We’re 18 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 18: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin The former walk-on who started his career in Madison as a spread option quarterback on the scout team has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top wideouts. The 6-2, 188-pound senior from Wautoma, Wis., was a consensus first-team
BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown is down to No. 2: Nebraska’s 30-27 come-from-behind win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the No. 1 game at the same time Sunday. Until then, relive the improbably second-half comeback in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our previous top 10 games of 2012 ] NEBRASKA 30, WISCONSIN 27 Taylor Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead No. 22 Nebraska’s comeback from a 17-point deficit to
The highly respected Phil Steele released his 2013 Initial Power Ratings on Friday, and the list is certain to get the attention of Big Ten fans. For starters, Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State lands at No. 4, behind reigning national champ Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M. Ohio State fans won’t like that. Nebraska? The reigning Legends Division champ comes in at No. 27, and is the fifth (!) Big Ten team. [ PhilSteele.com: 2013 Initial Power Ratings ] Before you get too upset, understand that this is just one of Steele’s nine sets of power ratings. He refers to
We sent BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart on the BTN Football Tour to provide analysis from every Big Ten camp. He’s done so through the first three stops. With a day of travel planned Friday, well, he couldn’t stop the analysis. This time, Dienhart provided witty and entertaining play-by-play of the tour bus’ mechanical troubles, right outside State College, Pa. Breaking the news: Uh-oh: BTN bus has encountered mechanical issues along I-99 minutes outside of State College. Driver is furiously working his cell phone. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 9, 2013 Spot-on analysis: BTN bus was coughing smoke. Small section
When it comes to traveling, Jim Delany is the best. The Big Ten commissioner hitched a ride on the BTN bus during the first three stops—Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State–of our tour of training camps. He sat quietly on the back of the bus, surfing his iPad, reading, relaxing. And thinking. I’m sure the most powerful man in college sports is always thinking. It’s one of the things that makes Delany a collegiate icon who has been at the forefront of reshaping and transforming collegiate sports in his 25 years as Big Ten commissioner. His list of accomplishments is
We’re 21 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 21: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin With Montee Ball and has gaggle of records gone, there is a big void in the Wisconsin backfield. Look for Gordon to assume a big role—along with senior James White. Gordon flashed potential last season as a redshirt freshman,
BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown has reached No. 4: Penn State’s memorable 24-21 overtime victory over Wisconsin. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the next three games at the same time through Sunday. Until then, relive the thrilling game in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our previous top 10 games of 2012 ] PENN STATE 24, WISCONSIN 21 (OT) Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin’s Kyle French attempt from 45 yards went wide left to seal Penn State’s 24-21 win Saturday in an
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?
We’re 24 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 24: James White, RB, Wisconsin. Has a Big Ten player scored a quieter 33 touchdowns in his first three seasons than Wisconsin’s James White? The answer has to be a resounding no. White’s surplus of scores go unnoticed because his trips to the end
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.