Big Ten Football Report: For the best year-round coverage of Big Ten football, turn to the Big Ten Football Report. During the season, check in for the latest on your Big Ten football team from Mike Hall, Howard Griffith, Chris Martin, Tony Banks and Rosevelt Colvin. Airs Monday and Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
Tune in for our usual Monday night doubleheader of Big Ten football analysis tonight with “The Big Ten Pulse” at 6:30 p.m. ET and “The Big Ten Football Report” at 7. On The Pulse, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle wonder if Michigan State is the clear favorite to win the Big Ten. Do they have the league’s best defense? On “Football Report,” our crew looks at how Week 2 injuries will impact the rest of the season.
On Friday’s night’s “Football Report” BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart touched on a number of intriguing questions to be answered Saturday. Watch the video in this post. Can Indiana’s offense score more? Will Denard Robinson be Denard Robinson? Is Iowa’s passing game going to improve? Our writer looks at those questions and others in his 12 Questions for Week 2.
On tonight’s “Football Report” at 7 p.m. ET with Mike Hall, Tony Banks, Rosevelt Colvin, and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, the crew will be joined by Purdue’s Danny Hope and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini. Also, our BTN experts are taking your questions on Twitter. Just tweet us using #AskBTN all day today.
Who do you think are the top three candidates to win the Big Ten offensive and defensive player of the year honors? Tell us in the comments below and watch Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo give you their nominations on tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET (and again at 9 and 11:30 p.m. ET). To get ready, watch this Internet-only interview with Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis conducted earlier today.
On Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” BTN analyst Howard Griffith visited East Lansing to watch some film with Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. A season ago, Narduzzi’s talented and intimidating unit led the Big Ten in rushing defense (100.5 yards per game), total defense (277.4 ypg.), interceptions (18) and third-down defense (.337).
With 10 Big Ten spring games down, it will be the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game participants closing out the spring football slate Saturday. On Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Mark Dantonio, the coach of the reigning Legends Division champs, joined BTN host Dave Revsine to talk about Michigan State’s spring. Catch the Spartans spring game at 1 p.m. ET Saturday live on BTN/BTN2Go. Also Saturday, BTN2Go will stream Wisconsin’s spring game at 5 p.m. ET. Watch our interview with Dantonio now and hear from Kirk Cousins on his NFL draft stock in this post.
On tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 7 p.m. ET our crew looks at the past weekend of Spring Football at Penn State, Ohio State, and Minnesota. Also, we interview Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and BTN’s Howard Griffith sits down with Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to study the Spartans defense. In the past, our crew has had some really insightful film sessions – watch the videos of previous sessions with Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa.
On Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine interviewed first-year Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien, the former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, and the Nittany Lions hold their spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. Find out how to watch the game. Saturday, of course, will mark fans’ first chance to see the new-look Nittany Lions, who are under the guidance of someone other than Joe Paterno for the first time since 1965. How has O’Brien and his staff put their stamp on the program? Watch Revsine’s interview with the head coach now.
Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray sat down with Dave Revsine on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report” to discuss former teammate Gary Tinsley’s passing (story), the Gophers’ running back position and his improvements as a passer, among other topics. Gray and the Gophers play their spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go. Find out how to watch the game. Gray, entering his second season as the starting QB, completed just 50.7 percent of his passes and threw as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions in 2011. Hear why the senior is excited about Minnesota’s 2012 offense now.
On Tuesday’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Gerry DiNardo took you inside the film room with new Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis. In the feature, Davis, who coached at Texas from 1998-2010 and won the 2005 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, hit up the whiteboard to talk about the offensive philosophy he brings to the Hawkeyes. Watch the entire segment now.
Just four years ago, Brady Hoke was coaching in the MAC at Ball State. Now, he’s leading one of college football’s most storied programs. And Hoke has Michigan on the precipice of big things as he enters his second season in Ann Arbor. Hoke is riding the momentum and mojo of a smashing debut at Michigan in 2011, forging an 11-2 record and second-place finish in the Legends Division. The Wolverines capped the season with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.
Tuesday night on “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine sat down with Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. The rising junior enters his third season as the Huskers’ starting signal-caller, and he and his teammates will showcase their talents in Nebraska’s spring game at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. A season ago, Martinez accounted for 2,963 total yards and 22 touchdowns, although his completion percentage dropped three percent, to 56.3 percent. Watch Martinez’s interview now.
Tuesday night on “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine sat down with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. For the first time in Ferentz’s 14 years at Iowa, his staff encountered its share of change, including a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis) and defensive coordinator (Phil Parker). Also, Ferentz’s son, Brian Ferentz, was tabbed to coach the offensive line, among other changes. See the new-look Hawkeyes’ spring practice at noon ET on BTN.com. Until then, watch our interview with Ferentz.
Ever wonder what the rigors of a Big Ten football practice are like? BTN cameras gave Big Ten fans an inside look at how intense these practices get, particularly when the strength and conditioning coach is front and center, on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report.” Howard Griffith went to East Lansing to visit with Michigan State strength coach Ken Mannie, an intense guy who, in this video, tells the Spartans: “We’re going to put your feet to the fire today, so you better have your shoes on tight.” Watch our interview with Mannie now, plus see Mannie mic’d up and meet Penn State’s new strength coach in this post.
On Tuesday night’s “The Big Ten Football Report,” Howard Griffith watched film with Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges to pick his mind about his always entertaining and electric QB Denard Robinson. Also, Gerry DiNardo traveled to Lincoln, Neb., to to catch up with Huskers QB Taylor Martinez, who hopes to improve as a passer in his junior season.