Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Six weeks in the books, Big Ten fans and Merriman are tied for the top spot, at 46-9. Nice work, fans!
We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which unit has the toughest matchup Saturday? The choices: #NorthwesternDefense, #UWDefense, #IUOffense, #PSUOffense or #PurdueDefense
In the latest “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan recaps the exciting action from the past weekend, including Penn State’s stunning win over reigning NCAA Champion Indiana. Penn State coach Bob Warming also joins the show to talk about the win and discuss the Nittany Lions’ season thus far.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon.
Penn State’s 1986 national championship run included a late October 23-3 win at then-No. 2 Alabama. As was the case throughout the memorable season, on this day, it was all about the defense, which limited the Crimson Tide to 44 rushing yards and registered five sacks and five turnovers. The 20-point margin marked the worst Alabama home loss in a decade. Watch a clip from the game now and catch the entire thing at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN/BTN2Go.