Just about every Wisconsin Badgers fan knows how Russell Wilson wound up leaving North Carolina State for the Big Ten school in Madison, but here’s a pretty good story from USA TODAY’s Kelly Whiteside on the background. It gets into how Russell Wilson had to make a choice but also how N.C. State had to make a choice, too.
With the Big Ten and conference football fans abuzz over Nebraska’s game at Wisconsin this weekend, we went back into our archives and dug up this classic night game in Madison from 1998. Remember Drew Brees and his incredible 83 passes, 55 completions and 494 yards with two touchdowns? Recall the Badgers forcing five turnovers, including four interceptions? Can the Huskers and the Badgers match this thriller?
Votes poured in to answer our various poll questions for BTN Live this week. Was your voice heard? Watch the BTN Live Web-only clip called The Fifth Quarter with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith, also known as @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, @BTNGlenMason and @HowardGriffith on Twitter.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and the week before that it was Illinois coach Ron Zook. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Ann Arbor. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Hoke, whose perfect Wolverines host Minnesota at noon ET Saturday on BTN. Watch the clip here and see his comments in this post.
Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill, who was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic on Sunday after suffering a seizure earlier in the day, returned to practice Wednesday and called the team together for an on-field meeting, according to the Star Tribune. Kill’s status for Minnesota’s Big Ten opener at Michigan (noon ET, BTN) remains unknown, although defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys told reporters Tuesday that he expects Kill to return for the game.
After four weeks of nonconference play, it’s finally time for Big Ten football teams to meet on the gridiron. Saturday features a handful of Big Ten games, including the conference’s first-ever divisional matchups. In the Legends Division, it’s undefeated Michigan hosting Minnesota (noon ET, BTN), and in the Leaders Division, it’s Penn State at Indiana. Track all of the Week 5 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Before your team kicks off, check out our Q&A with some of the Big Ten’s best. The question: “If you could have dinner with any person, who would it be?” Watch the players’ answers here.
Thursday on “BTN Live,” Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith, Gerry DiNardo and Glen Mason talk up the latest news of the day and take your questions and comments via Facebook, Twitter and @BTNLive. Calling all Badgers fans: BTN cameras will be at Buffalo Wild Wings, at 789 University Avenue in Madison, Wednesday night to record your questions for Thursday’s show. Want another way to hear your voice on BTN Live? Call (319) BIGTEN-1 and leave your Rejoice Mail, a voice mail celebrating your favorite Big Ten team. We also use live polling on the important questions leading up to Saturday’s games. You’re invited to vote in the polls below right … now.