Football is still almost a month away, but you don’t have to wait any longer to root for your favorite team.
There are 17 active Big Ten athletes set to compete at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which begin in earnest Saturday.
Here’s a guide to watching the Olympics as a Big Ten fan first, because we know that’s how you roll.
The Hoosiers have the most athletes in Rio of any school in the Big Ten, and it’s no surprise they all come from Ray Looze’s storied swimming and diving program. Looze himself is serving as an assistant coach for the women’s squad, and there are a total of 15 current and former Indiana athletes at the Olympics — most of them swimmers and divers.
Lilly King, Swimming, United States – Women’s 100-meter breaststroke (Final- 9:54 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8), women’s 200-meter breaststroke (Final- 9:17 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11).
The American record holder in both her races, the 19-year-old sophomore is a gold-medal hopeful in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Jessica Parratto, Diving, United States – Women’s 10-meter platform (Final- 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18), women’s synchronized 10-meter platform (2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9)
Michael Hixon, Diving, United States – Men’s 3-meter springboard (Final- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16), men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard (3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10)
Blake Pieroni, Swimming, United States – Men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay (Heats- 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7)
Kennedy Goss, Swimming, Canada – Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay (Heats- 1:31 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10)
Ohio State (4)
Four current Buckeyes are in Brazil to compete in four different sports, and they will represent three different countries. Like the Hoosiers, Ohio State also has some former athletes competing in the Games — making for 11 total representatives. Associate head wrestling coach Lou Rosselli was also selected to the USA Wrestling staff, and of course you know about Nate Ebner on the rugby squad.
Kyle Snyder, Wrestling, United States – Men’s freestyle 97 kilograms (Sunday, Aug. 21)
The 2016 NCAA champion and youngest ever American to win a wrestling world championship at 19, the Buckeyes junior will test himself on the world’s biggest stage.
Nichelle Prince, Women’s Soccer, Canada – The Ohio State senior didn’t feature in the Canadians’ 2-0 win over Australia on Wednesday. Canada plays next at 2 p.m. Saturday against Zimbabwe.
Dustin Tynes, Swimming, Bahamas – Men’s 100-meter breaststroke (Heats- 2:04 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6)
Eleanor Harvey, Fencing, Canada – Women’s individual foil (Round of 32- 8:35 Wednesday, Aug. 10)
If you’re splitting hairs, there are technically only two current Badgers in Rio. Zach Ziemek graduated in May, right before he earned a spot on Team USA in the decathlon. The pair due back in Madison after their tour de Rio are both swimmers.
Cierra Runge, Swimming, United States – Women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay (Heats- 1:31 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10)
Matthew Hutchins, Swimming, New Zealand – Men’s 400-meter freestyle (Heats- 12:48 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6), men’s 1500-meter freestyle (Heats- 12:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12)
There are a total of seven current or former Boilermakers in Rio, but only two are eligible to return. Purdue diving coach Adam Soldati is also an assistant for Team USA.
Steele Johnson, Diving, United States – Men’s 10-meter platform (Final- 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20), men’s synchronized 10-meter platform (3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8)
Does the name David Boudia ring a bell in the deep recesses of your brain? The defending Olympic champion in the individual 10-meter is a 2011 Purdue graduate, and he’s teaming with Johnson — a 20-year-old sophomore — to go for gold in Rio.
Carmiesha Cox, Athletics, Bahamas – Women’s 4×400-meter relay (Heats – 7:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19)
Penn State (1)
Shane Ryan, Swimming, Ireland – Men’s 100-meter backstroke (Heats- 1:16 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7), men’s 100-meter freestyle (Heats- 12:02 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9), men’s 50-meter freestyle (Heats- 12:02 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11)
Micha Powell, Athletics, Canada -Women’s 4×400-meter relay (Heats – 7:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19)
Pedrya Seymour, Athletics, Bahamas – Women’s 100-meter hurdles (Heats- 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16)
Kierra Smith, Swimming, Canada – 100-meter breaststroke (Heats- 12:56 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7), 200-meter breaststroke (12:47 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10)