Wisconsin begins a new era after Gary Andersen was hired from Utah State as the Badgers program’s third coach since 1990. Andersen inherited a full cupboard after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas, so the new coach’s task is a bit easier as he pursues the program’s fourth Big Ten title in a row. But issues must be settled, beginning with the quarterback and secondary. Some work was accomplished this spring, but more remains. BTN provides live coverage of Wisconsin’s spring game at 5 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go only. I’ll be in Madison for this game and you can follow
Wisconsin hosts its annual spring game at 5 p.m. ET Saturday live on BTN/BTN2Go. That, of course, means college football fans will get their first look at how the Badgers may operate in 2013 under new coach Gary Andersen. To preview Saturday’s spring game, Gerry DiNardo sat down with Andersen to discuss Wisconsin’s proud power running game, plus much more. Watch the full interview. [ RELATED: Get all of BTN.com’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Looking for Wisconsin’s 2013 schedule? Here you go: Day Date Opponent Time TV Result Sat. Aug. 31 vs. Massachusetts TBA Sat. Sep. 7 vs.
How far does Urban Meyer think his front seven has come on defense? What challenges are on the horizon for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his offense? Want to hear Purdue’s Darrell Hazell describe how his staff has come together? Listen to the latest Big Ten Conference teleconferences as each of the 12 Big Ten football coach and a selected player answer questions from the reporters covering their teams as the spring football season rolls on. If you’re not familiar, we post these weekly teleconferences during the season. Find previous posts here for some examples. We’ll do it again this
The BTN Big 10K event in Chicago is back, and it’s on Saturday, July 27. This year’s race will be televised on the Big Ten Network so dress up in your favorite school colors and compete for your Big Ten team in the 10K race or 5K run/walk. Register at www.btnbig10k.com to make sure you get your school-themed race shirt – see the shirts in this post. Here are the shirts. And if you’re on Facebook, check out the race page at www.facebook.com/BTNBig10k. Afterward, kick-off the college football season in style with thousands of Big Ten fans at the ultimate
Spring football is in full bloom in the Big Ten, from Lincoln to State College. Many issues must be decided between the conclusion of spring drills and the start of the season. But, most won’t be resolved until fall camp. Until then, here are the 18—yes, 18–biggest Big Ten spring questions. 1. How will the Michigan offense look with Denard Robinson gone? We got an extended peak last season, when Robinson dealt with injury that forced Devin Gardner to take the controls. And, the results were promising. Coordinator Al Borges will implement more of his pro- and West Coast-style, taking
In Monday’s web-only “Football Report” segment, BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith offered their thoughts on how Wisconsin should handle its quarterback situation. The Badgers, of course, return all three signal-callers who saw time under center last season – Danny O’Brien. Curt Phillips and Joel Stave – in addition to redshirt freshman Bart Houston. Hear our analysts’ suggestions in this video. And check out last month’s “Football Report” interview with Gary Andersen:
Strength of schedule figures to be a big component of the criteria used to determine who will play in the coming four-team playoff in 2014. To that end, Wisconsin’s 2015 slate will get a big boost from having a game with Alabama on its slate. The school announced Wednesday that it will play the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide on Sept. 5, 2015, in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Alabama beat Michigan in the same venue to open the 2012 season. By 2015, Big Ten schools may be playing nine league games, making this a rugged slate for Wisconsin.
Snow is still on the ground in parts of the Midwest and the calendar still says “February.” No matter, Northwestern kicked off spring football on Wednesday, the first Big Ten school to take the lid off this beautiful annual rite. Yes, the 2013 season is a day closer. And, that’s a tremendous thing. Many questions loom across the Big Ten landscape, as the other 11 schools will begin practice in March. Here is a look at three things that schools in the Leaders Division must work on this spring. On Friday, I will look at the Legends Division. [RELATED: Get the
Fun item from esteemed ex-colleague David Fox of Athlon Sports on the top football/basketball coaching tandems in the nation. Topping the list: Ohio State’s duo of Thad Matta and Urban Meyer. Michigan’s duo of Brady Hoke and John Beilein is No. 2 in the nation, according to Athlon. Here is how Athlon ranks the Big Ten tandems. Hard to argue with Fox putting Matta and Meyer on top. Matta has taken Ohio State to two Final Fours, three Big Ten tourney titles and a share of five regular-season crowns. Meyer won two national titles at Florida and debuted with a
BTN will air a 30-minute special Black History Month presentation called “Football Pioneers” at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday Hosted by Howard Griffith, the show features interviews with former Northwestern head coach Dennis Green,who was just the second African-American head coach in Division I history. We also talk with Sidney Williams, a former Wisconsin quarterback who was Big Ten’s first African-American starting quarterback, and current Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. Check our online TV schedule for future re-airing of this show, too. And remember that you can also watch if via BTN2Go. Be sure to visit the Big Ten Conference’s special Black History Month section