Penn State’s passing attack has looked sharp over the first 15 minutes of action, with 90 yards, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State’s Zach Zwinak ran for 59 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, although he did have a costly fumble in Nebraska territory.
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In its final exhibition game at the Devaney Center and its first action under new coach Tim Miles, Nebraska took down Midland, 68-40, Wednesday night. Six Huskers scored at least eight points, led by Dylan Talley’s 10. Andre Almeida and David Rivers contributed nine points apiece, while Brandon Ubel and Sergej Vucetic both chipped in eight. Nebraska limited Midland to 28 percent from the field (15-of-53).
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There is little doubt that the Big Ten has the most passionate and largest fan bases of any conference in the nation. Six of the top ten teams nationally in average attendance this season reside in the Big Ten, including four of the top five. Nebraska has the most dedicated fan base in the country with 175 consecutive sell outs of the NU Coliseum, the longest sell-out streak of any women’s collegiate sport.
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Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along.
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No changes at the top of my bowl projections this week with Nebraska and Michigan taking care of business, and Wisconsin and Northwestern being off. But the “lower-tier” bowls are in flux.
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It’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. There are a couple of names making their debut on this week’s list, and both play in Columbus, Ohio. What other movement was there? Find out in this post.