Every week during the fall, BTN 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. Enjoy the season’s first installment of the weekly recap. Also, watch Mike Wolf’s Week 1 Wrap-up Podcast now.
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(AP) Chaz Powell set the tone by returning the game’s opening kickoff 95 yards for a score and Silas Redd led an overwhelming Penn State ground game with two rushing touchdowns in a 41-7 win Saturday over Indiana State. Joe Paterno coached from the press box more than three weeks after suffering shoulder and pelvis injuries from a collision in practice, though the Nittany Lions didn’t miss a beat against the Sycamores – an FCS team. Redd ran for 94 of his 104 yards by the second quarter. Rob Bolden started at quarterback, splitting time with Matt McGloin. Read the entire AP story, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno addressed the Nittany Lion faithful Friday night in preparation of the team’s season opener Saturday. The Nittany Lions host Indiana State at noon ET on BTN, one of five Week 1 games we’ll have on our air. The legendary Paterno is back for his unprecedented 46th campaign at the helm of the Nittany Lions. A season ago, Penn State struggled to a 7-6 record in its first year without star quarterback Daryll Clark. The Nittany Lions expect much better results in 2011. Watch now as Paterno fires up the Penn State crowd, like only Joe Paterno can.
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Football season is here, and that means it’s time to shift our focus to the Week 1 slate. Every Big Ten school is in action in the opening week, starting with reigning co-Big Ten champ Wisconsin hosting UNLV on Thursday night and finishing up with Indiana entertaining Ball State on Saturday night. That said, it’s time to kick off my weekly Big Ten Football Previews. Here’s your Week 1 addition:
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There will be plenty of great Big Ten games during the conference season for the Leaders Division. Conference play starts off with a bang on October 1st, with two much-anticipated match-ups: Michigan State at Ohio State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. Ohio State hasn’t lost a conference opener since 2004, but that could change when it faces the Spartans. Wisconsin, meanwhile, becomes the first team to take on Nebraska in conference play when the Cornhuskers visit Camp Randall. Things won’t get any easier for Nebraska after that, as they play host to Ohio State the following week. Watch now as Dave Revsine gives you the rundown of all the great Leaders Division match-ups.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. With the season kicking off Thursday — Wisconsin hosts UNLV in the Big Ten’s lone game on opening night — he figured it’s time to unveil his Week 1 edition. As a reminder, these rankings 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 him: @BTNBrentYarina.
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Michigan Stadium isn’t the only iconic Big Ten football stadium introducing new features for the 2011 football season. Penn State’s Beaver Stadium added several significant upgrades, including a new entry gate (Gate F) and eight new restroom facilities. The improvements began immediately following the 2010 season and were completed in two phases, according to the school. Watch a tour of the new additions here.