BTN lead host Dave Revsine sat down with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart to discuss Revsine's new book "The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation," a rich, historical look at the early days of the game which includes the formation of the Big Ten Conference.
When Big Ten Football and Beyond airs every Wednesday at 7 PM ET, viewers may not realize that creating Beyond, as it is known in-house, is a 36-hour process to produce slightly less than one hour of actual show content. Show producer Paul Cordell oversees the entire process from start to finish in coordination with host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein, and Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, as well more than a dozen of other production staffers. Most of the Beyond crew has a long history with the network. Cordell began working at
Northwestern is down by four, and with 20 seconds remaining in the game, Wildcat quarterback Zak Kustok throws an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Sam Simmons for a touchdown. That touchdown earned Northwestern a 54-51 victory over Michigan, an exciting finish to game with a combined 105 points scoring and 1,189 yards in total offense. Fast forward 11 years, Michigan and Northwestern meet again at a packed Ryan Field and while the desire to win remains the same, much has changed. This time around the game will be played in primetime on BTN and the conference has been split into two divisions.