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.
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.
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!
BTN.com streamed live video from Thursday’s Big Ten Conference Basketball Media Days in Chicago. If you didn’t get the chance to watch your Big Ten men’s coach address the media live, we’ve got you covered. The Thursday morning sessions with every Big Ten coach will be archived on our men’s basketball video page.
CHICAGO – Everyone at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday seemed to agree that two-time reigning conference champ and preseason No. 3 Ohio State is the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s favorite. Everyone except Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, that is. “I’d be lying to you if I didn’t see us winning it,” the star point guard said.
Tonight on Tailgate 48 we show you what our crew did last Saturday at Northwestern. Tune in at 7 p.m. ET to see us interview Northwestern graduate and legendary TV and movie writer/director/producer Garry Marshall. We also hang out with Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers at the Pep Rally, tailgate with fans, and tour Mustard’s Last Stand. (BTN’s Lisa Byington caught Myers on the sideline, too, and we post that clip for you here).
The Big Ten championship game won’t be played until December 3 in Indianapolis. But a de facto Legends Division game may be taking place at Nebraska this weekend. Michigan State plays at Nebraska in a game that will go a long way toward determining who will win the Legends Division. The Spartans are the lone unbeaten team in the division. The Cornhuskers have one loss—and likely can’t afford another. Bottom line: A win by Michigan State would give it a virtual stranglehold on the Legends Division race.