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On Wednesday night’s #BTNLive, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson and Michigan State star linebacker Max Bullough joined the show to preview Week 1 of the Big Ten football season. Wilson and the Hoosiers host Indiana State at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, while Bullough and the Spartans entertain Western Michigan at 8 p.m. ET Friday. Both games are on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch both interviews in this post.
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If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show “#BTNLive” weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Wednesday’s airing of #BTNLive, BTN’s Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Jon Jansen discuss this question: Who is the biggest defensive game changer in the Big Ten? You can choose anyone you wish, of course, but our panel has narrowed it down to four players:
Have you ever wondered how often NFL players get to watch their alma mater play on football Saturdays? Former Ohio State standout A.J. Hawk makes it a point to watch his Buckeyes whenever he has the chance to do so.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive” *weekdays at 6 p.m. ET). On Tuesday’s airing of #BTNLive, our experts discuss this question: Who is the most exciting quarterback in the Big Ten right now?
BTN Kickoff Week begins tonight at 6 p.m. with our first #BTNLive, which airs Monday through Friday and also simulcast on FOX Sports Radio. Throughout the fall BTN personalities Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo will host the show with rotating analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith, Glen Mason, Jon Jansen, Chuck Long, Stanley Jackson and others. On tonight’s show, Revsine, DiNardo and Griffith discuss the most compelling B1G matchup in week 1. Are you on Twitter? Check out tonight’s show question and vote tweeting.
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On Tuesday’s “#BTNLive,” we released the final Big Ten individual awards, and they were all about Ohio State and Penn State.
On Tuesday night’s “#BTNLive,” Nebraska linebacker Will Compton and Indiana running back Stephen Houston joined Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith and Chuck Long to talk about Saturday’s big matchups. Compton and the Legends Division-leading Huskers host Penn State, while Houston and the surprising Hoosiers welcome Wisconsin in one of the team’s biggest games in recent memory. Watch our chat with Compton now and catch Houston’s in this post.
On Tuesday night’s “#BTNLive,” Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby and Nebraska defensive end Eric Martin joined the show. Roby, of course, was just named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Watch Roby talk about the honor and his Buckeyes now and check out our interview with Martin in this post.
We met him as Mon-TEE Ball. He corrected us this summer and said it’s Mon-TAY. Now, he’s back to Mon-TEE, the pronunciation we used last year when he tied the single-season FBS record for touchdowns (39) and was a Heisman finalist. To be clear, the whole thing is more superstition than anything. After a slow start, Ball is running like the Mon-TEE of old. So coaches and players joke they don’t want to see Mon-TAY again. Ball is just playing along.
Tonight on “#BTNLive” the radio show at 7 p.m. ET, BTN’s Rick Pizzo and Gerry DiNardo talk to Detroit News sports reporter Angelique Chengelis (@chengelis on Twitter) for a deeper look at the Michigan-Michigan State game. Also, former Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark discusses Penn State’s challenge at Iowa. “#BTNLive” is radio show Mondays through Fridays and airs as a TV simulcast Tuesdays and Thursdays. In this post, listen to all of the shows from this week and get the complete radio listings, too.
Like all quarterbacks, Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell watches his share of game film. He’s taken in plenty on Iowa, this week’s opponent, and on Tuesday’s “#BTNLive,” host Dave Revsine asked him what he’s seen. Maxwell’s thoughts: “Iowa’s interesting to watch on film, because they don’t do many things, but what they do do they do very well.” The junior also showed a strong knowledge of Iowa’s defensive philosophy and recent lineage.
Tom Osborne has had what the soft-spoken former football coach might call “an eventful week.” On Tuesday the Nebraska legend announced his retirement as athletic director at the school where he racked up three national titles as the Huskers football coach. You can watch the video of his entire announcement over here and read what our Tom Dienhart had to write about Osborne, too. On Thursday, the 75-year-old former coach and administrator was a guest for a 15-minute interview on “#BTNLive.” Watch the entire conversation in this post.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio joined “BTNLive” Tuesday night, and the head coach was much more talkative than the last time we saw him in front of the camera. Dantonio, of course, conducted a very short postgame press conference (Watch it) following Saturday’s lackluster victory over Eastern Michigan.
On Thursday, Dave Revsine and our analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith talked to Penn State’s Bill O’Brien during the latest episode of “#BTNLive” as Penn State prepares for Temple on Saturday. The Nittany Lions’ first-year football coach talked about many things, including the differences between preparing for games in the NFL and in college football. Part of the conversation focused on Penn State’s offense. “At the end of the day, there have been times when we run the ball pretty well,” O’Brien said. “We’ve shown signs of being able to run the football.” Watch the interview in this post.
“#BTNLive” went on a rather entertaining tangent Tuesday night. It all started during our interview with Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, when BTN analyst Howard Griffith asked the running back about the haircut he’s rocking in his Huskers.com player profile. The dreadlocks are no more, clearly.
Did you catch “#BTNLive” on Tuesday night? If not, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah joined the show. Robinson talked to the guys about preparing for Notre Dame, Saturday night’s opponent, and Abdullah told the crew how he’s been able to fill in for starter Rex Burkhead. Watch both interviews in this post.
#BTNLive is a new live one-hour radio show that started this week and it also airs as a TV simulcast twice a week on BTN. Featuring a variety of guests, our panel discusses the Big Ten topics of the day, and the first week of the show was a busy one. Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo and Gerry DiNardo are joined by guest Penn State great Ki-Jana Carter with reports from Chris Martin at Iowa-Iowa State and Rob Blackman at Purdue-Notre Dame.
Venric Mark accounted for 281 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including an 82-yard punt return, in Northwestern’s 42-41 win at Syracuse last week. His reward: A cool image of himself from the game on a wall of the Northwestern team room. Mark’s picture was placed on the wall because he won Northwestern Player of the Week, and each ensuing honoree will be added every week.
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is a heated one, to be certain, and the last thing it needed was fuel added to the fire. The rivalry may have been taken to another level Saturday night. You see, during Michigan’s 41-14 season-opening loss to reigning national champ Alabama, Michigan State players went to Twitter and tweeted critical comments about Denard Robinson and the Wolverines. Watch our #BTNLive crew discuss the issue now and see some of the tweets in this post.
There’s an interesting trend going on with star Big Ten football players. It all started when former Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure revealed in the days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft that people had mispronounced his name all along. Enter the 2012 Big Ten season, and there are three more pronunciation changes: Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Minnesota’s Troy Stoudermire and Purdue’s Kawann Short. Listen to Short talk with Dave Revsine about the pronunciation of his name on Tuesday’s “#BTNLive” now.
Despite the result, last year’s Iowa-Iowa State rivalry game was one of the more exciting Big Ten games of the 2011 season. The two rivals meet again Saturday afternoon, and we’ll have it on BTN/BTN2Go. Iowa has won the last four games between the two rivals at Kinnick Stadium, however it’s Iowa State who brings the Cy-Hawk Trophy into Iowa City. On Tuesday night’s “#BTNLive,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz stopped by to discuss the new Cy-Hawk Trophy and Saturday’s game.
Remember last week when we displayed lots of our viewer’s Twitter tweets on TV? And we did it the week before, too. We did it all again on Friday and on live TV, too. Did we use your tweet or the tweet of someone you know? Look at the screenshots below. We’ve posted screenshots from the Nov. 25 show in this post.
On a special day and at a special time, we bring you the latest BTN Live at 3:30 p.m. ET today. We’ve reached Week 13, the final week of the regular season, so we’re asking our viewers to vote for their Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to their Week 13 picks. Cast your votes in this post, send your comments to our Twitter account, @BTNLive, or use #BTNLive, and tune in Friday afternoon to watch our show live.
It’s been an incredible few weeks in the Big Ten so with two weeks of football left before the Big Ten Football Championship on Dec. 3, our BTN Live crew wants to hear from you. Remember last week? We showed dozens of your Twitter tweets on TV. From bowl eligible teams to outstanding individual season, now tell us what you think. Vote in the polls in this post, send comments to us to our Twitter account @BTNLive or use #BTNLive, and tune in at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday to watch our show live.