In Thursday morning’s “Big Ten Blast,” Kara Lentz reports on Ohio State losing wide receiver Verlon Reed for the rest of the season after he tore his ACL in last week’s loss to Michigan State. Read about the injury here. Lentz also highlights the conference’s latest Big Ten Field Hockey Players of the Week. Read more about the honorees here. Tonight on BTN, catch “BTN Live” at 8 ET, one hour later than usual. Have you voted in the show’s Week 6 polls? Do so now. After that, at 9 ET, Mike Hall sits down with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on “Step Into My Office.” Watch bonus clips from the show.
It’s Week 6. Believe it or not, we’ll be midway through the 2011 Big Ten football season at the conclusion of Saturday’s slate of five Big Ten games. This week, BTN has Indiana hosting undefeated Illinois at a special time, 2:30 p.m. ET, and Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7. Don’t forget, Dave, Gerry and Howard will be on-site at Ryan Field at 6 p.m. ET for an hour-long Countdown To Kickoff show. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast here and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview in this post.
On Tuesday, the Big East and Big Ten conferences, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, released the schedule for the fourth annual Big Ten/Big East Baseball Challenge on Feb. 17-19. This year’s event will feature 10 Big Ten teams and nine Big East teams playing 30 games over three days to open the college baseball season. See the entire release and the full schedule at BigTen.org.
(AP) Three Ohio State players have been suspended for Saturday’s game for accepting too much money for too little work in their summer jobs. Last year’s leading rusher, Daniel Herron, and the top returning receiver, DeVier Posey, along with offensive lineman Marcus Hall will not be permitted to play when the Buckeyes (3-2) play at No. 14 Nebraska on Saturday. Herron and Posey had five-game suspensions – for accepting cash and free or discounted tattoos – extended. They were expected to be reinstated to play this week. Hall will be missing his first game. The booster who paid the players was dissociated from the program. Read the full AP recap.
Here’s your Friday afternoon video update from our BTN studios in Chicago. Check out our Big Ten Blast page to see how you can get this weekday video update in a variety of ways. And by now you know we post lot of BTN video in our video section (that’s a must-bookmark page, by the way), but did you know we offer up a lot via BTN podcasts too?
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.
At 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein, of the Chicago Tribune, bring you “Big Ten Football & Beyond.” Our crew will break down the keys to Nebraska-Wisconsin and offer up its nonconference superlative winners and top 5 Heisman candidates, plus SI.com’s Andy Staples will give the latest on realignment. At 8 ET, Northwestern hosts No. 12 Purdue in live volleyball action. Watch now as Kara Lentz brings you the latest “Big Ten Blast,” with updates on D’Anton Lynn and Jerry Kill’s statuses.
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Saturday will be a historical day for Big Ten football. Not only does Nebraska play its first Big Ten game, but the conference also hosts its first divisional matchups – Minnesota at Michigan and Penn State at Indiana. Track all of Saturday’s Week 5 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Get ready for the games with Dave Revsine’s latest installment of Numbers and Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Preview. Also, use our GameFinder to make sure you know where to find your BTN game. Have you seen the anticipation for the Nebraska-Wisconsin tilt on Twitter? Check out a collection of the best tweets. We also have a deep archive of Big Ten stats. Dive in. Speaking of stats, here’s how Big Ten products fared in Week 3 of the NFL. Looking for some of the latest Big Ten links? Here you go.
Two Big Ten stars expect to return to action in the opening week of the Big Ten football season. Northwestern quarterback and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Dan Persa is slated to make his season debut against instate rival Illinois, while Nebraska standout defensive lineman Jared Crick, who missed last week’s game, practiced Monday in preparation for the Huskers’ much-anticipated Big Ten opener at Wisconsin. Get all the latest updates on our freshest edition of the “Big Ten Blast.”
And here we are at the first week of Big Ten Conference games with five Big Ten teams in the Coaches Top 25. A quick look ahead: Northwestern (2-1) at Illinois (4-0) (noon ET/ESPN2), Penn State (3-1) at Indiana (1-3) (noon/ESPNU), Minnesota (1-3) at Michigan (4-0) (noon ET/BTN), Michigan State (3-1) at Ohio State (3-1) (3:30 p.m./ABC), and Nebraska (4-0) at Wisconsin (4-0) (8 p.m./ABC). Iowa (3-1) has a bye and in non-conference games, it’s Notre Dame (2-2) at Purdue (2-1) (8 p.m./ESPN). How will the Legends and Leaders standings change by this time next week? Jump down in this post and vote now on each match-up. Also today, the Big Ten announced the weekly football honors.
Tonight at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Football Report we interview Michigan’s Brady Hoke and Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema and talk about their big games on Saturday. Also, Rosevelt Colvin takes a look at Michigan’s opportunistic defense while Tony Banks gives a scouting report on San Diegio State’s star running back Ronnie Hillman and breaks down Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.
Ohio State will make a switch at starting quarterback this weekend, going with freshman Braxton Miller, Buckeyes head coach Luke Fickell announced Thursday. Braxton, who was rated the number one dual threat quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class by rivals.com, replaces senior Joe Bauserman.
The latest Big Ten Blast touches on the quarterback story at Ohio State where Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell remains non-committal on naming a starter on Saturday against Colorado. Is it freshman quarterback Braxton Miller or fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman?
In a look ahead to this weekend’s football games, the Tuesday afternoon Big Ten Blast brings a few injury updates from Nebraska and Wisconsin. Also, looking for the weekly lineup of our TV broadcasting teams for this Saturday’s football games on BTN? Look no further…
In this morning’s edition of the Big Ten Blast, we take a look at the latest expansion news and tell you what Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in his statement on why the Big Ten has not changed positions on this issue. Remember: You can learn more about the Big Ten Blast weekday video update right here.
On Monday morning, the Big Ten Conference announced its players of the week for Week 3. The honorees include four first-time winners, highlighted by Iowa’s James Vandenberg, the Offensive Player of the Week. Vandenberg threw for 162 of his 399 passing yards and for all three of his touchdown passes in a remarkable fourth quarter to help Iowa tally its largest comeback in school history. The junior quarterback also added a rushing score, for good measure, as the Hawkeyes rallied from a 21-point deficit against Pittsburgh.
The third week of the college football season kicks off at noon ET Saturday with a pair of games as Michigan hosts Eastern Michigan and Purdue faces Southeast Missouri State. BTN’s lineup continues at 3:30 p.m. with two more Big Ten home games. Minnesota and Indiana are both looking for their first wins of the season as they host Miami (Ohio) and South Carolina State, respectively. At 7 p.m. Illinois plays No. 18 Arizona State. All five games will air on the BTN to a national audience, so use our handy BTN GameFinder to find you TV information.
Good news for Gopher fans and college football fans everywhere: Minnesota’s Jerry Kill was discharged from the hospital today and is now resting at home, according to Gopher football team physician Dr. Pat Smith. Dr. Smith said that Kill was released during the lunch hour Thursday.
BTN’s Samantha Goldwasser brings you Thursday afternoon’s Big Ten Blast video update. What is the Big Ten Blast? Find out right now. In this afternoon’s update we have news on Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who has not yet returned to the team following a seizure on the sideline at the end of the Gophers’ last game.
So our new show “BTN Live” airs at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, and as you can tell from the name, it’s a live show from our BTN studios. All season long, they’ll be spotlighting tweets (follow @BTNLive now if you don’t already), Facebook comments, call-in messages, and poll results. That’s where you come in right here and right now. Answer the poll questions below, and we’ll use the results on Thursday’s show. Also, make sure to watch the show to see if your tweet, comment or message makes the show.
The Big Ten Conference announced the three players of the week after a wild and exciting weekend of football. Offensive honors went to Michigan’s Denard Robinson, who led the Wolverines to 28 fourth-quarter points, including two touchdowns in the final 1:12, in a 35-31 win over Notre Dame. The star quarterback accounted for 446 of Michigan’s 452 total yards and had a hand in all five of the team’s touchdowns. See all the honorees inside.