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How does "B1G" patch look on your team's jersey? Here you go

With the first Big Ten football game still three-plus weeks away, I’m looking for any excuse to talk football. Uniform updates help me pass the time. Today is no different, especially with the release of Wisconsin’s new adidas alternate uniform. On a smaller note, the conference has a new rule that requires every team to wear a “B1G” patch on its jerseys. It’s been reported quite a bit and it’s something I tried to spotlight in my media days Clothes Call recap, but here is photo evidence. Not a big thing at all. It’s something the conference is implementing this

Wisconsin releases full adidas alternate uniform

After building up plenty of anticipation during its four-day slow reveal, Wisconsin unveiled its new adidas TECHFIT alternate uniform Monday. The Badgers will wear the new duds in their Big Ten opener Sept. 29 at Nebraska, which also will wear a new adidas alternate uniform. See pictures and videos of the uniform in this post, plus tell us if you like Wisconsin or Nebraska’s uni better. [Facebook.com: View full gallery of Wisconsin’s uniform] [BTN.com: Clothes Call: Big Ten summer practice edition] This is a clean look, all things considered. I like how it isn’t a drastic change from Wisconsin’s traditional

Big Ten web links: Get Monday's best clicks

It’s Monday, and we’re one week closer to football season. There, that should help you get through this day. If not, maybe my latest Big Ten daily links can do the trick. Get to clicking in this post. UNSURE ABOUT ILLINI: How will Illinois do this season? Don’t ask long-time Fighting Illini writer Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald-Review. He has no idea. None. There are many unknowns in Champaign as Tim Beckman embarks on his first season as coach. Beckman thinks a big reason why the Illini struggled down the stretch during an epic 0-6 collapse to the regular

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

Another week is in the books, and that means we’re that much closer to the kickoff of the 2012 college football season. Catch up on all of BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the past week in this post. 10. Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan State OC Dan Roushar After Don Treadwell left to be head coach of Miami (Ohio) after the 2010 season, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio turned to offensive line coach Dan Roushar to be offensive coordinator. And that has proven to be a good move. Last season, the Spartan attack ranked fourth in the Big Ten, averaging

Big Ten products all over announcing teams

ESPN announced its 2012 college football commentator assignments Monday morning, and the list is littered with Big Ten products, including the addition of former Ohio State standout wide receiver Joey Galloway as an analyst. See all the pairings here and find out what roles Big Ten products will have this fall in this post. Northwestern grad Brent Musburger and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit will return for their seventh season together calling Saturday night games. Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman will be an analyst on the Saturday noon telecasts. Penn State product Matt Millen will serve as the

'The Gus Effect' in full effect in new FOX football promo

College football is coming to FOX on Saturday, Sept. 1, and you know what that means: Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Erin Andrews are ready to bring you all the action. The network debuted a new commercial Saturday night that plays on Johnson’s knack for calling great games and for making games better. The promo features two friends on a couch flipping the channel back and forth between a boring football game and an exciting Johnson-called game, and when it goes to Johnson’s, one of the friends explains: “It’s the Gus Effect, it makes everything more exciting.” Watch the full

Big Ten Mailbag: My Answers to Your Questions

You have questions, and I have answers in this week’s football-heavy mailbag. I said the mailbag was football-heavy, but I did receive one great question about the chances of the Minnesota men’s basketball team making a Final Four run this year. Got to love Big Ten hoop fans! Read my answers to all of your queries in this post. And remember, if you have a question, send it to me in the comment section at the bottom of this post. I’ll be on the upcoming Big Ten Football Preview Tour filing reports and answering your questions from our bus. Send

Twelve predictions for 2012 Big Ten football season

Football season is slowly approaching. Less than four weeks from now, in fact, the games will be underway. To help kill the time between now and then, I’ve provided what I think is a bold prediction for every Big Ten team. See all the predictions in this post. Have a bold prediction of your own? Tell me in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Or you can tweet it to me, @BTNBrentYarina. Illinois – Redshirt freshman running back Josh Ferguson will win the Thomas-Randle El Award, presented to the Big Ten’s top freshman. Why it’s bold: Ferguson

Twitter: The Big Ten's best team in 2012

If you missed it Thursday, the highly anticipated and always criticized USA Today preseason top 25 poll was released. Four Big Ten teams made the cut, led by No. 8 Michigan. Also ranked: No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 13 Michigan State and No. 16 Nebraska. While the coaches think Michigan is the Big Ten’s top team entering the 2012 season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart writes Michigan State should be ranked the highest. And I think it should be back-to-back Big Ten champ Wisconsin. That’s three answers from three sources. And if talented Ohio State was eligible to be in the

Badgers continue unveiling adidas alternate uniform

Fans of alternate uniforms are going to love the Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten opener Sept. 29 at Memorial Stadium. In what’s become the unofficial adidas TECHFIT uniform showcase, both Big Ten rivals will be sporting new alternate duds. Nebraska released its uniform last week – hello, red! – and Wisconsin, which is unveiling its uniform in phases, provided a third and final sneak peek Sunday. It will unveil the whole thing Monday. Catch a glimpse of all three released photos in this post. Here’s a look at the latest released photo: Wherever that “W” will be, whether it’s the front of