Football

BTN Tour: Minnesota Football Preview

Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith took in Minnesota practice during our BTN Football Tour in August. The Gophers open a new chapter in their program, with former Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill taking over for Tim Brewster. It’s no secret that Minnesota struggled under Brewster, compiling a 15-30 record in his four seasons, but now it’s Kill’s turn to try to turn the program around. Minnesota opens the season Sept. 3 at USC. See all of our Minnesota Preview video inside.

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BTN Tour: Iowa Football Preview

Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith caught up with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz during our BTN Football Tour in August. The Hawkeyes went 8-5 last season, a disappointing campaign that opened with national championship aspirations. Expectations aren’t as high this season in Iowa City, and that’s usually a good thing. When Iowa isn’t expected to do much, that’s when it flies under the radar and seems to have some of its best seasons. The Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 3 against Tennessee Tech. Watch all of our Iowa Preview Show video inside.

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BTN Tour: Wisconsin Football Preview

Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith caught up with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on our BTN Football Tour in August. The Badgers, fresh off a shared Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl berth, expect great things again this fall. While Wisconsin lost a lot of talent, from J.J. Watt to Gabe Carimi, among others, it returns more than its share of stars on both sides of the ball, including North Carolina State transfer Russell Wilson. The Badgers open the season Sept. 1 against UNLV. Watch more Wisconsin Tour videos inside.

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Hear Our Football Experts Talk to Reporters

Every year our BTN Football Experts hold a teleconference to talk about the upcoming football season and BTN show schedule with reports from around the country. We uploaded the audio clip here for you so you can listen in on their extra insights.

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Big Ten Football Player Map

This is certain to interest Big Ten football fans. The Omaha World-Herald did a fascinating study that displays the hometown of every Big Ten football player, from 2002-2011. Each player is listed on a map with a school-specific dot that represents his Big Ten team. For the heavy concentrated areas, the recruits are shown in clusters. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Hardcore Big Ten fans can also test their knowledge with the Omaha World-Herald’s Big Ten recruiting quiz.

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BTN Tour Recap

Three-thousand-something miles later, the BTN Summer Football Tour is complete. Re-live parts of my trip below (I only went to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State this year):

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Silas Redd Interview

Love them or hate them, Penn State’s football uniforms are here to stay. During the BTN Football Tour, we asked PSU’s Silas Redd what he thought about his team’s uniforms. Let’s just say, he’s a fan of tradition.

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