Indiana had already begun to move along without receiver Damarlo Belcher, who was dismissed from the squad Monday for violating team rules. Belcher had started six games this season, but he missed the Iowa and North Texas games due to injury and was suspended for last week’s game against Northwestern. He paced Indiana with 25 catches for 286 yards and a touchdown.
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CHICAGO – A brand new episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover and hosted by Keith Jackson, airs at 8pm ET Tuesday with a profile of legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne. The show will be followed at 8:30 PM ET by Osborne’s final game as head coach at Nebraska, the 1998 Orange Bowl. In that game, Scott Frost, Ahman Green and the Blackshirts defeated Peyton Manning and Tennessee, 42-17. Nebraska finished the season ranked number one in the coaches’ poll to earn a share of the national championship.
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Penn State is the lone Big Ten squad that is unbeaten in league play. But it has a tough stretch run—Nebraska, at Ohio State, at Wisconsin–giving the Badgers a shot to still win the Leaders Division and advance to the conference title game.
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Prior to the 2011 college football season, the Big Ten announced the creation of 18 new trophies, including two for the new Big Ten Championship Game and two for postgraduate awards. Each trophy honors the Big Ten’s rich history, with two Big Ten legends’ last names on it (i.e. Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year).
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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.
On Monday’s Big Ten Breakdown, at 7 p.m. ET, Mike Hall, Chris Martin and Howard Griffith discuss Nebraska’s improved defense and analyze the unit’s progression, plus they’ll take a look at Penn State’s Gerald Hodges, the conference’s back-to-back Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week, and interview Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray about the Gophers’ upset of Iowa. Watch our Web-only segment now as Howard and CMart look at the Big Ten divisional races.
The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 9 Football Players of the Week on Monday morning. Four players received honors, including Northwestern tight end Drake Dunsmore, who set the school record for career receiving yards by a tight end and grabbed a school-record four touchdowns at Indiana, and Braxton Miller, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute against Wisconsin. Watch our Northwestern-Indiana highlights now and see all the winners in this post.