From Archie Griffin to Eddie George to Ron Dayne to many others, the Big Ten always seems to boast its share of nationally acclaimed running backs. While no Big Ten back took home the Heisman Trophy during the 2000s, there were worthy candidates. For example, Mike Hart, who finished fifth in 2006, after rushing for 1,562 yards and 14 touchdowns, or Larry Johnson, who in 2002 became the first back to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,087) and not bring home the trophy. Throughout the decade, Big Ten backfields had great talents, and that’s clear when one takes a look at our top 10 list. Watch a clip from Tuesday’s show and see the complete list in this post.
There are some tight battles already taking shape in the Big Ten men’s soccer race, and in the latest installment of our Web-only “BTN Soccer Report,” Kevin Egan reports the latest scores, highlights his game of the week and looks ahead to the conference’s upcoming games. In addition, analyst Aron Hyde checks in from the road to share his latest insights from this past weekend’s slate of action.
Seeing as how “The Next Level” crew spends much of the football season analyzing the transition from the college game to the NFL, who better to consult about the differences between the two levels than Big Ten products in the NFL? That’s exactly what the show did Tuesday night with a piece featuring former Big Ten standouts on the Chicago Bears, including Anthony Adams, Gabe Carimi, Kellen Davis and Dane Sanzenbacher, among others. So what did the Big Ten products say? You’ll have to watch the feature to figure out. Also, check out our interview with Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy in this post.
This week on BTN Live, we air one hour later than before with an 8 p.m. ET start time. Our usual panel of experts includes Dave Revsine, Glen Mason, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. If you don’t know the drill by now, BTN Live wants your input via Twitter. The show is @BTNLive and you need to fire your questions into us all week. We put the best tweets on TV and our guys answer them in the Fifth Quarter, our online-only video Twitter Q&A.
Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books. As was the case the first three weeks, former Big Ten players once again compiled plenty of big days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances. See his Week 4 winners in this post.
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On Tuesday, the Big East and Big Ten conferences, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, released the schedule for the fourth annual Big Ten/Big East Baseball Challenge on Feb. 17-19. This year’s event will feature 10 Big Ten teams and nine Big East teams playing 30 games over three days to open the college baseball season. See the entire release and the full schedule at BigTen.org.
We went back and dug up this clip from Wisconsin’s game against South Dakota. We aired it on TV live originally, but it’s worth watching again. In his suit and tie BTN sideline reporter Jay Wilson climbs up into the stands at Camp Randall and takes part in “Jump Around.” And after it’s all over, he says his calves feel like the weigh “about 50 pounds.”