This Week in the Big Ten

July 30, 2018

[ONE // big ten football season kicks off in chicago]
Big Ten Football Media Days took place this past Monday and Tuesday, marking the official start to the 2018 Big Ten football season. Catch up with all the team information, head coach press conferences, and coach and student quotes from the event by clicking here.

[TWO // big ten championship game tickets now on sale]
Tickets for the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover are now on sale to the general public. The eighth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The contest will be broadcast nationally on FOX with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets will range from $50 to $95 depending on the seat location and each order will be limited to eight tickets. In addition, every Big Ten Football Championship Game ticket includes complimentary admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr. Pepper, to be held at the Indiana Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1.

[THREE // use shoowin to reserve tickets for the big game]
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[FOUR // big ten announces preseason football honors]
The Big Ten announced its 2018 football preseason honors this past Monday in conjunction with the start of Big Ten Media Days at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. A media panel selected the 10-member preseason list, with five representatives each from the East and West Divisions. Ohio State fielded a pair of honorees on the East Division roster, while Penn State was represented by senior quarterback and unanimous selection Trace McSorley. The Buckeyes were represented by junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins. Michigan junior defensive lineman Rashan Gary and Michigan State junior quarterback Brian Lewerke rounded out the East Division lineup. McSorley garnered Big Ten football preseason honors for the second consecutive season. Wisconsin paced the West Division with two standouts selected. The Badgers saw senior linebacker T.J. Edwards and sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor earn recognition. Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant, Nebraska senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr., and Northwestern sophomore linebacker Paddy Fisher completed the West Division honorees. Fant, Morgan Jr., Fisher, Edwards and Taylor garnered Big Ten football preseason honors for the first time in their careers.

[FIVE // nearly 30 big ten standouts on watch lists for butkus, thrope and nagurski awards]
Nearly 30 Big Ten football standouts can be found on the watch lists for the Butkus Award, Jim Thorpe Award, and Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Ten students have been named to this year’s Butkus Award preseason watch list, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker. Four leaders appear on the 2018 Jim Thorpe Award watch list, which is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Fifteen earned mention on this year’s Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list, presented annually to the national defensive player of the year.

[SIX // football stars on watch lists for outland, hornung, and camp awards]
Twenty-seven Big Ten football standouts can be found on the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Paul Hornung Award, and Walter Camp Award. Thirteen standouts were chosen for this year’s Outland Trophy preseason watch list, awarded each year to the country’s top interior lineman. Five students appear on the 2018 preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, presented each year to the country’s most versatile college football player. Nine stars appear on the 2018 preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, presented annually to the nation’s best college football player.

[SEVEN // nearly 20 specialists recognized on preseason watch lists]
Nearly 20 Big Ten students appear on the preseason watch lists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, Ray Guy Award, and Wuerffel Trophy, it was announced this past week. Three special teams standouts appear on the 2018 preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented each season to the nation’s top placekicker. Seven students appear on the 2018 preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the country’s best punter. Nine standouts earned mention on this year’s preseason watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, given each year to the college football student who best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement.

[EIGHT // going the distance in the classroom]
The Big Ten was well-represented among the numerous academic honors announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday. Seven Big Ten men’s track & field programs and 11 conference women’s track & field programs earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team designations for the 2017-18 indoor and outdoor seasons. To qualify, the cumulative GPA for all students on the institution’s NCAA squad list for indoor and/or outdoor track & field must be 3.0 or higher. This year’s Big Ten USTFCCCA Men’s All-Academic Team selections are Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers and Wisconsin. The conference’s USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team honorees are Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin. In addition, 161 Big Ten track & field students (62 men, 99 women) were chosen for USTFCCCA academic recognition following the 2017-18 indoor and outdoor seasons.

[NINE // twelve hockey standouts recognized for academics]
Twelve Big Ten hockey standouts were among the 488 NCAA Division I men and women recognized this past week by the American Hockey Coaches Association (ARCA) as Krampade All American Scholars. The award is given to varsity ice hockey players who at­tained a 3.6 GPA each semester and participated in 40% of their school's games. Congratulations to Michigan’s Jack Becker, Chad Catt and Luke Morgan; Michigan State’s Austin Kamer and Brennan Sanford; Minnesota’s Rem Pitlick and Eric Schiehorn; Notre Dame’s Colin Theisen; Ohio State’s Austin Pooley; Penn State’s Chase Berger and Kevin Kerr; and Wisconsin’s Kyle Hayton.

[TEN // scholars on the links]
Finally this week, 19 Big Ten men’s golfers were among a record number of 267 student-athletes who earned Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars this past week, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university. Congratulations to Indiana’s Jake Brown, Brendon Doyle, and Jack Sparrow; Iowa’s Sam Meuret; Michigan’s Kyle Mueller; Michigan State’s Michael Sharp; Minnesota’s Runar Arnorsson and Peter Jones; Northwestern’s Pete Griffith, Ryan Lumsden, Sam Triplett, and Dylan Wu; Ohio State’s Will Grimmer, Will Voetsch, Daniel Wetterich, and Josh Wick; Purdue’s Timothy Hildebrand and Jarle Volden; and Wisconsin’s Eddie Wajda.