BTN.com staff, December 23, 2013
BTN will air extensive coverage of the 2013-14 bowl season, including live reports from the historic 100th Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day. Seven Big Ten teams are competing in this year's bowl season, including two in the BCS, marking the 15th straight year that six or more conference squads will take part in the postseason play.
Up first is Minnesota, which heads to the Texas Bowl to take on Syracuse on Dec. 27, with BTN's Sue Ann Robak on-site in Houston reporting from the sidelines. Michigan will face Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28.
On New Year's Day, Michigan State heads to Pasadena for the first time since 1988 to take on Stanford in the Rose Bowl. BTN will debut the BTN Football Report: Rose Bowl Preview, at 8 PM ET on Sunday, Dec. 29, from Pasadena featuring Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Big Ten Finale following Nebraska at Iowa men's basketball at 9 PM also will include segments from Pasadena, including an interview with Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis.
Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin will also take part in New Year's Day contests, while the Hawkeyes take on LSU in the Outback Bowl, the Huskers face Georgia in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl and the Badgers square off against South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. BTN's Allison Hayes will report from the Outback Bowl, Matt Davison will be on-site for the Gator Bowl and Jay Wilson will be reporting from the Capital One Bowl.
Mike Hall, Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Chuck Long will provide Big Ten Bowl coverage Jan. 1 starting at 11 AM ET with the BTN Football Bowl Pregame Show. Leading up to kickoff, BTN will air the Rose Bowl Pregame Show at 4:30 PM ET. The show will include reports from Pasadena with Revsine, DiNardo, Griffith and Mason. To close out all the action, Hall, Pizzo, Rackley and Long will return at 8:30 PM ET on the Final Drive: Bowl Edition. The show will include a recap of all the day's bowl action as well as interviews from Pasadena with Revsine, DiNardo, Griffith and Mason.
In the conference's second BCS bowl, Ohio State takes on Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. BTN's Stanley Jackson and Pizzo will be reporting on-site from Miami with segments airing on the Big Ten Finale that evening at 11:30 PM ET with Hall, Griffith and DiNardo.