The Big Ten Pulse

The Big Ten Pulse

Our Big Ten Pulse hosts Rick Pizzo and Derek Rackley offer an entertaining take on the topics and news around the conference and give their opinions on the biggest stories in sports. Airs Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

Pulse: What to Make of the Blackshirts?

Entering the 2011 college football season, Nebraska was the popular pick when it came to the Big Ten’s best defensive unit. With returning stars such as Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard, among others, the Huskers boasted the talent, not to mention the coaching. Three games in, though, the Huskers have allowed 24.7 points per game (67th in FBS) and 1,094 total yards (77th). Yes, they have missed Dennard, who has been out with a leg injury, but where does Nebraska stand as a defense and as a team? That’s what “The Big Ten Pulse” crew discusses in this web-only segment.

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Pulse Preview: Another Crazy Comeback

The Big Ten has treated college football fans to a dynamic fourth-quarter comeback each of the past two weeks. Two weeks ago, it was Denard Robinson and Michigan coming back against Notre Dame. This past week, it was James Vandenberg and Iowa rallying past Pittsburgh for the greatest comeback in school history. At 7:30 ET Monday on the “Big Ten Pulse,” Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Derek Rackley will discuss the latest comeback, talk about the rough Week 3 for a trio of Big Ten teams and interview Illinois’ Jonathan Brown. Watch now as Doyle previews Monday’s show.

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Tonight on The Pulse ...

Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle roll up their sleeves and discuss the big Week 3 games, including a measuring stick game for Illinois, Michigan State’s tough road stretch starting in South Bend and Ohio State’s statement game at Miami. Also, we discuss this question: Is there such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to great quarterbacking? All this and more. Follow @BTNThePulse on Twitter and come talk to us.

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Mic'd Mondays: Cunningham, Henry

Andre Rison. Plaxico Burress. Derrick Mason. Charles Rogers. None of these decorated former Michigan State wide receivers can challenge B.J. Cunningham when it comes to the Spartans’ record book. That’s right, Cunningham became the program’s all-time leading receiver in Saturday’s 44-0 victory over Florida Atlantic. How does Cunningham feel about being mentioned in the same breath as Michigan State’s greatest receivers? “It means a lot, just to be on the list with these guys,” he told “The Big Ten Pulse” on Monday night. Watch the entire interview now. Our “Big Ten Football Breakdown” crew caught up with Illinois’ Trulon Henry on Monday night. Henry had the 27-yard pick-6 that helped spark Illinois to its 56-3 rout of South Dakota State. In two games this season, Henry has two interceptions. The latest one was more memorable, though, because Henry turned it into six points. “I always wanted score a touchdown,” he said. Coming up Tuesday on BTN, watch “The Next Level” at 7 p.m. ET. Check out our entire programming schedule.

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Pulse Preview: Rack Talks Crazy Finish

The sports world can’t stop talking about Michigan’s dramatic 35-31 comeback victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night. We’re no different. And at 6:30 p.m. ET Monday on “The Big Ten Pulse,” analysts Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle will look back at the thrilling finish, which featured three touchdowns in the final 1:12. The guys also will have an interview with Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham, the Spartans’ new all-time leading wide receiver. Before the show airs, watch Rackley discuss the craziest finish he ever participated in. You can follow the Pulse on Twitter @BTNThePulse.

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The Pulse: Extra! Extra!

In this special web segment, Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle check out the cool stuff that is happening in Paternoville as Penn State gets set to welcome Alabama to Happy Valley and give their prediction for the game. “The Pulse” airs tonight at 6:30 ET and is back on Monday at the same time for a new edition. Feel free to tweet the guys at @BTNPulse!

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Interviews with A.J. Jenkins, Vince Browne

On Monday night, BTN caught up with two of Week 1’s biggest stars: Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, on “The Big Ten Pulse,” and Northwestern defensive end Vince Browne, on “Big Ten Breakdown.” Jenkins caught 11 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 33-15 home win against Arkansas State — a performance that prompted him to call himself the best receiver in the Big Ten. Now that Jenkins has had time to think about the quote, does he still feel the same? Watch now to hear his answer.

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The Pulse: What We Discussed

Don’t miss the latest episode of “The Big Ten Pulse” at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday on BTN. To preview the show, BTN.com caught up with analysts Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle from, where else but, the make-up room. Watch now as Rack and Timmy D talk about their impressions of Michigan State’s opener, which the former called, and give their opinions on Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins calling himself the Big Ten’s best receiver. Do they agree? Watch to find out, and tune in tonight for their interview with Jenkins. Also, don’t miss “Big Ten Breakdown” at 7.

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The Pulse: How Did You Spend Your Summer?

On Monday’s show we featured a Bret Bielema talkback discussing Russell Wilson, what it will take to win the Leaders division and Thursday night’s kickoff against UNLV. We also welcomed the new guys:Nebraska, Fickell, Hoke, Kill and (Kevin) Wilson. Plus, we asked Who Ya Got? And the the guys took a look around the conference to compare how some people spent their summer vacation, including Ron Zook, Jared Sullinger and Delvon Roe.

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Big Ten Pulse: Final thoughts on the Season

Pizzo, Doyle and Rack look back on the year and discuss Matt Painter’s decision to remain at Purdue. The crew also decides on which mascot would win in a showdown between a Butler Bulldog and a Connecticut Husky. Finally the guys run through their plans for the long summer off from college athletics.

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Big Ten Pulse: Pulse-ntages

Derek Rackley, Tim Doyle and Rick Pizzo breakdown the Pulse-ntages that the guys would be able to replicate the feat accomplished by Jared Sullinger when he made a half court shot with his back to the basket. They also pick the best dunk between two Hoosiers.

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Big Ten Pulse: The Tale of Tim Doyle's Mustache

Tim Doyle is very particular about his hair. Naturally when he decided to go unshaven until the Buckeyes Men’s Basketball team lost a game, he wanted to document each moment. Doyle’s odyssey lasted until Ohio State fell to Wisconsin in Madison and the growth below his nose had to go.

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