Wednesday on “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our team tackled the latest developments in conference realignment, debated whether Illinois is the second best team in the Big Ten, scouted possible BCS matchups and offered its weekly Heisman Trophy candidates. Andy Staples, of SI.com, was in our studios for the show, along with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein. Watch now as Staples discusses realignment and what Wisconsin needs to do to before it can be considered for one of the top two spots in his weekly power rankings.
The latest Big Ten Blast touches on the quarterback story at Ohio State where Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell remains non-committal on naming a starter on Saturday against Colorado. Is it freshman quarterback Braxton Miller or fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman?
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On last week’s on Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Illinois coach Ron Zook and the week before that it was Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a few bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Minneapolis. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Kill, whose 1-2 Gophers host North Dakota State at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN.
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In the latest webisode of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kara Lentz and Chicago Fire Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde recap the opening weekend of women’s conference action, including Nebraska’s decisive victory over Northwestern in the school’s first Big Ten event. Aron gives his thoughts on what stood out the most and gets you ready for the latest action on the pitch. Watch the webisode now and check back next week for a fresh new show that focuses on everything Big Ten soccer.
As if the competition of the Big Ten wasn’t a big enough adjustment, the Nebraska volleyball team also must adapt to a new schedule in its first season in the Big Ten. Unlike the Big 12, Nebraska’s previous conference, the Big Ten plays its weekend conference games on back-to-back nights, Friday and Saturday. It’s something that will take some getting used to. No. 10 Nebraska hosts No. 5 Penn State in the teams’ Big Ten opener at 8 ET Wednesday on BTN. Our Big Ten Women’s Sports Report discussed the Huskers’ adjustment in this web-only segment.
Week 4 marks the final full week of nonconference football action. That said, our analysts on “The Next Level” tell you what they want to see Saturday before Big Ten play begins. One of our guys has his eye on the Illinois defense, which goes up against Western Michigan and talented quarterback Alex Carder, another wants to see Nebraska star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard’s return from a leg injury, while the final one has his sights set on a former Wildcat in the NFL. Watch the special Web-only segment now.