Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. Week 10 featured a quartet of close games that were in doubt into the fourth quarter, and you can find Tom’s analysis in this post.
(AP) Second-string quarterback Kain Colter ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Northwestern to a 28-25 upset of No. 9 Nebraska on Saturday. Filling in for injured starter Dan Persa in the second half, Colter scored from the 1 with 1:34 left to finish a 13-play, 66-yard drive that chewed more than 7 minutes off the clock after the Cornhuskers had pulled to 21-18. Taylor Martinez passed for 289 yards and two scores for Nebraska (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten). Persa injured his left shoulder in the second quarter when he was slammed to the ground by Eric Martin. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
(BigTen.org)After winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Northwestern earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be held on Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., with opening-round matchups played on Wednesday. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” Dave Revsine, Glen Mason, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith covered a host of topics in 60 minutes, including interviews with Penn State’s Derek Moye and Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus. One key part of the show is “ReJoice Mail” where fans can call and give their reaction to any game, their team or a player. Check it out now and join in next time by calling (319) BIGTEN-1 and maybe your message will get on air.
Michigan’s trip to Iowa is without a doubt the biggest Big Ten clash of the weekend. It’s a key battle in a Legends Division race that is wide open and features four schools still in the thick of the hunt: Nebraska, Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa. Suffice it to say, neither the Wolverines nor the Hawkeyes can afford to lose. And the fact it’s a road game makes matters more difficult for Michigan, playing just its third game away from the Big House this season and in the midst of playing four road games in a five-game stretch.
November is here, and the Big Ten races are officially the most convoluted mess I’ve ever seen. Actually, I’m not sure there are official stats for that kind of thing – but, suffice to say, I didn’t see this coming. No fewer than eight teams head into the final month of the regular season with a shot at playing in Indy on Dec. 3. Crazy.