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Bo Pelini back to work day after trip to hospital

(AP) Nebraska coach Bo Pelini returned to work Sunday, a day after he was taken to a hospital during the Cornhuskers’ game against Arkansas State. Pelini was taken by ambulance to a Lincoln hospital after halftime for precautionary tests. The 44-year-old was released from the hospital by Saturday evening. He said in a statement after the 42-13 win that “everything checked out just fine” and that he planned to work Sunday. Nebraska athletic department spokesman Keith Mann said in a text message to The Associated Press on Sunday that Pelini was back at work. “Normal Sunday,” Mann said. Pelini’s statement

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 3

A week after suffering through the conference’s first six-loss non-conference week since 2000, the Big Ten bounced back with an 10-2 clip in Week 3 action. The victories included wins over BCS foes Cal and Boston College, one week after the Big Ten went 1-6 versus such foes. Northwestern, for the third consecutive week, notched a win over a BCS team. What did I learn from Week 3 action? See the five biggest things in this post. 1. The Legends Division race just got a whole lot more interesting with Michigan State’s 20-3 loss to Notre Dame. And wins by

DiNardo's Week 3 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about the Big Ten after a 10-2 performance in Week 3? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [Related: Who tops Tom Dienhart’s Week 4 Power Rankings?] [BTN Connect: Join the conversation and see who’s trending] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI Reilly O'Toole valuable game reps yesterday against Charleston Southern – Looks like most teams will need 2 qb — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 16, 2012 Sunday Ruminations –

Michigan leads four Big Ten teams in Coaches Poll

Four Big Ten teams remain ranked in the latest USA Today’s Coaches Poll, released Sunday morning. There’s a different team leading the conference, though, as Michigan comes in at No. 17 to pace the Big Ten. Michigan State, fresh off its loss to Notre Dame, fell from No. 10 to No. 20, while Nebraska (No. 22) and Wisconsin (No. 24) round out the Big Ten’s ranked teams. Northwestern, which improved to 3-0 with a win over Boston College, earned 33 votes.

Nebraska drops Arkansas State, 42-13

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini left the stadium in an ambulance at halftime of the Cornhuskers’ 42-13 victory against Arkansas State on Saturday. Taylor Martinez threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Bell for Nebraska (2-1), and Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 167 yards and two scores, filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead. FOURTH QUARTER: Ameer Abdullah put the team on his back in No. 24 Nebraska’s 42-13 win over Arkansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, rushing for 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Cornhuskers almost threw away the game, as they committed four turnovers. However, Nebraska was

Podcast subscriptions bring in-game highlights

Football season is off to a roaring start as we all get back into the comfortable rhythms of autumn where Saturdays are scheduled around kickoffs. But while fans head to the stadium or watch games on TV, a growing number of fans subscribe to our various video podcasts. Now during football season this is a great way for you to get in-game highlights from BTN TV games delivered right to your device. With eight Big Ten games on BTN this Saturday (find TV info on our scoreboard), it’s a great time to take these podcast for a spin. BTN.com editors

Week 3 Previews: Spartans-Irish headline slate

Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions. Bookmark your game now and come back to track it: Illinois vs. Charleston Southern; Indiana vs. Ball State; Iowa vs. Northern Iowa; Michigan vs. Massachusetts; Michigan State vs. Notre Dame; Minnesota vs. Western Michigan; Nebraska vs. Arkansas State; Northwestern vs. Boston College; Ohio State vs. California; Penn

Debate it: Team with most sense of urgency

Week 2 was a rough one. Not only did the Big Ten lose six non-conference games for the first time since 2000, it went 1-6 against BCS teams. Of the half-dozen teams that lost, which enters Week 3 with the most sense of urgency? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina debate that topic in this post. Brent: It’s got to be Wisconsin, right? I mean, this was supposed to be the team that would have a cakewalk to its second consecutive Big Ten title game. And two games in, the usually prolific offense looks lost

Big Ten Trends: How many points will Michigan score?

Two weeks into the 2012 college football season, we are starting to see some trends take place in the Big Ten. For example, Penn State’s Allen Robinson is the most target receiver and Michigan State’s defense is very tough to score upon. These could change throughout the course of the season, of course, but I single out a trend for every Big Ten team and offer a guess as to what will happen Saturday. Also, don’t forget to cast your votes! ILLINOIS Question: How many snaps will Nathan Scheelhaase play? Analysis: The Illini quarterback is coming off an ankle injury

Rounding up reaction to Notre Dame move

With news that Notre Dame is joining the ACC for all sports but football and leagues signing fresh blockbuster TV deals seemingly on a weekly basis, Nebraska fans may wonder: Was joining the Big Ten a smart move? Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald is here to tell you that, yes, the Cornhuskers made a prudent decision. Speaking of Notre Dame, Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch says the Fighting Irish’s decision to join the ACC for all sports but football shouldn’t be a shock. The Irish are a national brand that will continue to get good exposure in the