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The final week before all-out Big Ten action typically features a less-than-stellar slate of games, and this year will be no different.
This one is for all the marbles. The No. 3-ranked Michigan softball team will take on No. 1 Florida in a winner-take-all game in the NCAA Women’s College World Series tonight at 8 p.m. ET at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs twice battled for the national title, after the 1983 and 1994 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley.
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The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy.
As Michigan prepares to open the 2015 Women’s College World Series final vs. top seed Florida on Monday night, it’s time to relive how the Wolverines got to this point.
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The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin’s neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.