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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

Michigan beats Iowa, earns No. 1 seed in controversial College Football Playoff field

12/3/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis discuss the College Playoff Rankings, with Michigan taking the No. 1 seed and Alabama and Texas leapfrogging undefeated Florida State. (1:00). The guys then discuss whether the Wolverines or the Washington Huskies should have earned the top spot. Later, the Big Ten Championship game takes center stage (32:20), and the guys examine whether there are reasons for concern embedded in Michigan's shutout win over Iowa. Finally, Ken and James award their "Footballiest Thing" prize to an Iowa bar that was punished for Iowa's lack of offense (47:40). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:08

Can Iowa actually upset Michigan, or is title game a mere formality?

11/29/2023
In today's Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis have everything you need to know about the Big Ten Championship Game this weekend. The Athletic's Nick Baumgardner joins the guys to talk all things Wolverines (7:34), including how their depth brought them to the brink of another playoff appearance, how Blake Corum has taken his game to another level, and how this Michigan team compares to the 1997 national champions. Later, Anthony Herron of 670 the Score and the Big Ten Network joins the show for the Hawkeyes' perspective on things (30:57). He reveals how an injury-plagued squad won 10 games and reached the title game, gives praise to Kirk Ferentz's coaching job, and reveals things that Iowa can do to give themselves a shot against Michigan. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:04:27

Michigan triumphs in The Game, while Michigan State, Indiana seek new coaches

11/26/2023
On a new Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Ohio State-Michigan. Did Ryan Day coach too conservatively (1:34)? How did JJ McCarthy outduel Kyle McCord (9:05)? The guys discuss that and how Michigan's depth carried the day (11:26). Later, they share their College Football Playoff picks and discuss which one-loss teams could still make the playoffs (15:24). Ken and James eulogize Illinois' season after a heartbreaking loss to Northwestern (30:24) and break down coaching changes at Michigan State and Indiana (38:49). Finally, the guys bemoan how computer modeling ended up costing San Jose State a conference title game appearance in their "Footballiest Thing of the Week" segment (44:09). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:50:42

Ohio State vs. Michigan showdown highlights Rivalry Week fun

11/22/2023
In this edition of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis discuss Rivalry Week, including the titanic clash between Ohio State and Michigan. Has Michigan's resume been unfairly maligned? Is Ohio State coming into the game with more momentum? Should the Wolverines be scared? The guys break those all down, and make their picks in the game. Elsewhere, the guys talk about the in-state battle between Illinois and Northwestern, as well as other rivalry games between Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as Purdue and Indiana. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:49:17

Ohio State, Michigan head in different directions ahead of showdown as Iowa clinches Big Ten West

11/19/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Week 12 of the Big Ten football season. First, Michigan struggles in a win over Maryland (2:02), and new revelations emerge around the program as a booster is in hot water and a coach is fired (5:35). Later, the guys discuss whether the Wolverines can right the ship (9:22) and whether Ohio State should be favored in "The Game" after an emphatic win over Minnesota (14:37). The duo then talks College Football Playoff ranks (19:00), and whether they think a one-loss Michigan or Ohio State could get in. Later, they hit on the Big Ten West champion Iowa Hawkeyes and what the game shows them about the 2023 Illinois Fighting Illini (30:30). Finally, the guys congratulate Northwestern (37:55) and Wisconsin (41:05) on becoming bowl eligible and set the stage for the final week of the regular season in college football See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:54:07

Michigan pushes through scandal, while Purdue basketball aims to make statement in Maui Invitational

11/16/2023
In today's episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis preview Michigan's looming showdown with Maryland, and the ongoing fallout from Jim Harbaugh's suspension, with MLive's Aaron McMann helping break it all down (6:16). McMann also evaluates JJ McCarthy's draft stock and Sherrone Moore's chances at becoming a full-time head coach, while also evaluating whether Michigan is 'America's Team.' Later, James and Ken break down Iowa's attempt to clinch the Big Ten West against Illinois, as well as the injury to safety Cooper DeJean (28:58). Finally, Sam King of the Journal & Courier joins the show (38:53) to break down Purdue's first three games, players not named Zach Edey that could potentially guide the Boilermakers to the promised land, and what fans need to watch as Purdue takes on Kansas, Gonzaga and more in the Maui Invitational. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:08:39

Harbaugh-less Michigan makes bold statement, Illinois' offense explodes vs. Indiana

11/12/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, Kenneth Davis and James Neveau discuss a Statement Saturday in the Big Ten. They start with Michigan beating Penn State as they face another stretch without suspended head coach Jim Harbaugh (2:07). They also discuss James Franklin's performance and what went wrong in a missed opportunity for his Nittany Lions (8:14). Later, they dissect Sherrone Moore's teary postgame comments (25:55). In the back half of the show, John Paddock gets his props for Illinois' explosive day on offense (30:06), and James and Ken eat crow as Deacon Hill helps Iowa earn a share of the Big Ten West crown (35:12). Finally, the guys share their College Football Playoff predictions (42:05) and crown their Footbaliest Thing of the Week, a $76 million act of artful deception (45:17). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:57:12

Nicole Auerbach on Michigan's sign-stealing, Robbie Hummel gives his men's basketball predictions

11/8/2023
In a star-studded episode of Big Ten Country, Michigan's sign-stealing scandal and the men's college hoops season take center stage. James Neveau and Kenneth Davis talk about Michigan's turmoil as a big game with Penn State looms. They discuss their concerns about the Big Ten's investigation (1:00). They then welcome NBC Sports and The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach for her latest on the scandal (10:01), how she feels like things will play out with the Big Ten and NCAA (12:21), and whether Jim Harbaugh may finally leave for the NFL (18:52). NBC Sports' Robbie Hummel then joins the podcast to discuss Purdue star Zach Edey (42:02) and whether he thinks Michigan State can best the Boilers (45:54). He also gives props to Illinois' depth this season (49:33) and reveals what fueled him in his college career (52:15). Finally, he gives his Final Four picks (54:56). He reveals whether he thinks Purdue can win it all (56:13). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:03:52

Michigan, Penn State win ahead of massive showdown, while Big Ten West remains chaotic

11/5/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis recap Week 10 of the Big Ten football season. They start with Penn State and Michigan holding serve ahead of a titanic clash in Happy Valley (1:06). They also break down Ohio State's sluggish win over Rutgers (13:20) and discuss whether the Buckeyes deserve to remain in the College Football Playoff's top spot. Later, they discuss a wild week in the Big Ten West, with an Illinois stunner over Minnesota (32:34) and Iowa's narrow win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field (43:09). Finally, they discuss Nick Saban's bloodshot eye and....a bobcat named after a Greek god (56:05)? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:03:50

Ohio State tops College Football Playoff rankings, Big Ten West remains wide open

11/1/2023
In today's Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Ken Davis discuss Ohio State's ascent to the top of the first College Football Playoff rankings (00:18). The duo then discusses whether a one-loss Big Ten team can still make the playoff and then chats about the ongoing sign-stealing scandal at Michigan and a bizarre (alleged) Connor Stalions sighting at Central Michigan this season (14:45). Finally, the guys break down this week's games, including Penn State and Maryland as those teams look to get right (26:26). Also, the duo evaluates the Big Ten West, and discusses which team could gain an edge this weekend. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:58:24

Is Michigan Big Ten's only national title contender and predictions for 1st College Football Playoff

10/29/2023
In this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Week 9 in the Big Ten season. Ohio State's win over Wisconsin goes under the microscope (1:49) as does Penn State's narrow escape vs. Indiana (9:30). Can either team realistically contend with Michigan for a conference, or even national, title (17:42)? Finally, the guys share their College Football Playoff predictions (27:06) and discuss a sign-stealing scandal facing the Wolverines (41:50). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:55:08

No. 1 Kansas visits Illinois for hoops exhibition, while Ohio State takes gridiron vs. Wisconsin

10/25/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis preview the Week 9 of the college football season. Before they discuss the five Big Ten matches on the docket for the weekend, Mike Vernon from KUHearings.com joins James and Kenneth to preview and discuss Bill Self's return to Champaign for an exhibition between Kansas and Illinois (3:11). Mike also discusses whether Bill Self is the best coach in Jayhawks' history (6:21) and Kansas' incredible transfer portal haul that landed them All-American Hunter Dickinson (13:13). Later, Ken and James are back on football, where they preview the Ohio State-Wisconsin matchup (36:05). Will Wisconsin be able to hold their own with backup quarterback Braedyn Locke in for Tanner Mordecai? Finally, they run through the rest of the slate for the weekend (46:46). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:01:56

Ohio State dominates Penn State, while Iowa loses on controversial 'fair catch' call

10/22/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis discuss Saturday's showdown between Ohio State and Penn State (00:24), focusing on the statement the Buckeyes made and the questions the Nittany Lions still must answer. Later, Michigan's eventful week comes into focus (17:51), with a blowout win over Michigan State and allegations of sign stealing. A bit of jersey talk (26:10) livens things up before they dive into the Big Ten West race (37:25), which looks different after Iowa's erased punt return (38:28) and Wisconsin's epic comeback over Illinois (47:29). Finally, the guys take their first look at Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (59:15). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:04:57

Ohio State, Penn State set to clash in monumental Big Ten showdown

10/18/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down the massive matchup between Penn State and Ohio State. The guys offer their thoughts on the game (1:06), and are then joined by DKPittsburghSports' Cory Giger to help preview the game (7:40). Later, James and Kenneth give their predictions for the matchup (33:30). Finally, they run through the rest of the Big Ten slate, including Iowa's battle with Minnesota (40:30), Illinois' homecoming game against Wisconsin (54:00) and more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:00:30

Iowa basketball star Hannah Stuelke reflects on record-setting day at Kinnick Stadium

10/16/2023
On a special episode of Big Ten Country, Iowa women's basketball star and Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year Hannah Stuelke joins James Neveau and Kenneth Davis to break down the record-setting "Crossover at Kinnick” (7:13). Hannah discusses playing in front of 56,000 fans (9:47), the Kinnick Stadium traditions the team was able to embrace (10:22), what she and her teammates have been motivated by this offseason (12:37), and the incredible growth of women's basketball on the sports landscape (20:10). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:25:50

Iowa's punt-filled win vs. Wisconsin, Illinois stuns Maryland and Big Ten's elite hold serve

10/15/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Week 7 of the Big Ten football season. The guys discuss the Iowa-Wisconsin matchup for Big Ten West supremacy (1:40). Maryland's upset at the hands of Illinois also caught attention (14:30), as did Rutgers' stunning comeback over Michigan State (27:02). Michigan takes care of business vs. Indiana, (36:10) while Ohio State and Penn State dominate ahead of their critical showdown (39:25). Finally, the guys take on Heisman Trophy candidates and Colorado's meltdown vs. Stanford (43:37). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:59:05

Caitlin Clark, Iowa set to host DePaul in epic 'Crossover at Kinnick' exhibition

10/13/2023
In a special episode of Big Ten Country, The Athletic's Scott Dochterman joins James Neveau and Kenneth Davis to preview the "Crossover at Kinnick," an exhibition between Iowa and DePaul aiming to break an attendance record for women's basketball. Scott previews the game, breaks down the remarkable impact of Caitlin Clark on the world of sports, and the expectations surrounding the Hawkeyes heading into the season. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:21:51

Iowa-Wisconsin set for West showdown, and Ohio State's rise

10/11/2023
In the latest episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis are joined by On3 Sports' Nick Schultz, to discuss the battle for West supremacy between Iowa and Wisconsin. Later, they break down Ohio State's continued success and discuss if they're poised for a playoff run. The trio also talks Heisman Trophy candidates, NFL Draft and more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:54:01

Ohio State, Marvin Harrison shine Saturday, while Michigan keeps on rolling

10/8/2023
In today's Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Ohio State's big win over Maryland and why we haven't heard the last of the Terrapins. They also examine Iowa's win over Purdue and why Michigan once again proved they may be America's best team. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:08:55

Can Maryland beat Ohio State with Shawne Merriman and will Michigan keep up their winning ways?

10/4/2023
On today's Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis welcome Shawne Merriman to discuss Maryland's chances vs. Ohio State, and whether they should be in the Top-25. Spencer Holbrook of Lettermen Row also discusses the game, and whether the Buckeyes should be fearful of the Terrapins. Finally, the guys discuss Purdue's showdown with Iowa, and whether Wisconsin is poised to make another statement against Rutgers. 7:46 - Former NFL linebacker and Maryland alum Shawn Merriman 29:14 - Spencer Holbrook, Ohio State beat reporter for Letterman Row 53:00 - James and Kenneth break down the Big Ten matchups you need to know about See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:10:54