ESPN College GameDay is coming to Madison this week, according to a recent tweet from the show’s Twitter account. The decision should come as no surprise, considering No. 7 Wisconsin hosts No. 8 Nebraska in the Huskers’ first Big Ten game Saturday. Oh, and the game will be played under the lights, too. We all remember the last time Wisconsin hosted a high-profile night game, right? The result was a commanding 31-18 victory over then-No. 1 Ohio State. Madison was going to be a an electric place either way, but now it will be an even bigger event.
Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 4 saw the Big Ten go 8-2, including wins from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all of which will bring perfect records into the first week of conference play. 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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Following an 8-2 week, the Big Ten added a fifth team to the latest Coaches’ Poll, released Sunday. See both major polls here. Illinois makes its season debut in the poll, at No. 22, one week after being left out following its win over then-No. 18 Arizona State. No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 8 Nebraska headline the Big Ten, setting up a remarkable Big Ten opener between the two schools Saturday in Madison. Michigan (No. 19) and Michigan State (No. 25) round out the Big Ten representatives.
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 our South Dakota-Wisconsin highlights now and check out Brent’s Week 4 Recap in this post.
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The votes are in, and our fans selected Illinois’ narrow victory over Western Michigan on Saturday as the “Big Ten Game of the Week.” Catch the re-air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. This one came down to the wire as the Illini, who rallied from a 13-10 halftime deficit, were able to stop the Broncos and prevent them from attempting a potential game-tying field goal in the final seconds. With the win, Illinois moved to 4-0, the first time its been perfect after four games since it won the national title in 1951.
BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “Marines: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor some of the top Big Ten performances. For Week 4, we’re focusing on the wide receivers. On this day, the Big Ten had several receivers tally multi-score days, and here’s the impressive list:
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(AP) Rex Burkhead rushed for two touchdowns and a career-high 170 yards, Taylor Martinez threw for 157 yards and another score and No. 9 Nebraska beat Wyoming 38-14 on Saturday night. The Huskers (4-0) rolled up 490 yards total offense, including 333 on the ground, in their first road game of the season and last game before their highly anticipated Big Ten opener at Wisconsin next weekend. Burkhead had TD runs of 45 and 16 yards, piling up the yards on just 15 carries. The Huskers scored on their first two possessions of the second half and opened a 31-7 lead on Burkhead’s 16-yard scamper, a 20-yard field goal by Brett Mahar and an 8-yard TD pass from Martinez to Kenny Bell. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.
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