Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill, who was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic on Sunday after suffering a seizure earlier in the day, returned to practice Wednesday and called the team together for an on-field meeting, according to the Star Tribune. Kill’s status for Minnesota’s Big Ten opener at Michigan (noon ET, BTN) remains unknown, although defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys told reporters Tuesday that he expects Kill to return for the game.
After four weeks of nonconference play, it’s finally time for Big Ten football teams to meet on the gridiron. Saturday features a handful of Big Ten games, including the conference’s first-ever divisional matchups. In the Legends Division, it’s undefeated Michigan hosting Minnesota (noon ET, BTN), and in the Leaders Division, it’s Penn State at Indiana. Track all of the Week 5 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Before your team kicks off, check out our Q&A with some of the Big Ten’s best. The question: “If you could have dinner with any person, who would it be?” Watch the players’ answers here.
Thursday on “BTN Live,” Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith, Gerry DiNardo and Glen Mason talk up the latest news of the day and take your questions and comments via Facebook, Twitter and @BTNLive. Calling all Badgers fans: BTN cameras will be at Buffalo Wild Wings, at 789 University Avenue in Madison, Wednesday night to record your questions for Thursday’s show. Want another way to hear your voice on BTN Live? Call (319) BIGTEN-1 and leave your Rejoice Mail, a voice mail celebrating your favorite Big Ten team. We also use live polling on the important questions leading up to Saturday’s games. You’re invited to vote in the polls below right … now.
No one can say we’re being eased into Big Ten play this season. Saturday’s opening week features the Big Ten’s first divisional games (Minnesota at Michigan; Penn State at Indiana), in addition to Wisconsin hosting Nebraska in a battle of undefeated top 10 teams under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium. Not a bad way to start things, huh? BTN has the Gophers and perfect Wolverines battling for the Little Brown Jug at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Read Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Preview in this post.
Tuesday night on “The Next Level,” we gave our analysts the fun task of picking Big Ten alumni teams. The rules were simple: Brandon Williams, Russ Lande and Jon Jansen were to draft a Big Ten product at quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end. The analysts made their selections (consult the poll below), and now it’s time for you, the Big Ten fan, to get involved. We want you to decide who drafted the best team? Go ahead and vote. And feel free to leave a comment about your pick at the bottom of the page.
Conference play is finally here. Nothing against the Tennessee Techs, Chattanoogas and South Carolina States of the world, but … actually, I don’t even know how to finish that sentence. Maybe I do have something against them. Perhaps it’s time for some introspection, time to come clean…
At 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein, of the Chicago Tribune, bring you “Big Ten Football & Beyond.” Our crew will break down the keys to Nebraska-Wisconsin and offer up its nonconference superlative winners and top 5 Heisman candidates, plus SI.com’s Andy Staples will give the latest on realignment. At 8 ET, Northwestern hosts No. 12 Purdue in live volleyball action. Watch now as Kara Lentz brings you the latest “Big Ten Blast,” with updates on D’Anton Lynn and Jerry Kill’s statuses.