As expected, ESPN College GameDay confirmed Sunday that it will be in Ann Arbor for Saturday’s game against Notre Dame. It had to be a pretty easy choice, considering the two programs, the fact both teams are wearing special uniforms and, most importantly, it marks the first night game in Michigan Stadium history. The Big House added lights during the offseason, and they debuted for The Big Chill, last year’s hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State. Here’s a Twitpic of the lights.
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) Michigan has beaten Western Michigan 34-10 in a game stopped late in the third quarter because of lightning. Both schools agreed to cancel the game with 1:27 left in the third during a second weather delay. The Wolverines won Brady Hoke’s debut with linebacker Brandon Herron returning an interception 94 yards for a touchdown and scoring again on a fumble return. Fitzgerald Toussaint had 11 carries for 80 yards and ran for two TDs. Denard Robinson was 9 of 13 for 98 yards and ran eight times for 46 yards, making him the team’s third-leading rusher in the game. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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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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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 Michigan practice during our BTN Football Tour this August. After three unsuccessful seasons under Rich Rodriguez, who went 15-22, the Wolverines hired Brady Hoke, a Michigan man. Hoke turned around San Diego State and Ball State at his last two stops, and that’s what he hopes to do at Michigan. The Wolverines will switch to a pro-style offense, but the coaches swear they won’t stifle Denard Robinson. Michigan opens the season Sept. 3 against Western Michigan. Watch all of our Michigan Preview video inside.
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