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Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a video of Bill O’Brien and the Penn State football team visiting Nittanyville.
The next Nike “Hyper Elite” basketball uniforms have arrived. Thursday, Penn State unveiled its new uniform for the upcoming season. Iowa, another Big Ten Nike school, released its “Hyper Elite” uniform Wednesday.
Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald has watched a lot of Big Ten football so far this season. He also has watched a lot of football during his illustrious career as a writer. And he has come to this conclusion: The quarterback play in the Big Ten in 2013 has been disappointing so far. I’m certainly not going to argue with him. In fact, the quarterback play in the Big Ten hasn’t been that good for years.
Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Six weeks in the books, Big Ten fans and Merriman are tied for the top spot, at 46-9. Nice work, fans!
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Expectations are high for Iowa men’s basketball this season. And why not? The Hawkeyes return every major contributor, except for Eric May, from a youthful and talented team that went 9-9 in Big Ten play and advanced to the NIT championship game. Here’s something else to get Hawkeyes fans excited: Iowa will wear new uniforms in 2013-14.
Ohio State football is sacred to so many people. But, for 90-year-old hospice patients Richard Payne and Robert Evans, both 1949 Ohio State graduates, it has added value. These guys remember greats like Hopalong Cassady, after all.
We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees.