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The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress rate scores Tuesday, and the Big Ten came in No. 1 among the BCS conferences in football. The Northwestern football team led the nation with a score of 996, three points ahead of second-place Boise State, and Wisconsin (tied fourth) and Ohio State (tied seventh) also landed in the top 10.
Hey, who isn’t looking forward to football season? It’s only June, but I’m itching for kickoff and am starting to look ahead to each week of the 2013 season. From Week 1 to Week 12, I’ll offer the best each week has to offer and rank every week’s games. Up now: Week 2, highlighted by Notre Dame at Michigan.
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Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion Indiana opens its first College World Series at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN. The Hoosiers, the Big Ten’s first CWS team since 1984 (Michigan), take on streaking Louisville in the event’s second game.
It’s time to take a week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule. Interesting storylines, matchups and battles within the battles dot each week’s slate of games. Up first, of course: Week 1. Get my opening week preview in this post.
While the Big Ten doesn’t boast a laundry list of all-world wide receivers, it’s not like it is void of talent at the position. Guys such as Allen Robinson, Kenny Bell and Jared Abbrederis steal most of the headlines, but there’s also plenty of other productive guys. Who will lead the Big Ten in receiving yards this season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.
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For the first time since 1984, the Big Ten is sending a baseball team to the College World Series. And for the first time in school history, it’s Indiana, the 2013 Big Ten regular-season and tourney champion. The Hoosiers swept its best-of-3 series with Florida State on Sunday to advance to Omaha, Neb. View a photo gallery, courtesy USA TODAY Sports, in this post.
The College World Series is a pretty big deal. So, it comes as no surprise that Indiana received its share of love Sunday after sealing up the program’s first CWS berth, and the Big Ten’s first since 1984 (Michigan). Indiana beat Florida State, 11-6, to sweep the best-of-3 Tallahassee Super Regional.