Playing its first match as a member of the Big Ten, No. 10 Nebraska outlasted four-time reigning national champ and No. 5 Penn State in five sets (25-18, 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, 15-10) Wednesday in front of a sold out crowd at the NU Coliseum. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska with 22 kills and added 10 digs en route to tallying her fifth double-double of the season. Morgan Broekhuis also had a double-double, the second of her career, and Lauren Cook notched 53 assists. Penn State’s Ariel Scott led the Nittany Lions with a match-best 23 kills.
Get ready to be excited. The last full week of nonconference football is Saturday, and that means more competitive, entertaining and meaningful games are on the horizon. Week 4 also gives us the Big Ten’s first open weeks, with Northwestern and Purdue both off this weekend. BTN will air five Week 4 games, including Michigan hosting San Diego State, Brady Hoke’s old team, at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game, hear your coach’s latest teleconference, and track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard.
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Wednesday on “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our team tackled the latest developments in conference realignment, debated whether Illinois is the second best team in the Big Ten, scouted possible BCS matchups and offered its weekly Heisman Trophy candidates. Andy Staples, of SI.com, was in our studios for the show, along with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein. Watch now as Staples discusses realignment and what Wisconsin needs to do to before it can be considered for one of the top two spots in his weekly power rankings.
The latest Big Ten Blast touches on the quarterback story at Ohio State where Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell remains non-committal on naming a starter on Saturday against Colorado. Is it freshman quarterback Braxton Miller or fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman?
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On last week’s on Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Illinois coach Ron Zook and the week before that it was Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a few bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Minneapolis. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Kill, whose 1-2 Gophers host North Dakota State at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN.
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In the latest webisode of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kara Lentz and Chicago Fire Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde recap the opening weekend of women’s conference action, including Nebraska’s decisive victory over Northwestern in the school’s first Big Ten event. Aron gives his thoughts on what stood out the most and gets you ready for the latest action on the pitch. Watch the webisode now and check back next week for a fresh new show that focuses on everything Big Ten soccer.