BTN.com has partnered with UPickEm.com to let Big Ten fans rank some of the best plays every week on the gridiron. Click here to rank 10 of the Big Ten’s best plays from Week 7. This feature is fun and simple. Simply watch all 10 plays and rank them, from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Your votes will help determine the week’s best play from here on out. The number of candidates will vary from week to week, depending on how many Big Ten teams are in action. Every week, BTN.com selects one play for each team to enter the contest. Watch our Northwestern-Iowa highlights from Saturday’s shootout on BTN.
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(AP) James Vandenberg threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa beat Northwestern 41-31 on Saturday night, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Marcus Coker added 124 yards rushing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who won despite allowing 495 yards and 29 first downs to Northwestern. Iowa blew a 17-0 second-quarter lead, then pulled ahead 24-17 on Coker’s 1-yard TD run with 13:55 left. Vandenberg pushed the lead to 31-17 on a 35-yard TD pass to Marvin McNutt, and Coker’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:56 to go sealed just Iowa’s second win over Northwestern in seven tries. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.
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The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).
On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and the week before that it was Michigan coach Brady Hoke. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Evanston. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Fitzgerald, whose Wildcats play at Iowa at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.
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Our most interactive show BTN Live airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and incorporates your Big Ten opinions via Twitter and Internet voting. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason talk Big Ten football for the entire hour on TV and discuss all the topics that have fans buzzing.
Lepe Seetane and Nikko Boxall were the goal scorers for Northwestern in its 2-0 win over Northern Illinois. Watch the highlights now check back all week for more soccer coverage.
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Saturday night’s Northwestern-Iowa game on BTN will be a special one at Kinnick Stadium. As part of the America Needs Farmers partnership between the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Athletics Department, the game has been designated “ANF Day at Kinnick.” What does that mean? Basically, there will be a host of activities around the stadium. Read about the events in this HawkeyeSports.com story. Among the day’s features, the school is asking fans to stripe Kinnick gold and black, which will only enhance BTN’s telecast. See images from the last gold and black stripe game.