How surprised were you by the outcome of the Wisconsin-Michigan State on Saturday? It was a thriller of an ending that had Spartans fans thrilled and Badgers fans bummed. Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle describe their reactions to the game on tonight’s Big Ten Pulse. Also, let’s make some sense out of the latest BCS standings. And Keith Nichol, the Spartan everyone was talking about Saturday night, joins us for an interview to talk about his big catch. Our “Who Ya Got?” segment includes these vital questions: Who had the better touchdown run? And who has the worst chest bump? Follow The Pulse on Twitter @BTNThePulse and watch the show tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET.
On Big Ten Breakdown at 7 ET Monday night, Mike Hall, Chris Martin and Howard Griffith break down the improvements Purdue’s Caleb TerBush and Penn State’s Matt McGloin have made under center, and the special teams play that changed the game for Michigan State in its dramatic victory over Wisconsin. Also, our guys will analyze what makes Marcus Coker so successful and discuss his importance to the Iowa offense.
On the next Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, at 8 am ET Tuesday, host Lisa Byington and analysts Kara Lentz and Megan Bower discuss No. 4 Nebraska sending No. 1 Illinois to its first loss on the volleyball court and offer early analysis on possible seeding for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Also, our crew will talk to Erica Walsh, whose Penn State women’s soccer team claimed its 14th straight Big Ten championship, the most titles in a row by any Big Ten women’s sports team. Don’t miss the show for all the latest volleyball, soccer, field hockey and ice hockey highlights.
Michigan State, which sent Wisconsin to its first loss Saturday night, leads the Big Ten in the latest installment of the BCS Standings, released Sunday night. The Spartans come in at No. 11, followed by No. 14 Nebraska, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Penn State. SEC powers LSU and Alabama are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams in action. The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (17-1, 10-0) made history Saturday night, overcoming No. 1 Illinois in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11) victory. With the win, the Huskers advance as the only undefeated team in Big Ten Conference play. Watch Nebraska head coach John Cook talk about the win now. Take a dive inside for an interview with Saturday’s top player Lauren Cook, plus much more from around the conference.
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Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 8 featured one of the most exciting finishes in Big Ten history, as No. 16 Michigan State used a last-second Hail Mary to beat No. 6 Wisconsin. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our sideline interview with NU grad and SNL product Seth Meyers now and see the rankings in this post.
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BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor some of the top Big Ten performances. For Week 8, we’re focusing on the greatest performances from all around the conference. On this day, the Big Ten had huge days across the board. Here are the honorees:
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