Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. With the season kicking off Thursday — Wisconsin hosts UNLV in the Big Ten’s lone game on opening night — he figured it’s time to unveil his Week 1 edition. As a reminder, these rankings 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 him: @BTNBrentYarina.
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With eleven Big Ten teams earning preseason recognition in the first AVCA coaches’ poll, it’s going to be another competitive season. The Big Ten’s eight top-25 teams is the most for any conference in the country. Defending NCAA Champion Penn State earned the preseason #1 ranking, followed by Nebraska at #5, Illinois at #8, Minnesota at #12, Purdue at #13, Ohio State at #21 and Michigan at #24. Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin each also received votes in the preseason poll. Watch now as Kara Lentz takes a look at each Big Ten team heading into the 2011 volleyball season.
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith visited Indiana practice during our BTN Football Tour this August. The Hoosiers are under the direction of first-time head coach Kevin Wilson, the former offensive coordinator at Oklahoma. Wilson replaces Bill Lynch, who led Indiana to its first bowl game since 1993 in his first year but only went 19-30 in four seasons. Indiana must replace QB Ben Chappell, although its biggest issue is defense, where it allowed 39.5 ppg in Big Ten play last year. The Hoosiers open the season Sept. 3 vs. Ball State. Watch our Indiana Preview video inside.
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