s going to be an interesting season alright. The BIG 10 now features 12 teams that are broken up into 2 divisions. When it was announced that the two divisions would be named the Legends and the Leaders many fans scoffed at the idea. So much so that they intend to re-evaluate the names at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season.


Big Match-Ups

September 3rd : Northwestern @ Boston College — Minnesota @ USC

September 10th : Alabama @ Penn State — Notre Dame @ Michigan — Oregon State @ Wisconsin

September 17th : Ohio State @ Miami — Michigan State @ Notre Dame — Pittsburgh @ Iowa

September 24th : San Diego State @ Michigan

October 1st : Michigan State @ Ohio State — Nebraska @ Wisconsin — Northwestern @ Illinois

October 8th : Ohio State @ Nebraska

October 15th : Michigan @ Michigan State

October 22nd : Wisconsin @ Michigan State

October 29th : Michigan State @ Nebraska — Wisconsin @ Ohio State

November 5th : Michigan @ Iowa

November 12th : Nebraska @ Penn State — Michigan @ Iowa — Wisconsin @ Minnestoa

November 19th : Nebraska @ Michigan — Penn State @ Ohio State

November 25th : Iowa @ Nebraska

November 26th : Ohio State @ Michigan

December 3rd @ Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis : Big Ten Championship — #1 Leaders vs #1 Legends



1.) Wisconsin

2.) Penn State

3.) Ohio State

4.) Illinois

5.) Indiana

6.) Purdue


1.) Nebraska

2.) Iowa

3.) Michigan State

4.) Michigan

5.) Northwestern

6.) Minnesota

Big 10 Most Valuable Player

Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska

Offensive Player of the Year

Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan

Defensive Player of the Year

Top 10 Incoming Freshman

Nebraska: RB Aaron Green

Ohio State: QB Braxton Miller

Wisconsin: LB Jake Keefer

Michigan State: LB Lawrence Thomas

Michigan: DL Brennan Beyer

Penn State: OL Donovan Smith

Iowa: RB Rodney Coe

Northwestern: WR Christian Jones

Purdue: TE Robert Kugler

Illinois: TE Jon Davis

Indiana: QB Tre Roberson

Minnesota: WR Ge’Shun Harris

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