Can’t wait for Saturday? Me neither. The top storylines for this weekend: Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State all control their destiny in their respective divisions. Can each stay on track? Also, Purdue and Northwestern look to become bowl eligible. Here’s a quickie look at each Big Ten game this weekend.
Only two weeks remain for players to make a run at one of the Big Ten’s inaugural postseason trophies, and the races for the various hardware continue to scramble from week to week with many players still in contention. Who are the leaders? Check it out in my latest Trophy Tracker. And don’t forget to watch our interview with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, whose name might just be in contention for some of the hardware in this post.
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Illinois and Penn State’s women’s soccer teams are still alive in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. Next up: Illini No. 4 Oklahoma State (20-1-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. ET while Penn State faces Marquette on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. For Illinois, find more at FightingIllini.com. And for Penn State, get stories and updates at GoPSUsports.com. Track the scores and updates with NCAA.com’s interactive bracket.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 11 saw Penn State, the Big Ten’s last undefeated team in conference play, suffer its first Big Ten defeat. 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.
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The races in each division came into sharper focus on Saturday with some big individual performances, headlined by Wisconsin’s Montee Ball setting the Big Ten single-season touchdown record. Michigan State’s domination of Iowa makes the Spartans the clear leader in the Legends as the only team still in control of its destiny. In the Leaders, Penn State and Wisconsin control their destiny, but each seems to be going in opposite directions (see the Big Ten standings). See what Tom learned this weekend in this post.
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There’s been a different team pacing the Big Ten in the BCS Standings since its first installment in Week 7, and the trend continued again this week. Following Week 11 action, Michigan State leads the conference, at No. 15, followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Penn State, last week’s Big Ten leader. See the full BCS Standings.
Northwestern used two second-half goals to complete the Big Ten sweep Sunday, defeating Penn State 2-1 in the finals of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. After winning the Big Ten regular season title last weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Wildcats are also tournament champions for the first time. Watch our video analysis and highlights from the title tilt.