Some are calling it the biggest Big Ten football game since No. 1 Ohio State played No. 2 Michigan in the 2006 season finale, and rightfully so. Saturday’s game between No. 8 Nebraska and No. 7 Wisconsin is huge for so many reasons, starting with it being the Huskers’ Big Ten debut. In addition to that, it’s also a battle of undefeated top 10 teams, teams that happen to possess the Big Ten’s two highest-scoring offenses, as well as a night game at Camp Randall Stadium. So yeah, this game is very big. You’d know it from the anticipation on Twitter. See for yourself.
Michigan has been here before. The Wolverines, despite recent struggles, have been at least 4-0 each of the past two seasons. It’s what Michigan has done after those hot starts, more specifically in Big Ten play, that defines the all-time winningest program’s most recent history. It’s not pretty, and it’s something the once-again 4-0 Wolverines hope to change this season, beginning with Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota at noon ET on BTN. See the breakdown in this post.
Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books. Much like the first two weeks, former Big Ten players once again compiled some impressive performances. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. Watch “The Next Level” debate the best current Big Ten NFL running back and see Brent’s Week 3 winners in this post.
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Two Big Ten stars expect to return to action in the opening week of the Big Ten football season. Northwestern quarterback and preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Dan Persa is slated to make his season debut against instate rival Illinois, while Nebraska standout defensive lineman Jared Crick, who missed last week’s game, practiced Monday in preparation for the Huskers’ much-anticipated Big Ten opener at Wisconsin. Get all the latest updates on our freshest edition of the “Big Ten Blast.”
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Monday night on “The Big Ten Pulse,” Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead stopped by to chat with Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle about the Huskers’ much-anticipated Big Ten debut at Wisconsin. Burkhead, who has run for 290 yards and four touchdowns the past two weeks, is the Big Ten’s leading rusher among running backs, trailing quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Taylor Martinez. In last week’s win at Wyoming, Burkhead took snaps out of the Wildcat formation. Can we expect more of it against the Badgers? “If he [Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck] wants to, that’s fine with me,” Burkhead told our crew.
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For the first time in program history, the Illinois volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Poll, released Monday. The Illini, who were No. 3 last week, received 55 of the 60 first-place votes after opening Big Ten play with a pair of wins to move to 13-0 on the season. No. 7 Nebraska, No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 12 Purdue, No. 17 Michigan and No. 22 Ohio State also made the poll. Get more on the latest volleyball news every Monday on “The Women’s Sports Report.” Watch our interview with Illinois’ Colleen Ward now.
It’s finally that time. Big Ten play kicks off Saturday, starting with a trio of noon ET games, including Michigan (4-0) hosting Minnesota (1-3) on BTN. Now that the full weeks of nonconference action are a thing of the past, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina looks back at the first four weeks and offers his nonconference Big Ten honors. Watch now as “The Big Ten Pulse” also discusses nonconference awards and see all of Brent’s winners in this post.
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