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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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 now as Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and star quarterback Denard Robinson talk about their thrilling win over Notre Dame.
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(AP) Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and No. 8 Wisconsin overcame a slow start from its running game to beat Oregon State 35-0 at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. With Oregon State’s defense stuffing running backs Montee Ball and James White early on, Wisconsin pounced on special teams mistakes and leaned on Wilson and the defense to do the rest. In his second career start for the Badgers (2-0), Wilson was 17 of 21 for 189 yards and the three touchdowns, including a pair to tight end Jacob Pedersen. Wisconsin’s running game broke through after halftime, and Ball had a pair of touchdowns in the second half. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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The Big Ten opened the 2011 season with a 10-2 clip in Week 1. It was a solid opening act, considering the two losses — both away from home — came by a combined nine points. This week, the competition gets tougher with five BCS opponents on the slate, including No. 2 Alabama and Notre Dame. Unlike last week, all 12 games are on Saturday this time around. Six of the games will air live on BTN. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Listen to BTN.com’s Week 2 Preview Podcast and read my Week 2 Preview inside.