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Debate it: Will Nebraska defense improve in 2013?

Nebraska holds its annual Red-White Spring Game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, and you’ll be able to watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go. As we’ll be doing with every team this spring, BTN’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address one hot topic facing each team entering the 2013 season. Up first: Nebraska. Question: Will the Nebraska defense improve in 2013? Tom: No one knows for sure. The reports from spring football have been mixed. There isn’t an area on this defense that doesn’t cause Cornhuskers fans to wring their hands. The front seven in particular is a grave concern. Where are

Gerry DiNardo talks Nebraska Red-White spring game

At 3 p.m. ET Saturday, BTN/BTN2Go will air the Nebraska Red-White spring game. To preview the game, Mike Hall asked Gerry DiNardo for the one thing Nebraska fans should be watching in the Big Ten’s first spring game of the year. In typical DiNardo fashion, he ignored the question and offered two things. Hear both of DiNardo’s answers in this video. Here’s a look at Nebraska’s 2013 schedule: Day Date Opponent Time TV Result Sat. Aug. 31 vs. Wyoming TBA Sat. Sep. 7 vs. Southern Miss TBA Sat. Sep. 14 vs. UCLA TBA Sat. Sep. 21 vs. South Dakota State

BTN analysts discuss Nebraska's 2013 outlook

In a web-only “Football Report” segment, BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Derek Rackley discussed Nebraska’s 2013 season outlook. It’s early, no doubt, but DiNardo was recently in Lincoln, Neb., and here’s what he had to say: “I saw a really talented and experienced offense. I think it’s all going to come down to Taylor Martinez.” More specifically, whether the Huskers decide to make him a pass-first or run-first quarterback. Watch the segment now. And if we’re talking Nebraska, it’s hard not to share this recent Harlem Shake video:

Did You See This? Pelini, Nebraska's Harlem Shake

Your move, Big Ten coaches. In a sports world obsessed with the Harlem Shake, Bo Pelini and Nebraska took the dance video to a new level during their first spring practice. Watch the Nebraska football team’s version of the internet phenomenon in this post. [ RELATED: Check out several other Big Ten-centric Harlem Shake videos ] So, yeah, that’s clearly Pelini spiking his hat in the beginning of the video – which is no big deal. The real shocker is that the coach appears to join the frenetic dance. Starting at the 20-second mark, the man dancing in the backward

Spring football: Previewing Big Ten Legends Division

Spring football has kicked off in Big Ten territory, with Northwestern the first to take off the wraps this past Wednesday. Yesterday, we posted spring previews for the Leaders Division teams. Today, we take a look at the Legends Division, which is filled with many interesting story lines: How will Nebraska’s defensive front seven take shape? Will Michigan’s offense transition smoothly from the Denard Robinson era to a more conventional attack? How will the overhauled staff work at Iowa? There’s that and more here. Tell me what you’re looking forard to seeing from your team in this post, on Twitter,

Team up: Ranking football & hoops coaching combos

Fun item from esteemed ex-colleague David Fox of Athlon Sports on the top football/basketball coaching tandems in the nation. Topping the list: Ohio State’s duo of Thad Matta and Urban Meyer. Michigan’s duo of Brady Hoke and John Beilein is No. 2 in the nation, according to Athlon. Here is how Athlon ranks the Big Ten tandems. Hard to argue with Fox putting Matta and Meyer on top. Matta has taken Ohio State to two Final Fours, three Big Ten tourney titles and a share of five regular-season crowns. Meyer won two national titles at Florida and debuted with a

'Football Pioneers' show honors Black History Month

BTN will air a 30-minute special Black History Month presentation called “Football Pioneers” at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday Hosted by Howard Griffith, the show features interviews with former Northwestern head coach Dennis Green,who was just the second African-American head coach in Division I history. We also talk with Sidney Williams, a former Wisconsin quarterback who was Big Ten’s first African-American starting quarterback, and current Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. Check our online TV schedule for future re-airing of this show, too. And remember that you can also watch if via BTN2Go. Be sure to visit the Big Ten Conference’s special Black History Month section

Dienhart: Dropping FCS foes makes total sense

Talking on his radio show last night, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said that Big Ten A.D.s have agreed to stop scheduling FCS schools in the future. Alvarez gave no indication on when Big Ten schools would stop playing FCS foes. But, it can’t happen soon enough in what often are little more than glorified scrimmages. This is the latest item revealed concerning Big Ten schedules, as Commissioner Jim Delany recently said the Big Ten will study a move from an eight- to a nine- or 10-game league schedule. Several FCS schools are on the schedule of Big Ten teams in

Dienhart: Get ready for 9- or 10-game league schedule

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement to the Big Ten Network on Tuesday saying the league will look into a nine- and 10-game league schedule in the future. Here’s the release: “After meeting with coaches and athletic directors, the Big Ten will look at nine- and 10-game options for future conference football schedules. As a conference we want to play each other more, not less, and an increase in the number of games will help accomplish that goal. The Big Ten will continue meeting with school representatives in the coming months to present a proposal to the Council

Plan ahead: Spring football dates are in

Are you ready for some spring football? Hey, it’s not the real thing with packed stadiums, marching bands, tailgaters and cheerleaders all pouring their hearts into a regular season game. But, it’s the next best thing to cure your football fix. Northwestern is the first to start, opening spring drills on Feb. 27. Minnesota is the last to open, starting on March 26. Following is the spring start date for each school and the date for the spring game. Mark your calendars accordingly. And stayed tuned to BTN.com for coming updates on how to watch these events. SCHOOL PRACTICE STARTS