If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Thursday’s show, our experts discuss this question: Which B1G defense faces the toughest test Saturday? Answer candidates: Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, or Nebraska.
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This is by far the best slate of games of the short 2013 season. The Saturday menu is highlighted by four games vs. Pac-12 schools—Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago; Wisconsin at Arizona State; UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal. Purdue also gets its annual crack at Notre Dame, adding more name-brand appeal to the weekend. And we have in-state rivals Iowa-Iowa State clashing.
We had a special treat on Tuesday night’s #BTNLive. Illinois legend and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus joined the show to talk about his playing career, the state of the game today, and much more. Watch our first segment with Butkus that aired on Tuesday’s show here, plus see the other two segments in this post.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon.
Every week during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com video editors compile all of the Big Ten touchdowns. As expected, with 12 games in Week 2, including several against far inferior foes, there were a lot of scores. Do you have a favorite touchdown from the past week? If not, watch this clip and see all of the contenders. Even if you do, relieve all the scores again.
Illinois great and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus joins #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET tonight. Butkus, a 1963 and 1964 unanimous All-American, will offer his thoughts on Illinois’ Week 3 test vs. Washington (6 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go), the same team Butkus and the Illini beat in the 1964 Rose Bowl.
We are halfway through the non-conference season. Can you believe it? And, so far, so good for the Big Ten, which has gone 21-3. The losses: Purdue at Cincinnati, 42-7; Iowa to Northern Illinois, 30-27; Indiana to Navy, 41-35. None of those are shameful. And there have been some impressive wins.