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The Big Ten Country Podcast is your home for BIG TIME coverage of the Big Ten Conference. Co-hosts James Neveau and Kenneth Davis are joined by Big Ten coaches, players, and beat reporters to discuss and analyze your favorite teams. From football to basketball, baseball and everything in between, The Big Ten Country Podcast is your home for 365 coverage of the Big Ten Conference. New episodes drop every Sunday and Wednesday morning.

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The Big Ten Country Podcast is your home for BIG TIME coverage of the Big Ten Conference. Co-hosts James Neveau and Kenneth Davis are joined by Big Ten coaches, players, and beat reporters to discuss and analyze your favorite teams. From football to basketball, baseball and everything in between, The Big Ten Country Podcast is your home for 365 coverage of the Big Ten Conference. New episodes drop every Sunday and Wednesday morning.

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Episodes
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Big Ten Country landscape changes amid House v. NCAA settlement, and Friday Night Football looms

5/26/2024
In an absolutely jampacked Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Northwestern's narrow loss to Boston College in the women's lacrosse title game. Later, the guys delve into the landmark House v. NCAA case, with a settlement paving the way for athletes to be paid directly by schools amid a new revenue sharing plan. Finally, the guys react to the Big Ten's robust Friday night schedule, discussing its impact on athletes and on the world of high school football. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:49:21

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EA Sports' College Football 25 aims to make massive splash on sports gaming scene

5/23/2024
Join hosts James Neveau and Kenneth Davis on the Big Ten Country Podcast as they team up with gaming reporter Mike Straw to dissect the highly anticipated return of EA Sports' College Football 25. From discussing the unexpected revival of the game (5:55) to analyzing gameplay mechanics and features (17:07), the trio delves into all aspects of this upcoming release. They explore topics such as player name and likeness, gameplay differences, and the absence of certain fan-favorite features (27:40), offering insightful commentary and lively debate along the way. Don't miss this deep dive into the world of college football gaming. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:11

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Illini baseball triumphs, Northwestern lacrosse dominance and NCAA 25 reaction

5/20/2024
Join hosts James Neveau and Kenneth Davis on the Big Ten Country podcast for a thrilling episode packed with highlights and hot takes from the world of college sports. They kick things off with the Illini's stunning victory over Purdue in baseball, boosting their chances for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament (4:00). They dive into their bracket predictions for the NCAA baseball tournament (9:00) and they go in-depth on women's softball as the season heats up (17:00). Celebrate the success of two Big Ten teams heading to the lacrosse final four: Northwestern's women's team and Maryland's men's team (23:20) and finally, wrap up with reactions of the EA Sports NCAA 25 cover athletes (30:15). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:05

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Lisa Bluder's retirement, Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut, and Big Ten baseball's final showdown

5/15/2024
In this episode of the Big Ten Country Podcast, hosts James Neveau and Kenneth Davis dive into the monumental retirement of Iowa's legendary coach, Lisa Bluder, after 24 years and the promotion of her longtime assistant, Jan Jensen. They also discuss Iowa's addition of Villanova's star, Lucy Olsen. The duo gets into Caitlin Clark's challenging WNBA debut. They also preview an exhilarating final weekend of Big Ten baseball, with Illinois leading the Big Ten with a 15-6 record and facing Purdue in a crucial series. Tune in for all the latest Big Ten action and expert analysis! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:35:03

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Michigan rules Big Ten softball, NCAA revenue-sharing takes center stage

5/12/2024
In a packed episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis discuss Lauren Derkowski and the Michigan Wolverines capturing the conference softball title. They evaluate the Wolverines' chances in the NCAA tournament, and whether a team like Indiana or Northwestern could potentially make some noise as the postseason looms. Later, the guys break down stories by Yahoo's Ross Dellenger about potential revenue-sharing and scholarship changes in college athletics, examining whether the proposed split will work and the factors that could keep it from reaching the finish line. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:40:32

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Big Ten Country's football landscape changes, but is Ohio State or Oregon the new top dog?

5/9/2024
In today's Big Ten Country, Ken Davis and James Neveau discuss the hierarchy of the conference's football teams after a new ranking from CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli drops (0:40). Did Drew Allar and Penn State get disrespected by being placed at No. 4 (1:34), and are the reigning champion Michigan Wolverines ranked too highly in the third spot (11:00)? The guys then delve into the titans of the conference, praising Will Howard and all the incredible transfers the Buckeyes landed while also wondering how smoothly Dillon Gabriel will fit into Oregon's offense (15:45). Finally, the guys pick out their favorite Big Ten women's hoops matchups of the coming season, with the USC Trojans prepared to embark on a nationwide tour de force and reigning conference champion Iowa's tough road back to the Final Four (35:55). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:46:25

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Big Ten Country Debates: Best helmets, coolest trophies and relegation?

5/5/2024
In a special Big Ten Country podcast, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis take a break from the usual coverage of current events and instead debate some burning questions. Which football team has the best helmets in the Big Ten, and should teams like Ohio State get rid of helmet stickers? If Ken and James could add one team to the conference, who would it be? If the Big Ten were to add two more teams, should they explore the idea of relegation? The guys debate these topics and more, including which rivalry in the conference has the coolest trophy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:40:31

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Big Ten, SEC spearhead revenue-sharing talks, while big changes coming for Illinois basketball

5/1/2024
In today's episode of Big Ten Country, Kenneth Davis and James Neveau talk about the ongoing talks surrounding lawsuits filed against the NCAA over alleged antitrust violations, and how the Big Ten and SEC are taking the lead on revenue-sharing talks that could settle those cases (2:00). The guys talk about expansions of the College Football Playoff and NCAA basketball tournaments and how they're affecting those conversations (10:00). Illinois basketball then becomes the focus, with Coleman Hawkins entering the transfer portal and with a slew of new players coming to Champaign as Brad Underwood looks for a follow-up to an Elite Eight campaign (18:34). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:33:50

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The NFL Draft showcases power of players from Big Ten Country

4/28/2024
In our post-NFL Draft edition of Big Ten Country, Ken Davis and James Neveau break down Michigan's dominance of the proceedings, with JJ McCarthy and Blake Corum among those finding new homes. Penn State also carries its weight with Olu Fashanu headed to the Big Apple and Chop Robinson hitting South Beach, but could another Nittany Lion make the biggest impact? The guys discuss their biggest surprises from the Big Ten in the draft, focusing on one fascinating move by the Chicago Bears. Finally, the guys detail some massive news in women's hoops, as a potential No. 1 pick in the 2025 WNBA Draft will now call Big Ten Country home. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:54:36

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Price for Bears to trade up for Marvin Harrison Jr., J.J. McCarthy's potential

4/22/2024
Big Ten Country and the Under Center Podcast team up to break down the Big Ten's top prospects and the Bears' 2024 NFL Draft plans. James Neveau and Kenneth Davis are joined by Josh Schrock to break down the hottest draft rumors on the even of the event. They dissect the buzz surrounding the Bears and top prospect Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State (1:13), and discuss what it would take to trade up to secure him (7:00). The trio the delivers unfiltered takes on Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy's curious draft rise and unclear NFL potential (21:30). Plus, get the inside scoop on left tackle Olu Fashanu (29:55) and other potential Big Ten first-rounders (34:08). Don't miss out on the ultimate draft breakdown - it's all right here on the Under Center Podcast! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:27

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WNBA Draft takes center stage, and which Big Ten player will have the best NFL career?

4/17/2024
James Neveau and Kenneth Davis are feeling draft-happy in this edition of Big Ten Country. The guys break down the WNBA Draft, with Caitlin Clark and Celeste Taylor set to make big things happen for the Indiana Fever (12:56) and Kate Martin allowing the rich to get richer as she heads to Las Vegas (11:00). Later, Ken and James hold their own unique NFL Draft, picking players that they think will have the best careers at the next level. Marvin Harrison Jr., Cooper DeJean and JJ McCarthy take center stage as the guys debate the futures of the conference's biggest stars from 2023 (25:28). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:52:44

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Spring football, WNBA Draft season arrive in Big Ten Country

4/14/2024
James Neveau and Kenneth Davis take a look around the Big Ten as spring football hits its crescendo. The guys start with Ohio State's ongoing quarterback competition, with Will Howard and Devin Brown both getting shots to land the starting role for the Buckeyes. Attention then turns to Penn State, where Drew Allar has new weapons at his disposal and where the Nittany Lions are looking to replace key contributors on defense. Finally, the guys check in on Michigan star Frank Nazar's contract with the Blackhawks and revisit Claire's Corner for an NCAA Gymnastics title week preview See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:46:39

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Zach Edey, Purdue come up just short against juggernaut UConn squad

4/9/2024
It was another day and another tough loss in Big Ten Country as Zach Edey and Purdue fall to UConn in the national championship game. Ken Davis and James Neveau break down what went wrong for Purdue in the game, but also have plenty of praise for how well the Huskies executed their gameplan en route to a second straight title. Later, the guys discuss Purdue's strategy, and whether they should have incorporated Braden Smith's talent on the perimeter to greater effect early in the game. Finally, Ken and James weigh Zach Edey's legacy with the Boilermakers, and talk about what set him apart and what could help him become a solid player in the NBA. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:37

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Caitlin Clark, Iowa fall just shy of national title, but what does it all mean?

4/7/2024
James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down the women's national title game on this episode of Big Ten Country, and there's a LOT to talk about. South Carolina finishes an undefeated season, but could Iowa have done anything to have changed the outcome? The guys discuss what went wrong for the Hawkeyes, and where Caitlin Clark ranks among the GOAT's after the end of her collegiate career. Claire Filpi then joins the show to break down the NCAA women's tournament, and where the organization has gone right, and gone wrong, with how they handle women's sports and the marketing of the student-athletes that make them possible. Finally, James and Ken wrap the show by making their picks for Purdue's national title game against UConn, and share their keys to the game as the Boilermakers seek their first title. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:04:32

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Final Four previews for Purdue, Iowa as they seek national titles

4/3/2024
In today's Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Final Four matchups for Purdue and Iowa. Zach Edey has been a dominant force for the Boilermakers, but will he meet his match in DJ Burns Jr. (1:00)? Also, can Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer make enough shots from beyond the arc to tame the Wolfpack (7:15)? Later, the guys move to Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes, who are looking to finish an incredible era with a bang (24:00). Standing in their way are Paige Beuckers and UConn, who are fresh off beating freshman star JuJu Watkins. Ken and James give their keys to victory for the Hawkeyes, and also sing the praises of Kate Martin and Sydney Affolter as they try to earn two more wins and a national title for Iowa (32:22). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:41

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Big Ten Country revolves around Caitlin Clark, Zach Edey as Iowa and Purdue head to Final Four

4/1/2024
The Final Fours will feature two teams from Big Ten Country, with Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes seizing revenge over LSU and Zach Edey and Purdue knocking off Tennessee. James Neveau and Kenneth Davis start the show by breaking down Clark's historic performance, putting into context what she's been able to accomplish in her incredible career and in this NCAA tournament (1:00). They also have plenty of praise for Kate Martin and Sydney Affolter, and they discuss what Iowa needs to do to finish their story (11:56). Later, the guys shift the acclaim over to Edey and the Boilermakers, who are in the Final Four for the first time in decades (25:05). Can Edey help lead Purdue to title glory, or will he need his teammates to step up? The guys break that all down, and also give a final shoutout to Illinois after a tough loss to UConn in the Elite Eight (35:15). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:45

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Iowa suffers March Madness scare while Purdue, Illinois harbor Final Four dreams

3/27/2024
James Neveau and Kenneth Davis take a deep dive into the four remaining Big Ten teams in the men's and women's NCAA tournaments. They start out by breaking down Iowa's scare against West Virginia, discussing which players need to step up against Colorado if the Hawkeyes want to reach the Final Four again (0:40). Indiana also gets its share of the spotlight after a dramatic win over Oklahoma, but can Sydney Parrish and company stun undefeated South Carolina in the Sweet 16 (14:48)? The guys then turn to the men's tournament, with Zach Edey and Purdue aiming to take down Gonzaga (26:47). The big question...can Purdue's guard play overcome the Bulldogs to advance in the tournament? Finally, the guys get around to Illinois, as Terrence Shannon and company have seemingly embraced the mentality of head coach Brad Underwood ahead of an epic showdown with Iowa State (35:55). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:48:19

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Purdue, Illinois shine in March Madness' opening weekend, while Iowa carries the Big Ten's torch

3/25/2024
In a jampacked Big Ten Country, Kenneth Davis and James Neveau break down opening weekend in the NCAA basketball tournaments. The guys give Zach Edey and Purdue their flowers after a pair of emphatic victories (4:30), then turn their attention toward Illinois, who have romped through two games thanks to Terrence Shannon and now face their toughest test of the season against Iowa State (13:17). Later, the duo discusses the women's tournament, mourning the defeat of Ohio State and pondering what's ahead for the Buckeyes (25:24). Finally, the guys break down Caitlin Clark's now-viral moment against Holy Cross, and how she is handling the pressures of stardom on the sport's biggest stage (32:39). They also give Indiana their props, and ask the tough question: would the Hoosiers be able to take down South Carolina (46:00)? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:34

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March Madness begins in Big Ten Country

3/20/2024
In a jampacked Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis reveals their picks and predictions for the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments. Can Zach Edey and Purdue make it all the way, or could Illinois battle through a tough regional and reach the Final Four? The guys discuss those questions, and weigh in on whether teams like Northwestern or Nebraska could pull a stunner this year. James and Ken turn their focus to the women's tournament, and discuss the possibility of an Iowa vs. Ohio State Final Four showdown. The guys also weigh Indiana's tourney chances this March. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:29

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Iowa, Purdue ready for March Madness time in Big Ten Country

3/17/2024
It's Selection Sunday, and James Neveau and Kenneth Davis are reacting to the men's and women's NCAA tournament fields. They start out with Big Ten tournament-winning Illinois, and ask whether Terrence Shannon and company should be worried about Morehead State. The guys then dissect a tough Wisconsin matchup against James Madison, and discuss whether they think Zach Edey and Purdue have the easiest path to the Final Four of any No. 1-seeded team. They then turn to the women's bracket, where Nebraska will take on Texas A&M just days after their AD bolted to join the Aggies. The guys also ask whether Ohio State can bounce back after their Big Ten tourney loss, and if Michigan State has any shot at beating South Carolina. Finally, Caitlin Clark and Iowa earn a 1-seed, but can they secure a rematch with LSU in the tournament? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:55:44