We sent BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart on the BTN Football Tour to provide analysis from every Big Ten camp. He’s done so through the first three stops. With a day of travel planned Friday, well, he couldn’t stop the analysis. This time, Dienhart provided witty and entertaining play-by-play of the tour bus’ mechanical troubles, right outside State College, Pa. Breaking the news: Uh-oh: BTN bus has encountered mechanical issues along I-99 minutes outside of State College. Driver is furiously working his cell phone. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 9, 2013 Spot-on analysis: BTN bus was coughing smoke. Small section
When it comes to traveling, Jim Delany is the best. The Big Ten commissioner hitched a ride on the BTN bus during the first three stops—Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State–of our tour of training camps. He sat quietly on the back of the bus, surfing his iPad, reading, relaxing. And thinking. I’m sure the most powerful man in college sports is always thinking. It’s one of the things that makes Delany a collegiate icon who has been at the forefront of reshaping and transforming collegiate sports in his 25 years as Big Ten commissioner. His list of accomplishments is
Minnesota could be poised for a breakout in Year Three under Jerry Kill, who got the program to its first bowl since 2009 last season. Playing in the rigorous Legends Division will make Kill’s task difficult with the likes of Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern and Michigan State looming, but Kill continues to improve the talent on the roster. Here’s my look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Golden Gophers this season. MINNESOTA Best case: Minnesota eases into the schedule with five winnable games—four of which are at home. In fact, the Golden Gophers should be favored in each game—and
The 2013 BTN football tour has hit the road. Our team left our Chicago studio today for Bloomington, Ind, the first of its 12 stops across Big Ten country. The trip runs through Aug. 20, ending in Iowa City, Iowa. Which Big Ten stars are featured on the bus this year? Check out the Vine video in this post for the answer. As expected, there’s some solid talent. Throughout the tour, track all the action with our guys on Twitter (@BTNDaveRevsine, @gerrydinardo, @howardgriffith & @BTNTomDienhart). We’ll also be posting the best photos on Instagram. Have a question for our guys?
CHICAGO – The 2013 Big Ten Football season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to jump on the BTN bus and head out on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour. For the seventh straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will cruise through Big Ten country to bring fans a 30-minute, on-site preview show from every Big Ten campus on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour, presented by Culligan. The BTN crew will travel over 3,000 miles in a customized chartered bus branded with the BTN logo. All shows can also be seen on BTN2Go.
It’s about time for me to kiss my son, Calvin; daughter, Veronica; and wife, Robin, goodbye. I also need to rub my dog Gizmo’s ample belly one last time before I finish packing my bags. It’s time for the BTN Bus Tour, 2013. And, like all busses, the cool kids sit in back. That’s where you’ll find Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Me? I’ll be up front, dreaming of back-of-the-bus glory, calling coaches and media on my iPhone and researching teams on my company-issued HP EliteBook laptop. But I do venture to the rear of the bus on
It’s always fun to offer bold predictions before football season kicks off. In the end, more times than not, the practice makes you look silly. Like, two years ago when I pegged Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase to be in the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year race. Whatever, it’s still entertaining. That being the case, I asked my Twitter followers for their 2013 bold predictions, and there were some bold ones. First impression: Either a lot of Indiana fans replied to this tweet, or people really like the Hoosiers as a surprise, improved team. THE BOLDEST @BTNBrentYarina @BigTenNetwork OSU goes
It’s road trip time! BTN is on its annual fall bus tour across Big Ten country. This year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart, get started Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Indiana and finish up Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Iowa. Throughout the tour, track all the action with our guys on Twitter (@BTNDaveRevsine, @gerrydinardo, @howardgriffith & @BTNTomDienhart). We’ll also be posting the best photos on Instagram. Have a question for our guys? Tweet it to them, using the hashtag #AskBTN, and they’ll answer the best ones. View our tour schedule and relive all the stops: SCHOOLS PRACTICE SHOW
Congratulations, Ohio State football fans! According to Emory Sports Marketing Analytics, the Buckeyes have the Big Ten’s “best” fans of the last 10 years. [ Emory.edu: Ranking the ‘best’ football fans in the Big Ten ] During the 10-year period, Emory’s study revealed, the Buckeyes generated 20 percent more revenue than No. 2 Penn State and No. 3 Michigan, in addition to averaging 2.5 more wins per season. [ RELATED: Best Case/Worst Case: B1G favorite Ohio State ] How did this study come to its results? Here’s what the site says: The study uses data from the past ten years
The season is about a month away. That’s music to my ears. And from the volume of my mail, I can tell you all are getting excited, too. Let me reach into my mailbag and answer some of your questions. Keep the cards and letters coming. I love hearing from you all. I like your best-case record scenario for Nebraska, except the Michigan loss. I believe your worst-case scenario should be a little worse than stated. I would have the Huskers also losing to Michigan State and Penn State in my worst-case scenario. This would make them 7-5. Not very