The Big Ten office announced its players of the week Monday morning for the opening week of Big Ten action, which featured the conference’s first divisional games and Nebraska’s Big Ten debut. For the second time in a row, the conference went with Co-Offensive Players of the Week: A.J. Jenkins and Russell Wilson. Mike Taylor took home Defensive Player of the Week, Anthony Fera won Special Teams Player of the Week and Marcus Rush earned Freshman of the Week. Read the whole release at BigTen.org.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 5 marked the opening of Big Ten play, and Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin all remained undefeated. 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.
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On the heels of Wisconsin’s 48-17 thrashing of then-No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday night, the Badgers garnered a first-place vote and moved into the top 5 of the latest Coaches’ Poll. See both national polls here. The Badgers, No. 5, are one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the Coaches’ Poll, along with No. 11 Michigan, No. 15 Nebraska, No. 16 Illinois and No. 20 Michigan State. Four Big Ten teams, led by No. 4 Wisconsin, land in the AP Poll, which isn’t used in the BCS formula.
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team shut out Michigan State on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 final score at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The teams were No. 3 and 4 in the Big Ten standings entering the weekend. Iowa improved to 10-1-2 on the season and 2-1-2 in league play after handing Michigan State its first loss of the conference season. Iowa’s goal keeper Emily Moran had nine saves in the shutout victory. Dive inside to watch Dan Wallace and coach Ron Rainey talk about the win.
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No. 24 Penn State women’s soccer tallied a crucial 1-0 road win at Minnesota’s Robbie Stadium on Sunday. Sophomore striker Maya Hayes scored her nation leading 16th goal and sixth game-winner of the season in the 84th minute to push the Nittany Lions past the Golden Gophers. Penn State (11-3-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten) was struggling to find its scoring touch for over 83 minutes, but a quick combination pass between Carly Niness and Emily Hurd sent Hayes in alone on net as she snuck a ball under the out-stretched arms of Car Parkhill (three saves) for the game-winning goal.
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The votes are in, and Big Ten fans picked Illinois’ comeback win over instate rival Northwestern as the Big Ten Game of the Week. Watch the game again at 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN. The Illini, thanks in large part to quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, scored 21 fourth-quarter points to rally from an 11-point deficit and knock off the Wildcats, 38-35. Scheelhaase, who threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns, scored on a one-yard run with 13 seconds left to help Illinois move to 5-0. Catch up on all the Week 5 Big Ten action on our Rapid Recap game stories and with Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Recap. Check out our video archive to relive all of Saturday’s best plays.