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This is by far the best slate of games of the short 2013 season. The Saturday menu is highlighted by four games vs. Pac-12 schools—Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago; Wisconsin at Arizona State; UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal. Purdue also gets its annual crack at Notre Dame, adding more name-brand appeal to the weekend. And we have in-state rivals Iowa-Iowa State clashing.
We had a special treat on Tuesday night’s #BTNLive. Illinois legend and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus joined the show to talk about his playing career, the state of the game today, and much more. Watch our first segment with Butkus that aired on Tuesday’s show here, plus see the other two segments in this post.
All eyes will be on Nebraska this Saturday, as the Cornhuskers welcome UCLA to Lincoln for the biggest game of the weekend. Huskers fans need no reminder of last year’s meeting vs. the Bruins in Pasadena. UCLA won, 36-30, as the Bruins obliterated the Nebraska defense to the tune of 653 yards. It was a sign of things to come.
We are two weeks into the season, but a lot already has happened. Ohio State and Michigan have had their moments, Northwestern looks legit and Illinois has been a surprise. It has given us all a lot to write and talk about.
Every week during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com video editors compile all of the Big Ten touchdowns. As expected, with 12 games in Week 2, including several against far inferior foes, there were a lot of scores. Do you have a favorite touchdown from the past week? If not, watch this clip and see all of the contenders. Even if you do, relieve all the scores again.
Illinois great and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus joins #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET tonight. Butkus, a 1963 and 1964 unanimous All-American, will offer his thoughts on Illinois’ Week 3 test vs. Washington (6 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go), the same team Butkus and the Illini beat in the 1964 Rose Bowl.