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There were three Big Ten women’s basketball games on Thursday night. Penn State kicked off the action with an impressive 66-42 win over Ohio State. Michigan State followed with a 88-72 thumping of Iowa, and Nebraska edged out Minnesota, 88-85 in overtime
Michigan State’s football team has been known as one of the top conditioned teams in the nation during the Mark Dantonio-era, and the man responsible for that is Spartans strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie.
The BCS era is over, and to me that is a very good thing. The era ran 16 seasons stretching from 1998-2013. As a way to celebrate the end of the BCS and with an eye on the first college football playoff after next season, I present to you my 10 best Big Ten teams of the BCS era.
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Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a Nebraska football helmet poking fun at the Texas logo.
It’s not rare to see teams slap the floor as a group as they set up on defense vs. Duke. It’s a Duke thing, after all, and teams aren’t shy about mocking the tradition when they play the Blue Devils. Who says you can’t also do it vs. former Duke products? New Northwestern coach Chris Collins played for Duke and also spent 13 seasons there as an assistant, so perhaps that’s why the Spartans all slapped the floor early in Wednesday’s game.
Super Wednesday was filled with plenty of excitement. No. 4 Michigan State kicked off the action with a 54-40 win over Northwestern. After that, Purdue had an impressive showing in a road win over Illinois.