There’s one week of conference games in the books and our Chris Martin (@BTN_Cmart16) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) are ready to go through it all on Big Ten Breakdown tonight at 7 p.m. ET. How good is the Michigan defense compared to last year? You may be surprised to see what we found. We can stop asking about Wisconsin’s defense now – at least for this week. And Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins has 633 receiving yards in just five games, and he will join us to talk about his amazing game last Saturday. Watch our Web-only preview clip now.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 5 marked the opening of Big Ten play, and Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin all remained undefeated. 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.
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(AP) Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead No. 19 Michigan in a 58-0 win over Minnesota. The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) had their most lopsided win since beating Indiana by the same score in 2000. Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan lead 38-0 at halftime. Robinson was 15 of 19 for 169 yards and didn’t throw an interception for the first time since the opener and had a season-low six rushing attempts for 51 yards. He was taken out in the third quarter. Freshman Max Shortell made his first start for the Gophers (1-4, 0-0) in place of MarQueis Gray, who missed the game with an injured toe on his left foot. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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The Michigan family suffered a tragic loss earlier this week. Patrick Fleming, a sophomore trumpet player on the Michigan Marching Band, died in a car crash Monday morning. Fleming, 20, was commuting to school from his home in Ypsilanti, when he encountered sudden traffic while driving in a construction zone. His 1994 Oldsmobile Bravada crashed into the vehicle in front of him. Fleming was traveling northbound on US-23 near Fenton, Mich. Watch our in-game tribute to Fleming.
Most football players growing up in Ohio don’t dream of wearing the Maize and Blue, but for Jordan Kovacs, the Big House was home. Getting “home,” however, was a somewhat lengthy trip.
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision against Michigan Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes go to 9-1-2 on the season and 1-1-2 in league play. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer made 10 saves in net for her sixth shutout of the season, helping Michigan to its first win in Iowa City since 2005. Dive inside to watch Nkem Ezurike and coach Greg Ryan talk about the win.
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Several Big Ten volleyball teams were in action on Friday night including the top-ranked Illini who remained undefeated by beating Indiana 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 14-25). Ninth-ranked Penn State earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) victory against conference foe Wisconsin. There was an upset in Columbus as No. 24 Ohio State beat tenth-ranked Minnesota in three sets (23-25, 20-25, 26-28). Meanwhile, the Michigan held off Iowa in a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-15, 25-17). Hear from Penn State’s Ariel Scott as she talks about the win and jump inside for much more volleyball video from our Student U crews.
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