Saturday was Homecoming in Happy Valley, and a familiar face served as Penn State’s Homecoming Grand Marshal: Adam Taliaferro. Taliaferro, of course, was paralyzed during a game in the 2000 season. The former Nittany Lion defensive back has made a full recovery and has a good life, he told our Lisa Byington during a sideline interview Saturday. On the injury: “The injury was bad,” Taliaferro said. “But everything that has happened afterward has been a blessing.” Watch our entire interview with Taliaferro now.
The “fullback dive” now carries a whole new meaning in Happy Valley. Even while working in the murkiest of waters, hundreds of feet below sea level, P.J. Byers, a 26-year-old walk-on, never lost sight of his dream to play football for the Nittany Lions. At 10:30 a.m. ET this Saturday on BTN’s pregame show, viewers get the chance to learn of Byers’ remarkable journey, as well as learn about the memento from his father, Pat Byers, that foreshadowed his success.
It’s rivalry week in the state of Michigan and so our crew of Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle answer the question: Who will walk away with the Paul Bunyan Trophy? Also, Iowa has had struggled against Northwestern in the past, but will those troubles continue? In our “Impulses” segment, Williams and Doyle turn the table and decide whether or not they agree with Pizzo’s impulses for Saturday’s games. And basketball is back! The guys cover the best returning players, the key losses and then announce who they believe takes “The Leap” this season. Follow them all @BTNThePulse.
Tonight on the Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET our crew of Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks previews the first weekend of all divisional games with a host of interviews and analysis. We’ll be talking to a handful of head coaches including Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Illinois’ Ron Zook, and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Plus, BTN LiveBIG host and Michigan product Dhani Jones (@DhaniJones) joins us in studio to talk with Banks about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry and what it means to them.
The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).
On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” our experts covered a host of topics in 60 minutes and also produced a bonus Web-only video clip we call The Fifth Quarter. It’s been a week of injuries and build up as the crew discusses how Big Ten teams will fill the void left by the injury of several stars and looked ahead to the biggest matchups of the weekend. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch The Fifth Quarter now!