The Big Ten is set to record a first this week – a first that might fly under the radar but one that could play a significant role in determining which two teams square off in the first-ever Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3. For the first time ever every conference game this weekend is also a divisional game. Remember, the divisional record is the next tie-breaker when a multiple-team tie can’t be broken by head-to-head record. A three-way tie seems eminently possible in the Legends Division where parity may reign (see full tiebreaker rules at BigTen.org).
Our most interactive show BTN Live airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and incorporates your Big Ten opinions via Twitter and Internet voting. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason talk Big Ten football for the entire hour on TV and discuss all the topics that have fans buzzing.
Audio clips from Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten Conference teleconference call for reporters and Big Ten football are ready to be played. Listen to 12 Big Ten coaches answer reporters’ questions below.
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Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 6 saw Illinois and Michigan both move to 6-0 and it also included a historic Nebraska rally. 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. See the rankings in this post.
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Purdue notched a blowout win over Minnesota, 45-17 on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue (3-2) mounted enough of a lead in the first quarter to hang on for the victory. The Boilermakers’ explosive offense used big plays to take down Minnesota (1-5). Purdue had four plays of 20 yards or more on its way to victory. With 2:47 to go in the third quarter, Akeem Hunt ran 30 yards, the Boilermakers’ biggest gain of the game. The big play set up an 11-play drive that gave Purdue a 45-3 lead after Raheem Mostert ran 25 yards to paydirt.
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Friday night volleyball action included the Purdue Boilermakers visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Hayley Thramer led Nebraska to a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22) win over Purdue. Watch the highlights and wrap-up from the BTN Student U crew and jump inside for a postgame interview with Nebraska head coach John Cook.
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It’s Week 6. Believe it or not, we’ll be midway through the 2011 Big Ten football season at the conclusion of Saturday’s slate of five Big Ten games. This week, BTN has Indiana hosting undefeated Illinois at a special time, 2:30 p.m. ET, and Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7. Don’t forget, Dave, Gerry and Howard will be on-site at Ryan Field at 6 p.m. ET for an hour-long Countdown To Kickoff show. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast here and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview in this post.