Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 5 marked the opening of Big Ten play, and Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin all remained undefeated. 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.
(AP) Matt McGloin threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye late in the third quarter, leading Penn State to a 16-10 victory Saturday at Indiana. The Nittany Lions (4-1) won the schools’ Big Ten opener and improved to 15-0 all-time against the Hoosiers. Indiana (1-4) has lost two straight despite making a quarterback change Saturday. But it was Penn State’s backup quarterback who was the difference. After leading Penn State to a tying field goal late in the second quarter, McGloin re-entered the game late in the third and threw the TD pass to Moye on his first play. He then led the Nittany Lions to a third field goal to make it 16-3 early in the fourth. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
No one can say we’re being eased into Big Ten play this season. Saturday’s opening week features the Big Ten’s first divisional games (Minnesota at Michigan; Penn State at Indiana), in addition to Wisconsin hosting Nebraska in a battle of undefeated top 10 teams under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium. Not a bad way to start things, huh? BTN has the Gophers and perfect Wolverines battling for the Little Brown Jug at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Read Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Preview in this post.
It’s finally that time. Big Ten play kicks off Saturday, starting with a trio of noon ET games, including Michigan (4-0) hosting Minnesota (1-3) on BTN. Now that the full weeks of nonconference action are a thing of the past, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina looks back at the first four weeks and offers his nonconference Big Ten honors. Watch now as “The Big Ten Pulse” also discusses nonconference awards and see all of Brent’s winners in this post.