BTN Live” is about to debut live tonight and we’re looking forward to including viewer feedback like never before. Let’s count the ways. You can comment on our BTN Facebook page or tweet directly at the show @BTNLive. You can vote in our weekly polls and you can call the show at (319) BIGTEN-1 and record an audio message that could be included in the show each week. While you’re waiting for the show to air, listen to our Web-only Week 2 podcast right here.
Last week on the debut of Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. On this week’s installment of the show Hall takes you behind the scenes with Nebraska’s Bo Pelini tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Hall, who can be found on Twitter @BTNMikeHall, filed a few bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Lincoln. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Pelini.
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Four new head football coaches, including first-time coaches Kevin Wilson (Indiana) and Luke Fickell (Ohio State), made their Big Ten debuts in Week 1. Who had the most impressive first game? Was it Fickell, who became the first Ohio State coach to record a shutout in his debut since Woody Hayes? Was it Jerry Kill, who nearly led the Gophers to a win over USC at the Coliseum? Or was it Brady Hoke, who helped Michigan put away Western Michigan? Watch now as BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martin offer up their selections.
The Big Ten opened the 2011 season with a 10-2 clip in Week 1. It was a solid opening act, considering the two losses — both away from home — came by a combined nine points. This week, the competition gets tougher with five BCS opponents on the slate, including No. 2 Alabama and Notre Dame. Unlike last week, all 12 games are on Saturday this time around. Six of the games will air live on BTN. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Listen to BTN.com’s Week 2 Preview Podcast and read my Week 2 Preview inside.
When the 2011 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, expect to see a lot of familiar faces. The Big Ten, according to BigTen.org research, boasts 234 players on the league’s recently finalized 53-man rosters. That’s the second-highest total of any BCS conference, trailing only the SEC (268). Ohio State has the most Big Ten pros, with 35 — good enough to be tied for fifth among all schools.
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One week in the books. I was obviously fascinated to see a number of Big Ten teams in their openers for a variety of reasons – everything from coaching changes, to new quarterbacks and offenses, to overhauled defenses. It’s dangerous to jump to too many conclusions, particularly given the level of the competition that some conference teams played. But there were certainly a few numbers that stood out. Let’s start with the teams breaking in new coaches.