The stretch drive of the season is entering a higher gear with two big matchups on tap in what looks like the best collection of games yet in 2011. The headliner is Michigan State at Nebraska in a key game that will determine pecking order in the Legends Division. The other tilt to watch is a big Leaders Division battle between Wisconsin at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are coming off an off week rested, ready and perhaps with a few new wrinkles. How will the Badgers respond coming off their first loss of the season? Come tell me in the comments box below, or drop me a note in my BTN.com mailbag.
The nation still is buzzing about Michigan State’s electric victory over Wisconsin that shook up the national title picture. But Week 8 also saw some saw quarterbacks emerge at Indiana, Penn State and Purdue. It also featured Iowa and Nebraska take care of business and show they still mean business in the Legends Division.
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The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams in action. The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (17-1, 10-0) made history Saturday night, overcoming No. 1 Illinois in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11) victory. With the win, the Huskers advance as the only undefeated team in Big Ten Conference play. Watch Nebraska head coach John Cook talk about the win now. Take a dive inside for an interview with Saturday’s top player Lauren Cook, plus much more from around the conference.
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Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 8 featured one of the most exciting finishes in Big Ten history, as No. 16 Michigan State used a last-second Hail Mary to beat No. 6 Wisconsin. As for the power rankings, they 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 @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our sideline interview with NU grad and SNL product Seth Meyers now and see the rankings in this post.
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Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Check out Brent’s Week 8 Recap in this post.
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Every Saturday, we post a play from each Big Ten team and let our Big Ten fans rank the week’s best plays. We’re building an archive throughout the season, so feel free to backtrack and rank any play from previous weeks. Here’s how it works: Watch each play, and then rank them, one being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Don’t forget to come back throughout the day Saturday, either, because we’ll post each team’s play immediately following its game. In other words, there will usually be three uploads – early games, afternoon games and night games.
(AP) Joe Paterno tied Eddie Robinson’s Division I record with his 408th career victory Saturday night as Penn State beat Northwestern 34-24. Silas Redd ran for 164 yards and a touchdown, Matt McGloin threw for 192 yards and two scores, and the Nittany Lions clamped down in the second half to give their storied coach another milestone victory as he watched from the coaches’ box. Paterno will try to move ahead of Robinson, the Grambling State legend, when the Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) host Illinois next Saturday. The loss marks Northwestern’s fifth straight defeat. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.