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Happy Tuesday, America! We are just 48 hours from kickoff! Until then, keep stretching and make sure your fridge is full. Oh, and read this stuff. When Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald types, I read. And he has seven reasons why Nebraska will have a magnificent season.
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And then there were two. With two days left before Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) kick things off for the Big Ten on Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go, our countdown of the top 25 players has reached No. 2: Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. Read about Lewan and check out the entire countdown in this post.
Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman make their predictions for all the Big Ten games. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. This year, we’re proud to include former Flyin’ Illini and new BTN basketball analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge college football fan, to the weekly feature.
BTN Kickoff Week begins tonight at 6 p.m. with our first #BTNLive, which airs Monday through Friday and also simulcast on FOX Sports Radio. Throughout the fall BTN personalities Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo will host the show with rotating analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith, Glen Mason, Jon Jansen, Chuck Long, Stanley Jackson and others. On tonight’s show, Revsine, DiNardo and Griffith discuss the most compelling B1G matchup in week 1. Are you on Twitter? Check out tonight’s show question and vote tweeting.
Not one football has been kicked off. Regardless, I bring to you my first edition of the 2013 bowl projections. I’ll be rolling these out there every Monday this season, so let me know what you think.
This time last year, few knew who Devin Funchess of Michigan was. Ditto David Santos of Nebraska, Jason Spriggs of Indiana and Mason Monheim of Illinois. But by the end of November, each of these true freshmen had made a name for himself. In fact, I tabbed them on my 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.