Tonight on the Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET our crew of Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks previews the first weekend of all divisional games with a host of interviews and analysis. We’ll be talking to a handful of head coaches including Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Illinois’ Ron Zook, and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Plus, BTN LiveBIG host and Michigan product Dhani Jones (@DhaniJones) joins us in studio to talk with Banks about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry and what it means to them.
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The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).
Our most interactive show BTN Live airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and incorporates your Big Ten opinions via Twitter and Internet voting. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason talk Big Ten football for the entire hour on TV and discuss all the topics that have fans buzzing.
Saturday night’s Northwestern-Iowa game on BTN will be a special one at Kinnick Stadium. As part of the America Needs Farmers partnership between the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Athletics Department, the game has been designated “ANF Day at Kinnick.” What does that mean? Basically, there will be a host of activities around the stadium. Read about the events in this HawkeyeSports.com story. Among the day’s features, the school is asking fans to stripe Kinnick gold and black, which will only enhance BTN’s telecast. See images from the last gold and black stripe game.
Audio clips from Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten Conference teleconference call for reporters and Big Ten football are ready to be played. Listen to 12 Big Ten coaches answer reporters’ questions below.
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Iowa’s Dan Gable led the Iowa wrestling program from 1977-1997 and to 17 NCAA titles, including nine consecutive championships from 1978 to 1986. He also guided the Hawkeyes to 21 straight Big Ten titles as head coach and posted an amazing 355-21-5 career dual meet record. At 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Gable becomes the latest Big Ten coach to be celebrated in the series Big Ten Icons, hosted by college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson. In this video clip, listen to Gable describe how his one loss as a wrestler fueled his coaching career.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 6 saw Illinois and Michigan both move to 6-0 and it also included a historic Nebraska rally. 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. See the rankings in this post.
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