Happy Monday, Big Ten Nation! Time to start prepping for the big game this week: Nebraska at Michigan. Neither team can afford another loss in its pursuit of Michigan State in the Legends Division. What’s ironic is that a win by the Wolverines over the Huskers would be a big help to the Spartans. That would give Nebraska two league losses, the same as Michigan. MSU has none. So, will Mark Dantonio be cheering for the Wolverines on Saturday, when the Spartans are off?
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten football game had the most dramatic ending so far this season? Three answers: #WISCvsASU, #MICHvsPSU OR #NUvsNEB
The Big Ten Conference released its Week 10 Players of the Week on Monday. The awards include five first-time honorees, including Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson and Penn State running back Bill Belton who shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. See all the winners in this post.
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Attention, Ohio State opponents: Make sure to account for Sam Thompson on each and every inbound pass under the Ohio State basket. We’ve said it so many times during Thompson’s career, but the high-flying junior soared for another one of his trademark inbound alley-oops in Sunday’s exhibition game vs. Walsh. And, just like the handful or so before it, this one was pretty.
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Yes, Nebraska fans, Saturday night’s last-second Hail Mary was real. There’s no need to check your eyes, that was third-string quarterback Ron Kellogg III throwing a 57-yard bomb to redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp, he of zero career touchdowns. Just as Bo Pelini and Tim Beck drew it up, right? Relive all the reaction to the memorable finish in this post.
A thrilling Saturday of action went a long way in shaking up my weekly Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But, in the end, the trio at the top–Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State–reframed its top-billing status with impressive wins. After that trio, it’s surprising Minnesota checking in at No. 4. See my latest list in this post.
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