Big Ten coaches voted defending Big Ten champion Nebraska as the conference favorite for the 2012 season, it was announced Thursday. Earning the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship last season, the Huskers top the poll for the first time as members of the Big Ten.
I’m still on the road with the Big Ten Football Preview Tour and we’re in Indiana today. Tonight at 10 p.m. ET you can catch our preview show on Purdue. This tour is keeping me busy as I preview each stop and recap each practice – it’s all over here. I’m also providing updates and photos via Twitter. Don’t forget to check out my colleagues @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, and @HowardGriffith, too. Now, let’s get to my Thursday links.
There was a lot to watch at Purdue’s practice Wednesdat as Danny Hope prepares his fourth Boilermaker squad. It was a warm, sunny day in West Lafayette, testing everyone’s resolve.
Six stops down, we’re officially halfway through the 2012 BTN summer bus tour. On Wednesday afternoon, the BTN crew was in West Lafayette, Ind., taking in Purdue practice. With practice now complete, it’s time for DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across the Big Ten. Watch our Purdue Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Next stop: Bloomington, Ind., where we will watch Indiana practice Thursday.
The BTN tour bus was in West Lafayette, Ind., on Wednesday so our crew could watch Purdue practice and get a chance to talk to the coaching staff and top players. One of those players, Kawann Short, also added a little something to the BTN tour bus. As is tradition this summer, the player from each team represented on our bus signed their likeness. See a picture of Short, the highly hyped defensive tackle, autograph our bus in this post.
Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from stops along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We see Purdue practice Wednesday, and excited Boiler fans already sent me their questions. Read all of my answers to your latest Big Ten questions in this post. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart).
It’s been a fast handful of years, and on Aug. 30, BTN will officially celebrate its fifth anniversary. Crazy to think, huh? To celebrate – not to mention kill time before the season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great football careers during our existence. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My second list ranks the top five running backs of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era.