BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great football careers during our time on the air. 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 third list ranks the top five tight ends of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era.
Michigan and Nebraska are headed to BCS bowls this season, according to AthlonSports.com’s 2012-2013 college football bowl projections, released Thursday. The publication puts the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl, versus Oregon, and the Huskers in the Fiesta Bowl, versus Oklahoma. In all, Athlon has eight Big Ten teams bowling. See all the matchups in this post.
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.
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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.