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Top individual performances from Saturday's Big Ten football action

Week 9 of the Big Ten football season had a little bit of everything. We saw Christian Hackenberg have a monster day through the air, and Corey Clement have an outstanding game running the ball. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes?

Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State rolling down the stretch

It all looked so easy for Christian Hackenberg. [ MORE: Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] – Twenty-two yards to Saquon Barkley. – Nineteen yards to Chris Godwin. – Thirty-one yards to DeAndre Thompkins. And on it went all afternoon for the Penn State junior signal-caller in a dominating 39-0 win vs. Illinois in which he hit 21-of-29 attempts for 266 yards with two touchdowns. He even caught a 14-yard TD pass. It’s all clicking for Hackenberg in 2015, his third season in State College. And, it’s shaping up as his best season yet

Catch up on Week 9 Big Ten football games

Big Ten fans were treated to five football games today, highlighted by Michigan’s 29-26 win over Minnesota. Catch up on all of today’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. For in-game and postgame video highlights, check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights Wisconsin football highlights ***

Watch Saquon Barkley's ridiculous hurdle on Penn State TD run

Saquon Barkley is as exciting as any college football player with the ball in his hands. [ MORE: Get all Week 9 Big Ten football scores and stats ] The Penn State true freshman running back drops Big Ten fans’ jaws on a weekly basis. In Saturday afternoon’s 39-0 win vs. Illinois, Barkley ripped off a 7-yard scoring run, highlighted by a ground-covering hurdle, that will put him on all of the national highlight shows. Barkley took the direct snap inside Illinois’ 10-yard line, ran to his right, bounced it further outside, and left his feet from the 4-yard line

Big Ten boasts four of top five teams in preseason NWCA poll

The Big Ten is an absolute power in the college wrestling world. One look at the preseason USA TODAY/NWCA Poll is all the proof one needs. The Big Ten features a total of nine ranked teams, including four in the top 5 (No. 2 Penn State; No. 3 Michigan; No. 4 Iowa; No. 5 Ohio State). Nebraska rounds out the top 10, giving the conference five top 10 teams, while Illinois (No. 11), Wisconsin (No. 15), Minnesota (No. 17) and Rutgers (No. 18) also land on the poll. View the full preseason poll below: RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS 1

2015 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament bracket announced

After clinching its second straight outright Big Ten Championship with a win at Iowa on Saturday, Maryland clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, beginning Thursday, Nov. 5. The tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. [ MORE: See the 2015 Field Hockey Tournament bracket here ] The Terrapins will face No. 8 Michigan State in game two at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday (watch it here). Maryland defeated the Spartans, 5-1, on Sept. 27. Michigan earned

BTN LiveBIG: Penn State's Morningstar Home brightens future of sustainability

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. When one hears the phrase “on-campus housing,” sustainability probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But tucked away on its University Park campus, Penn State operates a residence that’s the very essence of sustainability. “MorningStar is an innovative place, it has all the green technologies you would ever want and need. [It’s] a melting pot of different things, renewable energy

Penn State gets No. 1 seed in Big Ten women's soccer tourney

Penn State clinched a share of the Big Ten Championship and earned the No. 1 seed in the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament with its 3-1 win over Michigan on Wednesday. The Nittany Lions are co-champions with Wisconsin, marking Penn State’s 17th title. The conference tournament champion will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Nittany Lions finished the season with an 8-2-1 conference record and earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament with its 4-0 victory over Wisconsin during the regular season. Penn State will host No. 8 Illinois in the quarterfinals of

Friday's Hard Takes: A closer look at the Big Ten coaching changes

It’s the last Saturday in October tomorrow. That means it’s time to take one last deep breath as we point toward the finish line. And, already, before the first Thanksgiving turkey is cooked, the Big Ten has three job openings. I look at coaching tumult and other topics in my Hard Takes. It has been a strange year for coaches in the Big Ten. Three schools have seen coaching changes before Halloween. It began with the stunning firing of Illinois’ Tim Beckman a week before the season started, and then Maryland canned Randy Edsall following the Oct. 10 game at

Have a look at the Big Ten women's soccer tourney bracket

BTN’s women’s soccer tournament coverage will begin with Illinois at Penn State on Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 6, with the second game to follow at 6 p.m. ET. The championship game will air live at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 8. Rutgers, Penn State and Wisconsin are ranked No. 9, No. 10 and No. 25, respectively. Wisconsin will aim to win its second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament title and fourth overall. Here’s the full tournament bracket.