The season’s first BCS Standings were released Sunday night, and Wisconsin came in at No. 6 to pace the Big Ten. The Badgers (6-0) are one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the all-important initial poll, along with No. 13 Nebraska, No. 16 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Penn State and No. 23 Illinois. See the complete top 25 here.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and volleyball teams in action. The 18th-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals from Eriq Zavaleta, Alec Purdie and Nikita Kotlov in a 4-1 victory at Michigan on Saturday night. Watch the highlights now. Moving to volleyball, Nebraska won a five-set thriller over Minnesota, 3-2, on Saturday night at Williams Arena. Dive inside for highlights of that game, plus much more from around the conference.
For the third time this season, ESPN College GameDay is headed to a Big Ten stadium. The popular ESPN staple announced Sunday that it will air from Spartan Stadium for Week 8′s much-anticipated game between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 16 Michigan State. Earlier this season, GameDay was in Ann Arbor for Notre Dame-Michigan and in Madison for Nebraska-Wisconsin. This game might be bigger than both of those, as it features two of last year’s Big Ten champions and, arguably, the Big Ten best teams this season.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 7 saw two of the Big Ten’s remaining perfect teams, Illinois and Michigan, fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. 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. See the rankings in this post and watch the well-orchestrated card stunt from Kinnick Stadium now.
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BTN.com has partnered with UPickEm.com to let Big Ten fans rank some of the best plays every week on the gridiron. Click here to rank 10 of the Big Ten’s best plays from Week 7. This feature is fun and simple. Simply watch all 10 plays and rank them, from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Your votes will help determine the week’s best play from here on out. The number of candidates will vary from week to week, depending on how many Big Ten teams are in action. Every week, BTN.com selects one play for each team to enter the contest. Watch our Northwestern-Iowa highlights from Saturday’s shootout on BTN.
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The votes are in, and Big Ten fans selected Michigan State’s victory over Michigan as the Week 7 “Big Ten Football Game of the Week.” Catch the game again at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. If you missed it live Saturday, you don’t want to miss it again tonight. In the 28-14 decision at Spartan Stadium, Michigan State tallied its fourth consecutive win in the heated series, the first time it’s done that since 1959-62, and sent Michigan to its first loss of the season for the third straight year. The game went down to the wire, as Michigan State twice denied Michigan a chance of tying the score in the fourth quarter, the first time on a 4th-and-1 deep in Spartans’ territory and the second time on an interception taken back for a score.
Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our sideline interview with former Hawkeye Jared DeVries now and check out Brent’s Week 7 Recap in this post.
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