The beat goes on for Iowa, which can smell perfection from here. Purdue finally tasted Big Ten victory, while the unimaginable hard times continue for Nebraska. As for Minnesota … that loss to Michigan is gonna leave a mark.
It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. Check out the BTN analyst's 140-character Week 9 takes inside.
The Penn State women’s cross country program won its second Big Ten Championship on Sunday with 53 points, placing three runners in the top nine at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course. [ MORE: Michigan wins 2015 Big Ten Cross Country Championships ] The Nittany Lions, who won their first crown since 2009, were led by senior Tori Gerlach with a time of 20:04.9 (4th place), followed by Elizabeth Chikotas (6th place) and Jillian Hunsberger (9th place). Michigan junior Erin Finn won her second career Big Ten Championships title with a 6K time of 19:44.9, helping the Wolverines to second
With top dogs Ohio State and Michigan State off, the weekend lacked big stakes. But Iowa stayed perfect, and Michigan won a game it should have probably lost after losing a game it probably should have won the last time out.
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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
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 ***
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
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
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