Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith visited Illinois practice during the BTN Football Tour in August. The Illini are fresh off a 7-6 season that saw them finish with a bang, destroying Baylor, 38-14, in the Texas Bowl. Ron Zook’s team lost a lot of talent, from Mikel Leshoure to Corey Liuget, but it returns enough proven players to have fans expecting more. It all starts with QB Nathan Scheelhaase, who looks bigger and stronger and hopes to build on a terrific end to his freshman season. The Illini open the season Sept. 3 against Arkansas State. Watch all of our Illinois Preview video inside.
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith visited Nebraska practice on our BTN Football Tour in August. The Huskers, of course, enter their first season in the Big Ten this fall. Led by an experienced and talented defense, Bo Pelini’s team will be an immediate force. With the return of Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard, among others, Nebraska’s D could prove to be the Big Ten’s elite unit. And its offense isn’t too bad, either, led by dynamic QB Taylor Martinez. The Huskers open the season Sept. 3 vs. UT-Chattanooga. Watch all of our Nebraska Preview video inside.
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith took in Minnesota practice during our BTN Football Tour in August. The Gophers open a new chapter in their program, with former Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill taking over for Tim Brewster. It’s no secret that Minnesota struggled under Brewster, compiling a 15-30 record in his four seasons, but now it’s Kill’s turn to try to turn the program around. Minnesota opens the season Sept. 3 at USC. See all of our Minnesota Preview video inside.
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith caught up with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz during our BTN Football Tour in August. The Hawkeyes went 8-5 last season, a disappointing campaign that opened with national championship aspirations. Expectations aren’t as high this season in Iowa City, and that’s usually a good thing. When Iowa isn’t expected to do much, that’s when it flies under the radar and seems to have some of its best seasons. The Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 3 against Tennessee Tech. Watch all of our Iowa Preview Show video inside.
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith caught up with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on our BTN Football Tour in August. The Badgers, fresh off a shared Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl berth, expect great things again this fall. While Wisconsin lost a lot of talent, from J.J. Watt to Gabe Carimi, among others, it returns more than its share of stars on both sides of the ball, including North Carolina State transfer Russell Wilson. The Badgers open the season Sept. 1 against UNLV. Watch more Wisconsin Tour videos inside.