Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 4 saw the Big Ten go 8-2, including wins from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all of which will bring perfect records into the first week of conference play. 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 Penn State field hockey team moved to 7-3 and 1-0 in the Big Ten after snapping No. 13 Iowa’s six-game winning streak. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Conference opener, 3-0, on Sunday over Iowa. After no score in the first half, aggressive plays by Penn State led to three goals in the second half. Watch our video recap of the Penn State victory now.
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(AP) Matt McGloin threw for three touchdowns and Penn State welcomed coach Joe Paterno back to the sideline with a 34-6 win Saturday over Eastern Michigan. Penn State (3-1) held the Eagles (2-2) to 68 on the ground – 221 below its season average – and forced three first-half turnovers. Nick Sukay‘s interception late in the half set up the second of McGloin’s scoring strikes, a 5-yarder to receiver Derek Moye for a 17-0 lead. It surely pleased the 84-year-old Paterno, who paced the sideline in the first half for the first time this season before returning to the press box after halftime with his team up comfortably. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Tonight on BTN Live: What’s the reaction to Luke Fickell’s move to Braxton Miller? We’ll assess the Big Ten’s overall performance thru three weeks and play your “ReJoice Mail.” Also, should the Wolverines and Huskers be concerned this week? Which one-loss team will still be standing as a contender at season’s end? Come vote in our polls, tweet to our show @BTNLive, comment on the post, and send us an email.
I said at the beginning of last week’s Numbers that the Illinois game excited me the most of any one on the Week 3 slate, and the Illini did not disappoint. Their 17-14 win over then-No. 18 Arizona State turned the nation on to something Howard, Gerry and I believed when we saw them in the pre-season: The Illini are for real. The numbers I gave last week were related to their offense, but the real story of the game was the “D.” So that’s where we’ll begin this week.
Playing its first match as a member of the Big Ten, No. 10 Nebraska outlasted four-time reigning national champ and No. 5 Penn State in five sets (25-18, 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, 15-10) Wednesday in front of a sold out crowd at the NU Coliseum. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska with 22 kills and added 10 digs en route to tallying her fifth double-double of the season. Morgan Broekhuis also had a double-double, the second of her career, and Lauren Cook notched 53 assists. Penn State’s Ariel Scott led the Nittany Lions with a match-best 23 kills.
Get ready to be excited. The last full week of nonconference football is Saturday, and that means more competitive, entertaining and meaningful games are on the horizon. Week 4 also gives us the Big Ten’s first open weeks, with Northwestern and Purdue both off this weekend. BTN will air five Week 4 games, including Michigan hosting San Diego State, Brady Hoke’s old team, at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game, hear your coach’s latest teleconference, and track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard.
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