Can you smell it in the air? College basketball is just around the corner. In fact, the Big Ten preseason kicks off tonight as Illinois hosts McKendree at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digital Network. It will be the first chance to get a look at several of the conferences top newcomers, which is always exciting to see at this time of year.
Another light, yet exciting week ahead, with four teams off–Indiana, Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin. Still, this Saturday has a marquee, prime-time game to hang its hat on with Penn State playing at Ohio State.
Allen Robinson entered the 2013 season as the Big Ten’s undisputed top wide receiver. The Nittany Lion star earned the honor following his breakout 2012 campaign, in which he led the conference in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,013) and touchdowns (11). Through six games, Robinson is on pace for even better numbers. But is he the Big Ten’s best receiver? I asked our resident quarterback, Stanley Jackson, for his answer.
At 7 p.m. ET tonight, “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013,” presented by Best Buy, shows you what famous athlete inspires Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier. Plus, track the amazing path Minnesota’s Cedric Thompson took from Bombay Beach, Calif., to Minneapolis, and see how James White and Melvin Gordon have become the Big Ten’s best one-two punch at the running back position.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon.
For years, Big Ten coaches have spouted off clichés about how difficult a grind the conference is week in week out, how there are no off nights, that you’re in for battle in every match, and that there is no margin for error. While accurate in some sense, until the 2013 season, it seemed like a lot of coach speak to pump up the reputation of the league.
BTN’s Dan Kelly, Kevin Egan and special guest Matt Eliason recap the latest Big Ten soccer action, including Michigan’s 1-0 upset win over No. 12 Creighton. Additionally, the panel talks about Penn State’s path to an undefeated conference record so far and what’s ahead for the Nittany Lions.