There are some tight battles already taking shape in the Big Ten men’s soccer race, and in the latest installment of our Web-only “BTN Soccer Report,” Kevin Egan reports the latest scores, highlights his game of the week and looks ahead to the conference’s upcoming games. In addition, analyst Aron Hyde checks in from the road to share his latest insights from this past weekend’s slate of action.
Seeing as how “The Next Level” crew spends much of the football season analyzing the transition from the college game to the NFL, who better to consult about the differences between the two levels than Big Ten products in the NFL? That’s exactly what the show did Tuesday night with a piece featuring former Big Ten standouts on the Chicago Bears, including Anthony Adams, Gabe Carimi, Kellen Davis and Dane Sanzenbacher, among others. So what did the Big Ten products say? You’ll have to watch the feature to figure out. Also, check out our interview with Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy in this post.
Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books. As was the case the first three weeks, former Big Ten players once again compiled plenty of big days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances. See his Week 4 winners in this post.
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On Tuesday, the Big East and Big Ten conferences, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, released the schedule for the fourth annual Big Ten/Big East Baseball Challenge on Feb. 17-19. This year’s event will feature 10 Big Ten teams and nine Big East teams playing 30 games over three days to open the college baseball season. See the entire release and the full schedule at BigTen.org.
We went back and dug up this clip from Wisconsin’s game against South Dakota. We aired it on TV live originally, but it’s worth watching again. In his suit and tie BTN sideline reporter Jay Wilson climbs up into the stands at Camp Randall and takes part in “Jump Around.” And after it’s all over, he says his calves feel like the weigh “about 50 pounds.”
Monday night, we interviewed two of Week 5’s biggest stars, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (151 yards, 4 TDs) and Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins (12 rec., 268 yards, 3 TDs). “The Big Ten Pulse” sat down with Ball, who’s scored at least two touchdowns in his last nine regular-season games and leads the nation with 14 touchdowns. What’s it like for Ball, not to mention sidekick James White, to run behind Wisconsin’s massive offensive line? “We feel really comfortable in the huddle, and once the play starts, we feel real comfortable behind those big guys,” Ball told our crew. Jenkins joined “Big Ten Breakdown,” and he appropriately broke down his 33-yard touchdown reception that helped spark Illinois’ rally against Northwestern. Watch the interview in this post.