It’s the middle of August, the college football season hasn’t started, and ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has released his first Bracketology. All kidding aside, Big Ten fans will like Lunardi’s prognostications, as he has seven Big Ten teams dancing, which ties the Big East for the most in the field.
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The Big Ten Conference brought home a total of 35 medals, including 15 gold medals, at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. More than 100 former and current Big Ten student-athletes and coaches participated in this year’s games, representing 32 countries in 24 different sports. See how every Big Ten product fared in London in this post.
Ever since 1940s, Nebraska has released Big Red balloons into the sky following the Huskers’ first touchdown at Memorial Stadium. The tradition will live to see one more day, in the 2012 opener against Southern Miss, but it will be put on indefinite hiatus until a global helium shortage is solved. According to Huskers.com, the team will release 2,000 to 2,500 balloons – compared to the usual 4,000 to 5,000 – if and when the Huskers score their first touchdown Sept. 1 to give fans one last photo op.
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.
Today, we’re at Wisconsin practice for the BTN bus tour. Here’s what I want to see from the Badgers. You can watch the Wisconsin Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday. Until then, check out Monday’s Big Ten web links in this post.
News that Nebraska projected starting sophomore offensive tackle Tyler Moore has left the team is a blow. The Cornhusker line looked to be one of the better fronts in the Big Ten. Moore was considered to be Nebraska’s top linemen, along with junior guard Spencer Long.
NUsports.com posted the final Olympic update from Wildcats head wrestling coach Drew Pariano, and we’re sharing it here as part of our Big Ten Olympic coverage. Pariano and associate head coach Tim Cysewski headed to London to support Northwestern graduate and U.S. wrestler Jake Herbert as he competed in the the 84 kg freestyle division. In this last entry, Pariano explains how well Herbert handled a frustrating and controversial Olympic experience.
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