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.

Spartans Model Camo Unis for Carrier Classic

As college basketball fans know well by now, Michigan State will play top-ranked North Carolina on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Friday night in the inaugural Carrier Classic. What college basketball fans may not know is that Michigan State will wear camo uniforms for the highly anticipated Veterans Day game. Watch the Big Ten Pulse’s interview with Michigan State’s Tom Izzo now and see the Spartans model the special uniforms in a MSUSpartanAthletics YouTube video in this post.

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Pulse: Izzo Joins Us & Legends' Race

At 6:30 ET on the Big Ten Pulse, Rick, Rack and Timmy D discuss the wild weekend in the Legends Division, what with Northwestern upsetting Nebraska and Iowa fending off Michigan. Michigan State men’s hoops coach Tom Izzo will join the show to talk about his history of scheduling tough opponents and playing aboard an aircraft carrier Friday. Also, our crew will debate who had the better 81-yard touchdown: Braxton Miller (watch and rate the play!) or Jeremy Ebert (watch and rate the play!)?

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Pulse: Feeling a Festive Show

It’s Halloween, so you know Rick, Rack and Timmy D are going to have some fun on Monday’s Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET. The crew will debate which teams have the inside track to Indianapolis, home of the Big Ten Championship Game, and try to break down the congested Legends Division. There will be Halloween-inspired topics, too, including which “kid” (sophomore RB) deserves the most treats following his Week 9 performance, biggest shock and biggest scare.

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Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

Wisconsin’s loss at Michigan State likely cost it a shot at playing in the BCS title game. It also cost the Badgers a spot in the Rose Bowl—for now. And the Big Ten may be in peril of having to settle for just one BCS bowl slot, which hasn’t happened since the 2004 season. Here’s what we know for sure: Indiana already has been eliminated from bowl contention. Purdue, Northwestern and Minnesota have work to do to get into postseason position. The others will continue to jockey for position. See how BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart slots the Big Ten teams in bowl games after eight weeks of the season in this post.

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Pulse: Michigan State's Keith Nichol joins us

How surprised were you by the outcome of the Wisconsin-Michigan State on Saturday? It was a thriller of an ending that had Spartans fans thrilled and Badgers fans bummed. Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle describe their reactions to the game on tonight’s Big Ten Pulse. Also, let’s make some sense out of the latest BCS standings. And Keith Nichol, the Spartan everyone was talking about Saturday night, joins us for an interview to talk about his big catch. Our “Who Ya Got?” segment includes these vital questions: Who had the better touchdown run? And who has the worst chest bump? Follow The Pulse on Twitter @BTNThePulse and watch the show tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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The Pulse: Kyle Dammeyer

On The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle spoke with Kyle Dammeyer, the Ohio State water skier who crashed at the Division I National Championships and came away with only a few bumps and bruises. Watch the interview with Kyle now or head over to BTN2Go.com to watch the entire episode.

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Week 8 Big Ten Player Rankings

Throughout the football season, Brent Yarina ranks his top 10 Big Ten players following the completion of each week’s action. Top 10 lists are subjective, to be sure, and this one is no different. That said, this weekly list is designed to reflect Brent’s top talents in the conference, taking into consideration the players’ overall statistics, latest performances and importance to their teams. Think of it as his unofficial leader board for Big Ten MVP. See Brent’s Week 8 Player Rankings in this post.

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Pulse: Bunyan Trophy Stays in East Lansing

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.

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The Pulse & Rivalry Week: Lets do this!

It’s rivalry week in the state of Michigan and so our crew of Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Tim Doyle answer the question: Who will walk away with the Paul Bunyan Trophy? Also, Iowa has had struggled against Northwestern in the past, but will those troubles continue? In our “Impulses” segment, Williams and Doyle turn the table and decide whether or not they agree with Pizzo’s impulses for Saturday’s games. And basketball is back! The guys cover the best returning players, the key losses and then announce who they believe takes “The Leap” this season. Follow them all @BTNThePulse.

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Pulse: Big Ten's Best Defense?

At 6:30 ET tonight on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo), Derek Rackley (@DRack48) and Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) discuss all the latest happenings in the Big Ten, including whether Nebraska’s historic comeback against Ohio State saved its season. The crew also will debate which Big Ten team features the strongest defense. Who’s your pick for the best defensive unit? Leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post. Watch now as our crew debates which undefeated team they’d most like to coach in this Web-only segment.

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The Pulse: We've got questions & answers

Questions, questions, questions. Who needs the win more this weekend – Ohio State or Nebraska? How good is Michigan’s running game? Who’s the best Big Ten QB-WR combo? Who will win this weekend? What are Wisconsin’s title chances looking like? Join Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Brandon Williams tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET, and follow them on Twitter @BTNThePulse. They love to spotlight you’re best tweets on the air.

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Mic'd Mondays: Ball & Jenkins

Monday night, we interviewed two of Week 5′s biggest stars, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (151 yards, 4 TDs) and Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins (12 rec., 268 yards, 3 TDs). “The Big Ten Pulse” sat down with Ball, who’s scored at least two touchdowns in his last nine regular-season games and leads the nation with 14 touchdowns. What’s it like for Ball, not to mention sidekick James White, to run behind Wisconsin’s massive offensive line? “We feel really comfortable in the huddle, and once the play starts, we feel real comfortable behind those big guys,” Ball told our crew. Jenkins joined “Big Ten Breakdown,” and he appropriately broke down his 33-yard touchdown reception that helped spark Illinois’ rally against Northwestern. Watch the interview in this post.

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Pulse: Can Russell Wilson keep rolling?

On tonight’s Big Ten Pulse at 6:30 p.m. ET, our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle face so many questions. Will there be enough time? So that whole Wisconsin-Nebraska game on Saturday? Were either of our guys surprised by the outcome? And Russell Wilson excelled in his first Big Ten battle, but can he keep it up? And how about the Illinois Fighting Illini? It’s Monday, so we also roll out another “Who Ya Got?” feature asking about Badgers Fan Headgear and leaping players.

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Is Nebraska-Wisconsin winner a title contender?

Tonight on The Big Ten Pulse our Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle answer the question: Should the Nebraska-Wisconsin winner be a National Championship contender? Plus, our “Impulses” segment touches on the Taylor Martinez/Russell Wilson matchup, the Northwestern-Illinois and Denard Robinson rushing skills vs. his passing skills. And in “Word Games” we look at Michigan State-Ohio State getting the silent treatment, the Nebraska fan who became a Badgers booster and how a quarterback can affect Big Ten teams heading into conference play. Follow us on Twitter @BTNThePulse.

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Mic'd Mondays: Nebraska's Burkhead

Monday night on “The Big Ten Pulse,” Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead stopped by to chat with Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle about the Huskers’ much-anticipated Big Ten debut at Wisconsin. Burkhead, who has run for 290 yards and four touchdowns the past two weeks, is the Big Ten’s leading rusher among running backs, trailing quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Taylor Martinez. In last week’s win at Wyoming, Burkhead took snaps out of the Wildcat formation. Can we expect more of it against the Badgers? “If he [Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck] wants to, that’s fine with me,” Burkhead told our crew.

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