One of the best things about college football bowl games is the inter-sectional matchups we typically never get to see. Well, it’s only April but the Big Ten features some non-conference games that already have the look and feel of bowl games. So I compiled my top 15 non-conference football games coming our way next fall, the first in a series of occasional off-season “Rank It” posts.
Find out more about: Football Fix, Rankings
On Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine interviewed first-year Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien, the former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, and the Nittany Lions hold their spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. Find out how to watch the game. Saturday, of course, will mark fans’ first chance to see the new-look Nittany Lions, who are under the guidance of someone other than Joe Paterno for the first time since 1965. How has O’Brien and his staff put their stamp on the program? Watch Revsine’s interview with the head coach now.
Find out more about: Bill O'Brien
Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray sat down with Dave Revsine on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report” to discuss former teammate Gary Tinsley’s passing (story), the Gophers’ running back position and his improvements as a passer, among other topics. Gray and the Gophers play their spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go. Find out how to watch the game. Gray, entering his second season as the starting QB, completed just 50.7 percent of his passes and threw as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions in 2011. Hear why the senior is excited about Minnesota’s 2012 offense now.
Find out more about: MarQueis Gray
On Tuesday’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Gerry DiNardo took you inside the film room with new Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis. In the feature, Davis, who coached at Texas from 1998-2010 and won the 2005 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, hit up the whiteboard to talk about the offensive philosophy he brings to the Hawkeyes. Watch the entire segment now.
Find out more about: Film Sessions
Seven Big Ten spring games down, five more to go. We’ll see three teams in action this week, as Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State take to the field Saturday for the final time this spring. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is all over Big Ten spring football. Read Dienhart’s daily links for Tuesday in this post and watch our highlights from Iowa’s spring festivities this past Saturday right now.
Wisconsin never has won three Big Ten titles in a row, but that will change if it can finish on top again this fall. Still, Bret Bielema’s squad has issues to address this spring. The chief one: assimilating six new assistant coaches. Still, this is a program with lots of momentum that presses on without offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, who left to take the head coaching job at Pitt. The year before, defensive coordinator Dave Doeren left to coach Northern Illinois, so Bielema is used to change.
Find out more about: Football Fix, Roundtable