Football

Illinois Asks Fans to "Stripe the Stadium" Saturday

At 6-0 and off to the team’s best start since its 1951 national championship season, the Illinois football program is looking to take advantage of its hot start. To that end, the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is asking fans to “Stripe the Stadium” orange and blue for Illinois’ nationally televised game against Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. If you remember, Iowa did something similar to this last season. See the pictures here. The idea worked perfectly at Kinnick Stadium, and orange and blue should look equally cool at Memorial Stadium.

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Big Ten's Best: LBs 2000-2010

When the casual college football fan thinks of the linebacker position, one program always stands out: Penn State. It’s called “Linebacker U,” after all. Jack Ham and others started the great tradition in the late 1960s, and it’s truly been a trend ever since. Perhaps no decade was more decorated for Penn State linebackers than the 2000s. You know the names: Sean Lee, Dan Connor and Paul Posluszny, among others. All three made the cut for BTN’s loaded list of top linebackers of the 2000s. Among the other recognized players, there’s the nation’s all-time leading tackler, a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a guy who won three BCS bowls. Watch a clip from Tuesday’s show and see the entire list in this post.

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Feature Story: Illini's Lou Hernandez

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Meet Illinois' Lou Hernandez

What goes on behind the scenes at the Illinois football program? Tuesday night our crew from The Next Level profiled Lou Hernandez, the Illinois strength and conditioning coach who has helped several Illinois players make an impact in the NFL. Watch the video profile here and check out our entire collection of Big Ten video feature stories inside, including this feature on Wisconsin’s strength and conditioning coach.

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Next Level: Penn State's Devon Still Drops In

Penn State's Devon Still

The Next Level - Oct. 11, 2011

What’s one of the reasons Illinois players had such an impact in the NFL lately? Tonight’s edition of The Next Level profiles Lou Hernandez, Illinois’ strength and conditioning coach who has helped several Illini become professionals. Also tonight: The crew interviews Penn State’s Devon Still and we look at how one-time Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh is faring in his first year as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Join Rick Pizzo, Jon Jansen, Russ Lande, and Brandon Williams tonight at 7 p.m ET & again at 8:30 p.m.

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Week 5 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 5 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled a number of solid performances. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See his Week 5 winners in this post.

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Breakdown: Nebraska's Lavonte David

Nebraska's Lavonte David

Lavonte David Breakdown

Monday night on “Big Ten Breakdown,” Mike Hall interviewed Nebraska star Lavonte David. The senior linebacker forced the fumble that led to 28 unanswered points and helped Nebraska card its biggest comeback in program history Saturday night against Ohio State. Trailing 27-6 midway through the third quarter, David stripped the ball from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, and Taylor Martinez scored two plays later to make it 27-13. From there, it was all Huskers. Watch now as David breaks down the game-changing play in Monday’s BTN interview.

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Halfway Home: Big Ten's Top 10 Players

Six games in, six games to go. We officially reached the midway point of the 2011 college football season following the completion of Saturday’s slate of games. It’s been an eventful first half, for sure, as Illinois and Michigan are off to surprising 6-0 starts and perennial power Ohio State is 3-3, including 0-2 in Big Ten play. And we can’t forget to mention Wisconsin, the Big Ten’s clear favorite after humiliating its first five foes by a combined score of 242-51. Seeing as how we’re halfway home, I wanted to rank the conference’s top 10 players thus far. See the list in this post.

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