(AP) Montee Ball broke the Big Ten’s single-season touchdown record and 16th-ranked Wisconsin trampled Minnesota 42-13 to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the eighth straight year – and stay in the conference title chase. Russell Wilson had a season-high four touchdown passes. He was on target with every throw and every decision, connecting on all but his last throw, a deep ball that Nick Toon had in his hands but let trickle out as he hit the turf hard midway through the third quarter. Toon, who finished with eight catches for 100 yards and two scores, was shaken up on that play. Wilson went 16 for 17 for 178 yards. In just 10 games, Ball has 27 total touchdowns. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view the Big Ten scoreboard.
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The top-ranked Minnesota men’s hockey team rebounded from a 3-1 loss on Friday night to give head coach Don Lucia his 300th career win behind the Gopher bench with a 4-1 road victory over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Saturday. After carrying the play through 40 minutes, UM used a three-goal third period to seal the win. Watch highlights of that game now.
Penn State and Wisconsin’s men’s basketball teams open up the 2011-12 season Saturday afternoon with resounding victories. The Badgers used hot shooting and stifling defense to blast Kennesaw State, 85-31, while Penn State put away Hartford, 70-55, in Tom Chambers’ debut. Watch our video analysis from Wisconsin’s dominant win now and read all about the games in this post.
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Many eyes will be on Michigan State’s game at Iowa, arguably the biggest tilt this weekend in what will be a matchup that goes a long way toward determining who wins the Legends Division. And what type of scene will unfold at Penn State, where Nebraska is playing? Following lower in this post is a look at what the other Big Ten teams need to do to enjoy success this Saturday. Note: Indiana is off.
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Lots of tough decisions this week, with four conference battles and one non-conference game. Without a doubt, the races in each division will become more defined after this weekend. Who will prevail in key matchups between Michigan State-Iowa and Nebraska-Penn State?
The Iowa running has surged to the top of my Big Ten player rankings. The star sophomore has rattled off four straight 100-yard, two-touchdown rushing games (121, 2 vs. Northwestern; 138, 2 vs. Indiana; 252, 2 vs. Minnesota; 132, 2 vs. Michigan). He literally carried Iowa to victory on Saturday over Michigan, pushing him to a Big Ten-leading 1,101 yards rushing (122.3 ypg). The 230-pound Marcus Coker just may carry the Hawkeyes all the way to the Legends Division title. See Tom’s full top 25 list in this post.
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Lots of interesting storylines and angles to watch in Week 11, as the divisional chases firm up—at least a little. Two games will go a long way toward determining who wins each division: Michigan State at Iowa is a big Legends clash, while Nebraska at Penn State is a major Leaders encounter. But there also are other intriguing matchups this Saturday.