First-year Illinois head coach Tim Beckman was an Ohio State assistant from 2005-06, so it should come as no surprise he’s a fan of helmet stickers. The Buckeyes, of course, reward players with Buckeye stickers that go on their helmets. This season, the Illini are passing out helmet stickers of their own.
The Journey: Big Ten Football, which will follow the backstories of Big Ten football student-athletes and coaches on and off the field, highlights an extensive slate of BTN fall programming that offers fans more Big Ten football and fall sports coverage than any other network. The Journey debuts Oct. 3.
In my Wednesday edition of Big Ten links, I’ve found a hearty offering headlines from around the conference. Through two weekends the stats don’t look so good for the Big Ten, but there’s time to turn that around. Even if he’s able to play, maybe Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase should sit Saturday out. And Nebraska’s defense has struggled on third downs, but why? All that and more in this post.
Big news today as Notre Dame announced it would join the ACC in all sports but—surprise!—football. So, Big Ten fans, trash any hopes you were clinging to about Notre Dame joining your conference. The Big Ten twice has made offers in the past, only to be rebuffed. It wasn’t going to ask a third time. Now this move by Notre Dame all but seals the notion that a Big Ten-Notre Dame marriage won’t happen in a long, long time . If ever.
On Wednesday’s “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” BTN’s Gerry Dinardo, Chris Martin, Dave Revsine are joined by the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein to discuss exactly what’s at stake when Michigan State takes on Notre Dame this Saturday. Our experts will also discuss how does Notre Dame’s move to the ACC affects the national college football landscape and how that impacts the Big Ten.
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 two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
When football people discuss Ohio State defensive end John Simon, the term “motor” gets thrown around a lot. And if you watch him on Saturdays, you understand why that is. The guy never gives up. After watching his interview on Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” perhaps his eating habits play a role in making him the player he is. Watch Simon’s answer to a dietary question we received on Twitter now.