Week 8 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled some impressive performances. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch now as Russ Lande breaks down his latest draft board and see Brent’s Week 8 winners in this post.
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The Big Ten Conference released its individual cross country awards for both the men and women Tuesday. Big Ten champs Caitlin Lane (Penn State) and Mohammed Ahmed (Wisconsin) took home Women’s Athlete of the Year and Men’s Athlete of the Year, respectively. The coaches of the championship teams, to no surprise, won their respective Coach of the Year honor. Watch our Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Championship highlights now and see all the honorees in this post.
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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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.