September 2009 Archives

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week Three

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With 233 former Big Ten standouts on the opening day rosters of National Football League (NFL) teams, conference student-athletes have a major impact on the road to the Super Bowl. Every Wednesday, the Big Ten football blog will highlight the top conference performers in the previous week of NFL action. Below is the list of top performers from the previous week.

Anthony Adams, DT, Chicago (Penn State): Made four tackles and also recorded a sack in the Bears' 25-19 victory at Seattle on Sunday.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Passed for 277 yards on 25-of-42 passing and one touchdown to lead the Patriots past the Atlanta Falcons, 26-10.

Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Had 62 receiving yards on seven catches and a touchdown to help the Colts to a 31-10 victory over Arizona on Sunday night.

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin): Had five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown catch in the Texans' 31-24 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday.

Larry Foote, LB, Detroit (Michigan): Recorded a team-high nine tackles to help the Lions to their first win of the season in a 19-14 victory against Washington.

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan): Made five tackles to go along with a sack and an interception in the Jets' 24-17 win against Tennessee.

Ben Hartsock, TE, New York Jets (Ohio State): Caught one pass, a two-yard touchdown grab, to help the Jets remain undefeated in a 24-17 win over Tennessee.

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State): Recorded a team-high 10 tackles in the Packers' 36-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Renaldo Hill, S, Denver (Michigan State): Recorded two tackles, but also had an interception, in the Broncos' 23-3 win at Oakland.

Marlin Jackson, CB, Indianapolis (Michigan): Recorded two tackles and had an interception as the Colts defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 31-10, on Sunday night.

Bryant Johnson, WR, Detroit (Penn State): Caught four balls for 73 yards and a touchdown as the Lions defeated Washington, 19-14.

Aaron Kampman, DE, Green Bay (Iowa): Had three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Packers' 36-17 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Greg Lewis, WR, Minnesota (Illinois): Made the game-winning, 32-yard touchdown reception in the Vikings' 27-24 come-from-behind win against San Francisco.

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Caught five passes for 118 yards and a 72-yard touchdown pass in the Ravens' 34-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Completed 13-of-23 for 157 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders, 23-3.

Darrell Reid, DE, Denver (Minnesota): Had three tackles and also recorded a sack in the Broncos' 23-3 victory in Oakland.

Eric Smith, S, New York Jets (Michigan State): Made six tackles and had an interception in the Jets' 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Had five tackles and a sack as New Orleans defeated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, 27-7.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois): Ran for 126 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns to help the Saints to a 27-7 victory against Buffalo.

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Recorded six tackles and also intercepted a pass in the Packers' 36-17 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

FH: Weekly Rankings

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Three Big Ten teams ranked among the nation's top 20 in this week's Kookaburra/Division I National Field Hockey Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday.

Remaining as the No. 8 team in the nation, the Michigan State Spartans are 7-3 through the first 10 games of the season, including a 1-0 conference mark after the opening weekend of Big Ten play. Northwestern (9-3) remained in the top 20 with a No. 17 ranking, and Ohio State (7-3) checked in at No. 18.

The remaining four Big Ten teams also received votes in the fifth poll of the season. Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Penn State all earned points following the first weekend of Big Ten action.

FB: Required Reading

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  • Ohio State coach Jim Tressel reaches out to a help a family in a time of need
  • Hoosiers believe they've made a statement after their close call at the Big House
  • The Sporting News introduces Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien
  • Minnesota coach Tim Brewster says no pep talk is needed in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe
  • Wisconsin defense making the most of its turnover opportunities
  • Michigan QB Tate Forcier expects to start Saturday against Michigan State
  • Iowa proves it's ready for the conference season with road win at Penn State
  • Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 26. Angerer, a 6-1, 235-pound senior from Bettendorf, Iowa., registered a game-high 14 tackles and produced two key turnovers in Iowa's 21-10 upset victory at Penn State last Saturday night. His 38-yard interception return set up an Iowa touchdown that gave the Hawkeyes an 18-10 advantage in the second half. He also forced a Penn State fumble in the fourth quarter that stalled a Nittany Lions' drive at Iowa's 18-yard line. Angerer will be added to the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 7 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 18 or 19. Each week during the 2009 season the FWAA All-America Committee will select a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents.

    FH: Players of the Week

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    The conference office announced on Monday the fifth weekly field hockey award winners for the 2009 season. Following a two-win weekend, three Michigan State Spartans earned weekly awards with Floor Rijpma winning Offensive Player of the Week, Elissa Unger claiming Defensive Player of the Week, and Manouk Vernij sharing Freshman of the Week honors with Ohio State's Berta Queralt.

    The complete release can be found by clicking here.  

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 28

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    The Sept. 28 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Big Ten one of only three conferences with three or more 4-0 teams -- Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

    Four other Big Ten teams off to 3-1 starts in Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State.

    Multiple Big Ten players among NCAA stat leaders, including Kirlew, Sash, Jones, Decker and Bolden

    Big Ten features three of the nation's top 10 scoring defenses in Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State.

    Big Ten standouts continue to move up conference career statistical charts, including Williams, Swenson, Decker and Gilreath

    FB: Big Ten Football Players of Week for Sept. 26

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Sept. 26 were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien nabbed the offensive laurels, while the Iowa duo of Pat Angerer and Adrian Clayborn were honored on defense and special teams, respectively. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Announced for Oct. 10

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Saturday, Oct. 10. Final determination of television for Purdue-Minnesota and Michigan-Iowa will be made following the contests on Oct. 3.

    Michigan State at Illinois, 11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network
    Purdue at Minnesota, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2
    Miami (Ohio) at Northwestern, 11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network
    Eastern Illinois at Penn State, Noon ET, ESPN Classic
    Wisconsin at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC (regional - ESPN outer-market)
    Michigan at Iowa, 7 p.m. CT, ABC or ESPN

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After a week in which four top-10 teams fell, both the media and coaches polls were announced today and featured major changes, including four Big Ten teams among the top 25 and two more teams receiving votes in at least one of the rankings. Iowa made the biggest move among conference teams, reappearing in the rankings for the first time since the preseason poll by rocketing from unranked to No. 13 in the Associated Press (AP) poll and No. 17 in the USA Today coaches' poll. Ohio State moved back into the top 10 in both polls, rated ninth by both the media and coaches. Following its loss to the Hawkeyes, Penn State dropped to 15th in the AP poll and 13th in the coaches rankings. Michigan remained among the top 25 at No. 22 in the media ratings and No. 20 in the coaches rankings. Wisconsin is receiving votes in both polls while Minnesota also received votes from the coaches.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Four

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    The first weekend of the 114th season of Big Ten play is officially complete, and five conference teams are atop the standings at 1-0 in Big Ten play. Iowa and Minnesota picked up road triumphs at No. 5/4 Penn State and Northwestern, respectively, while Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin all defended their home fields. Check out the recaps of Saturday's game by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Football to Air Nationwide on Sirius XM Radio

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    SIRIUS XM Radio and Learfield Sports announced today an agreement to broadcast Big Ten Conference football and men's basketball games to listeners nationwide. Starting tomorrow, September 26, SIRIUS XM will begin airing live play-by-play of every Big Ten football game through the end of the regular season.

    FB: Big Ten Week Four Preview

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    With the 114th season of Big Ten play beginning on Saturday, www.bigten.org has posted previews for every fourth-week matchups. Check out the week four previews by clicking on this link.

    FH: Conference Play Begins This Weekend

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    The Big Ten field hockey squads open conference play this weekend with four conference matchups highlighting this weekend's slate of games.

    On Friday, Michigan hosts defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Iowa in a 3 p.m. ET match, one that will be televised in tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Also at 3 p.m. ET, No. 8 Michigan State hosts No. 18 Northwestern, while No. 17 Indiana travels to Miami (OH) in non-conference action. Saturday features one matchup, Northwestern facing Maine in a neutral site match.

    On Sunday, Ohio State entertains Indiana and Michigan hosts defending Big Ten Champion Penn State in conference action, while Michigan State welcomes Maine. All matches are scheduled for 1 p.m. local time.

    The Big Ten Conference is giving a few lucky fans the opportunity to win the ultimate fan experience, a trip for two to the 2010 Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., and other bowl game prize packages. The contests were inspired by scenes from the recent Big Ten public service announcements. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 26 at BigTenFanCamp.com, fans will have the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test by taking the Big Ten Football trivia quiz and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2010 Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl package includes two tickets, airfare, four-night hotel accommodations, and a $150 travel voucher for ground transportation. Also beginning Sept. 26, fans can share their Big Ten football traditions or "Craft Your Own Big Ten Stadium," and the winners will get to choose which bowl game - Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl, Insight Bowl or Valero Alamo Bowl - they would like to attend. The bowl packages include two tickets, airfare, hotel accommodations, and a $150 travel voucher for ground transportation. Two other contests, "Decorate Your Cabin" and "Build a Big Ten Legend," will begin Oct. 24 for the same prize package. For more information, click on this link.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Indiana's improved line play has the Hoosiers excited about Saturday's game with Michigan
  • Northwestern QB Mike Kafka is emerging into an elite dual-threat signal-caller
  • Iowa winning the field position battle, thanks to the Hawkeyes' special teams performers
  • Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien's efficient play has led the Badgers to their early-season success
  • Illinois TE Michael Hoomanawanui embraces his heritage and his role with the Illini
  • Buckeye DB Donnie Evege recovers from `unique accident' to deliver for Ohio State special teams
  • Minnesota WR Eric Decker feeling healthy, ready to lead Gophers against Northwestern
  • FB: Big Ten Schedule Announced for Oct. 31

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Saturday, Oct. 31. Final determination of television for Indiana-Iowa, Purdue-Wisconsin and Penn State-Northwestern will be made following the contests on Oct. 24.

    Indiana at Iowa, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2
    Purdue at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2
    New Mexico State at Ohio State, Noon ET, Big Ten Network
    Michigan at Illinois, 2:30 p.m. CT, ABC
    Penn State at Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2
    Michigan State at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CT, Big Ten Network

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week Two

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    With 233 former Big Ten standouts on the opening day rosters of National Football League (NFL) teams, conference student-athletes have a major impact on the road to the Super Bowl. Every Wednesday, the Big Ten football blog will highlight the top conference performers in the previous week of NFL action. Below is the list of top performers from the previous week.

    Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota): Rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown, also catching two passes for 31 yards, in the Cowboys' 33-31 loss to the New York Giants Sunday night.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns on 25-34 passing to lead the Saints in victory against the Eagles, 48-22.

    Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Caught seven passes for 183 yards and a touchdown to help the Colts to a 27-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins Monday night.

    Nate Clements, CB, San Francisco (Oho State): Made six tackles and deflected four passes in the 49ers' 23-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

    Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State): Passed for 216 yards and two touchdowns and completed 21 of his 33 passes in the Titans' 34-31 loss to Houston.

    Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin): Had six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown to help Houston record a 34-31 victory over Tennessee.

    Kellen Davis, TE, Chicago (Michigan State): Had five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown to help the Bears defeat the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14.

    Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue): Had eight tackles to go along with a sack as the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions, 27-13.

    Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin): Had one catch for 32 yards, but it was a touchdown reception that helped the Bills to a 33-20 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Jay Feely, K, New York Jets (Michigan): Was 3 for 3 in field goals and accounted for 10 points in the Jets' 16-9 win over New England on Sunday.

    Larry Foote, LB, Detroit (Michigan):  Recorded 10 tackles and had a sack for the Lions in their 27-13 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

    Robbie Gould, K, Chicago (Penn State): Kicked the game-winning 44-yard field goal in the Bears' 17-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa): Had four tackles and two interceptions as the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions, 27-13.

    James Hall, DE, St. Louis (Michigan): Made three tackles and also recorded a sack in the Rams' 9-7 loss to Washington on Sunday.

    Nate Kaeding, K, San Diego (Iowa): Converted on all four of his field goal attempts and accounted for 14 of the Chargers 26 points in their 31-26 loss to Baltimore.

    Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue): Caught three passes for 22 yards and scored the game's only touchdown as the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots, 16-9.

    Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan): Caught a team-high 10 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 33-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Completed 19-of-37 for 263 yards and a touchdown to lead the Broncos to a 27-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

    Tracey Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana): Had just one tackle but also intercepted a pass as the Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 48-22.

    Eric Smith, S, New York Jets (Michigan State): Had six tackles and a pass deflection as Jets defeated the New England Patriots 16-9.

    Matt Spaeth, TE, Pittsburgh (Minnesota): Recorded two catches for 10 yards, but scored one of the Steelers' two touchdowns in their 17-14 loss to Chicago on Sunday.

    Donte Whitner, S, Buffalo (Ohio State): Made six tackles and recorded an interception to help the Bills to a 33-20 victory over Tampa Bay.

    Eugene Wilson, S, Houston (Illinois): Recorded four tackles and intercepted a pass in Houston's 34-31 victory against Tennessee.

    Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Made 10 tackles and had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in the Packers' 31-24 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    In the latest version of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, three Big Ten teams were voted into this week's top 20, and the other four ranked among the team's also receiving votes.

    Once again, Michigan State (5-3) was the highest-ranked conference school in the poll, earning a No. 8 national ranking. For the second straight week, Indiana (5-2) checked in at No. 17, while Northwestern (8-2) also remained steady with a No. 18 national rank. Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State and Michigan all received votes in this week's poll.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Minnesota WR Eric Decker exudes toughness after accounting for three TDs against Cal
  • Decker ranks among the toughest WRs in the nation, according to espn.com
  • Michigan DE/LB Craig Roh is adjusting quickly to Big Ten football
  • Purdue TE Kyle Adams uses Haiti mission trip to strengthen his faith
  • Iowa RBs Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher are sharing the load for the Hawkeyes
  • Penn State LB Navorro Bowman hopes to play after recovering from injury
  • Four Big Ten players were named to the 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, released today
  • The Big Ten led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences with four members of the 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Indiana's Jammie Kirlew, Michigan's Zoltan Mesko, Northwestern's Andrew Brewer and Wisconsin's Chris Maragos were honored for their off-the-field achievements and selfless contributions to their communities. The 22 honorees, including 11 from the FBS, were announced by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

    This summer, a record 106 players were nominated for this prestigious honor by sports information directors on behalf of their teams, surpassing all previous single-season nominee totals since the program began in 1992. From the nominations, a special selection committee named 22 college football players from across the country to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The two 11-member teams honor players that embody the true spirit of "teamwork" and "giving back" through commendable acts of kindness and community service.

    The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is now in its 18th season to present the award. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing. Candidates must also display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Neither athletic ability nor on-the-field achievements are among the selection criteria.

    FH: Players of the Week

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    The conference office announced on Monday the fourth weekly field hockey award winners for the 2009 season. Northwestern's Courtney Plaster-Strange won Offensive Player of the Week, Ohio State's Lindsay Quintiliani won Defensive Player of the Week honors and Ohio State's Berta Queralt won Freshman of the Week. Click here for the full release.

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 21

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    The Sept. 21 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Big Ten opens 114th season of conference play with five matchups on Saturday.

    Big Ten leads all conferences with five 3-0 teams.

    Four of the five Big Ten unbeatens will meet on Saturday, with Indiana at Michigan and Iowa at Penn State.

    Ohio State aiming for fifth straight Big Ten title while Jim Tressel looks to join prestigious coaching company.

    Two more trophy games set for Saturday with Illibuck and Shillelagh up for grabs.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Announced for Oct. 3

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Saturday, Oct. 3. Final determination of television for Wisconsin-Minnesota and Arkansas State-Iowa will be made following the contests on Sept. 26.

    Arkansas State at Iowa, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN Classic or ESPN2
    Michigan at Michigan State, Noon ET, Big Ten Network
    Northwestern at Purdue, Noon ET, Big Ten Network
    Wisconsin at Minnesota, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2
    Penn State at Illinois, 2:30 p.m. CT, ABC (regional - ESPN outer-market)
    Ohio State at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

    FB: Big Ten Players of Week for Sept. 19

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Sept. 19 were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Michigan running back Carlos Brown and Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka shared offensive honors, Penn State linebacker Sean Lee claimed defensive accolades and Iowa punter Ryan Donahue and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland split special teams laurels. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After the third weekend of college football, the media and coaches polls were announced today and six Big Ten teams continue to receive at least one vote with three teams ranked among the top 25. Penn State climbed to fourth in the USA Today coaches poll while remaining fifth in the Associated Press (AP) rankings. Ohio State was rated 11th by the coaches and 13th by the media while Michigan continued to climb the polls, moving up to 23rd in the AP poll and making its first appearance in the coaches poll at No. 22. Iowa is also receiving votes in both polls, while Wisconsin and Minnesota received at least one vote from the coaches.

    FB: ESPN's College GameDay Headed to Penn State

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    ESPN's popular College GameDay Built by the Home Depot program, with host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, will originate from Penn State on Saturday, Sept. 26, as the Nittany Lions host unbeaten Iowa in a Big Ten showdown to open the conference slate. The program will air from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET, with other live segments throughout the day, as well as late Friday afternoon. The No. 5/4 Nittany Lions (3-0) and Hawkeyes (3-0) will kick off in Beaver Stadium Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Saturday's broadcast marks the third time College GameDay has originated from Penn State in the past five seasons and the fifth time overall. College GameDay was in Happy Valley for the 2005 and 2007 Ohio State contests, as well as the 1999 Pigskin Classic against Arizona and the 1997 game against Michigan.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Three

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    The final weekend of Big Ten non-conference play has concluded with six victories in 10 games, including Iowa's triumph over Arizona and victories for Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Check out the recaps of Saturday's game by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Week Three Preview

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    Entering the final full weekend of non-conference play, www.bigten.org has posted previews for all 11 third-week matchups. Check out the week three previews by clicking on this link.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Illinois going to use this week's bye to recover, improve
  • Indiana WR Mitchell Evans takes charge of the "Wild-Mitch" for the Hoosiers
  • Iowa RB Brandon Wegher is proving the doubters wrong
  • Minnesota to provide public tours of TCF Bank Stadium during Homecoming weekend
  • Minnesota's Adam Weber and Eric Decker make a fine combination
  • Penn State QB Darryl Clark looks to keep the Nittany Lion offense balanced
  • Nittany Lions' defensive front provides a strong foundation for the Penn State defense
  • Purdue's Royce Adams is juggling positions for the Boilermakers
  • Wisconsin C Peter Konz makes smooth transition back to the middle
  • FH: Buckeyes Go Pink This Weekend

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    Ohio State will be promoting Breast Cancer Awareness this weekend as it hosts Vermont and Central Michigan Friday and Sunday.

    Against Central Michigan on Sunday, the Buckeyes will be wearing pink socks and passing out pink and yellow ribbons to all fans. Central Michigan, led by former Buckeye Cristy Freese (1976-79), will be joining in support of the cause by wearing pink wristbands.

    Harriet Reynolds, head coach of the Ohio State field hockey team from 1973-86, will be honored at halftime after suffering from the disease for nearly three years, passing away in 1987.

    The Buckeyes will be collecting donations for Breast Cancer Awareness that will be given to the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State.

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL -- Notes of Interest

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    The National Football League (NFL) released a breakdown of opening day rosters today which included some interesting nuggets about Big Ten programs. A total of 250 colleges were represented on the opening day rosters of NFL teams, and Michigan and Ohio State were two of only eight schools to boast 29 or more former players. The Buckeyes were tied for fourth with 36 former standouts in the league, while the Wolverines rated eighth with 29 former student-athletes in the NFL. The league also broke down the players by position, and Big Ten schools led the way at four spots in the lineup. Ohio State topped all intercollegiate programs with seven wide receivers and 10 defensive backs playing in the NFL. Iowa tied for the lead with five offensive guards on NFL rosters, while Michigan State tied for the top spot with five defensive tackles in the league.

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week One

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    With 233 former Big Ten standouts on the opening day rosters of National Football League (NFL) teams, conference student-athletes have a major impact on the road to the Super Bowl. Every Wednesday, the Big Ten football blog will highlight the top conference performers in the previous week of NFL action. Below is the list of top performers from the previous week.

    Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota): Led the Cowboys with 79 yards rushing and a touchdown in Dallas' 34-21 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday.

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the final 2:06 to lead the Patriots to a come-from-behind win over Buffalo, 25-24.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Threw an NFL-high six touchdowns in Week 1, totaling 358 yards in a 45-27 Saints win over Detroit.

    Nate Clements, CB, San Francisco (Ohio State): Recorded four tackles with an assist and an interception as San Francisco defeated Arizona 20-16.

    Tamba Hali, OLB, Kansas City (Penn State): Had three tackles with a sack and a forced fumble for the Chiefs in their opening weekend loss to Baltimore.

    David Harris, OLB, New York Jets (Michigan): Had six tackles and five assists, with a sack and a pass deflection to help the Jets to a 24-7 victory over Houston. 

    Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh (Ohio State): Caught nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown to help the defending Super Bowl Champions to a 13-10 overtime win against Tennessee.

    James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State): Led the Rams defense against Seattle on Sunday, accounting for 10 tackles and four assists.

    Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan): Had three receptions for 58 yards and had the Giants' only offensive touchdown as New York defeated Wahington 23-17.

    Adewale Ogunleye, DE, Chicago (Indiana): Had three tackles and recorded two sacks for the Bears in their 21-15 loss to Green Bay on Sunday night.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Threw for 243 yards and the game-winning touchdown pass with 27 seconds to play to give the Broncos a 12-7 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

    Antwaan Randle El, WR, Washington (Indiana): Led the Redskins with 98 yards receiving on seven catches, including a long of 35, in a 23-17 loss to the New York Giants.

    ESPN's Saturday night telecast of the Ohio State-USC game averaged 7,243,000 households, 10,586,000 total viewers and a 7.3 rating, making it the network's most-viewed college football game - covering both regular-season and bowl games. The telecast was the highest-rated program of the night among households, total viewers and in every key male and adult demographic, making ESPN the number one television network - cable or broadcast - for the evening. The 7.3 rating is the highest for a college football game - regular-season and bowl games -- in 15 years (Florida State at Miami averaged a 7.7 on October 8, 1994).

    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    Four Big Ten field hockey squads were ranked among the nation's top 20, according to Tuesday's release of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Michigan State once again led the conference charge as the Spartans earned a No. 8 ranking behind their 4-2 start to the 2009 season. Indiana (4-2) moved up to No. 17 in this week's rankings while Ohio State (2-3) checked in at No. 20. Penn State, Iowa and Michigan also received votes in this week's rankings.

    New to the rankings this week is Northwestern, who check in at No. 18. The Wildcats are off to a 6-2 start to the season, their best eight-game start since the 1995 season. Northwestern won a pair of matches last weekend to move into the top 20 this week.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Minnesota LB Nate Triplett rises from special teamer to Gopher playmaker
  • Michigan QB Tate Forcier living up to his, Wolverines' expectations
  • Tate Forcier's poise under pressure makes Michigan a threat this season
  • Penn State LB Sean Lee proves he's over a knee injury that forced him to miss 2008
  • Iowa finding solutions at RB with Brandon Wegher and Adam Robinson
  • Purdue WR Aaron Valentin enjoyed a solid all-around effort against Oregon
  • Wisconsin RB John Clay provides a spark to Badgers, Camp Randall
  • Northwestern's Corey Wootton blogs about his time with the Wildcats
  • Minnesota linebacker Nate Triplett has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 12. Triplett, a 6-3, 247-pound senior from Maple Plain, Minn., notched a career-high 17 tackles and returned a fumble 52 yards for the go-ahead, fourth-quarter touchdown in the Golden Gophers' 20-13 victory over Air Force. Triplett had 12 unassisted tackles and a pass break-up against the Falcons in the inaugural game at TCF Bank Stadium. Triplett will be added to the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 7.

    FH: Players of the Week

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    The conference office announced on Monday the third weekly field hockey award winners for the 2009 season. Winning Offensive Player of the Week was Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong, earning Defensive Player of the Week honors was Lindsay Quintiliani from Ohio State, and winning Freshman of the Week was Michigan State's Manouk Vernij.

    The complete release can be found by clicking here.

    FB: Forcier Named O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week

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    The Davey O'Brien Foundation has named Tate Forcier of the University of Michigan the O'Brien Quarterback of the Week for week two. This honor adds him to The O'Brien Watch List previously announced in August. The Wolverines defeat of the then No. 18 ranked Fighting Irish advanced them to No. 25 in the AP Top 25 poll this week.

    In the long standing rivalry among two of the NCAA's winningest schools in college football history, the true freshman quarterback completed a five-yard touchdown pass to Greg Matthews with 11 seconds left to complete the game-winning drive leading his team to a victory over Notre Dame, 38-34. Forcier threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-33 completions and ran for 70 yards and a touchdown.

    "He's kind of a unique individual," Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez said of Forcier. "Everything around him may be going crazy, and yet he's still calm in the middle of the storm. Some guys have that quality and he's one of them." Charlie Weis, Notre Dame's head coach, concurred by saying, "For a freshman, I thought he managed the game very well."

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 14

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    The Sept. 14 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Big Ten posts 8-3 mark in second weekend, including four wins over postseason teams from a year ago.

    Six Big Ten players surpass 100 yards rushing in week two.

    Big Ten produces 18 wins in first two weeks for fifth straight season, with seven undefeated teams.

    Big Ten kickers connect on 59- and 57-yard field goals on first two Saturdays.

    Five more sellouts on Saturday, including Ohio State record and full house at TCF Bank Stadium opener.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Announced for Sept. 26

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Saturday, Sept. 26. Final determination of television for Indiana-Michigan and Michigan State-Wisconsin will be made following the contests on Sept. 19.

    Indiana at Michigan, Noon ET, ESPN or ESPN2*
    Michigan State at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2*
    Minnesota at Northwestern, 11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network
    Illinois at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC (regional -- ESPN outer-market)
    Iowa at Penn State, 8 p.m. ET, ABC (national)
    Notre Dame at Purdue, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

    * network to be identified after games of Sept. 19

    FB: Big Ten Football Players of Week for Sept. 12

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Sept. 12 were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Michigan swept the offensive and special teams accolades, with quarterback Tate Forcier picking up the offensive honors and kick returner Darryl Stonum nabbing special teams laurels. On defense, Iowa safety Tyler Sash and Minnesota linebacker Nate Triplett shared the defensive player of the week award. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending September 12, and Minnesota linebacker Nate Triplett earns the defensive accolade. Triplett recorded a career-high 17 tackles and returned a fumble 52 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Golden Gophers came-from-behind to defeat Air Force, 20-13. Triplett, who had 12 solo tackles, added a pass break up in the contest. This is the sixth year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

    MSCR: Ohio State Sweeps Weekly Awards

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    The conference office announced on Monday the final weekly men's soccer award winners for the 2009 season. Ohio State's David Tiemstra and Matt Lampson were tabbed Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, after leading their squad to its first outright Big Ten regular-season championship over the weekend. The selection marks Ohio State's first sweep over the weekly accolades since Sept. 12, 2005.

    Look here for more information on this week's honorees.

    All 11 Big Ten women's soccer teams will learn their postseason fate Monday night when the NCAA Selection Show unveils the DI Women's Soccer Tournament bracket on ESPNews at 8 p.m. ET. The First and second round games of the NCAA Championship are set for Friday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 15, respectively at various campus sites still to be determined. The 2009 NCAA Women's College Cup is slated for Dec. 4-6 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.


    Penn State
    earned the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its regular-season championship title. The Nittany Lions join the list of 30 automatic qualifiers from across the country as the ten other conference squads hope to secure one of the 34 remaining at-large spots in the 64-team field. 

    Complete championship information can be found by clicking here.

    WSCR: Big Ten Announces Final Weekly Laurels of 2009

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    The conference office announced on Monday the final weekly women's soccer award winners of the 2009 season for games played from Nov. 2-8. Big Ten Champion Penn State produced a pair of weekly honorees in Defensive Player of the Week Emma Thomson and Katie Schoepfer, who share co-Offensive Player of the week honors with Lauren Hill of Michigan State. Purdue newcomer Jessica Warren also earned her first Freshman of the Week laurel after helping the Boilermakers complete the regular season with a pair of wins last week.

    Look here for more information on this week's honorees.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After the second weekend of college football, the media and coaches polls were announced today and six Big Ten teams are receiving votes with three teams ranked among the top 25. Penn State leads the way tied for fifth in the AP poll and standing alone in fifth in the USA Today coaches poll. After a narrow three-point loss to USC, Ohio State drops to 11th in both polls. Meanwhile, Michigan makes its first top 25 appearance at 25th in the AP poll after knocking off Notre Dame. The Wolverines are also receiving votes in the coaches poll, while Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern are also receiving votes in one or both rankings.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Two

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    The second week of Big Ten football has concluded with conference teams winning eight of 11 games, including Michigan's victory over a ranked Notre Dame team and Iowa's triumph at Iowa State. Check out the recaps of Saturday's game by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Week Two Preview

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    After a 10-1 record in the opening week, www.bigten.org has posted previews for all 11 second-week matchups. Check out the week two previews by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL

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    With the 2009 NFL season starting last night, the Big Ten will be well-represented in the professional ranks. For more information and a full list of Big Ten players in the NFL, click on this link.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Get an interactive look at the new TCF Bank Stadium
  • Patience pays dividends for Michigan running back Carlos Brown
  • Iowa RB Robinson's dream to come true when he starts for the Hawkeyes on Saturday
  • Penn State FB Joe Suhey continues a family tradition of Nittany Lion football players
  • Spartans running attack will be led by Caulton Ray for the second straight week
  • Purdue pushes back practice times to prepare for late kick against Oregon
  • New group of Penn State wide receivers poised to replace outgoing cast
  • Buckeye QB Terrelle Pryor hopes experience pays off for Ohio State against USC
  • Ohio State's Kurt Coleman talks about all things Buckeye in this Q&A with the Sporting News
  • Hoosier WR Tandon Doss looks to build off his Week 1 success
  • FH: Week 2 Rankings

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    Indiana joined five other Big Ten field hockey teams in the top 20 of the newest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, giving the Big Ten six ranked teams in the rankings this week. The six conference squads ranked are tied for the most among any conference in the nation.

    Off to a 3-1 start, the Hoosiers checked in at No. 18 in the second poll of the season. Michigan State leads the Big Ten charge in the rankings, moving up to No. 7. Penn State was voted in at No. 13, while Iowa, Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan settled into the last four spots of the 20-team poll. Northwestern finished a few points out of the top 20 and is receiving votes.

    Additionally, the most up to date Big Ten statistics are available here and standings here.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Michigan to start Forcier at QB, but will continue to go three-deep behind center against Notre Dame
  • After strong efforts by two signal-callers on Saturday, Michigan State QB situation still unclear
  • Wisconsin won't change their quarterback plans this weekend
  • Former Gophers take in new TCF Bank Stadium, which opens its doors for the first time this weekend
  • Penn State wide receivers answer questions during Week 1 win against Akron
  • The Sporting News introduces Purdue sophomore running back Ralph Bolden
  • Illinois WR Benn probable for Saturday's game against Illinois State, Illini ready for Redbirds
  • Iowa TE Moeaki emerging as a reliable receiver for the Hawkeye offense 
  • FH: Players of the Week

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    The conference office announced on Monday the second weekly field hockey award winners for the 2009 season. Winning Offensive Player of the Week was Michigan State senior Floor Rijpma after scoring four goals during the weekend, while Mutsa Mutembwa gave the Indiana Hoosiers their second straight Defensive Player of the Week award winner. Iowa freshman Sarah Drake had three goals during the weekend in winning Freshman of the Week accolades.

    The full release can be found here.

    MSCR: Players of the Week

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    A pair of seniors garnered the first weekly laurels of the 2009 campaign in Penn State's Jason Yeisley and Wisconsin's Alex Horwath who were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. After missing the 2008 season due to injury, Yeisley returned to the field to lead the Nittany Lions to a 2-1 record in the opening week of play, tallying seven points, three goals and one assist. In goal, Alex Horwath posted a pair of shutouts to move into sole possession of fifth place on the Badgers' all-time shutouts list with 15 for his career.

    The full release can be found here.


     

    WSCR: Players of the Week

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    Devon Beach (Indiana) and Jackie Carron (Michigan) were named co-Offensive Players of the Week and Lauren Robertson (Ohio State) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for games played from Aug. 31-Sept. 6, the conference office announced today. Illinois' Niki Read and Minnesota's Cat Parkhill shared freshman of the week honors.

    The full release can be found here.

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 7

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    The second weekly football release of the 2009 season has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

    Full release in PDF format

    Big Ten posts 10-win week for fifth straight season.

    Second weekend of Big Ten action features seven opponents that played in bowls last season.

    Nine Big Ten players surpass 100 yards or eight catches in opening week of action.

    Minnesota set to debut TCF Bank Stadium, the first new stadium in the Big Ten since 1960.

    Purdue's Hope becomes eighth current conference coach to win first game on Big Ten sidelines.

    For the first time ever, the Big Ten football players of the week were officially announced on the Big Ten Network, with the offensive, defensive and special teams weekly honorees debuted on Big Ten Tonight at 9 p.m. CT. For games on Sept. 3 and 5, the Big Ten players of the week were Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark and Purdue running back Ralph Bolden on offense, Minnesota linebacker Lee Campbell on defense and Iowa linebacker Jeremiha Hunter and Minnesota kicker Eric Ellestad on special teams. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week One

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    The first week of Big Ten football has concluded, and conference teams won 10 of 11 games, including nine of 10 on the first college football Saturday. Check out the recaps of Saturday's game by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Football Previews: Purdue, Wisconsin

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    With Indiana already 1-0 and the other 10 teams taking the field tomorrow, www.bigten.org has posted its final two previews. Below are links to the previews for the Boilermakers and Badgers.

    Purdue Preview
    Wisconsin Preview

    FB: Indiana Wins Season Opener

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    Indiana's Trea Burgess ran for one touchdown, Ben Chappell threw for another and the Indiana defense met an opening night challenge by holding off Eastern Kentucky 19-13 on Thursday. Read the full game recap by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Fan Camp PSAs Debut During Opening Games

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    On Sept. 3, the Big Ten Conference will debut a new series of football public service announcements (PSA) titled "Big Ten Fan Camp," under the "Big Life. Big Stage. Big Ten." theme introduced last fall. The theme speaks to the breadth, visibility and impact of the Big Ten across all aspects of life and sport. The four PSAs will appear during Big Ten athletic events throughout the academic year on ABC, ESPN and the Big Ten Network. In addition, the conference is unveiling a new interactive website (www.bigtenfancamp.com) on Sept. 5 that will feature the four PSAs, behind-the-scenes footage, fan contests, sweepstakes and a "Campfire Chat" where visitors will be invited to comment on a number of Big Ten football-related topics. For more information on the new "Big Ten Fan Camp" PSA, click on this link.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Penn State coach Joe Paterno looks forward to returning to the sidelines
  • Nittany Lion quarterback Daryll Clark looks forward to the 2009 season
  • Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez provides perspective on the QB situation
  • Juice Williams and Terrelle Pryor rank among the Sporting News' best QBs
  • Illinois' receiving corps looking to live up to its hype
  • A healthy Jason Werner hopes to put an injury-riddled career in the past
  • Indiana's new offensive scheme has the Hoosiers expecting to improve their scoring
  • Newly named starter Scott Tolzien keeping his cool before Wisconsin's opener
  • Michigan State's Greg Jones uses an unrelenting work ethic to be one of the Big Ten's best
  • Minnesota linebacker Lee Campbell loves being the middle linebacker for the Gophers.
  • Northwestern's Corey Wootton eyes a return to all-conference form in 2009 after injury.
  • FB: Big Ten Week One Preview

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    With the 2009 Big Ten football season set to begin tonight, www.bigten.org has posted previews for all 11 opening-week matchups. Check out the week one previews by clicking on this link.

    FB: Motor City Bowl Changes Name to Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

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    Bowl officials today announced Little Caesars Pizza® as the title sponsor of the former Motor City Bowl. The agreement includes name sponsorship of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, a national promotion and other game week activities. The 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the 13th annual post-season college football bowl game in Detroit, will feature the Big Ten against the Mid-American Conference on Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. at Ford Field.

    FB: Head of the CLASS

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    Indiana's Jammie Kirlew, Michigan's Zoltan Mesko, Minnesota's Eric Decker and Penn State's Sean Lee were among the 30 candidates announced today for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior in the Football Bowl Subdivision and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positiveimpact as leaders in their communities. This marks the second year for the football division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. In 2008, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis took home the inaugural football award.

    FB: Big Ten Previews: Ohio State, Penn State

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    With the 2009 Big Ten football season starting tomorrow, www.bigten.org has continued posting previews for every team. Below are links to the previews for the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.

    Ohio State Preview
    Penn State Preview

    FB: Required Reading

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    Throughout the season, the Big Ten football blog will highlight outstanding stories about Big Ten schools, teams or student-athletes. The first edition of "Required Reading" appears below.

    Kurt Coleman: A star off the field... and on
    Legendary Iowa coach Hayden Fry recovering from surgery
    UW's Mickey Turner relishes being named a team captain
    Wisconsin to start Scott Tolzien at QB in season opener against Northern Illinois
    MSU enjoying competition for starting time in the defensive backfield
    Illinois' Juice Williams ready to cement legacy with the Illini in 2009
    Not just Juice's backup, Eddie McGee can do it all for the Illini
    The Danny Hope era begins in West Lafayette
    A look at new Minnesota defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove
    Jedd Fisch hopes to revamp the Minnesota running attack in his first season in Minneapolis
    Kirk Cousins will start under center for Michigan State Saturday
    Penn State's Jerome Hayes is ready for 2009 after ACL injuries derailed his 2007 and 2008 seasons.