It’s rivalry week in the state of Michigan and so our crew of Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle answer the question: Who will walk away with the Paul Bunyan Trophy? Also, Iowa has had struggled against Northwestern in the past, but will those troubles continue? In our “Impulses” segment, Williams and Doyle turn the table and decide whether or not they agree with Pizzo’s impulses for Saturday’s games. And basketball is back! The guys cover the best returning players, the key losses and then announce who they believe takes “The Leap” this season. Follow them all @BTNThePulse.
Tonight on the Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET our crew of Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks previews the first weekend of all divisional games with a host of interviews and analysis. We’ll be talking to a handful of head coaches including Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Illinois’ Ron Zook, and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Plus, BTN LiveBIG host and Michigan product Dhani Jones (@DhaniJones) joins us in studio to talk with Banks about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry and what it means to them.
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The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).
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. It’s been a week of injuries and build up as the crew discusses how Big Ten teams will fill the void left by the injury of several stars and looked ahead to the biggest matchups of the weekend. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch The Fifth Quarter now!
Pretty good interview with Nebraska’s Tom Osborne that aired on our Tailgate 48 show this week. The Huskers athletic director talks about what makes being at Nebraska so special, but we really like the archival footage. It’s great for fans of the other 11 Big Ten schools to get to know Nebraska through access like this. Reminds us of Mike Hall’s interview with Bo Pelini on Step Into My Office a few weeks ago. Watch that episode on BTN2Go.com.
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It was only a matter of time before the new-look Big Ten featured its first weekend of all divisional matchups, and Week 7 is it. The five-game slate should be a lot of fun, too, especially with perfect Michigan and Illinois facing tough tests against Michigan State and Ohio State, respectively. This week, BTN has Penn State hosting Purdue (noon ET) and Iowa entertaining Northwestern (7 ET). Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch now as Gerry DiNardo breaks down how Michigan State should attack Michigan’s offense this weekend and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 7 Preview in this post.
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On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and the week before that it was Michigan coach Brady Hoke. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Evanston. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Fitzgerald, whose Wildcats play at Iowa at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.
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