It’s no secret college kids like to nap after an early-morning obligation. The Northwestern football team is no different. The Wildcats will take a “Mandatory Cat Nap” at 9:30 a.m. CT Saturday prior to its 2:30 p.m. game against Nebraska. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald tweeted out the news Wednesday, and the nap is sandwiched between position meetings and the pre-game meal.
This week on “The Journey 2012” our crew spent time with Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Indiana’s Tre Roberson, and Northwestern’s Kain Colter. The show airs at 7:30 p.m. on BTN/BTN2Go. Did you miss the first two episodes this season? We put them all on BTN2Go. Watch the first episode here and see last week’s episode here.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
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BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Ten Big Board on Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was the bigger mover and shaker. Ball, fresh off his career-high 247 rushing yards, moved from No. 5 to No. 3. Watch Lande break down his Big Board, with a spotlight on Iowa’s Micah Hyde, now and catch our interview with Hyde in this post.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller continues to strengthen his Heisman candidacy—not just in the Big Ten, but nationally. West Virginia’s loss at Texas Tech hurts the resume of quarterback Geno Smith, but he remains in the race. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein continues to roll, and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o also is in the mix.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along.
Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 6 winners in this post.