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.
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(AP) Russell Wilson threw for 347 yards and three scores, Montee Ball rushed for another two touchdowns and No. 7 Wisconsin piled up more than 600 yards of total offense Saturday in a 49-7 rout of Northern Illinois at Soldier Field. Ball finished with 91 yards on 18 carries, James White added 100 yards and another score, and Nick Toon had two touchdown catches for the Badgers (3-0), who have won 31 straight against non-conference opponents in the regular season. It was an unwelcome “homecoming” for Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren, who spent the last five years in Madison as the defensive coordinator. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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I wouldn’t necessarily have thought this going into the season, but the game that excites me the most on the Big Ten slate this weekend is Illinois’ game with Arizona State. Obviously, Ohio State–Miami and Michigan State–Notre Dame are generating more national buzz. But Gerry, Howard and I thought the Illini were a legitimate contender in the Leaders Division when we watched them in the pre-season and this is our first opportunity to see if we’re right.
As discussed here last Wednesday, the Week 2 schedule was a lot more challenging than what the Big Ten faced in the opening week. As a result, the Big Ten struggled to a 7-5 record, one week after going 10-2. Well, the Week 3 schedule has a few more tough tests, with dates against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Miami (Fla.). BTN will air five games Saturday, including Illinois hosting No. 18 Arizona State at 7 p.m. ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast now and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 3 Preview inside.
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The popular HBO series “Entourage” featured a couple football legends on its latest episode Sunday night. There was Mike Ditka, the former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Chicago Bears, and then there was an even more familiar face to Big Ten fans: Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez. Alvarez, the three-time Rose Bowl champion coach and now the director of athletics, appeared on the show as himself. He acted as a motivational speaker for the staff of the fictitious talent agency Miller Gold.
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The Big Ten Conference announced the three players of the week after a wild and exciting weekend of football. Offensive honors went to Michigan’s Denard Robinson, who led the Wolverines to 28 fourth-quarter points, including two touchdowns in the final 1:12, in a 35-31 win over Notre Dame. The star quarterback accounted for 446 of Michigan’s 452 total yards and had a hand in all five of the team’s touchdowns. See all the honorees inside.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. It was a rough Week 2 for the Big Ten, as the conference struggled to a 7-5 record. 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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