Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 6 saw Illinois and Michigan both move to 6-0 and it also included a historic Nebraska rally. 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. See the rankings in this post.
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The votes are in, and Big Ten fans selected Nebraska’s comeback win over Ohio State as the Week 6 “Big Ten Game of the Week.” Catch the game again at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. The Huskers, playing their first Big Ten home game, rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to card the biggest comeback in program history. Trailing 27-6 minutes into the third quarter, things were not looking good at all. But Taylor Martinez soon caught fire and accounted for three touchdowns, including a pair of touchdown passes, in the next 14-plus minutes, setting up Rex Burkhead’s game-winning scoring scamper with 5:10 left.
One of the best running backs in the Big Ten, No. 15 Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead ran all over Ohio State, carrying Nebraska (5-1) to a 34-27 victory on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Burkhead, who came in ranked No. 2 in the conference in rushing yards at 516 per game, rushed 26 times for 119 yards and one touchdown. Things looked grim for the Cornhuskers, but Nebraska stormed back to clinch the victory in Nebraska’s biggest comeback in school history. The Cornhuskers climbed back from a 21-point deficit to pull off the comeback.
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Friday night volleyball action included the Purdue Boilermakers visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Hayley Thramer led Nebraska to a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22) win over Purdue. Watch the highlights and wrap-up from the BTN Student U crew and jump inside for a postgame interview with Nebraska head coach John Cook.
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It’s Week 6. Believe it or not, we’ll be midway through the 2011 Big Ten football season at the conclusion of Saturday’s slate of five Big Ten games. This week, BTN has Indiana hosting undefeated Illinois at a special time, 2:30 p.m. ET, and Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7. Don’t forget, Dave, Gerry and Howard will be on-site at Ryan Field at 6 p.m. ET for an hour-long Countdown To Kickoff show. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast here and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview in this post.
CHICAGO – Face paint, chants, cheerleaders, marching bands, pep rallies, grilling and die-hard fans are all part of the excitement surrounding Big Ten football. BTN gives fans an inside look at how Big Ten campuses prepare for game day with its new show Tailgate 48, presented by Omaha Steaks. Tailgate 48 kicks off with a trip to Camp Randall Stadium to capture the pregame festivities and party atmosphere as Wisconsin hosted Nebraska in the Huskers’ Big Ten debut. The new eight-episode series airs at 7 PM ET Thursdays beginning tomorrow.
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno is getting rid of his cane and says he’ll be on the sidelines this week. That’s just one of the tidbits you can hear in the audio from the weekly Big Ten Conference football coaches teleconference with reporters. Read the selected tweets from @B1Gfootball at the conference office, then listen to any of the 12 Big Ten football coaches now.
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