Thanks goodness it’s Friday. Or, in my household, it’s called “Football Eve.” Pretty nice, huh? Let’s start daily links with this way-cool look at Big Ten teams and TV. Can you tell much about a program by the TV time slots it draws? It’s something Dan Hoppen of HuskersOnline.com looked at. Hoppen went back and tracked the starting times and TV networks for Nebraska games since the program joined the Big Ten in 2011 through this past weekend.
On Saturday right after Iowa’s football game against Northwester, BTN airs the latest “Big Ten Elite,” which profiles the 1985 Iowa Football team. Led by Head Coach Hayden Fry and senior quarterback Chuck Long, the Hawkeyes won their second Big Ten Title in a five-year span and headed to the Rose Bowl.
Friday’s episode of “Forever B1G” profiles Michigan’s Drew Henson and Wisconsin’s Trent Jackson in our latest look at two former Big Ten stars who 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 tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET to see the entire program.
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Jon Groce’s Illinois basketball team kicked off the Big Ten college basketball exhibition season with a commanding 101-64 win over McKendree Thursday night at the State Farm Center. More important than the final score, this was a chance for fans to see how this Illinois team would fill the void left by the departure of senior guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson.
Can you smell it in the air? College basketball is just around the corner. In fact, the Big Ten preseason kicks off tonight as Illinois hosts McKendree at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digital Network. It will be the first chance to get a look at several of the conferences top newcomers, which is always exciting to see at this time of year.
Another light, yet exciting week ahead, with four teams off–Indiana, Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin. Still, this Saturday has a marquee, prime-time game to hang its hat on with Penn State playing at Ohio State.