Tonight on BTN Live: What’s the reaction to Luke Fickell’s move to Braxton Miller? We’ll assess the Big Ten’s overall performance thru three weeks and play your “ReJoice Mail.” Also, should the Wolverines and Huskers be concerned this week? Which one-loss team will still be standing as a contender at season’s end? Come vote in our polls, tweet to our show @BTNLive, comment on the post, and send us an email.
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I said at the beginning of last week’s Numbers that the Illinois game excited me the most of any one on the Week 3 slate, and the Illini did not disappoint. Their 17-14 win over then-No. 18 Arizona State turned the nation on to something Howard, Gerry and I believed when we saw them in the pre-season: The Illini are for real. The numbers I gave last week were related to their offense, but the real story of the game was the “D.” So that’s where we’ll begin this week.
Playing its first match as a member of the Big Ten, No. 10 Nebraska outlasted four-time reigning national champ and No. 5 Penn State in five sets (25-18, 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, 15-10) Wednesday in front of a sold out crowd at the NU Coliseum. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska with 22 kills and added 10 digs en route to tallying her fifth double-double of the season. Morgan Broekhuis also had a double-double, the second of her career, and Lauren Cook notched 53 assists. Penn State’s Ariel Scott led the Nittany Lions with a match-best 23 kills.
Get ready to be excited. The last full week of nonconference football is Saturday, and that means more competitive, entertaining and meaningful games are on the horizon. Week 4 also gives us the Big Ten’s first open weeks, with Northwestern and Purdue both off this weekend. BTN will air five Week 4 games, including Michigan hosting San Diego State, Brady Hoke’s old team, at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game, hear your coach’s latest teleconference, and track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Wednesday on “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our team tackled the latest developments in conference realignment, debated whether Illinois is the second best team in the Big Ten, scouted possible BCS matchups and offered its weekly Heisman Trophy candidates. Andy Staples, of SI.com, was in our studios for the show, along with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein. Watch now as Staples discusses realignment and what Wisconsin needs to do to before it can be considered for one of the top two spots in his weekly power rankings.
Every Wednesday, we search the Web for the best Big Ten news. We link you off to stuff from beat reporters, bloggers, the AP, YouTube, you name it. See all of our Week 4 Midweek Links in this post.