In today’s Big Ten Links I found a number of must-reads, including a good one on Penn State. Which direction is this fragile Penn State going to go after its gut-wrenching season-opening loss to Ohio? To keep the team together, coach Bill O’Brien has to stress the positives. Really, there is no other choice.
Our season debut of “Tailgate 48″ airs Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET and this week our hosts Jason Fisher and Alex Curry report back from Ohio State’s first football game of the year. Also, each week the TV show will spotlight a few great Big Ten fan tailgating photos (see the latest on BTN.com/connect now). Get your photo considered by tweeting it to @BigTenNetwork and use the hashtag #tailgate48.
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is a heated one, to be certain, and the last thing it needed was fuel added to the fire. The rivalry may have been taken to another level Saturday night. You see, during Michigan’s 41-14 season-opening loss to reigning national champ Alabama, Michigan State players went to Twitter and tweeted critical comments about Denard Robinson and the Wolverines. Watch our #BTNLive crew discuss the issue now and see some of the tweets in this post.
There’s an interesting trend going on with star Big Ten football players. It all started when former Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure revealed in the days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft that people had mispronounced his name all along. Enter the 2012 Big Ten season, and there are three more pronunciation changes: Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Minnesota’s Troy Stoudermire and Purdue’s Kawann Short. Listen to Short talk with Dave Revsine about the pronunciation of his name on Tuesday’s “#BTNLive” now.
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Who are the top Heisman contenders from the Big Ten? Shockingly after one week, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead aren’t on my list for one reason or another. But, it’s very early, of course. Here are my top three Big Ten candidates after one week of play.
The second weekend of the season is approaching. And this Saturday is highlighted by three games vs. Pac-12 foes—all on the road: Wisconsin at Oregon State; Illinois at Arizona State; Nebraska at UCLA. And how will Penn State (at Virginia) and Michigan (vs. Air Force) respond coming off losses? There also are two rivalry games, with Purdue playing at Notre Dame and Iowa State visiting Iowa. We also have an SEC-Big Ten clash, with Vanderbilt playing at Northwestern.
Despite the result, last year’s Iowa-Iowa State rivalry game was one of the more exciting Big Ten games of the 2011 season. The two rivals meet again Saturday afternoon, and we’ll have it on BTN/BTN2Go. Iowa has won the last four games between the two rivals at Kinnick Stadium, however it’s Iowa State who brings the Cy-Hawk Trophy into Iowa City. On Tuesday night’s “#BTNLive,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz stopped by to discuss the new Cy-Hawk Trophy and Saturday’s game.