Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. One week in the books, the conference is 10-2, with the two defeats coming by a combined nine points. 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.
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As expected, ESPN College GameDay confirmed Sunday that it will be in Ann Arbor for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. It had to be a pretty easy choice, considering the two programs, the fact both teams are wearing special uniforms and, most importantly, it marks the first night game in Michigan Stadium history. The Big House added lights during the offseason, and they debuted for The Big Chill, last year’s hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State. Here’s a Twitpic of the lights.
Each week we keep our eyes glued to the TV as BTN covers Big Ten football and the fans that watch the games. That’s why we’ve started to collect a smattering of selected screen shots right off the TV of some of the moments that made us smile. Are you in any of the photos below? Let us know in the comments box below. And keep enjoying the rest of the Big Ten football season.
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Every week during the fall, BTN 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. Enjoy the season’s first installment of the weekly recap. Also, watch Mike Wolf’s Week 1 Wrap-up Podcast now.
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BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “Marines: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor some of the top Big Ten performances. For Week 1, we’re focusing on the quarterbacks. It was a great opening week for Big Ten offenses, and much of the credit for that can be attributed to the guys under center.
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(AP) Keith Wenning threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score Saturday, giving Ball State a 27-20 upset of Indiana. Wenning was 23 of 29 and ran for 61 yards, including a key first down late to help the Cardinals win their second straight over Indiana. The teams last met in 2008. Ball State rushed for 210 yards in coach Pete Lembo’s debut. Ball State trailed 17-14 at halftime, but tied it on a 38-yard field goal just after the break and took the lead on a perfect 20-yard pass from Wenning to Connor Ryan in the corner of the end zone late in the third quarter. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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(AP) Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns out of Nebraska’s new no-huddle offense and the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat Chattanooga 40-7 Saturday in their first game as Big Ten members. Rex Burkhead added 75 yards and a touchdown as the Cornhuskers won their 26th consecutive opener, the longest streak in the nation. Martinez scored on runs of 7, 43 and 47 yards and completed 11 of 22 passes for 116 yards. The Mocs of the FCS scored their only points when Marlon Anthony caught a 13-yard pass from B.J. Coleman after cornerback Andrew Green fell. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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