BTN Communications, December 3, 2014
BTN will provide extensive coverage surrounding the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis this weekend, when Wisconsin takes on Ohio State.
Leading up to the action, BTN will air the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences Friday, with Gary Andersen at 3:30 ET and Urban Meyer at 4 PM ET. Later, BTN Live, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason, will air live from the Big Ten Fan Fest at 6 PM ET.
Game-day coverage begins live from Fan Fest with Revsine, DiNardo, Griffith and Mason on BTN Live at 11 AM ET. Following a basketball tripleheader on BTN, the same four return with the Big Ten Championship Pregame Show presented by Auto-Owners Insurance at 6:30 PM ET from Lucas Oil Stadium. They?ll also have extensive analysis, highlights and on-field interviews during the Big Ten Football Championship State Farm Postgame Show, airing at approximately 11:30 PM ET.
Also, BTN talent Stanley Jackson, Shawne Merriman, Brandon Williams, Chuck Long, Marcus Ray, Derrick Mason, Tyoka Jackson, Jim Miller, and J Leman will join Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall at Fan Fest to preview the game and mingle with fans between shows. In addition, select former Ohio State and Wisconsin student-athletes as well as current Big Ten award winners from a variety of schools will appear on the BTN set at Fan Fest.
On Sunday, BTN will have three BTN Football & Beyond shows to preview and discuss each Big Ten bowl matchup. The shows are scheduled for 4 PM ET and 6:30 PM ET, followed by the Big Ten Bowl Selection Special at 9 PM ET. Revsine will host the shows alongside DiNardo, Griffith and Mason, and a number of coaches will be interviewed during the 60-minute Selection Special.
Overall, the Big Ten has 10 teams bowl-eligible. In addition to Wisconsin and Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and Illinois are poised to receive post-season invitations.
The Journey team will also be in Indianapolis to capture behind-the-scenes footage leading up to, during and after the championship game. The season finale of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014 will debut at 11 PM ET on Wednesday, Dec. 10.
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