Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! It’s great to be alive on the eve of game day Saturday. And, isn’t it good not to be one of those officials who worked last nights’ Texas-Iowa State game? Let’s dig right into links. The great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has his first BCS rankings out, and Ohio State fans won’t be happy. The Buckeyes are—gulp—No. 6.
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No individual embodies Penn State hockey like Joe Battista. As Associate Athletic Director for Ice Arena and Hockey Development, Battista knows the program inside and out. He played, coached, recruited, built it, even. The “godfather” of the team, he’s been through it all. Legitimizing high-level hockey at Penn State has been a century-long struggle.
It is no question that football and basketball rule the world of college athletics. Ohio State is considered a “top-notch” national powerhouse when it comes to college football, and the same can be said about Michigan State when talking about college hoops.
Friday’s episode of “Forever B1G” profiles Mike Hohensee (Minnesota) and Maurice Ager (Michigan State) in our latest look at two former Big Ten stars who have pursued careers once their playing days ended. Learn more about them both from a portion of the show in this post, and then tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET that night to see the entire program.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive each days at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts look ahead to Saturday and debate this question: Which Big Ten football team is most likely to pull an upset Saturday? Four possible answers: #IUupset, #MINNupset, #ILLupset, and #NUupset.