First impressions are everything. That said, Wisconsin fans must be loving Russell Wilson right now. The former North Carolina State star and much-talked-about player led Wisconsin on a seven-play, 65-yard scoring drive — capped by a touchdown pass to Montee Ball — on its first possession tonight against UNLV. That was just the beginning, though, as the Badgers also scored TDs on their next five drives. It should come as no surprise, considering the opponent and the fact Wilson accounted for 93 TDs in his three years at North Carolina State. Track the UNLV-Wisconsin game.
Three more Buckeyes have been suspended for Saturday’s season opener against Akron. As part of its continued work with the NCAA to resolve any remaining football compliance issues, the Ohio State athletic department self-reported violations Thursday involving Jordan Hall, Corey Brown and Travis Howard. The three players received impermissible benefits of $300 or less each in total at a charity event they attended earlier in the year — an offense that yields a one-game suspension, per NCAA rules. Watch our Ohio State Football Preview now.
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.