Get ready to be excited. The last full week of nonconference football is Saturday, and that means more competitive, entertaining and meaningful games are on the horizon. Week 4 also gives us the Big Ten’s first open weeks, with Northwestern and Purdue both off this weekend. BTN will air five Week 4 games, including Michigan hosting San Diego State, Brady Hoke’s old team, at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game, hear your coach’s latest teleconference, and track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Wednesday on “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our team tackled the latest developments in conference realignment, debated whether Illinois is the second best team in the Big Ten, scouted possible BCS matchups and offered its weekly Heisman Trophy candidates. Andy Staples, of SI.com, was in our studios for the show, along with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein. Watch now as Staples discusses realignment and what Wisconsin needs to do to before it can be considered for one of the top two spots in his weekly power rankings.
Every Wednesday, we search the Web for the best Big Ten news. We link you off to stuff from beat reporters, bloggers, the AP, YouTube, you name it. See all of our Week 4 Midweek Links in this post.
The Big Ten held the weekly teleconference with the 12 football coaches and the media this morning, and @B1GFootball from the Big Ten Conference office tweeted the event live as always. Get a taste of each coach’s Tuesday phone call with the media via selected tweets, or listen to each entire call on your own. We post these calls every week.
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The latest Big Ten Blast touches on the quarterback story at Ohio State where Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell remains non-committal on naming a starter on Saturday against Colorado. Is it freshman quarterback Braxton Miller or fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman?
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On last week’s on Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Illinois coach Ron Zook and the week before that it was Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a few bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Minneapolis. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Kill, whose 1-2 Gophers host North Dakota State at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN.
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Week 4 marks the final full week of nonconference football action. That said, our analysts on “The Next Level” tell you what they want to see Saturday before Big Ten play begins. One of our guys has his eye on the Illinois defense, which goes up against Western Michigan and talented quarterback Alex Carder, another wants to see Nebraska star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard’s return from a leg injury, while the final one has his sights set on a former Wildcat in the NFL. Watch the special Web-only segment now.