The Big Ten announced its 2012 men’s soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Players to Watch List on Tuesday, with the conference’s last two regular-season champs tied at the top. Northwestern, fresh off its first Big Ten title, and 2012 champ Indiana were picked as the conference favorites.
I didn’t really know what to expect at Penn State practice today, but I came away with the spirit and energy. And the team has some talent.
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The BTN bus was in State College, Pa., on Monday to take in Penn State practice. With practice and filming now wrapped up, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo (@GerryDiNardo) has sent out his post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. Also, inside see tweets from Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine). Don’t forget to catch the Penn State Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN/BTN2Go.
With the BTN tour bus in State College, Pa., on Monday morning, it was time to seek out Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill and have him put his signature on his likeness on the side of the BTN bus. This is the tradition this summer, whereas last year we simply had the players pose for a picture next to their likeness. See the picture of Hill signing the bus in this post.
SI.com’s Andy Staples knows the Big Ten. Not only does he cover the beat for SI.com, he is a frequent guest of ours on “Big Ten Football & Beyond.” Staples posted his Big Ten 2012 Conference Report on Monday, and it’s a great read. The biggest thing that stands out has to be Staples’ prediction for Purdue: 5-7, 2-6.
Another week before the college football season kicks off is in the books. Now, it’s less than two weeks before Minnesota travels to UNLV for the Big Ten’s first game Thursday, Aug. 30. What happened in the last week? Check out BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the week that was in this post.
The BTN bus tour has entered the final stretch, with three stops remaining. Today, we’re at Penn State to get our first look at the Nittany Lions under Bill O’Brien. You can find all of my tour previews and recaps over here. I’m also providing updates via Twitter. Don’t forget to check out my colleagues @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, and @HowardGriffith, too. Now, let’s get to my Monday links.