Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. With the season kicking off Thursday — Wisconsin hosts UNLV in the Big Ten’s lone game on opening night — he figured it’s time to unveil his Week 1 edition. As a reminder, these rankings 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 him: @BTNBrentYarina.
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The season’s first men’s soccer weekly honors were released Monday. You can view the recipients, all juniors, here. On Tuesday, the latest NSCAA poll was revealed, and it features three Big Ten teams. Penn State leads the way, at No. 15, while Indiana (18) and Ohio State (23) round out the Big Ten contingent. View the entire poll here.
Two Big Ten women’s soccer teams are ranked in the latest NSCAA poll, released Tuesday afternoon. The two schools — Illinois and Ohio State — come in back to back, at No. 17 and 18, respectively. Penn State (15) and Minnesota (1) are receiving votes in the season’s second edition of the poll. Click here to see the entire poll.
Hawkeye, the dog who garnered plenty of attention all over the world for lying next to the casket of a slain Navy SEAL, might lead the Iowa football team onto the field. On Tuesday, Iowa announced it will honor Hawkeye’s owner, Jon Tumilson, an Iowa native who died on August 6 in Afghanistan, as part of a commemoration of Veteran’s Day. A former Hawkeye player recommended having Hawkeye lead Iowa onto the field before Saturday’s season opener — an idea that many got behind — and Iowa plans to work with Tumlinson’s family to decide what role Hawkeye might play.
The initial Big Ten women’s soccer honors were released Monday, and a trio of deserving ladies were honored from the season’s opening week. Penn State sophomore Maya Hayes took home the Offensive Player of the Week award after scoring three goals this past week.
On Monday’s show we featured a Bret Bielema talkback discussing Russell Wilson, what it will take to win the Leaders division and Thursday night’s kickoff against UNLV. We also welcomed the new guys:Nebraska, Fickell, Hoke, Kill and (Kevin) Wilson. Plus, we asked Who Ya Got? And the the guys took a look around the conference to compare how some people spent their summer vacation, including Ron Zook, Jared Sullinger and Delvon Roe.
Nebraska officially joined the Big Ten Conference this summer and here’s an updated Q&A describing just how Nebraska fans can watch a whole bunch of Huskers football on the BTN.