The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).
Our most interactive show BTN Live airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and incorporates your Big Ten opinions via Twitter and Internet voting. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason talk Big Ten football for the entire hour on TV and discuss all the topics that have fans buzzing.
In the latest “BTN Soccer Report,” Kevin Egan and Aron Hyde recap all the men’s action from the past weekend’s exciting slate of games. Wisconsin head coach John Trask also checks in. This season, the Badgers have beaten Indiana, the 2010 Big Ten regular-season champion, and Michigan, the 2010 Big Ten tournament winner, on its turf. Watch the webisode now and come back throughout the week for more soccer coverage.
Audio clips from Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten Conference teleconference call for reporters and Big Ten football are ready to be played. Listen to 12 Big Ten coaches answer reporters’ questions below.
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Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 6 saw Illinois and Michigan both move to 6-0 and it also included a historic Nebraska rally. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. See the rankings in this post.
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On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” our experts covered a host of topics in 60 minutes, talked to Wisconsin star wide receiver Nick Toon and produced a bonus Web-only video clip we call The Fifth Quarter. It’s been a newsy week leading up to some very important games on Saturday, including Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Get ready for the games with Dave Revsine’s Numbers and Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview. Watch The Fifth Quarter now and check out our Toon interview and your best Rejoice Mail at the bottom of this post.
On Thursday night’s season debut of “Tailgate 48,” hosts Julie Alexandria and Jason Fisher kicked off their eight-week excursion across Big Ten country in Madison, Wis. The pair gave Big Ten fans an all-access pass to the traditions, pageantry and gameday excitement in and around Camp Randall Stadium for last week’s much-anticipated Nebraska-Wisconsin battle. During their 48-hour tour of the campus, Alexandria and Fisher caught up with Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, AD Barry Alvarez and hoops sensation Jordan Taylor. Watch the interview with Dayne now and see Taylor’s sitdown in this post.
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