No one can say we’re being eased into Big Ten play this season. Saturday’s opening week features the Big Ten’s first divisional games (Minnesota at Michigan; Penn State at Indiana), in addition to Wisconsin hosting Nebraska in a battle of undefeated top 10 teams under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium. Not a bad way to start things, huh? BTN has the Gophers and perfect Wolverines battling for the Little Brown Jug at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Read Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Preview in this post.
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Tuesday night on “The Next Level,” we gave our analysts the fun task of picking Big Ten alumni teams. The rules were simple: Brandon Williams, Russ Lande and Jon Jansen were to draft a Big Ten product at quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end. The analysts made their selections (consult the poll below), and now it’s time for you, the Big Ten fan, to get involved. We want you to decide who drafted the best team? Go ahead and vote. And feel free to leave a comment about your pick at the bottom of the page.
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Conference play is finally here. Nothing against the Tennessee Techs, Chattanoogas and South Carolina States of the world, but … actually, I don’t even know how to finish that sentence. Maybe I do have something against them. Perhaps it’s time for some introspection, time to come clean…
At 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein, of the Chicago Tribune, bring you “Big Ten Football & Beyond.” Our crew will break down the keys to Nebraska-Wisconsin and offer up its nonconference superlative winners and top 5 Heisman candidates, plus SI.com’s Andy Staples will give the latest on realignment. At 8 ET, Northwestern hosts No. 12 Purdue in live volleyball action. Watch now as Kara Lentz brings you the latest “Big Ten Blast,” with updates on D’Anton Lynn and Jerry Kill’s statuses.
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Big Ten conference play is heating up, and in the latest webisode of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan recaps Penn State’s 1-0 win over Illinois and BTN soccer analyst Kyndra de St Aubin calls in to offer her analysis on the first two weeks of the season. The two also discuss the games from this past weekend and take an early look at the race for the Big Ten title. For more women’s soccer coverage, plus field hockey and volleyball, tune into the “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” at 8:30 p.m. ET every Monday.
If Penn State is referred to as “Linebacker U,” Wisconsin might want to consider calling itself “Tight End U.” No, Wisconsin’s dominance at the position doesn’t date back as far as Penn State’s linebacking prowess, but the Badgers, of late, seem to produce very talented tight ends. Take the 2000s, for example. From Owen Daniels to Garrett Graham to Travis Beckum, among others, Wisconsin has boasted some of the Big Ten’s finest at the position. That said, it’s no surprise a trio of Badgers made the cut when it came to BTN’s top 10 tight ends of the 2000s. Watch a clip from Tuesday’s Big Ten’s Best show now and see the entire list in this post.
In the latest webisode of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan recaps the opening weekend of Big Ten men’s soccer action, including Ohio State’s 3-2 overtime victory over archrival Michigan, and talks with BTN soccer analyst Richard Broad. Broad, a former player and coach, talks about what to expect from the conference this season and who he sees winning the Big Ten Championship.