To help Big Ten fans get ready for the 2013 football season, BTN/BTN2Go will air the top 10 games of 2012, starting with No. 10 on Friday, Aug. 2, and finishing with No. 1 on Sunday, Aug. 11. All games will air at 8 p.m. ET. What was your favorite game of 2012? We provided a poll below with 20 of our favorites, from Michigan State’s season-opening victory over Boise State to Northwestern’s historic bowl win over Mississippi State. TOP 10 FOOTBALL GAMES OF 2012 COUNTDOWN DAY (8 p.m. ET) MATCHUP Game No. 10 Friday, Aug. 2 TBA Game No.
With media days complete, there is a long list of stories to check out. Here is a nice run down to get you caught up on each team from the goings-on in Chicago the last two days. By the way: The season begins Aug. 29, with Indiana State playing at Indiana. ILLINOIS Decatur Herald-Review: Nathan Scheelhaase is ready for one more run. Champaign News-Gazette: Receivers are following Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt’s lead. Chicago Tribune: Tim Beckman is bullish on improvement. INDIANA Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson expects improvement from an “embarrassing” defense. Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson looking for dynamic quarterback
CHICAGO – How often do some of the best players from all 12 Big Ten teams gather under one roof? Once a year, at the annual Big Ten media days. To take advantage of the opportunity, I conducted a Big Ten poll Thursday that asked one player from every team the same five questions. Who’s the most exciting Big Ten player? What’s the toughest Big Ten road venue? See all the results in this post. [ RELATED: Clothes Call: 2013 Big Ten media days edition ] Editor’s note: Player responses were anonymous to ensure honest answers and avoid hurt feelings
CHICAGO – There’s no better time or place to get an up-close look at the latest changes to Big Ten uniforms and helmets than at the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Teams deck out their designated areas with all of the latest, greatest threads and equipment. Take a look at all the new looks the Big Ten will debut this season in this post. [ RELATED: Media day pop quiz: Big Ten stars answer 5 questions ] ILLINOIS The Illini, as BTN.com reported earlier, have a new primary lid (see below) and will use last year’s matte blue helmet as
BTN’s Dave Revsine hosts our two-hour “Kickoff Luncheon Special,” which airs at 8 p.m. ET Friday. Revsine, who also served as the emcee for Thursday’s Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, will be joined by analsysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith as they look ahead to the 2013 season. On the show our crew will interview each of the 12 Big Ten football coaches. Also at Thursday’s luncheon, Penn State offensive guard John Urschel, an Academic All-American and winner of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, spoke on behalf of the 36 players in attendance. Watch his entire speech in this post.
As is the case every year on the first day of Big Ten media days, Big Ten head coaches and commissioner Jim Delany had their time on the podium. All 12 coaches met the media, starting with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and ending with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Watch Delany’s press conference now and see all 12 coaches address the media in this post. [ VIDEO: Watch BTN’s Big Ten season previews ] Illinois’ Tim Beckman Indiana’s Kevin Wilson Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz Michigan’s Brady Hoke Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio Minnesota’s Jerry Kill Nebraska’s Bo Pelini Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald Ohio State’s Urban Meyer
CHICAGO – Big Ten media days are underway at the Hilton Chicago. Thirty-six players and all 12 coaches are here and meeting the media. Get caught up on Wednesday’s happenings in this Day 1 Notebook. Fans can track each day’s activities by following BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and me (@BTNBrentYarina) on Twitter, and we’re filing updates to BTN.com all day. Don’t forget about BTN Connect, too. COMFORTABLE AT QUARTERBACK: There’s uncertainty at quarterback all over the Big Ten. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin all either have a quarterback battle or will be throwing an unproven guy
The spread offense is all the rage. Just look around. More and more schools are using the scheme—and playing at an up-tempo. Oregon is the standard. But not at Michigan. Nope. It officially is dumping the spread now that Denard Robinson is gone. Truthfully, the Wolverines began a transition to a more pro-style attack in 2012 when Robinson got hurt and Devin Gardner took over for a program whose trademark for years before Rich Rodriguez was hired in 2008 was a conventional scheme. “I think everyone believes in a philosophy, obviously,” said Michigan coach Brady Hoke. “We all have our
CHICAGO – BTN announced Wednesday that BTN2Go, the network’s website and smartphone/tablet app featuring 24/7 live streaming, is the first TV Everywhere service of an ad-supported network available to virtually its entire viewer base. The announcement was made by BTN President Mark Silverman. “We’re thrilled to announce that all of our major distributors now offer BTN2Go,” Silverman said. “In today’s world, fans want access to live games and our programming anytime and anywhere. BTN2Go has been a fan favorite since it launched, and we’re pleased that all of our BTN viewers will have access to it.” BTN2Go offers BTN programming,
We’ve added video clips from our 2013 Big Ten Football Media Day, including each of the 12 team previews. Dive in and watch them all here and then find all of our video in our BTN.com video section. Those include Wednesday’s Big Ten coaches press conferences. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) were at Wednesday’s Big Ten Media Day in Chicago and filed reports throughout the sessions. Read them all here and come back for more updates from Thursday’s interview sessions and Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, too. [ VIDEO: Watch all of today’s Big Ten press conferences ]