Tonight another show airs its season debut, and it’s the kind of show that taps into the kinds of conversations Big Ten football fans have all the time. “The Next Level” tracks Big Ten players competing in the professional ranks, specifically the NFL. Have a look here at a bonus segment from the show taped just for BTN.com. Oh, and the show is on Twitter too at @BTNNextLevel.
On Monday night, BTN caught up with two of Week 1’s biggest stars: Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, on “The Big Ten Pulse,” and Northwestern defensive end Vince Browne, on “Big Ten Breakdown.” Jenkins caught 11 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 33-15 home win against Arkansas State — a performance that prompted him to call himself the best receiver in the Big Ten. Now that Jenkins has had time to think about the quote, does he still feel the same? Watch now to hear his answer.
Our new show “BTN Live” is a one-hour weekly show that wants to hear from you and incorporate your opinions into the show. And here’s a really cool way to do it. Call (319) BIGTEN-1 and leave us a message. Who knows? We might even start posting those audio clips right here on BTN.com.
The latest AVCA volleyball Top 25 is out, and the Big Ten has seven teams on the list, including three in the top ten. The Big Ten was already a power volleyball conference, but the addition of traditional power Nebraska this fall only boosts that. Two more schools are listed as also receiving votes. The poll comes out on Mondays. Check out the entire list over at AVCA.org.
Don’t miss the latest episode of “The Big Ten Pulse” at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday on BTN. To preview the show, BTN.com caught up with analysts Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle from, where else but, the make-up room. Watch now as Rack and Timmy D talk about their impressions of Michigan State’s opener, which the former called, and give their opinions on Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins calling himself the Big Ten’s best receiver. Do they agree? Watch to find out, and tune in tonight for their interview with Jenkins. Also, don’t miss “Big Ten Breakdown” at 7.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. One week in the books, the conference is 10-2, with the two defeats coming by a combined nine points. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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As expected, ESPN College GameDay confirmed Sunday that it will be in Ann Arbor for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. It had to be a pretty easy choice, considering the two programs, the fact both teams are wearing special uniforms and, most importantly, it marks the first night game in Michigan Stadium history. The Big House added lights during the offseason, and they debuted for The Big Chill, last year’s hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State. Here’s a Twitpic of the lights.