Football season is here, and that means it’s time to shift our focus to the Week 1 slate. Every Big Ten school is in action in the opening week, starting with reigning co-Big Ten champ Wisconsin hosting UNLV on Thursday night and finishing up with Indiana entertaining Ball State on Saturday night. That said, it’s time to kick off my weekly Big Ten Football Previews. Here’s your Week 1 addition:
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Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. With the season kicking off Thursday — Wisconsin hosts UNLV in the Big Ten’s lone game on opening night — he figured it’s time to unveil his Week 1 edition. As a reminder, these 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 after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet him: @BTNBrentYarina.
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Nebraska officially joined the Big Ten Conference this summer and here’s an updated Q&A describing just how Nebraska fans can watch a whole bunch of Huskers football on the BTN.
With eleven Big Ten teams earning preseason recognition in the first AVCA coaches’ poll, it’s going to be another competitive season. The Big Ten’s eight top-25 teams is the most for any conference in the country. Defending NCAA Champion Penn State earned the preseason #1 ranking, followed by Nebraska at #5, Illinois at #8, Minnesota at #12, Purdue at #13, Ohio State at #21 and Michigan at #24. Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin each also received votes in the preseason poll. Watch now as Kara Lentz takes a look at each Big Ten team heading into the 2011 volleyball season.
One of the biggest stories in college athletics this past year was Nebraska’s decision to move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten. But how did the Big Red make the transition to the Big Ten? Watch now and learn more about the timeline and how the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten.
Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith visited Nebraska practice on our BTN Football Tour in August. The Huskers, of course, enter their first season in the Big Ten this fall. Led by an experienced and talented defense, Bo Pelini’s team will be an immediate force. With the return of Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard, among others, Nebraska’s D could prove to be the Big Ten’s elite unit. And its offense isn’t too bad, either, led by dynamic QB Taylor Martinez. The Huskers open the season Sept. 3 vs. UT-Chattanooga. Watch all of our Nebraska Preview video inside.
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Casual Nebraska fans know the school’s steep football tradition, but they don’t know much about the volleyball program. Well, John Cook’s team has been the school’s most successful program in the new millennium, winning nine Big 12 championships and the 2000 and 2006 national titles. Cook, a two-time national coach of the year, says Nebraska has a big challenge ahead of itself in the loaded Big Ten: “I think this is going to be the premier volleyball conference in the country.”