Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle roll up their sleeves and discuss the big Week 3 games, including a measuring stick game for Illinois, Michigan State’s tough road stretch starting in South Bend and Ohio State’s statement game at Miami. Also, we discuss this question: Is there such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to great quarterbacking? All this and more. Follow @BTNThePulse on Twitter and come talk to us.
BTN Live is a show built around live opinions and questions from the Big Ten fans. On Thursday our panel of experts discussed a number of topics, including how Big Ten football coaches should handle having their players on Twitter. It was good stuff, and you can sound off to our guys @BTNLive all week. Watch now as the BTN Live crew answers questions posed by Twitter followers who joined us online during The Fifth Quarter, the live Internet-only segment that streams on BTN.com after “BTNLive” concludes on TV. And check out our online TV schedule to catch re-airs of that episode.
Our Big Ten Football Report airs Friday night at 7 p.m. ET, but we like to catch up with our football talent before each show and tape a little video update. The show features our two experts, former Michigan State star Tony Banks and former Purdue star Rosevelt Colvin. So if you send us your really good Big Ten football questions, we’ll choose the best ones and ask them for a Web-only video clip to be posted Friday afternoon.
Good news for Gopher fans and college football fans everywhere: Minnesota’s Jerry Kill was discharged from the hospital today and is now resting at home, according to Gopher football team physician Dr. Pat Smith. Dr. Smith said that Kill was released during the lunch hour Thursday.
Last week on Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Illinois head coach Ron Zook. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Champaign. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Zook, whose 2-0 Illini team hosts No. 18 Arizona State at 7 p.m. Saturday on BTN.
I wouldn’t necessarily have thought this going into the season, but the game that excites me the most on the Big Ten slate this weekend is Illinois’ game with Arizona State. Obviously, Ohio State–Miami and Michigan State–Notre Dame are generating more national buzz. But Gerry, Howard and I thought the Illini were a legitimate contender in the Leaders Division when we watched them in the pre-season and this is our first opportunity to see if we’re right.
Pretty amazing story coming out of last weekend’s thrilling night game at Michigan. According to AnnArbor.com, sixty-nine-year-old Leo Staudacher was cheering for Notre Dame Sept. 10 when he felt sharp pain in his shoulder during the second quarter.