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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

Meghan McKeown on the growth of women's sports and the dominance of Iowa and Ohio State

2/21/2024
In today's episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis welcome back Peacock and Big Ten Network's Meghan McKeown to talk all things women's hoops. Meghan breaks down the explosion of interest in the sport (4:25), and how fans should look beyond Caitlin Clark and other stars to get a full picture of the game (12:33). Later, the group discusses Ohio State's dominant conference performance and whether Iowa has what it takes to overcome the Buckeyes (18:42). Meghan also gives her take on which teams have the best shot at tournament glory as March draws ever closer. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:25

NCAA tournament race takes shape, Illinois gets huge win

2/18/2024
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down a huge Illinois win over Maryland as the Illini seem to be hitting their stride. Wisconsin is definitely NOT firing on all cylinders, and the guys give their take on the spiraling Badgers. Purdue tops the NCAA committee's top-16 rankings, but where do the experts have the Big Ten's other squads? On the women's side, Ohio State tops the top-16 rankings, but should Iowa and Indiana be higher on that list? Finally, the guys praise Caitlin Clark's record-setting career and evaluate Iowa's chances at tournament glory. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:43:57

Caitlin Clark's coronation continues, but is Iowa a contender or pretender for an NCAA title?

2/14/2024
In today's Big Ten Country podcast, Kenneth Davis and James Neveau open the conversation with even more praise for Caitlin Clark, who is poised to set the NCAA scoring record in women's basketball. After that, they name their three top players in the Big Ten, and discuss whether teams like Iowa, Ohio State, Indiana and more are legitimate contenders not just for a conference crown, but also for an NCAA title. The guys also name their top three men's players in the Big Ten, and then break down the massive new TV deal reached for the College Football Playoff. How do they feel about the 12-team playoff, and how do they feel about ESPN's way-too-early top 25 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:00:48:56

Purdue goes full Thanos, but who are the pretenders and contenders in hoops?

2/11/2024
On this episode of Big Ten Country, Kenneth Davis and James Neveau take a deep dive into men's hoops action. What went wrong for Illinois in their loss to Michigan State, and can Wisconsin pull themselves out of their tailspin amid a losing streak? After that, the guys discuss Purdue's strong play, and evaluate which of their conference rivals, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern and more, are contenders or pretenders this March. Finally, Iowa and Ohio State continue to roll in women's hoops, and Chip Kelly bolts UCLA for Ohio State in a surprising move. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:53:43

Purdue, Illinois set for key games for March resumes

2/8/2024
In this edition of Big Ten Country, Kenneth Davis and James Neveau preview a huge week in men's hoops. Will Purdue continue their dominance of Indiana, or can the Hoosiers save their fading tourney hopes (2:17)? Meanwhile, Illinois aims to knock off a resurgent Michigan State, with Terrence Shannon finding his groove (17:35). The guys also discuss some intriguing coaching decisions in the football world, including Jesse Minter leaving Michigan (34:02) and Harlon Barnett giving David Braun's Northwestern staff a boost (39:00). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:53:47

Purdue downs Wisconsin, Cotie McMahon and Ohio State send Iowa a message

2/4/2024
In today's Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis discuss a huge weekend in Big Ten basketball, starting with Purdue reminding the world why they're top dogs in the conference. Zach Edey and Braden Smith get their flowers from the guys, and the duo wonders if Wisconsin's recent losses point to any weaknesses in the college hoops stretch run. Later, the guys discuss Ohio State's key win over Indiana. Can Cotie McMahon and the Buckeyes earn a No. 1 seed in the women's tourney? Finally, Ken puts on his judicial robes and renders a verdict in a moment featuring an Auburn basketball player....and Morgan Freeman? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:04

2024 NFL Draft: Everything you need to know about Big Ten prospects

1/31/2024
On this episode of Big Ten Country, Kenneth Davis is joined by NBC Sports Chicago's draft expert, Glynn Morgan, to break down some of the top NFL Draft prospects coming out of the Big Ten. 7:46 — Illinois 15:06 — Michigan 29:17 — Ohio Stae 40:46 — Penn State 52:00 — Iowa 57:58 — Wisconsin 1:01:00 — Dark Horses from Big Ten 01:04:40 — Washington 1:11:37 — UCLA 1:12:46 — Oregon 1:15:55 — USC See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:21:13

Wisconsin shows mettle vs. Michigan State, while Caitlin Clark and Iowa get back on track

1/28/2024
In this edition of Big Ten Country, Kenneth Davis and James Neveau discuss changes coming to the conference's basketball tournament next season. AJ Storr and Wisconsin make another big statement against Michigan State, leaving the Badgers atop the Big Ten, while Terrence Shannon and Illinois face more questions about a rough loss vs. Northwestern and a shaky win over Indiana. Finally, Caitlin Clark responds to Iowa's loss to Ohio State with a monster game, but Ken and James highlight other Hawkeyes who are playing a key role in the team's success this season. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:57:58

Jim Harbaugh goes Hollywood, Terrence Shannon returns

1/25/2024
James Neveau and Kenneth Davis recap a chaotic week in Big Ten Country. NBC Sports Chicago’s Josh Schrock joins the guys to discuss Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan for the Chargers, what may have motivated him to leave the Wolverines, and whether the Chicago Bears erred in not pursuing him. Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer returns to the show after Terrence Shannon’s reinstatement, shedding light on the court decision, the impact NIL may have had on the ruling, and how the team will reintegrate the star into their lineup moving forward. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:11:15

Ohio State stuns Iowa, Caitlin Clark as Badgers' Brian Butch joins to discuss team's surge

1/21/2024
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Ohio State's statement win over the Iowa Hawkeyes (00:26). They share their reactions to the game and the impact Cotie McMahon had on the Buckeyes’ performance. They also share their thoughts on fans storming the court after Caitlin Clark’s hard collision with a fan after the game (10:26). Later, Wisconsin Badgers radio's Brian Butch joins the guys to discuss the team's surge and standing atop the Big Ten (21:14). They discuss how the Badgers have developed a new identity, the importance of their coming stretch of games, and the job Greg Gard has done in Madison. Finally, they discuss the impact of Terrence Shannon Jr.'s return to the Fighting Illini lineup (52:07). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:01:03

Illinois falters, Ohio State looks to take down Caitlin Clark, Iowa, as Washington hires Jedd Fisch

1/17/2024
In the newest episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis explore Illinois' surprising loss to Maryland over the weekend in Champaign. The guys also have plenty of praise for Zach Edey and Purdue after an emphatic road win over Indiana. Later, Brianna Mac Kay joins the podcast to break down Ohio State's impressive run as Big Ten play gets underway in women's hoops. She evaluates what makes Cotie McMahon and Jacy Sheldon so special, and what the Buckeyes need to do to take down Caitlin Clark and Iowa this weekend. Finally, James and Ken react to Washington hiring former Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch, and the challenges that the Huskies face as they come into the Big Ten next season. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:48:53

Caitlin Clark Show rolls on, Purdue looks to remain No. 1 in men's hoops

1/14/2024
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis recap some of the most recent Big Ten hoops games. They start by breaking down some of last week's men’s basketball games, including Purdue’s victory over Penn State and Illinois’ victory over Michigan State (1:31). They discuss if Wisconsin is the third-best team in the Big Ten. Later, they discuss Iowa's continued dominance in women's hoops and how a key stretch of games will determine whether any team can challenge them this season. (20:12). Finally, they talk about Washington losing head coach Kalen DeBoer to Alabama, who they'd choose to replace him, and what strategy the Huskies could use moving forward (30:46). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:00:58

Big Ten Country goes full-on basketball with look at men's, women's hoops

1/11/2024
In a jam-packed Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis provide their promised reset for college basketball. They welcome On3 Sports' Nick Schultz to discuss the latest happenings in men's hoops, including Purdue's loss to Nebraska, how Illinois has been able to survive without Terrence Shannon, and what Wisconsin and Northwestern are doing to remain competitive in the Big Ten race. Later, the duo welcomes NBC Sports' Meghan McKewon to talk about Caitlin Clark's big improvements and how she may be the Taylor Swift of college hoops. Indiana's surge this season is also addressed, and Meghan provides a surprising statement about the Hoosiers' chances vs. Iowa. Finally, the group discusses the biggest surprise in the Big Ten and who could be the face of the sport when Caitlin Clark leaves for the WNBA. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:01:05:31

Michigan takes home title, but was it Jim Harbaugh's swan song?

1/9/2024
On a special edition of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down Michigan's incredible win over Washington, securing their first national title in decades. The guys praise Michigan's elite secondary and pass rush, while shouting out Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards' dominant performance. Later, James and Ken discuss the legacy of Jim Harbaugh, and what the coach has been able to accomplish at his alma mater. Finally, the big questions are discussed: will Jim Harbaugh be back in 2024, and if he's not, who will replace him as head coach of the Wolverines? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:20

Previewing Michigan's national title game with Blake Corum, Ruthie Polinsky

1/4/2024
On a jampacked episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis preview the national championship game as the Michigan Wolverines try for their first outright title since the 1940's. James chats with All-American running back Blake Corum about the Rose Bowl, his relationship with JJ McCarthy and what he's seen in preparing to face Washington (4:24). Later, the guys break down how Michigan's defense can get after the Huskies' strong offensive line, and they speak with NBC Chicago's Ruthie Polinsky about how she views Jim Harbaugh's performance as coach, what the strengths of this year's Michigan team have been, and much more (24:26). Finally, the guys offer their picks for the title game (48:07). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:54:52

Blake Corum, Michigan's defense take center stage in epic win vs. Alabama

1/2/2024
The College Football Playoff's top team is through to Houston after Michigan takes down Alabama. James Neveau and Kenneth Davis are breaking everything down. They examine what made the Wolverines successful vs. the Tide and give flowers to Blake Corum, JJ McCarthy, and a stout Michigan defense. They also ask whether they have any concerns ahead of the title game vs. Washington and what Big Blue will need to do to finish their story. Later, the guys explore the Big Ten's bowl performances, including Ohio State's dud vs. Missouri and Penn State's loss to Ole Miss. Finally, it's Pop-Tart Mania as the guys discuss what could make bowl games more delicious (or at least more interesting). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:58:47

Michigan, Alabama's playoff showdown arrives as Jim Harbaugh faces Nick Saban

12/27/2023
The Big Ten Country podcast is breaking down the Rose Bowl matchup between Alabama and Michigan. James Neveau and Kenneth Davis address how the Wolverines should attack the Crimson Tide and vice versa. Will Blake Corum carry the day, or will JJ McCarthy be turned loose? Can Michigan slow down Jalen Milroe and company? Later, the guys discuss whether Jim Harbaugh or Nick Saban has the coaching edge in this year's matchup, and what a win would mean for Harbaugh and company. Finally, the guys debate whether the Rose Bowl winner should be favored over Texas or Washington in the title game. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:35:46

Christmas holiday respite edition

12/24/2023
James Neveau and Ken Davis are taking the Christmas weekend off from Big Ten Country, but the guys have a message for their families, as well as the show's loyal listeners this holiday season. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:02:30

Oregon, Michigan State highlight transfer portal roundup

12/20/2023
On the latest Big Ten Country, Ken Davis and James Neveau do a fast-paced roundup of all the transfer portal news and information around the Big Ten. The guys discuss Oregon's commitments from Dillon Gabriel and Dante Moore, and examine how Washington and USC both intend to move forward from their Heisman-caliber quarterbacks. Later, the guys analyze what new coaching staffs are doing at Indiana and Michigan State, with the Hoosiers having to replace a good chunk of their offensive line and the Spartans hoping that Jonathan Smith can maximize the talents of Aidan Chiles. Finally, the duo discusses Ohio State's rough start to the portal, and what moves could still be coming at places like Wisconsin and Nebraska. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:43:27

Fletcher Loyer and Purdue deliver statement win, while Nebraska volleyball runs into Texas buzzsaw

12/17/2023
On this episode of Big Ten Country, James Neveau and Kenneth Davis break down a wild week in men's college basketball. Purdue gets huge games from Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith as they dispatch No. 1 Arizona in Indianapolis (00:41). With their grueling schedule and quality victories over teams like Marquette and now Arizona, should the Boilermakers be the top team in the country? Later, Ken and James break down an impressive Texas victory over Nebraska in the women's college volleyball national title game (22:26) and discuss why it could merely be a stumbling block on the way to glory for the Cornhuskers. Finally, they preview Mike Berman's conversation with Northwestern head coach David Braun, who led the Wildcats to a 7-5 season in 2023. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:36