Wednesday on “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our team tackled the latest developments in conference realignment, debated whether Illinois is the second best team in the Big Ten, scouted possible BCS matchups and offered its weekly Heisman Trophy candidates. Andy Staples, of SI.com, was in our studios for the show, along with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein. Watch now as Staples discusses realignment and what Wisconsin needs to do to before it can be considered for one of the top two spots in his weekly power rankings.
Every Wednesday, we search the Web for the best Big Ten news. We link you off to stuff from beat reporters, bloggers, the AP, YouTube, you name it. See all of our Week 4 Midweek Links in this post.
The Big Ten held the weekly teleconference with the 12 football coaches and the media this morning, and @B1GFootball from the Big Ten Conference office tweeted the event live as always. Get a taste of each coach’s Tuesday phone call with the media via selected tweets, or listen to each entire call on your own. We post these calls every week.
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The latest Big Ten Blast touches on the quarterback story at Ohio State where Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell remains non-committal on naming a starter on Saturday against Colorado. Is it freshman quarterback Braxton Miller or fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman?
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On last week’s on Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Illinois coach Ron Zook and the week before that it was Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a few bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Minneapolis. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Kill, whose 1-2 Gophers host North Dakota State at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN.
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How great were Big Ten defensive linemen during the 2000s? Consider this: Eight of the 10 players on “The Big Ten’s Best: Defensive Linemen of the 2000s,” which debuted Tuesday night on BTN, were first-round NFL picks. The other two guys, for what it’s worth, also were drafted. Yes, NFL teams often draft on potential or impressive NFL Combine performances, but all of these defensive linemen, including Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, were flat-out college stars.
In the latest webisode of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kara Lentz and Chicago Fire Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde recap the opening weekend of women’s conference action, including Nebraska’s decisive victory over Northwestern in the school’s first Big Ten event. Aron gives his thoughts on what stood out the most and gets you ready for the latest action on the pitch. Watch the webisode now and check back next week for a fresh new show that focuses on everything Big Ten soccer.