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Michigan’s 2013 football slate sets up for a fast start. In fact, it’s not crazy to think Michigan could be 6-1 or maybe even 7-0 as it travels Michigan State to begin a run of five November games that shape up to be as tough as any team’s in the nation. It’s nice to have heavies like Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State all coming to Ann Arbor. The November menu features the Wolverines three toughest Legends competitors in a row: at MSU; Nebraska; at Northwestern.
Northwestern’s second-round game of in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will be streamed live online for free on both the Big Ten Digital Network and BTN2Go. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday and Northwestern will face the winner of Friday night’s game between Notre Dame and Stanford.
The 2013 Big Ten Softball Tournament continued Friday with four more games sending four teams into Saturday’s semifinals. It’ll be Wisconsin vs. Michigan and Minnesota vs. Nebraska on Saturday. Both Saturday semifinal games and Sunday’s championship air live on BTN TV & BTN2Go.
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Except for the guy living under a rock—you know who you are—we all have heard 1,000,001 times that the SEC has won the last seven national titles. Bravo! It is an awesome feat. If a Big Ten team is gonna end the skein, it figures to be Ohio State, says Stewart Mandel of SI.com as I present Friday’s edition of my weekday Big Ten links.
The 2013 Big Ten Softball Tournament started Thursday as four teams advanced to play again Friday. Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all won on Thursday. Reminder: Saturday’s semifinal games and Sunday’s championship air live on BTN & BTN2Go.
Iowa may be hard-pressed to get bowl eligible coming off a disappointing 4-8 season, the program’s worst since 2000. Keep an eye on the trip to Minnesota on Sept. 28 in the Big Ten opener. This game figures to set the tone. Iowa beat the Golden Gophers and claimed Floyd of Rosedale last season but has lost the last two games in Minneapolis. These are two teams trying to climb over each other in the loaded Legends Division. Iowa’s cross-over games also have gotten appreciably more difficult, as the Hawkeyes have picked up Ohio State and Wisconsin—arguably the two best teams in the Leaders Division.
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The Big Ten has said that it wants schools to beef up their non-conference schedules. Well, so far, so good. Michigan is the latest school to add a marquee non-conference foe. Today, the school announced a home-and-home series with Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2021. The schools have met just one time, with the Wolverines beating the Hokies, 23-20, in the Sugar Bowl after the 2011 season.