As the team here at BTN enters our fifth Big Ten football season, we’re excited to relaunch our network website BTN.com. Since our launch in 2007 millions have flocked to blossoming social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while more and more users like you demand to be able to read stories and watch videos on their mobile devices. And so, we spiffed up our look.
Each week we post full audio for the Big Ten Conference teleconference where reporters talk to each of the 12 Big Ten football coaches. Choose a coach below and listen to their call.
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Football season is here, and that means it’s time to shift our focus to the Week 1 slate. Every Big Ten school is in action in the opening week, starting with reigning co-Big Ten champ Wisconsin hosting UNLV on Thursday night and finishing up with Indiana entertaining Ball State on Saturday night. That said, it’s time to kick off my weekly Big Ten Football Previews. Here’s your Week 1 addition:
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There will be plenty of great Big Ten games during the conference season for the Leaders Division. Conference play starts off with a bang on October 1st, with two much-anticipated match-ups: Michigan State at Ohio State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. Ohio State hasn’t lost a conference opener since 2004, but that could change when it faces the Spartans. Wisconsin, meanwhile, becomes the first team to take on Nebraska in conference play when the Cornhuskers visit Camp Randall. Things won’t get any easier for Nebraska after that, as they play host to Ohio State the following week. Watch now as Dave Revsine gives you the rundown of all the great Leaders Division match-ups.
Chances are, you’re no stranger to auto-tune, the audio processor that ESPN has made popular with its “Ultimate Highlight.” The Indiana football program turned to the technology to create a commercial that promotes 2011 ticket sales. In it, Wilson, in addition to several Hoosiers, talk about what it’s going to take to turn around the program. The commercial also shows clips from fall practice, the first for Indiana under Wilson, the former Oklahoma offensive coordinator.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. With the season kicking off Thursday — Wisconsin hosts UNLV in the Big Ten’s lone game on opening night — he figured it’s time to unveil his Week 1 edition. As a reminder, these rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet him: @BTNBrentYarina.
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The season’s first men’s soccer weekly honors were released Monday. You can view the recipients, all juniors, here. On Tuesday, the latest NSCAA poll was revealed, and it features three Big Ten teams. Penn State leads the way, at No. 15, while Indiana (18) and Ohio State (23) round out the Big Ten contingent. View the entire poll here.