On Tuesday night’s “The Next Level,” Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Jon Jansen interviewed Iowa star defensive back Shaun Prater. Prater, who has one interception and two forced fumbles on the year, is getting the star treatment this season, meaning quarterbacks aren’t throwing his way often. How does he handle it? “Yeah, this year, most of the season, they haven’t been going my way as much,” Prater told our crew. “But I just try to make the best of those plays I get.” That he has. Watch our interview with Prater now and also check out The Next Level’s feature on how the Big Ten prepared several current pros for the NFL in this post.
We just posted the audio for all 12 Big Ten coaches on the Big Ten Conference Tuesday teleconference with reporters as we do each and every week. Also, our friends at @B1Gfootball usually chronicles the call live on Twitter so follow them for updates from the conference.
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One of the things I enjoy about college football is that you never really know what’s coming. Because there are so few games in a season relative to other sports and because so much needs to be sorted out in those few games, college football lends itself to having multiple “games of the year.” Nebraska-Wisconsin seemed like the Big Ten “game of the year” a few weeks ago. Now Wisconsin-Michigan State is taking on that feel. And, if the Badgers win and, say, Illinois gets back on track, then their meeting in Champaign on Nov. 19 will get that “game of the year” tag. Or, if the Spartans win, their game at Nebraska next week may suddenly earn the spotlight treatment.
On Tuesday night, Mike Hall and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jim Jackson brought you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from last weekend’s Midnight Madness events. We had highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes looks from Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. With the season less than a month away, Brent Yarina decided to unveil his preseason Top 10 Big Ten Players and offer some 2011-12 predictions. Watch Jackson’s top three storylines for the season now and see Brent’s blog in this post.
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You may know that BTN Live is on Thursday’s at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays, but did you know they incorporate fan feedback throughout the show via Twitter? Follow @BTNLive and sound off on any issue. We even take your best voice messages and put them on TV – just call (319) BIGTEN-1 and leave your Rejoice Mail celebrating your favorite Big Ten team. Now, let’s get voting.
At 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Mike Hall and our expert analyst Jim Jackson bring you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from this past weekend’s Midnight Madness events at Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. We’ll show you the best from the dunk contests, scrimmages and let you hear all of our interviews with special guests. Plus, Jackson will give his take on the things to watch and the top storylines for the 2011-12 season. Watch our interview with Indiana’s highly touted freshman Cody Zeller now and check out all the Midnight Madness videos in this post.
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Week 6 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products got after it again. 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, Brent Yarina singles out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch our Next Level crew discuss former Illini Brandon Lloyd’s trade to St. Louis now and see Brent’s Week 6 winners in this post.
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