Last month, everyone was talking about how the Nebraska-Wisconsin game might be the Big Ten’s biggest game of the year. Three weeks later, it’s the Wisconsin-Michigan State game getting that treatment, and rightfully so. The game at Spartan Stadium highlights the Week 8 slate, which also includes Indiana-Iowa (noon ET) and Penn State-Northwestern (7) on BTN. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch former Big Ten players talk about how the Big Ten prepared them for the NFL now and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 8 Preview in this post.
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In the latest installment of the Big Ten Blast, Kara Lentz provides updates on the condition of a pair of injured Big Ten wide receivers. It’s a case of good news in Madison, where Nick Toon practiced Tuesday and is scheduled to play Saturday night in Wisconsin’s highly anticipated game at Michigan State. And it’s a case of bad news in Happy Valley, where Derek Moye is expected to miss Penn State’s next two games. Both players are battling foot injuries.
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At 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on Big Ten Football & Beyond, Dave Revsine and company break down the fallout from last week, including which loss was more disappointing, Michigan or Illinois’, and which win was more meaningful, Ohio State or Michigan State’s? Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martine will break down the highly contested matchup between Michigan State’s top-rated defense and Wisconsin’s top-rated offense, and we’ll discuss the current two-quarterback epidemic that has been employed at seven of the Big Ten schools this season. Also, Andy Staples will join us for the latest news in expansion and realignment, plus the crew will give its latest Heisman top 5.
Junior midfielder Latif Alashe chipped the University of Michigan men’s soccer team past No. 4 Akron in a 1-0 upset overtime triumph on Tuesday night at the U-M Soccer Stadium. With the Wolverines pushing forward in the offensive half of the field to start overtime, junior/sophomore midfielder Noble Sullivan poked a ball from the penalty kick spot and out of the Akron goalkeeper’s grasp back to Alashe, who chipped a shot over the keeper and multiple Zips defenders from 17 yards out for the golden goal in the 97th minute, giving the Wolverines their second win against a ranked opponent this season.
On Tuesday night’s “The Next Level,” Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Jon Jansen interviewed Iowa star defensive back Shaun Prater. Prater, who has one interception and two forced fumbles on the year, is getting the star treatment this season, meaning quarterbacks aren’t throwing his way often. How does he handle it? “Yeah, this year, most of the season, they haven’t been going my way as much,” Prater told our crew. “But I just try to make the best of those plays I get.” That he has. Watch our interview with Prater now and also check out The Next Level’s feature on how the Big Ten prepared several current pros for the NFL in this post.
We just posted the audio for all 12 Big Ten coaches on the Big Ten Conference Tuesday teleconference with reporters as we do each and every week. Also, our friends at @B1Gfootball usually chronicles the call live on Twitter so follow them for updates from the conference.
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One of the things I enjoy about college football is that you never really know what’s coming. Because there are so few games in a season relative to other sports and because so much needs to be sorted out in those few games, college football lends itself to having multiple “games of the year.” Nebraska-Wisconsin seemed like the Big Ten “game of the year” a few weeks ago. Now Wisconsin-Michigan State is taking on that feel. And, if the Badgers win and, say, Illinois gets back on track, then their meeting in Champaign on Nov. 19 will get that “game of the year” tag. Or, if the Spartans win, their game at Nebraska next week may suddenly earn the spotlight treatment.