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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.
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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.
On this Wednesday, June 3, it’s National Running Day. So we reached back into our archives to find one of the most memorable runs in BTN history. Watch this remarkable race video from 2008 and then read our recent Q&A with the Minnesota runner who pulled it off. “After I fell, it was as if a vacuum had sucked all the energy out of the place,” the runner remembers. “Then, as I started to gain momentum, it was like a crescendo of noise and excitement, all the way to the finish line.”
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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.
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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.