The “fullback dive” now carries a whole new meaning in Happy Valley. Even while working in the murkiest of waters, hundreds of feet below sea level, P.J. Byers, a 26-year-old walk-on, never lost sight of his dream to play football for the Nittany Lions. At 10:30 a.m. ET this Saturday on BTN’s pregame show, viewers get the chance to learn of Byers’ remarkable journey, as well as learn about the memento from his father, Pat Byers, that foreshadowed his success.
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Tonight on the Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET our crew of Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks previews the first weekend of all divisional games with a host of interviews and analysis. We’ll be talking to a handful of head coaches including Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Illinois’ Ron Zook, and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Plus, BTN LiveBIG host and Michigan product Dhani Jones (@DhaniJones) joins us in studio to talk with Banks about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry and what it means to them.
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On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” our experts covered a host of topics in 60 minutes and also produced a bonus Web-only video clip we call The Fifth Quarter. It’s been a week of injuries and build up as the crew discusses how Big Ten teams will fill the void left by the injury of several stars and looked ahead to the biggest matchups of the weekend. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch The Fifth Quarter now!
Pretty good interview with Nebraska’s Tom Osborne that aired on our Tailgate 48 show this week. The Huskers athletic director talks about what makes being at Nebraska so special, but we really like the archival footage. It’s great for fans of the other 11 Big Ten schools to get to know Nebraska through access like this. Reminds us of Mike Hall’s interview with Bo Pelini on Step Into My Office a few weeks ago. Watch that episode on BTN2Go.com.
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It was only a matter of time before the new-look Big Ten featured its first weekend of all divisional matchups, and Week 7 is it. The five-game slate should be a lot of fun, too, especially with perfect Michigan and Illinois facing tough tests against Michigan State and Ohio State, respectively. This week, BTN has Penn State hosting Purdue (noon ET) and Iowa entertaining Northwestern (7 ET). Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch now as Gerry DiNardo breaks down how Michigan State should attack Michigan’s offense this weekend and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 7 Preview in this post.
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On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and the week before that it was Michigan coach Brady Hoke. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Evanston. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Fitzgerald, whose Wildcats play at Iowa at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.
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