Friday's Report Spotlights Players, Coaches

Friday night’s episode of The Big Ten Football Report at 8 p.m. ET is packed with interviews leading up to Saturday’s games, just like the video of the chat Dave Revsine had with Penn State’s Derek Moye on Thursday night in this post. On Friday our crews will talk with Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, and Ohio State’s Luke Fickell while studio host Mike Hall will chat with Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson and Illinois’ Ron Zook. We’ll also have a segment with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, who will break down the divisional races in the Legends and Leaders divisions.

Dienhart has had a busy week after a big slate of Big Ten games last weekend. Check out his Big Ten bowl projections and his Big Ten player rankings, then be sure to read his mailbag and please drop in and send him questions. His Q&A with Michigan assistant coach Greg Mattison is a great read, and so are his weekly Big Ten game previews. Dienhart also did his first live BTN.com chat last Saturday and we’ll start doing weekly chats with fans every Monday at noon ET right here on BTN.com.

As for our analysts on Friday’s show, Tony Banks and Rosevelt Colvin, here’s what’s on their plate for the TV program:

Michigan vs Iowa: Banks looks at Iowa’s Marcus Coker and the offensive while Colvin examines Fitzgerald Toussaint and how his emergence helps take pressure off Denard Robinson.

Northwestern vs Nebraska: Banks looks at Northwestern while Colvin shows how Washington spread Nebraska out.

Minnesota vs Michigan State:  How much has MarQuise Gray improved? Banks tells you. Colvin digs in to find out how Michigan State fell short last week.

Indiana vs Ohio State:  Braxton Miller’s development as a young quarterback is a familar story to Banks, who played the position at Michigan State. Colvin shows how Indiana’s Tre Roberson and Stephen Houston prove that the Hoosiers’ youth movement is paying off.

Purdue vs Wisconsin: Banks and Colvin discuss how the Badgers get their minds past two tough losses.

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