Questions, questions, questions. Who needs the win more this weekend – Ohio State or Nebraska? How good is Michigan’s running game? Who’s the best Big Ten QB-WR combo? Who will win this weekend? What are Wisconsin’s title chances looking like? Join Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Brandon Williams tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET, and follow them on Twitter @BTNThePulse. They love to spotlight you’re best tweets on the air.
Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin, and Tony Banks are getting ready for tonight’s Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET, which will set you up for Saturday morning. Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald joins us for an interview while we also take reports from Bloomington setting up Saturday’s Illinois-Indiana game. Banks rates Illinois’s A.J. Jenkins and Colvin talks about Illinois’ defense making the Illini real contenders in the Leaders Division.
On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” our experts covered a host of topics in 60 minutes, talked to Wisconsin star wide receiver Nick Toon and produced a bonus Web-only video clip we call The Fifth Quarter. It’s been a newsy week leading up to some very important games on Saturday, including Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Get ready for the games with Dave Revsine’s Numbers and Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview. Watch The Fifth Quarter now and check out our Toon interview and your best Rejoice Mail at the bottom of this post.
On Thursday night’s season debut of “Tailgate 48,” hosts Julie Alexandria and Jason Fisher kicked off their eight-week excursion across Big Ten country in Madison, Wis. The pair gave Big Ten fans an all-access pass to the traditions, pageantry and gameday excitement in and around Camp Randall Stadium for last week’s much-anticipated Nebraska-Wisconsin battle. During their 48-hour tour of the campus, Alexandria and Fisher caught up with Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, AD Barry Alvarez and hoops sensation Jordan Taylor. Watch the interview with Dayne now and see Taylor’s sitdown in this post.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Michigan coach Brady Hoke and the week before that it was Minnesota coach Jerry Kill. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Madison. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Bielema, whose perfect Badgers have a bye week before hosting Indiana on Oct. 15. Watch one clip now and see Hall’s comments below.
As if 1-4 Indiana didn’t have enough on its plate with perfect Illinois coming to town Saturday, there’s this: Nick Turner and two other players quit the team Wednesday. Turner, a redshirt sophomore, had been moved from running back to safety two weeks ago, although he did receive his first carry of the season last week against Penn State. Sophomore running back Antonio Banks and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Marlandez Harris also quit the team this week, making it six Hoosiers who have left the program in the past two weeks. Read more about the losses on IndyStar.com.