The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 8 Big Ten Football Players of the Week on Monday. Six players earned honors, including Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw the game-winning Haily Mary touchdown pass to Keith Nichol in Saturday night’s upset of then-No. 6 and perfect Wisconsin. Watch the highlights from the Spartans’ thrilling victory now and see all the conference’s award winners in this post.
The nation still is buzzing about Michigan State’s electric victory over Wisconsin that shook up the national title picture. But Week 8 also saw some saw quarterbacks emerge at Indiana, Penn State and Purdue. It also featured Iowa and Nebraska take care of business and show they still mean business in the Legends Division.
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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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.
On Big Ten Breakdown at 7 ET Monday night, Mike Hall, Chris Martin and Howard Griffith break down the improvements Purdue’s Caleb TerBush and Penn State’s Matt McGloin have made under center, and the special teams play that changed the game for Michigan State in its dramatic victory over Wisconsin. Also, our guys will analyze what makes Marcus Coker so successful and discuss his importance to the Iowa offense.
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.
Michigan State, which sent Wisconsin to its first loss Saturday night, leads the Big Ten in the latest installment of the BCS Standings, released Sunday night. The Spartans come in at No. 11, followed by No. 14 Nebraska, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Penn State. SEC powers LSU and Alabama are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.