Week 1 kicks off tonight, with reigning co-Big Ten champ Wisconsin hosting UNLV, so it’s time to get you some stats before you watch all the action. The following 12 stats are some of the latest tweets from my twitter account, @BTNStatsGuy. Check me out on Twitter to get all of my Big Ten stats and come back here every week for this feature. Enjoy!
The Big Ten underwent numerous changes since the 2010 season came to a close. There was the addition of Nebraska, of course, which paved the way for the conference to create two divisions, Legends and Leaders, and a championship game. A little more under the radar, however, was the addition of 18 new trophies, two for the championship game, two for postgraduate awards and 14 for annual awards. Every trophy is named after two Big Ten historical figures (Nagurski-Woodson Award, Defensive Player of the Year). Watch now as the BTN crew offers its 2011 Legends Division trophy contenders.
One thing’s certain: the addition of Nebraska makes the Big Ten football schedule even more entertaining. “You add a team [Nebraska], but you add an incredibly high-profile team,” BTN host Dave Revsine said. “You look at every single weekend — suddenly it takes on a heightened importance with loads of good games.” No joke. The Huskers open Big Ten play Oct. 1 at Wisconsin and host their first Big Ten game the following weekend against Ohio State, which will welcome back their suspended players that week. Watch now as Revsine breaks down all of the best Legends Division games.
It’s September, and that means it’s time for Big Ten golf teams to open the 2011-12 season. All 12 men’s teams break into their fall schedules at some point this month, with Michigan State and Purdue doing the honors this weekend. The Spartans host the Fossum Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, while the Boilermakers travel to Verona, N.Y., for the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate on Sunday and Monday. The remaining 10 conference teams open the season next week.
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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