Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 6 saw Illinois and Michigan both move to 6-0 and it also included a historic Nebraska rally. 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. See the rankings in this post.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and field hockey teams in action. Iowa battled Ohio State to a 3-0 win in field hockey on Saturday afternoon. Watch the highlights now, along with an interview with Iowa coach Tracey Griesbaum. Moving to soccer, the Illinois and Michigan State women’s teams settled the score in double overtime, with the Illini getting the 1-0 win. Dive inside for highlights of that game, plus much more from around the conference including men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey.
Points were at a premium for both Penn State and Iowa, but in the end it was Penn State (5-1) who came away with a 13-3 victory on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Iowa (3-2) found yardage hard to come by as the Nittany Lions’ defense clamped down throughout the contest. Penn State’s defense allowed just 253 total yards as it frustrated the Hawkeyes’ offense. Silas Redd carried the offensive load for the Nittany Lions, piling up 142 rushing yards on 28 attempts.
It’s Week 6. Believe it or not, we’ll be midway through the 2011 Big Ten football season at the conclusion of Saturday’s slate of five Big Ten games. This week, BTN has Indiana hosting undefeated Illinois at a special time, 2:30 p.m. ET, and Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7. Don’t forget, Dave, Gerry and Howard will be on-site at Ryan Field at 6 p.m. ET for an hour-long Countdown To Kickoff show. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast here and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview in this post.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno is getting rid of his cane and says he’ll be on the sidelines this week. That’s just one of the tidbits you can hear in the audio from the weekly Big Ten Conference football coaches teleconference with reporters. Read the selected tweets from @B1Gfootball at the conference office, then listen to any of the 12 Big Ten football coaches now.
We’re only a few weeks into the Big Ten women’s conference soccer season, and there has already been more than there share of excitement. In the newest “BTN Soccer Report” webisode, host Kevin Egan recaps the thrilling Ohio State-Wisconsin match from this past weekend. Meanwhile, Iowa is off to a hot 10-1-2 start and head coach Ron Rainey phones in to talk with Kevin. While you’re here, watch Kevin’s latest Men’s Soccer Report, too.
Illinois head coach Ron Zook and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz each suspended a player for actions over the weekend. Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown was suspended one game for his unsportsmanlike behavior during his team’s victory over Northwestern, while Hawkeye backup quarterback A.J. Derby was handed a two-game penalty as a result of an incident over Iowa’s bye week.