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Spring Football: What to watch for on Saturday

There will be a lot to watch at the Ohio State spring game this Saturday. How will the defense look? Is the offensive line coming together? Any good running backs with Carlos Hyde gone? Ohio State is one of eight Big Ten schools conducting spring games that day. The rest: Penn State, Purdue, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana. All of them can be seen live online via BTN2Go and find out when they air on TV via our TV schedule. As for the Ohio State game, I’m also looking forward to halftime. No, not because the band will play or

Spring Football Q&A: Mauti to call PSU game

The new-look Penn State Nittany Lions will take the field on Saturday for their annual spring football game. Fans will get a first-look at new head coach James Franklin, who takes over a Penn State team coming off a 7-5 season and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten play. Former Penn State standout Michael Mauti, who is a member of the Minnesota Vikings, will be doing color commentary on BTN’s broadcast of Penn State’s spring game on Saturday. The game will be available to watch at 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go, and then will air on delay on BTN at

Dienhart: Time for college sports to join real world

I have to admit: Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports hit the nail on the head with his recent piece about the NCAA not seeing the totality of the picture when it comes to the future of intercollegiate athletics. In sum, not all college sports are equal. It’s time to acknowledge that and take appropriate actions to a model that is woefully outdated and unfair. It’s time to exit fairytale land and embrace the cold, hard fact many don’t want to embrace in this popsicle-for-everyone-world: LIFE ISN’T FAIR. Not everything and everyone is created equally. So, they shouldn’t be treated as

Michigan to host first Big Ten night game Oct. 11

Michigan announced Monday that it will host its first Big Ten night game against Penn State on October 11. The Wolverines have played just two night games in the history of Michigan Stadium, both vs. Notre Dame, in 2011 and 2013. It’s a new thing, and Michigan is 2-0 under the lights. [ MORE: MGoBlue.com: Michigan to host its first Big Ten night game ] So, now it’s time bring the lights to Big Ten play. “The night game atmosphere created by our fans has been electric and we expect that same type of energy for our first-ever conference night

Video: Gerry DiNardo sits down with James Franklin

BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo had a sit-down with new Penn State football coach James Franklin on Tuesday night’s #BTNLive. Franklin, the former Vanderbilt coach, replaces Bill O’Brien, who left after last season to coach the NFL’s Houston Texans. Learn more about Penn State’s new head coach and find out how his fist spring in Happy Valley is going in this post.

Dienhart: Linebacker U needs help at linebacker

The lid is being taken off the James Franklin era. And it’s an exciting time. He brings energy and enthusiasm—not to mention a strong resume that saw him win 24 games in three seasons at Vanderbilt—to State College. There is plenty of talent to work with-headed by quarterback Christian Hackenberg–but the program continues to deal with repercussions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Departed Bill O’Brien was able to forge two winning seasons. What can Franklin do? Some critical questions must begin to be answered this spring, when only 53 scholarship players will be on hand with 75 projected for the

BTN experts discuss early signing day idea

On Tuesday’s #BTNLive show Mike Hall, Gerry DiNardo and Stanley Jackson had a length discussion examining the positives and negatives of an early signing period in college football. Right now, prospects can’t sign a letter of intent with any school until the first Wednesday in February, a day when football offices are busy and fans track every announcement. If an early signing period were to be established, high school players wouldn’t have to wait until February and could make their verbal commitments official at an earlier date. Watch DiNardo, a former coach, and Jackson, a former player, discuss the ramifications

Sorry, Coach Saban: 10-second rule is tabled

Thank goodness the 10-second rule proposal was tabled. You see: Alabama’s Nick Saban doesn’t always get his way. The proposed change—made in the name of player safety and trumpeted by Saban–would have put the brakes on those fun, fast-paced offenses that have become the rage in college football. Instead, the NCAA Football Rules Committee has tabled the directive one day before the NCAA’s 11-member playing rules oversight panel was slated to vote to make the proposal a rule for 2014. The Big Ten school that would have been impacted the most by this change would have been Indiana, where Kevin

#BTNLive crew debates Friday night football games

Earlier this week, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart wrote a piece about Big Ten football games being played on Friday nights. The idea generated plenty of feedback from Big Ten fans across the country. Some fans were in favor of the idea, but the majority were against it, which can be seen by reading Dienhart’s weekly mailbag. [ MORE: Friday night football? There are ‘lots of possibilities ] On Thursday’s edition of #BTNLive, Rick Pizzo, Glen Mason and Gerry DiNardo sounded off on the idea in a roundtable discussion. “I think if you’re going to play a Friday night game,

Mailbag: Big Ten football on Friday night?

Talk of the Big Ten considering the possibility of playing some Friday night football games has created a buzz. I wrote a story about it earlier this week. In the two-and-a-half years I’ve been doing this job, I never have gotten as much email on a subject. It’s not even close. And, judging by the majority of your correspondence, the idea of Friday night football doesn’t have great appeal for fear of the high school game being impacted. Still opinions vary. Have a look. [ MORE: Friday night football? There are ‘lots of possibilities’ ] Wanna really think outside the