At 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on Big Ten Football & Beyond, Dave Revsine and company break down the fallout from last week, including which loss was more disappointing, Michigan or Illinois’, and which win was more meaningful, Ohio State or Michigan State’s? Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martine will break down the highly contested matchup between Michigan State’s top-rated defense and Wisconsin’s top-rated offense, and we’ll discuss the current two-quarterback epidemic that has been employed at seven of the Big Ten schools this season. Also, Andy Staples will join us for the latest news in expansion and realignment, plus the crew will give its latest Heisman top 5.
One of the things I enjoy about college football is that you never really know what’s coming. Because there are so few games in a season relative to other sports and because so much needs to be sorted out in those few games, college football lends itself to having multiple “games of the year.” Nebraska-Wisconsin seemed like the Big Ten “game of the year” a few weeks ago. Now Wisconsin-Michigan State is taking on that feel. And, if the Badgers win and, say, Illinois gets back on track, then their meeting in Champaign on Nov. 19 will get that “game of the year” tag. Or, if the Spartans win, their game at Nebraska next week may suddenly earn the spotlight treatment.
On Tuesday night, Mike Hall and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jim Jackson brought you Big Ten Hoops Hysteria, spotlighting all the highlights from last weekend’s Midnight Madness events. We had highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes looks from Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota. With the season less than a month away, Brent Yarina decided to unveil his preseason Top 10 Big Ten Players and offer some 2011-12 predictions. Watch Jackson’s top three storylines for the season now and see Brent’s blog in this post.
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As you’re probably aware, the initial BCS Standings were released Sunday night, and Big Ten favorite Wisconsin came in at a surprising No. 6. Considering the Badgers were ranked No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, many Badger fans were expecting a No. 4 or No. 5 ranking. The computers, however, had other ideas. Three of the six computers ranked the Badgers outside the top 10, including one at No. 17, which allowed perfect Oklahoma State and Boise State to land ahead of Wisconsin. Is that right? Does it matter? Brent Yarina breaks it down in this post.
At 6:30 p.m. ET Monday on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo), Derek Rackley (@Drack48) and Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) discuss the Paul Bunyan Trophy staying in East Lansing for the fourth consecutive season, Boom Herron‘s impressive season debut for Ohio State and the BCS Standings, in particular what it means for No. 6 Wisconsin. The crew also will give its take on rugby-style punts and Midnight Madness, which Doyle attended in Bloomington. Watch our Web-only Pulse segment now.
The Big Ten Conference office released its players of the week for games played Oct. 15 on Monday morning. See all the Week 7 winners in this post.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and volleyball teams in action. The 18th-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals from Eriq Zavaleta, Alec Purdie and Nikita Kotlov in a 4-1 victory at Michigan on Saturday night. Watch the highlights now. Moving to volleyball, Nebraska won a five-set thriller over Minnesota, 3-2, on Saturday night at Williams Arena. Dive inside for highlights of that game, plus much more from around the conference.