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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On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Michigan coach Brady Hoke and the week before that it was Minnesota coach Jerry Kill. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Madison. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Bielema, whose perfect Badgers have a bye week before hosting Indiana on Oct. 15. Watch one clip now and see Hall’s comments below.
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CHICAGO – Face paint, chants, cheerleaders, marching bands, pep rallies, grilling and die-hard fans are all part of the excitement surrounding Big Ten football. BTN gives fans an inside look at how Big Ten campuses prepare for game day with its new show Tailgate 48, presented by Omaha Steaks. Tailgate 48 kicks off with a trip to Camp Randall Stadium to capture the pregame festivities and party atmosphere as Wisconsin hosted Nebraska in the Huskers’ Big Ten debut. The new eight-episode series airs at 7 PM ET Thursdays beginning tomorrow.
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno is getting rid of his cane and says he’ll be on the sidelines this week. That’s just one of the tidbits you can hear in the audio from the weekly Big Ten Conference football coaches teleconference with reporters. Read the selected tweets from @B1Gfootball at the conference office, then listen to any of the 12 Big Ten football coaches now.
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We went back and dug up this clip from Wisconsin’s game against South Dakota. We aired it on TV live originally, but it’s worth watching again. In his suit and tie BTN sideline reporter Jay Wilson climbs up into the stands at Camp Randall and takes part in “Jump Around.” And after it’s all over, he says his calves feel like the weigh “about 50 pounds.”
So this is pretty cool and it makes us wish it was possible to do it at every Big Ten football game. It’s a 360-degree photo from last Saturday’s Wisconsin football game against Nebraska. You’ve probably seen photos like this before, but we’re always amazed at the the improvements being made in the actual resolution of the photograph.
Monday night, we interviewed two of Week 5’s biggest stars, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (151 yards, 4 TDs) and Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins (12 rec., 268 yards, 3 TDs). “The Big Ten Pulse” sat down with Ball, who’s scored at least two touchdowns in his last nine regular-season games and leads the nation with 14 touchdowns. What’s it like for Ball, not to mention sidekick James White, to run behind Wisconsin’s massive offensive line? “We feel really comfortable in the huddle, and once the play starts, we feel real comfortable behind those big guys,” Ball told our crew. Jenkins joined “Big Ten Breakdown,” and he appropriately broke down his 33-yard touchdown reception that helped spark Illinois’ rally against Northwestern. Watch the interview in this post.