The stretch drive of the season is entering a higher gear with two big matchups on tap in what looks like the best collection of games yet in 2011. The headliner is Michigan State at Nebraska in a key game that will determine pecking order in the Legends Division. The other tilt to watch is a big Leaders Division battle between Wisconsin at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are coming off an off week rested, ready and perhaps with a few new wrinkles. How will the Badgers respond coming off their first loss of the season? Come tell me in the comments box below, or drop me a note in my BTN.com mailbag.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams in action. The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (17-1, 10-0) made history Saturday night, overcoming No. 1 Illinois in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11) victory. With the win, the Huskers advance as the only undefeated team in Big Ten Conference play. Watch Nebraska head coach John Cook talk about the win now. Take a dive inside for an interview with Saturday’s top player Lauren Cook, plus much more from around the conference.
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Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 8 featured one of the most exciting finishes in Big Ten history, as No. 16 Michigan State used a last-second Hail Mary to beat No. 6 Wisconsin. 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. Watch our sideline interview with NU grad and SNL product Seth Meyers now and see the rankings in this post.
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Last Saturday we posted a page with video clips of ten Big Ten football plays on it, one for each of the schools playing that day. Then we let fans rate any and all of the plays all week long right up until kickoff of the next games. In fact, if you missed the feature you can still rate the plays right here. Good news: We’re going to do this again for every football weekend left in the season, including the Dec. 3 Big Ten Championship. Right now, Iowa’s Tanner Miller has the highest-rated play. Watch it here.
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On the next Big Ten Football Report on Friday at 7 p.m. ET we roll out the red carpet for our Big Ten football coaches as we prepare for Saturday’s Big Ten slate. Our own Mike Hall chats with Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema, Michigan’s Brady Hoke, and Minnesota’s Jerry Kill and checks in with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald. On top of all of that, the show will air a great feature on Joe Paterno and the 10th anniversary of the Penn State coach Bear Bryant’s coaching victory record. Watch a preview video clip here.
Wednesday was a busy night for Big Ten volleyball. Several of the conference’s top teams were in action including top-ranked Illinois who faced Northwestern. The Illini’s perfect season is still in tact following a straight set win over the Wildcats (25-19, 25-23, 25-19). Watch a Student U wrap-up of the action now and jump inside for more coverage of No. 4 Nebraska facing Iowa, Indiana’s visit to Purdue and much more.
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A day ago, Brent Yarina released his Preseason Top 10 Player Rankings and Preview in preparation for Tuesday night’s Hoops Hysteria show. Today, it’s time for the preseason power rankings. Every week during the hoops season, Brent posts his latest rankings. As a reminder, the 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 at the end of each week. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. Watch Tom Izzo’s entertaining Midnight Madness entrance now and check out Brent’s rankings in this post.
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