The stretch drive of the season is entering a higher gear with two big matchups on tap in what looks like the best collection of games yet in 2011. The headliner is Michigan State at Nebraska in a key game that will determine pecking order in the Legends Division. The other tilt to watch is a big Leaders Division battle between Wisconsin at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are coming off an off week rested, ready and perhaps with a few new wrinkles. How will the Badgers respond coming off their first loss of the season? Come tell me in the comments box below, or drop me a note in my BTN.com mailbag.
A new season of BTN’s award-winning documentary series The Journey: 2012 returns in January, and we cannot wait. In the weeks leading up to the debut episode, we’re going to drop a few videos in here for you because you can never get enough Big Ten hoops. Read more to find out what we posted this week.
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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.
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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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Every week during the fall, BTN.com 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. Check out Brent’s Week 8 Recap in this post.
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Every Saturday, we post a play from each Big Ten team and let our Big Ten fans rank the week’s best plays. We’re building an archive throughout the season, so feel free to backtrack and rank any play from previous weeks. Here’s how it works: Watch each play, and then rank them, one being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Don’t forget to come back throughout the day Saturday, either, because we’ll post each team’s play immediately following its game. In other words, there will usually be three uploads – early games, afternoon games and night games.
(AP) Marvin McNutt caught three touchdown passes to become Iowa’s career leader and Marcus Coker ran for two more scores to lead the Hawkeyes past Indiana 45-24 on Saturday. Iowa (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) followed up on its 41-31 victory over Northwestern a week ago with another big offensive outing, triggered by McNutt’s scoring catches of 80, 24 and 29 yards from James Vandenberg, who had a career-best four TD passes in all. That gave the senior a school-record 24 touchdown receptions for his career. Indiana (1-7, 0-4) lost for the fifth straight time and now has been outscored 161-61 in Big Ten play. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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