ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan is the pick of many to win the Legends Division this season. And, after watching the Wolverines practice today, I can see why. Michigan looked good, easily passing the eyeball test.
Stop No. 4 on the BTN Football Tour took us to Ann Arbor, Mich., to see Brady Hoke’s Michigan Wolverines. Our guys watched practice Saturday afternoon, and we’ve compiled some of their best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Michigan Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Aug. 16 on BTN/BTN2Go.
Northwestern’s Omar Jimenez goes by “O.J. Tropicana” on stage. Yes, he has a rap name. The CNN International intern and Northwestern journalism student put his talents on display Friday on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel. And, let’s just say, he didn’t disappoint. Jimenez won the “Battle of the Instant Rappers.” His song: “Breakfast for Dinner.”
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We’re 19 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day.
BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown is down to No. 2: Nebraska’s 30-27 come-from-behind win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the No. 1 game at the same time Sunday. Until then, relive the improbably second-half comeback in this post.
The BTN bus is rolling through Big Ten territory, checking out training camps at each school during the Network’s annual tour. Lots to see. And, by the volume of mail, I can tell there is a lot of anticipation from fans. With that, I reach into my mail bag and answer your questions. Keep those cards and letters coming! I appreciate it.
The highly respected Phil Steele released his 2013 Initial Power Ratings on Friday, and the list is certain to get the attention of Big Ten fans. For starters, Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State lands at No. 4, behind reigning national champ Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M. Ohio State fans won’t like that. Nebraska? The reigning Legends Division champ comes in at No. 27, and is the fifth (!) Big Ten team.