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7:00 PMPrinceton at Michigan St.Watch
7:00 PMCanisius at Penn St.Watch
8:00 PMNorthwestern at IowaWatch
8:00 PMRutgers at MinnesotaWatch
8:05 PMSt. Cloud St. at MinnesotaWatch

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Who named Madison 'Best college football town?'

Since it’s an election year, it seems appropriate that USA Today declared a winner in its fan-powered contest to name “America’s Best College Town.” And the winner by popular vote is … Madison, Wis., home of the Wisconsin Badgers. The newspaper’s website reports that Madison edged out Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg, Va. Also, a late surge in voting made Columbus, Ohio, the contest’s third-place finisher. Something tells us not everyone will agree with this result. Here’s the original USA Today survey in case you want to take issue with the decision. And here’s the story from USA Today declaring a winner.

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Debate it: Should Rex Burkhead play Saturday?

Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead sprained the MCL in his left knee during the Huskers’ season-opening victory over Southern Miss, and he hasn’t played since. The star running back says he will play Saturday in the team’s final nonconference game. But should the Huskers play Burkhead and risk further injury against Idaho State? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post. An update: Burkhead is set to return on Saturday. Brent: I have to go with an emphatic no on this one. There’s no need to put Rex Burkhead at risk, especially against a team the caliber of Idaho

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Friday's Links: Penn State looks at walk-ons

If Penn State is going to have any shot for success in the future, it will need a strong walk-on program. Bill O’Brien recently conducted walk-on tryouts, and the turnout was good. O’Brien estimated that about 65 people tried out at the recent work out. I think the Nittany Lions may find some players who could help the program down the road in a football-mad state that produces a lot of good prospects. That’s the first of my Friday links – read the rest of this post for more. There’s also a good Associated Press story on Penn State’s scholarship

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'Women's Sports Report' debuts today

Dara McIntosh, Kara Lentz, and Michelle McMahon hit the BTN studio for the season debut of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” today at 2:30 p.m. ET. Our first show includes an overview of the volleyball season, including highlights from Wednesday’s big match between Nebraska and Penn State. We also preview Friday night’s match between Minnesota and Illinois (airs on BTN/BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET). Our show today also includes field hockey highlights from the past week and preview of Indiana vs. Penn State. That event airs live today on BTN/BTN2Go right after our show at 3 p.m. ET. We also

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O'Brien: 'It's going to be a very tough football game'

On Thursday, Dave Revsine and our analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith talked to Penn State’s Bill O’Brien during the latest episode of “#BTNLive” as Penn State prepares for Temple on Saturday. The Nittany Lions’ first-year football coach talked about many things, including the differences between preparing for games in the NFL and in college football. Part of the conversation focused on Penn State’s offense. “At the end of the day, there have been times when we run the ball pretty well,” O’Brien said. “We’ve shown signs of being able to run the football.” Watch the interview in this post.

Minnesota Gophers quarterback Max Shortell (11) attempts a pass in the third quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeated the Broncos 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

Week 4 previews: In search of some momentum

It’s time for my weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s slate of games and Week 4 holds some intriguing matchups. See where your team’s game ranks on my list and get my complete preview of all ten Big Ten games (Purdue and Indiana are off this week). Also, every Saturday editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game topped off with my Saturday Snap Reactions. Coming this week: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech; Iowa vs. C. Michigan; Michigan State vs. E. Michigan; Michigan vs. Notre Dame; Minnesota vs. Syracuse; Nebraska vs. Idaho State; Northwestern vs. S. Dakota; Ohio

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Big Ten Mailbag: Power Rankings stir debate

Are my weekly power rankings accurate or not in your eyes? You tell me every week, so let’s discuss it in my latest mailbag. Also, will Big Ten schools adapt to a team’s strength of schedule impacting the future college football playoff? What do I think about Purdue? And when will Big Ten teams start recruiting talent as the SEC teams do? You have questions, and I have answers in my weekly Big Ten mailbag. Keep those virtual cards and letters coming – here’s my 24/7 mailbox. And, please: Stop asking, “Tom, are you crazy?” I agree with you having

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Weekly preview: Big Ten soccer begins

With the Big Ten season set to kick off this weekend, it’s time to check out the upcoming match-ups and see who may be equipped to give their coach a Gatorade shower this fall. In four years of playing college soccer in the Big Ten at Northwestern and one year of observing it, you begin to notice trends as to why certain teams win the title in a given year. In my estimation, there are four key factors that usually determine the results each season: a stud goalkeeper who is ideally tall (See: Miller, Tyler), an organized and disciplined defense,

California Golden Bears tight end Richard Rodgers (11) is driven back by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive backs C.J. Barnett (4) and Orhian Johnson (19) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Links: Teams make tweaks for Week 4

Ohio State is blitzing more. Michigan wants more sacks, too. Michigan State needs receivers and Iowa welcomes a soft spot in the schedule. And what price does a coach pay in recruiting battles? Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema gives his take. Check out these headlines and more in my daily links. On the attack: How does a defense pack more punch? That’s easy. Crank up the blitz pressure. In fact, that’s what Ohio State is doing. It worked last week against Cal as the Buckeyes notched six sacks after Ohio State had issues getting to the quarterback. But, the defense still showed

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Penn State takes down Nebraska in Big Ten opener

In a highly anticipated Big Ten opener between top 5 teams, No. 4 Penn State took a 3-1 victory (23-25, 28-26, 25-17, 26-24) over No. 3 Nebraska on Wednesday night at Rec Hall. A trio of Nittany Lions registered double-digit kill nights in the match aired live on BTN. Watch the Penn State and Nebraska highlights now. [ No. 4 Penn State opens Big Ten slate with 3-1 win over No. 4 Nebraska] Junior Ariel Scott led Penn State with 23 kills on .360 hitting, while junior Deja McClendon posted 16 and junior Katie Slay had 10 on .600 hitting.