The BTN bus tour continues to make its way across the Big Ten landscape, stopping in Madison on Monday. You can follow all of our tour coverage here and don’t forget about the TV schedule. To no surprise, much of the tour material finds its way on our top 10 stories from the past week. See the entire top 10 list in this post.
10. DiNardo: Nebraska football practice tweets
On Thursday, the BTN bus tour hit Lincoln, Neb. There, our guys took in practice and shared their thoughts on Twitter. Dive inside this post and check out all of Gerry DiNardo’s (@gerrydinardo) post-practice impressions, something he’ll do after all 12 stops.
9. New Purdue train logo featured on football jerseys
Not a great photo, by any means, but this is the only look I’ve seen of the much-debated new Purdue train logo on the football jersey. Back in April, the logo change was a hugely popular topic. And let’s just say, not many Boiler fans were happy with the tweaks Nike made.
8. Dienhart: Things I learned at Minnesota
Anytime you watch Minnesota, you can’t help but focus on quarterback MarQueis Gray. At 6-4, 250 pounds, Gray looked like a linebacker or defensive end when I stood by him at practice. He’s a physical beast. But he also has made some great strides as a passer, which were apparent in the practice we watched.
7. Wisconsin: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012
Wisconsin is the hottest team in the Big Ten. It’s true. This is a new world Big Ten, where traditional heavyweights like Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska all are looking up at Wisconsin. This is the Badgers’ world … and everyone else is just living in it.
6. Clothes Call: Big Ten summer practice edition
When this photo surfaced a few days ago, I couldn’t help but take a look around Big Ten football camps to see if there was anything similar. I did find this in Iowa City and later this in Ann Arbor, but they’re not nearly as old-school. So, unfortunately, there’s nothing as epic as Auburn’s new practice bottoms. I did notice a few changes from last season, though.
5. Wisconsin releases full adidas alternate uniform
After building up plenty of anticipation during its four-day slow reveal, Wisconsin unveiled its new adidas TECHFIT alternate uniform Monday. The Badgers will wear the new duds in their Big Ten opener Sept. 29 at Nebraska, which also will wear a new adidas alternate uniform. See pictures and videos of the uniform in this post, plus tell us if you like Wisconsin or Nebraska’s uni better.
4. Penn State announces changes to football uniform
There were rumors that it was going to happen, and now it’s official: Penn State will have different uniforms for the 2012 season, its first under head coach Bill O’Brien. The school announced Tuesday that the uniforms will feature a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse and, for the first time, player names on the back of the jerseys.
3. Football Tour: What we learned at Iowa
In the first stop on our 2012 Big Ten Football Preview Tour presented by Culligan, we stopped in Iowa City to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes practice on Wednesday. We’ll be hitting every other campus in the coming weeks, too.
2. Clothes Call: Ranking Big Ten football helmets
When Tom Dienhart wrote that Penn State should put blue ribbon stickers on both sides of its helmet, it got my attention. No helmet, it seems, is as sacred as Penn State’s – not even Michigan’s. After all, the Wolverines are coming off a season in which they added numbers to their lids and put gray facemasks in the rotation, both nods to the past.
1. Dienhart: Things I learned at Nebraska practice
The second stop of our BTN bus tour brought us to Lincoln, Neb., where we watched the Huskers practice on an absolutely beautiful night Thursday. Here is what I learned and observed while taking in the practice. Talking to offensive coordinator Tim Beck after practice, he says quarterback Taylor Martinez has made strides in his mechanics.