With Big Ten play set to begin this weekend a number of media outlets are sizing up their local teams and looking ahead at the inaugural season of Legends & Leaders divisional play culminating with a Big Ten Football Championship. In this post find just a few morning links to a handful of Friday stories.
Just about every Wisconsin Badgers fan knows how Russell Wilson wound up leaving North Carolina State for the Big Ten school in Madison, but here’s a pretty good story from USA TODAY’s Kelly Whiteside on the background. It gets into how Russell Wilson had to make a choice but also how N.C. State had to make a choice, too.
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With the Big Ten and conference football fans abuzz over Nebraska’s game at Wisconsin this weekend, we went back into our archives and dug up this classic night game in Madison from 1998. Remember Drew Brees and his incredible 83 passes, 55 completions and 494 yards with two touchdowns? Recall the Badgers forcing five turnovers, including four interceptions? Can the Huskers and the Badgers match this thriller?
Votes poured in to answer our various poll questions for BTN Live this week. Was your voice heard? Watch the BTN Live Web-only clip called The Fifth Quarter with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith, also known as @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, @BTNGlenMason and @HowardGriffith on Twitter.
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On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and the week before that it was Illinois coach Ron Zook. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Ann Arbor. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Hoke, whose perfect Wolverines host Minnesota at noon ET Saturday on BTN. Watch the clip here and see his comments in this post.
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