Like most of you, I’ve spent the summer months anxiously counting down the days to the college football season. And now, here we are just a few days away from what is surely to be an exciting ninth year of coverage here on BTN. It all starts on Friday with Illinois hosting Kent State, followed by Illinois State at Iowa on Saturday. With a new season of college football comes the opportunity of taking a deeper look into those unique and sometimes quirky statistical facts, which most fans may not be aware of. Here are five facts you should know
CHICAGO – Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp is the highest-rated August original programming in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data*. The Scarlet and Gray Days premiere on Aug. 19 set the BTN record, only to be eclipsed by the second episode which debuted Aug. 26 and saw a 19 percent increase in viewership. Episode three, the finale of Scarlet and Gray Days, airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Following the initial spike in viewers during episode one’s debut, college sports fans hungry for football in August continued to tune in. The repeat of Scarlet
There are plenty of great, touching stories throughout the college football world… And then there is this story. [ MORE: Pick Week 1 winners | Power Rankings | See new 2015 uniforms ] Former Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer, who played for the Wolverines from 2008-2012, recently opened up about a special letter his family received after his brother, Brock, was able to walk again after being paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident in 2007. The letter came from former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who knew Mealer after recruiting him out of high school. It was
Finally, it is game week! Hallelujah! Even better: The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Ohio State’s visit to Blacksburg, Virginia, to play Virginia Tech.
A little history for you on this Wednesday morning: Kyle Austin of Mlive.com takes a look at the other times Michigan State has begun a season ranked No. 15 or higher. I have a feeling this squad will go down as one of the best ever in school annals. *** Jim Harbaugh says he has told his team who will start at QB. But, “mum” is the word. I will be surprised if Jake Rudock isn’t the guy under center at Utah on Thursday night. His experience from having played at Iowa is invaluable, especially with the Wolverines playing on
Kickoff week is here. Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) kick off the Big Ten season Thursday night, and the games continue every day through Monday night. Until then, get our Big Ten East preview.
The third episode of BTN Orginals' “Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp” airs at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on BTN/BTN2Go. The show takes viewers behind the scenes as the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes get to work on defending their title.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.
It was a fun day in the BTN.com department Tuesday morning. Two days before Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) kick off the 2015 season, we held our annual Big Ten fantasy draft.
Week 1 of the 2015 season is here. Finally, all of the talk, analysis and conjecture are finished. It’s time to put up or shut up on the field and throw away your preview magazines.