'The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013' debuts Wednesday

CHICAGO – The show that gave fans an inside look at Big Ten student athletes like Denard Robinson as he finished his last season in Ann Arbor; Michael Mauti during Penn State’s Senior Day; and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, who explained why his high school principal remains a mentor, will once again bring fans along as it goes behind the scenes of Big Ten football.

BTN Originals debuts The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013, presented by Best Buy, at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

“The storylines will be different,” Bill Friedman, Coordinating Producer, BTN Originals, said of the second season of The Journey:  Big Ten Football, “but no less compelling. There are so many stories about the people from each of the Big Ten football programs just waiting to be told.”

After a successful season chronicling Big Ten basketball and achieving record ratings, the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed series will document the Big Ten football season, going behind the scenes to capture stories on the student-athletes and coaches as the drama of the Big Ten football season unfolds.

“Since its debut, The Journey has remained one of BTN’s staple programs and has attracted a growing number of Big Ten fans and helped build the BTN brand nationwide,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. “The show’s consistent ratings growth illustrates how strongly each season resonates with its audience.”

The 30-minute season premiere features Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen, two new Big Ten head coaches, as they prepared to face each other in their first Big Ten conference game. The episode will go inside the meeting rooms, capture footage from each team’s practice and follow the action on game day. Also featured is Northwestern senior quarterback Kain Colter, as he readied himself for the Wildcats’ biggest game of the season to date, against Ohio State last Saturday.

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For scheduling information on upcoming episodes, please go to BTN.com/Journey. Fans can also follow the Journey crew on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. BTN2Go is the 24/7 simulcast of BTN that delivers live and on-demand programming via the internet, smartphones and tablets to customers of participating video providers. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events; studio shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is in more than 52 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Rogers Cable, Shaw and Shaw Direct (Canada) and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America. For additional information, go to www.BTN.com.

About BTN Originals: BTN Originals is the Big Ten Network’s award-winning original programming that includes such series as The Journey: Big Ten Football, The Journey: Big Ten Basketball, Big Ten Elite, and the network’s first feature-length documentary, Tiebreaker. BTN Originals is uniquely qualified to provide viewers with unparalleled storytelling and an all-access pass into the Big Ten Conference.

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