Only a few weeks remain in the Big Ten men’s soccer season before the Big Ten Championship kicks off. In the latest “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan highlights the big Akron-Michigan game, reports on the Players of the Week and catches up with Soccer By Ives college soccer writer John Boschini to talk about the conference as a whole. You can follow Kevin and the @BTNSoccerReport on Twitter, where he welcomes feedback and questions.
It’s a dream battle. Wisconsin’s prolific offense, ranked No. 1 in points per game and touchdowns, versus Michigan State’s defense, ranked No. 1 in total yards and passing yards. Something’s got to give when the sixth-ranked Badgers travel to the 16th-ranked Spartans on Saturday night. Which dominant unit has the edge? How can Michigan State stop Wisconsin’s white-hot offensive attack? And how will Wisconsin account for Michigan State’s physical and aggressive defense? Watch as our Big Ten Football & Beyond analysts, Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martin, break down the week’s, and possibly the season’s, most intriguing Big Ten matchup now.
A day ago, Brent Yarina released his Preseason Top 10 Player Rankings and Preview in preparation for Tuesday night’s Hoops Hysteria show. Today, it’s time for the preseason power rankings. Every week during the hoops season, Brent posts his latest rankings. As a reminder, the 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 at the end of each week. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. Watch Tom Izzo’s entertaining Midnight Madness entrance now and check out Brent’s rankings in this post.
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Last month, everyone was talking about how the Nebraska-Wisconsin game might be the Big Ten’s biggest game of the year. Three weeks later, it’s the Wisconsin-Michigan State game getting that treatment, and rightfully so. The game at Spartan Stadium highlights the Week 8 slate, which also includes Indiana–Iowa (noon ET) and Penn State–Northwestern (7) on BTN. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch former Big Ten players talk about how the Big Ten prepared them for the NFL now and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 8 Preview in this post.
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In the latest installment of the Big Ten Blast, Kara Lentz provides updates on the condition of a pair of injured Big Ten wide receivers. It’s a case of good news in Madison, where Nick Toon practiced Tuesday and is scheduled to play Saturday night in Wisconsin’s highly anticipated game at Michigan State. And it’s a case of bad news in Happy Valley, where Derek Moye is expected to miss Penn State’s next two games. Both players are battling foot injuries.
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At 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on Big Ten Football & Beyond, Dave Revsine and company break down the fallout from last week, including which loss was more disappointing, Michigan or Illinois’, and which win was more meaningful, Ohio State or Michigan State’s? Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martine will break down the highly contested matchup between Michigan State’s top-rated defense and Wisconsin’s top-rated offense, and we’ll discuss the current two-quarterback epidemic that has been employed at seven of the Big Ten schools this season. Also, Andy Staples will join us for the latest news in expansion and realignment, plus the crew will give its latest Heisman top 5.
Junior midfielder Latif Alashe chipped the University of Michigan men’s soccer team past No. 4 Akron in a 1-0 upset overtime triumph on Tuesday night at the U-M Soccer Stadium. With the Wolverines pushing forward in the offensive half of the field to start overtime, junior/sophomore midfielder Noble Sullivan poked a ball from the penalty kick spot and out of the Akron goalkeeper’s grasp back to Alashe, who chipped a shot over the keeper and multiple Zips defenders from 17 yards out for the golden goal in the 97th minute, giving the Wolverines their second win against a ranked opponent this season.