This is the biggest week yet in the Big Ten with many marquee matchups. Each division features a headlining game with the big Legends Division matchup of Michigan State at Nebraska and the key Leaders Division clash between Wisconsin and Ohio State. Here are my 12 things to watch for this Saturday.
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This week’s guest list for The Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET includes: Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Nebraska radio football color commentator Matt Davison. We’ll also welcome into the studio BTN LiveBIG host Dhani Jones, who will breakdown the matchup between the Spartans’ defense and the Cornhuskers’ offense.
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On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” our experts covered a host of topics in 60 minutes and also produced a bonus Web-only video clip we call The Fifth Quarter. The crew discusses what the most important factor is in the Michigan State-Nebraska game and looked ahead to more of the biggest match-ups of the weekend. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch The Fifth Quarter now!
Tonight on Tailgate 48 we show you what our crew did last Saturday at Northwestern. Tune in at 7 p.m. ET to see us interview Northwestern graduate and legendary TV and movie writer/director/producer Garry Marshall. We also hang out with Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers at the Pep Rally, tailgate with fans, and tour Mustard’s Last Stand. (BTN’s Lisa Byington caught Myers on the sideline, too, and we post that clip for you here).
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The Big Ten championship game won’t be played until December 3 in Indianapolis. But a de facto Legends Division game may be taking place at Nebraska this weekend. Michigan State plays at Nebraska in a game that will go a long way toward determining who will win the Legends Division. The Spartans are the lone unbeaten team in the division. The Cornhuskers have one loss—and likely can’t afford another. Bottom line: A win by Michigan State would give it a virtual stranglehold on the Legends Division race.
You may know that BTN Live is on Thursday’s at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays, but did you know they incorporate fan feedback throughout the show via Twitter? Watch the clip here from last week and see how they spotlight your best notes. Then follow @BTNLive and sound off on any issue. We even take your best voice messages and put them on TV – just call (319) BIGTEN-1 and leave your Rejoice Mail celebrating your favorite Big Ten team. Now, let’s get voting in the BTN Live polls lower in this post.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, Mike Hall sat down with Purdue coach Danny Hope and the week before that it was Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. And remember that if you get BTN2Go.com, you can watch all of the episodes right here. At 9 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Indiana’s Kevin Wilson. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Bloomington. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Wilson, whose Hoosiers host Northwestern at noon ET Saturday on BTN. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.
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