Here we are in the final week of the Big Ten regular season and just as everybody expected the defending champion Northwestern Wildcats and seven-time national champion Indiana Hoosiers are battling for the championship – the two teams play tonight at 8 p.m. ET on 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2GO. Only, it’s not quite that simple as Michigan State and Penn State are alive as well.
It’s all to play for in the Big Ten, as yet again the so-called ‘experts’ got it all wrong! Four teams now have regular season hopes, after Penn State, Northwestern and Indiana all failed to win. The highlight of last weekend’s games was the performance of Jay Chapman up front for Michigan State.
All that talk about the highly touted Indiana Hoosiers and Northwestern Wildcats, both unbeaten going into last weekend at 3-0, and guess who is in sole possession of first place now? That would be the scrappy Penn State Nittany Lions, albeit with a game in-hand, at 3-1-1 with 10 points to lead the Hoosiers and Wildcats who are each 3-1 with nine points apiece. How did that happen?
The top-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team (21-1, 11-0 Big Ten) earned a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-15) win at Iowa Wednesday night. Junior Deja McClendon led all players with 11 kills and 12 digs. Read full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Watch highlights now and jump inside for Northwestern men’s soccer video coverage.
For the first time, BTN will provide full coverage of the Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts during the 2012 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
Despite a spirited second half of play, the Ohio State men’s soccer team fell to second-ranked Akron, 1-0, Tuesday night in front of a season-high 2,125 fans at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and a national television audience on BTN. The Buckeyes drop to 6-9-1 on the season, while the Zips extend their winning streak to eight games and improve to 12-1-2. Read the full recap at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Watch the highlights now.
Just when you thought the Big Ten was a straight forward two-horse race, Penn State and Michigan produce heroics and throw huge spanners in the works! Aron Hyde and I predicted wins for Indiana and Northwestern on last week’s BTN Soccer Report, and it seemed like a logical assessment. But from a neutral’s standpoint, it’s a great thing that we were so wrong.