The arrival of Darrell Hazell from Kent State has energized Purdue and given fans hope for the future. He inherits a team that went to a bowl last season under Danny Hope, but the roster is still a bit talent poor. Regardless, Hazell has a nice plan and a strong staff. Here is my best- and worst-case scenarios for the Boilermakers. [ RELATED: Visit Dienhart’s Best Case/Worst Case archive ] PURDUE Best case: It’s a battle of debuts in the opener, with Darrell Hazell taking on new Cincinnati boss Tommy Tuberville. The Boilermakers find a way to win late on
The 2013 BTN football tour has hit the road. Our team left our Chicago studio today for Bloomington, Ind, the first of its 12 stops across Big Ten country. The trip runs through Aug. 20, ending in Iowa City, Iowa. Which Big Ten stars are featured on the bus this year? Check out the Vine video in this post for the answer. As expected, there’s some solid talent. Throughout the tour, track all the action with our guys on Twitter (@BTNDaveRevsine, @gerrydinardo, @howardgriffith & @BTNTomDienhart). We’ll also be posting the best photos on Instagram. Have a question for our guys?
The words “Heisman” and “Candidate” are nowhere to be found, but Northern Illinois sure seems to be promoting dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch as such. In fact, the school recently sent out “Jordan Lynch for 6” lunch bags to opposing media that includes everything one wants to know about the QB. Why do we care about this? Because Northern Illinois plays two Big Ten teams this year: Iowa (Aug. 31) and Purdue (Sept. 28). Mike Carmin, of the Lafayette Journal and Courier, tweeted a couple pictures of said lunch bag. Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch arrived today. #Purdue plays NIU 9/28
BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown has reached No. 7: Ohio State’s 29-22 overtime victory over Purdue. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the next six games at the same time through Aug. 11. Until then, relive the overtime decision in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our previous top 10 games of 2012 ] OHIO STATE 29, PURDUE 22 (OT) Kenny Guiton came off the bench in relief of injured star quarterback Braxton Miller to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in overtime, with Carlos
CHICAGO – The 2013 Big Ten Football season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to jump on the BTN bus and head out on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour. For the seventh straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will cruise through Big Ten country to bring fans a 30-minute, on-site preview show from every Big Ten campus on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour, presented by Culligan. The BTN crew will travel over 3,000 miles in a customized chartered bus branded with the BTN logo. All shows can also be seen on BTN2Go.
It’s about time for me to kiss my son, Calvin; daughter, Veronica; and wife, Robin, goodbye. I also need to rub my dog Gizmo’s ample belly one last time before I finish packing my bags. It’s time for the BTN Bus Tour, 2013. And, like all busses, the cool kids sit in back. That’s where you’ll find Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Me? I’ll be up front, dreaming of back-of-the-bus glory, calling coaches and media on my iPhone and researching teams on my company-issued HP EliteBook laptop. But I do venture to the rear of the bus on
It’s always fun to offer bold predictions before football season kicks off. In the end, more times than not, the practice makes you look silly. Like, two years ago when I pegged Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase to be in the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year race. Whatever, it’s still entertaining. That being the case, I asked my Twitter followers for their 2013 bold predictions, and there were some bold ones. First impression: Either a lot of Indiana fans replied to this tweet, or people really like the Hoosiers as a surprise, improved team. THE BOLDEST @BTNBrentYarina @BigTenNetwork OSU goes
Ever wonder what Purdue product Ryan Kerrigan is doing when he isn’t terrorizing NFL quarterbacks? We now know the answer–at least for part of his free time. The Washington Redskins linebacker dresses up as the sun, dances around, peers into random homes, and yells “Ahhhhhhhh!” Don’t worry, it’s all for a commercial. A terrifically hilarious commercial, that is. Kerrigan is an absolute riot in the above ad for Thompson Creek Window Company. The former Purdue defensive end also did this commercial for the company last year. Prediction: Kerrigan is about to have a lot of people yelling “Ahhhhh!” when they
It’s road trip time! BTN is on its annual fall bus tour across Big Ten country. This year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart, get started Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Indiana and finish up Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Iowa. Throughout the tour, track all the action with our guys on Twitter (@BTNDaveRevsine, @gerrydinardo, @howardgriffith & @BTNTomDienhart). We’ll also be posting the best photos on Instagram. Have a question for our guys? Tweet it to them, using the hashtag #AskBTN, and they’ll answer the best ones. View our tour schedule and relive all the stops: SCHOOLS PRACTICE SHOW
Congratulations, Ohio State football fans! According to Emory Sports Marketing Analytics, the Buckeyes have the Big Ten’s “best” fans of the last 10 years. [ Emory.edu: Ranking the ‘best’ football fans in the Big Ten ] During the 10-year period, Emory’s study revealed, the Buckeyes generated 20 percent more revenue than No. 2 Penn State and No. 3 Michigan, in addition to averaging 2.5 more wins per season. [ RELATED: Best Case/Worst Case: B1G favorite Ohio State ] How did this study come to its results? Here’s what the site says: The study uses data from the past ten years