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Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

Nebraska's Tyler Legate

Keith Nichol on Michigan State's Hail Mary Victory

Wisconsin’s loss at Michigan State likely cost it a shot at playing in the BCS title game. It also cost the Badgers a spot in the Rose Bowl—for now. And the Big Ten may be in peril of having to settle for just one BCS bowl slot, which hasn’t happened since the 2004 season. Here’s what we know for sure: Indiana already has been eliminated from bowl contention. Purdue, Northwestern and Minnesota have work to do to get into postseason position. The others will continue to jockey for position. See how BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart slots the Big Ten teams in bowl games after eight weeks of the season in this post.

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Pulse: Michigan State's Keith Nichol joins us

Michigan State Keith Nichol

The Big Ten Pulse (10/24/11)

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How surprised were you by the outcome of the Wisconsin-Michigan State on Saturday? It was a thriller of an ending that had Spartans fans thrilled and Badgers fans bummed. Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle describe their reactions to the game on tonight’s Big Ten Pulse. Also, let’s make some sense out of the latest BCS standings. And Keith Nichol, the Spartan everyone was talking about Saturday night, joins us for an interview to talk about his big catch. Our “Who Ya Got?” segment includes these vital questions: Who had the better touchdown run? And who has the worst chest bump? Follow The Pulse on Twitter @BTNThePulse and watch the show tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Women's Report: Huskers Drop No. 1 Illini

On the next Big Ten Women’s Sports Report, at 8 am ET Tuesday, host Lisa Byington and analysts Kara Lentz and Megan Bower discuss No. 4 Nebraska sending No. 1 Illinois to its first loss on the volleyball court and offer early analysis on possible seeding for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Also, our crew will talk to Erica Walsh, whose Penn State women’s soccer team claimed its 14th straight Big Ten championship, the most titles in a row by any Big Ten women’s sports team. Don’t miss the show for all the latest volleyball, soccer, field hockey and ice hockey highlights.

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Weekend Olympic Sports Roundup

Penn State Women's Soccer

Illinois at Nebraska - Volleyball Interview with John Cook

The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams in action. The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (17-1, 10-0) made history Saturday night, overcoming No. 1 Illinois in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11) victory. With the win, the Huskers advance as the only undefeated team in Big Ten Conference play. Watch Nebraska head coach John Cook talk about the win now. Take a dive inside for an interview with Saturday’s top player Lauren Cook, plus much more from around the conference.

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Week 9 Football Power Rankings

Michigan State's Kirk Cousins

Seth Meyers at Penn State vs Northwestern Game

Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 8 featured one of the most exciting finishes in Big Ten history, as No. 16 Michigan State used a last-second Hail Mary to beat No. 6 Wisconsin. 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. Watch our sideline interview with NU grad and SNL product Seth Meyers now and see the rankings in this post.

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