Every week during the fall, BTN 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. Enjoy the season’s first installment of the weekly recap. Also, watch Mike Wolf’s Week 1 Wrap-up Podcast now.
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(AP) James Vandenberg threw for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Marvin McNutt and Iowa opened its season by pounding Tennessee Tech 34-7 Saturday in the schools’ season opener. McNutt had 140 yards receiving for the Hawkeyes, who won their 11th straight home opener despite an 84-minute delay because of lightning. Iowa overwhelmed the Golden Eagles of the FCS with 24 points in the second quarter. McNutt took a Vandenberg pass 88 yards for a touchdown, and Shaun Prater returned an interception 89 yards for a TD late in the first half to put the Hawkeyes ahead 27-0. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see the Big Ten scoreboard.
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If you were flipping around watching college football this afternoon, you probably noticed that the weather for almost every game was bright and sunny. This was not the case in Iowa City, where play between Iowa and Tennessee Tech was suspended due to weather. A thunderstorm moved during the second half and halted the action with Iowa shutting out their visitors, 34-0. Watch the video now and you can see how a downpour at Kinnick Stadium sent water cascading down the steps and benches, looking just like a mini-waterfall. Fans and players have left the field and stands and are currently waiting out the storm inside the stadium.
Football season is here, and that means it’s time to shift our focus to the Week 1 slate. Every Big Ten school is in action in the opening week, starting with reigning co-Big Ten champ Wisconsin hosting UNLV on Thursday night and finishing up with Indiana entertaining Ball State on Saturday night. That said, it’s time to kick off my weekly Big Ten Football Previews. Here’s your Week 1 addition:
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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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Hawkeye, the dog who garnered plenty of attention all over the world for lying next to the casket of a slain Navy SEAL, might lead the Iowa football team onto the field. On Tuesday, Iowa announced it will honor Hawkeye’s owner, Jon Tumilson, an Iowa native who died on August 6 in Afghanistan, as part of a commemoration of Veteran’s Day. A former Hawkeye player recommended having Hawkeye lead Iowa onto the field before Saturday’s season opener — an idea that many got behind — and Iowa plans to work with Tumlinson’s family to decide what role Hawkeye might play.
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.