Basketball is in the air, Big Ten fans. Teams have started practice and there are still a few “Midnight Madness” events to look forward to this weekend. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, because it’s still football season. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 7 in this post. Also, watch our terrific “Team Jack” feature, a story that happens to land two spots on this list, now.
My first Big Ten Links of the weeks takes a look at how Wisconsin reloads on the offensive line. Losing star left tackle Ricky Wagner with a knee injury at Purdue hurts, but the Badgers front didn’t skip a beat with left guard Ryan Groy slipping into the spot. The result: Wisconsin ran for almost 500 yards on the Boilermakers.
Montee Ball and the Wisconsin offense sure look like they are back. While still not nearly as explosive as last season’s unit, the offense has found its footing. After all, it went for 645 yards of offense in its 38-14 win at Purdue.
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Earlier on our “Big Ten Football Pregame Show,” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiled Jack Hoffman, a young 7-year old boy from Atkinson, Neb., who is fighting brain cancer. Hoffman just so happens to have built a very special friendship with Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead. The two work together on “Team Jack,” as the young fan battles his disease. Watch the whole feature in this post.
A lot of action around the Big Ten on Friday starting with an afternoon field hockey game. Aisling Naughton knocked in a chip-shot redirection just 3:58 into sudden-victory overtime as Michigan field hockey beat Michigan State, 3-2. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from around the conference.
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On this Saturday’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiles the touching story of a young brain cancer patient who is also a big Nebraska football fan. Jack Hoffman and Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead have formed a special relationship, and the two have worked together on “Team Jack.” In this post you can see portion of the full profile that airs Saturday on our 11 a.m. ET TV show. Read more about this at Huskers.com and at Jack Hoffman’s page at CaringBridge.com. Randy York at Huskers.com posted this recent update, too. Also, be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. We’ll post the full feature online shortly after that.
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On Wednesday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football,” we put the spotlight on a few of the Big Ten’s best running backs, including Nebraska’s talented I-backs Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead. Watch a clip from the show on the Huskers’ dynamite one-two punch out of the backfield now and check out a couple bonus clips in this post.