With Twitter aflutter and a national television audience tuned in, the No. 13 Boilermaker volleyball team swept Michigan State 3-0 Friday night, moving to 12-0 to start a season for the first time since 1985 (13-0). Purdue won the match 25-18, 25-23, 25-18, clinching their third straight conference opener, on Social Media Night at Belin Court.
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.
The Big Ten held the weekly teleconference with the 12 football coaches and the media this morning, and @B1GFootball from the Big Ten Conference office tweeted the event live as always. Get a taste of each coach’s Tuesday phone call with the media via selected tweets, or listen to each entire call on your own. We post these calls every week.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 3 saw the Big Ten go 9-3, including Illinois’ 17-14 victory over No. 18 Arizona State. 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.
Every week during the fall, BTN.com 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. Watch BTN’s interview with Purdue basketball standout Robbie Hummel now.
(AP) Robert Marve threw a touchdown pass and was nearly perfect in his return from a knee injury to help Purdue beat Southeast Missouri State 59-0 on Saturday. Marve had been out since tearing the ACL in his left knee early last season. He entered the game in the second quarter and completed 7 of 8 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Boilermakers (2-1) scored on all three of his possessions. Starter Caleb TerBush completed 14 of 17 passes for 143 yards. The Boilermakers rushed for 393 yards and had 627 yards of total offense, compared to 153 for Football Championship Subdivision member Southeast Missouri State (0-2). Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.