The Big Ten offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week for games on Oct. 8 were announced this morning by the Big Ten Conference. Who do you think won them? Find out inside and watch our latest edition of the Big Ten Blast.
The football world lost a legend Saturday with the passing of Oakland Raiders’ owner Al Davis. Davis, 82, was a central figure in the merger of the upstart American Football League with the established NFL and helped pave the way for the extravaganza that is the Super Bowl. Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew Davis well and the latter even tried to lure Paterno, then a Penn State assistant, to the Raiders as an offensive coordinator. Watch now as Paterno reflects on Davis and answers why he never took the Raiders job.
Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 6 saw Illinois and Michigan both move to 6-0 and it also included a historic Nebraska rally. 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. See the rankings in this post.
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The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and field hockey teams in action. Iowa battled Ohio State to a 3-0 win in field hockey on Saturday afternoon. Watch the highlights now, along with an interview with Iowa coach Tracey Griesbaum. Moving to soccer, the Illinois and Michigan State women’s teams settled the score in double overtime, with the Illini getting the 1-0 win. Dive inside for highlights of that game, plus much more from around the conference including men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey.
The votes are in, and Big Ten fans selected Nebraska’s comeback win over Ohio State as the Week 6 “Big Ten Game of the Week.” Catch the game again at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. The Huskers, playing their first Big Ten home game, rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to card the biggest comeback in program history. Trailing 27-6 minutes into the third quarter, things were not looking good at all. But Taylor Martinez soon caught fire and accounted for three touchdowns, including a pair of touchdown passes, in the next 14-plus minutes, setting up Rex Burkhead’s game-winning scoring scamper with 5:10 left.