Most football players growing up in Ohio don’t dream of wearing the Maize and Blue, but for Jordan Kovacs, the Big House was home. Getting “home,” however, was a somewhat lengthy trip.
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision against Michigan Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes go to 9-1-2 on the season and 1-1-2 in league play. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer made 10 saves in net for her sixth shutout of the season, helping Michigan to its first win in Iowa City since 2005. Dive inside to watch Nkem Ezurike and coach Greg Ryan talk about the win.
Several Big Ten volleyball teams were in action on Friday night including the top-ranked Illini who remained undefeated by beating Indiana 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 14-25). Ninth-ranked Penn State earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) victory against conference foe Wisconsin. There was an upset in Columbus as No. 24 Ohio State beat tenth-ranked Minnesota in three sets (23-25, 20-25, 26-28). Meanwhile, the Michigan held off Iowa in a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-15, 25-17). Hear from Penn State’s Ariel Scott as she talks about the win and jump inside for much more volleyball video from our Student U crews.
Friday’s Big Ten Football report with Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks, saw one athletic director and several coaches check in. Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Ohio State’s Luke Fickell all joined the show. Dive inside to watch all the interviews now. What other great stuff is coming up on TV? Oh, a Big Ten Icons episode on Bo Schembechler, a new show called BTN LiveBig, and big Saturday of football coverage including Minnesota at Michigan. Get TV info and times on our Big Ten scoreboard.
Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle answer the question: Should the Nebraska-Wisconsin winner be a National Championship contender? Plus, our “Impulses” segment touches on the Taylor Martinez/Russell Wilson matchup, the Northwestern-Illinois and Denard Robinson rushing skills vs. his passing skills. And in “Word Games” we look at Michigan State-Ohio State getting the silent treatment, the Nebraska fan who became a Badgers booster and how a quarterback can affect Big Ten teams heading into conference play. Follow us on Twitter @BTNThePulse.
Here’s your Friday afternoon video update from our BTN studios in Chicago. Check out our Big Ten Blast page to see how you can get this weekday video update in a variety of ways. And by now you know we post lot of BTN video in our video section (that’s a must-bookmark page, by the way), but did you know we offer up a lot via BTN podcasts too?