We sat down with Big Ten Network’s newly hired senior writer Tom Dienhart for a Q&A session. Dienhart is covering both football and men’s basketball, and will also contribute to the network’s on-air and social media platforms. Fans can follow him on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart.
Week 9 is here, and my picks are in. It’s a huge Saturday with a myriad of storylines. Can Michigan State win its fifth in a row while navigating through a brutal gauntlet of games? Will Wisconsin rebound from the adversity of its first loss? Can Illinois stop the bleeding of a two-game losing skid? Could Purdue win at Michigan for a second time in a row? I pick those games and the others.
In 2011 social media has become an important part of a sports fan’s daily diet of information. And while BTN has been on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for some time now, we want to mention something we’ve rolled out for followers of our 12 BTN school-specific Twitter accounts. In addition to school-specific BTN.com links and videos these school accounts offer up in-game football updates for your Big Ten football teams.
This is the biggest week yet in the Big Ten with many marquee matchups. Each division features a headlining game with the big Legends Division matchup of Michigan State at Nebraska and the key Leaders Division clash between Wisconsin and Ohio State. Here are my 12 things to watch for this Saturday.
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This week’s guest list for The Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET includes: Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Nebraska radio football color commentator Matt Davison. We’ll also welcome into the studio BTN LiveBIG host Dhani Jones, who will breakdown the matchup between the Spartans’ defense and the Cornhuskers’ offense.
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On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” our experts covered a host of topics in 60 minutes and also produced a bonus Web-only video clip we call The Fifth Quarter. The crew discusses what the most important factor is in the Michigan State-Nebraska game and looked ahead to more of the biggest match-ups of the weekend. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch The Fifth Quarter now!