BTN Communications, August 5, 2013

CHICAGO - The 2013 Big Ten Football season is right around the corner, which means it?s time to jump on the BTN bus and head out on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour.

For the seventh straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will cruise through Big Ten country to bring fans a 30-minute, on-site preview show from every Big Ten campus on the Big Ten Football Preview Tour, presented by Culligan. The BTN crew will travel over 3,000 miles in a customized chartered bus branded with the BTN logo. All shows can also be seen on BTN2Go.

The first preview show will air at 8 PM ET on Aug. 12 featuring Indiana. Subsequent shows will air nightly at 8 PM ET, continuing with Ohio State (Aug. 13), Penn State (Aug. 14), Michigan (Aug. 16), Michigan State (Aug. 17), Purdue (Aug. 19), Northwestern (Aug. 20), Illinois (Aug. 21), Wisconsin (Aug. 22), Minnesota (Aug. 23), Nebraska (Aug. 24) and Iowa (Aug. 25). Preview shows will include interviews with head coaches and selected returning players as the BTN analysts measure each team?s progress for the quickly approaching 2013 regular season.

Fans can also virtually jump on the bus via Twitter by following @BigTenNetwork, @BTNDaveRevsine, @HowardGriffith, @gerrydinardo and @BTNTomDienhart from the road. Dienhart, Senior Writer, will also be providing daily stories from the tour at Fans can also ride along with the crew by following Big Ten Network on Instagram.

BTN?s preseason football coverage continues with two, hour-long Big Ten Football Preview shows. The first show will highlight the Legends Division on Tuesday, Aug. 27, followed by the Leaders Division Preview Show on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Both shows will air at 7 PM ET with a bonus airing each night at 9 PM ET. BTN will kick off the Big Ten football season with UNLV at Minnesota at 7 PM ET on Thursday, August 29.

Check out the Big Ten Football Preview Tour schedule:

SHOW ON BTN (8 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, Aug. 6 Monday, Aug. 12
Ohio State
Wednesday, Aug. 7 Tuesday, Aug. 13
Penn State
Thursday, Aug. 8 Wednesday, Aug. 14
Saturday, Aug. 10 Friday, Aug. 16
Michigan State
Sunday, Aug. 11 Saturday, Aug. 17
Monday, Aug. 12
Monday, Aug. 19
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Thursday, Aug. 15
Thursday, Aug. 22
Friday, Aug. 16
Friday, Aug. 23
Monday, Aug. 19
Saturday, Aug. 24
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Sunday, Aug. 25

Aug. 27: Legends Division Preview Show, 7 PM ET

Aug. 28: Leaders Division Preview Show, 7 PM ET

About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. BTN2Go is the 24/7 simulcast of BTN that delivers live and on-demand programming via the internet, smartphones and tablets to customers of participating video providers. Events include football, men?s and women?s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events; studio shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women?s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation?s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is in more than 52 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Rogers Cable, Shaw and Shaw Direct (Canada) and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America. For additional information, go to