October 2009 Archives

FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Nine

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In the sixth weekend of Big Ten play, Iowa once again rallied from a deficit, this time trailing Indiana, 24-14, before exploding for 28 fourth-quarter points in a 42-24 triumph. The Hawkeyes are now 9-0 for the first time in school history and 5-0 in conference to hold onto first place in the standings. The two teams that shared the Big Ten title last season were both victorious and stand at 4-1 in conference play, just one game back in the standings in second place. Penn State tallied 21 fourth-quarter points to break a 13-13 tie and pull away for a 34-13 win at Northwestern. Ohio State wrapped up non-conference play with a 45-0 triumph over New Mexico State, as the Buckeyes' recorded their third shutout in a season for the first time since 1996. Meanwhile, Wisconsin moved into the conference title race by blanking Purdue, 37-0, to improve to 3-2 in conference action, just two games back. In other conference contests, Illinois defeated Michigan, 38-13, and Minnesota edged Michigan State, 42-34. Check out the recaps of each of the six Saturday games by clicking on this link.

FH: Big Ten Tournament Matchups Announced

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Seedings and matchups for the Big Ten Tournament, hosted by Michigan State University, were set Saturday with the conclusion of the regular season. Michigan State earned the No. 1 seed after winning its first outright Big Ten Championship in school history and an automatic spot in the tournament semifinals.

Ohio State earned the conference's No. 2 seed and will face seventh-seeded Penn State in the tournament's second game at approximately 1:15 p.m. ET on Thursday. Third-seeded Indiana will face No. 6 Northwestern at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET, while No. 4 Iowa will face No. 5 Michigan in the tournament opener at 11 a.m. ET.

Michigan State will face the winner of the Iowa-Michigan matchup in the first semifinal at 12:15 p.m. ET and the winner of Ohio State-Penn State will face the winner of Indiana-Northwestern in the second semifinal at approximately 2 p.m. ET. The championship and the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship will be on the line at Noon ET on Sunday. The tournament semifinals and final will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.

Complete information and the 2009 tournament bracket can be found here.

WSCR: CoSIDA Announces Academic All-District Teams

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The Big Ten saw 12 women's soccer student-athletes named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

Congratulations to Illinois' Krystin Miller (District Five, second team); Indiana's Devon Beach (District Five, second team); Michigan's Jackie Carron (District Four, second team) and Kristen Goncalves (District Four, third team); Michigan State's Lauren Hill  (District Four first team) and Laura Heyboer (District Four, third team); Minnesota's Kylie Kallman (District Five, first team); Northwestern's Emily Langston (District Five, second team); Penn State's Katie Schoepfer (District Two, second team); Purdue's Jessica Okoroafo (District Five, first team) and Katie Seeger (District Five, second team); and Wisconsin's Laurie Nosbusch (District Five, first team).

WSCR: Conference Call

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Heading into the second-to-last weekend of regular season action, the race for the Big Ten regular season championship nears its climax as the four nationally ranked teams in the conference face off to highlight four Big Ten matchups Sunday afternoon. Beginning the afternoon with a Noon ET matchup, No. 25 Penn State (6-1-1, 10-5-2) welcomes No. 22 Purdue (3-2-2, 10-4-3) to Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions currently share the top spot in the conference standings with Ohio State (6-1-1, 13-2-2), each owning 19 points apiece. The Buckeyes will also play host on Sunday to No. 23 Indiana (2-3-2, 10-4-2), slated for 1 p.m. ET.

In other conference action, Illinois (2-4-2, 7-7-3) will continue its two-game homestead against Michigan (0-3-5, 5-8-5) while Michigan State (2-4-2, 9-4-4) travels to Iowa (1-7-0-)as they Hawkeyes look to earn their second straight Big Ten win. Both matchups are scheduled to kickoff at 2 p.m. ET.

 

MSCR: CoSIDA Announces Academic All-District Teams

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The Big Ten boasted four men' soccer players selected  to the CoSIDA ESPN the Magazine Academic-All District Team in recognition of their standout efforts on the soccer field and in the classroom. Indiana's Ofori Sarkodie, Michigan's Chris Blais and Penn State's Jason Yeisley were named to the first team while Nittany Lion defender Andy Parr earned second team honors.  

MSCR: Race for Conference Supremacy

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With only two weekends remaining before postseason play, the pursuit for Big Ten supremacy continues to heat up in a conference race that is chock-full of parity.  A trio of conference matchups decorate this weekend's schedule, highlighted by a Halloween showdown between the top two teams in the current Big Ten standings in Wisconsin (3-2-0, 6-7-2) and Penn State (2-1-1, 9-5-2). The Nittany Lions will look to dethrone the Badgers from their top spot as they welcome Todd Yeagley and company to State College for a 3 p.m. ET contest. The Big Ten Network will air coverage of the game on tape delay on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Sunday features a pair of Big Ten matchups as Ohio State travels to Indiana for a 2 p.m. ET contest. The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are currently tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Michigan State, each owning 2-3-0 ledgers against conference opponents. The Spartans will take a break from Big Ten action as the square off against San Diego State at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Rounding out the weekend slate, Michigan will host No. 12 Northwestern in a game to be televised live on the Big Ten Network. The Wildcats are currently tied with Penn State in the runner-up spot, sitting a mere two points behind in the race for the regular season conference title.

 

Saturday on the Court - Volleyball

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No. 6 ILLINOIS (10-2) def. PURDUE (3-9), 3-0
Recap and Box Score
Illinois picked up its ninth-straight win with a sweep on the road against Purdue. Laura DeBruler and Michelle Bartsch each tallied 10 kills and hit over .300 to lead the Illini on offense, while Johannah Bangert had four blocks and Ashley Edinger picked up 12 digs for the defense. Tiffany Fisher paced Purdue with 10 kills.

NORTHWESTERN (4-8) def. INDIANA (3-9), 3-2
Recap and Box Score
Northwestern emerged victorious in a back-and-fourth battle with Indiana that was decided in the fifth set by a 24-22 margin. Northwestern's Sabel Moffett led all players with 23 kills, hitting at a .381 average, while Naomi Johnson had 17 kills for the Wildcats at a .500 clip. Kelsey Hall was one of four Hoosiers to finish the night with double-digit kills, leading her squad with 18.

No. 13 MICHIGAN (7-5) def. IOWA (3-9), 3-1
Recap and Box Score
Led by four players in double-digit digs, Michigan rebounded from a first-set loss to down the Hawkeyes, 3-1, at home. Alex Hunt led the Wolverines on offense with 18 kills, also tallying 10 digs, while Lexi Zimmerman led the defense with 16 saves. Aimee Huffman paced the Hawkeyes with 13 kills on .355 hitting.

MICHIGAN STATE (rv) (4-8) def. WISCONSIN (6-6), 3-0
Recap and Box Score
Michigan State extended its Halloween winning streak to five with a sweep at home over Wisconsin. Kyndra Abron and Becca Zlabis led the Spartans with 14 and 12 kills, respectively, each hitting over .500 in the match. Brittney Dolgner paced the Badgers with 16 kills on .333 hitting.

OHIO STATE (6-6) def. No. 7 MINNESOTA (8-4)
Recap and Box Score
Ohio State pulled off its first win over a ranked opponent under head coach Geoff Carlston, sweeping No. 7 Minnesota at home. Katie Dull led the Buckeyes on offense and defense, putting up 10 digs and 13 kills. Lauren Gibbemeyer paced the Gophers with 12 kills at a .455 attack average.

FH: The Final Weekend

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The final weekend of Big Ten field hockey action begins today as the seedings for next week's Big Ten Tournament will unfold. The Michigan State Spartans clinched the No. 1 seed by winning their first outright Big Ten Championship in school history last weekend, but the rest of the field will be determined by Saturday's action.

Before that, Iowa will end the season in non-conference action when it faces No. 11 James Madison at 2 p.m. on Friday in a neutral-site match in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes will wrap their regular season when they face American at 1 p.m. ET.

Also on Saturday, three conference matchups will help determine the final six sees of next week's Big Ten Tournament. At Noon ET, No. 8 Michigan State travels to face Penn State, No. 18 Indiana travels to Michigan for a 1 p.m. ET game, and No. 13 Ohio State faces No. 20 Northwestern at 1 p.m. CT.

Friday's Results - Volleyball

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No. 6 ILLINOIS (9-2) def. INDIANA (3-8), 3-2
Recap and Box Score
After falling behind, 2-0, Indiana won the next two sets to force a fifth, but Illinois earned the final 3-2 advantage. Laura DeBruler led all players with 20 kills for the Illini, also tacking on 10 digs. Indiana was led by Jordan Haverly, who put down 19 kills.

MICHIGAN STATE (3-8) def. IOWA (3-8), 3-0
Recap and Box Score
Michigan State snapped a six-match losing skid with a sweep at home over Iowa. Becca Zlabis led the Spartans with 13 kills on .417 hitting, while Megan Schatzle put down nine kills at a .421 clip. Emma Krieger Kittle paced the Hawkeyes with 11 kills.

WISCONSIN (6-5) def. No. 13 MICHIGAN (6-5), 3-1
Recap and Box Score
For the second time in as many tries, Wisconsin defeated a nationally ranked Michigan team, this time by a 3-1 margin in Ann Arbor. Brittney Dolgner led the Badgers with 16 kills, while Allison Wack added 15. Michigan's Alex Hunt led all hitters with 19 hits.

No. 1 PENN STATE (12-0) def. No. 7 MINNESOTA (8-3), 3-0
Recap and Box Score
Penn State increased its winning streak to 88 consecutive matches, tying the 1971-74 UCLA men's basketball program for fourth on the NCAA's all-time list of winning streaks among all sports. PSU's Megan Hodge led all hitters with 19 kills on .429 hitting, also adding five digs and two blocks. Lauren Gibbemeyer led Minnesota with six kills.

NORTHWESTERN (3-8) def. PURDUE (3-8), 3-2
Recap and Box Score
Northwestern pulled out a come-from-behind five-set win on the road at Purdue. Sabel Moffett led the Wildcats with 16 kills, while Ariel Baxterbeck and Alexandra Ayers each had 13. Purdue's Carrie Gurnell led all players with 17 hits, while Ariel Turner added 13 and Kristen Arthurs had 11.

This Weekend's Schedule - Volleyball

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

No. 6 ILLINOIS (8-2) at INDIANA (3-7) 7 p.m.
www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

IOWA (3-7) at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) (2-8) 6:30 p.m.
www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

WISCONSIN (5-5) at No. 13 MICHIGAN (6-4) 7 p.m.

No. 7 MINNESOTA (8-2) at No. 1 PENN STATE (11-0) 7 p.m.
Big Ten Network (LIVE)

NORTHWESTERN (2-8) at PURDUE (3-7) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

No. 6 ILLINOIS at PURDUE 7 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN at INDIANA 7 p.m.
www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

IOWA at No. 13 MICHIGAN 7 p.m.

WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) 6:30 p.m.
www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

No. 7 MINNESOTA at OHIO STATE (5-6) 7 p.m.

All times local to site

FB: Big Ten Week Nine Preview

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Entering the sixth weekend of Big Ten play, three of the Big Ten's top four teams will look to stay at the top of the standings with conference matchups on Saturday. Iowa, standing in first place with a 4-0 conference mark, will host Indiana while looking to improve to 9-0 overall for the first time in school history. Four-time defending conference champion Ohio State is just one-half game back in the standings at 4-1 and wraps up non-conference play at home against New Mexico State. Penn State, which shared last year's Big Ten title with the Buckeyes, is one game back in the standings at 3-1 and will face a road test at Northwestern. Michigan State stands in fourth place at 3-2 and plays at Minnesota on Saturday night. In other games, a pair of 2-2 conference squads will meet in Madison when Wisconsin hosts Purdue, while Illinois hosts Michigan. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every ninth-week matchup by clicking on this link.

FB: Required Reading

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  • Wisconsin RB John Clay putting in more film study to feel more confident on the field
  • Big Ten receptions and yards leader, Purdue WR Keith Smith is the Boilermakers' workhorse
  • A fierce work ethic helped Michigan State WR Blair White climb the Spartans' depth chart
  • Penn State RB Brandon Beachum has long been a supporter of quarterback Daryll Clark
  • Minnesota wide receivers looking to pick up the slack in the Golden Gopher offense
  • The National Football Foundation announced that Illinois' Jon Asamoah and Minnesota's Eric Decker have been named to the 2009 National Scholar-Athlete Class, making them two of 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, given to the nation's top scholar-athlete. Asamoah and Decker will each receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and be honored at an awards dinner on December 8 in New York City. Candidates for the Campbell Trophy must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Two Big Ten student-athletes have won the Campbell (formerly Draddy) trophy in the Ohio State duo of Craig Krenzel (2003) and Bobby Hoying (1995).

    Media Day - Women's Basketball

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    Each of the Big Ten's women's basketball coaches as well as select student-athletes participated in Big Ten Basketball Media Day today. Click HERE to read full transcripts of the coaches' press conferences.

    Dancing in 2011 - Women's Basketball

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    Ohio State's St. John Arena and Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center have been selected as host sites for the first and second rounds of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. FULL STORY

    Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and Penn State's Joe Paterno were named to the watch list for the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award. Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to their first 8-0 start in school history, making them one of only seven undefeated teams in the country. Paterno has guided the Nittany Lions to a 7-1 start. He was the recipient of the inaugural Bryant Coach of the Year Award in 1986 and was a finalist in 1994 and 2005. Three Big Ten coaches have earned the Bryant Award, a group that includes Ohio State's Jim Tressel (2002), Michigan's Lloyd Carr (1997) and Northwestern's Gary Barnett (1995). The finalists for the 2009 Bryant Coach of the Year Award will be announced in December, with the winner unveiled on January 14.

    FB: Big Ten In the NFL - Week Seven

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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.

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Threw for three touchdowns and 308 yards on 23 of 32 passing in the Patriots' 35-7 win over the Tampa Bay in a game played in London, England.

    Alan Branch, DT, Arizona (Michigan): Recorded two sacks to help the Cardinals to a 24-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Completed 22 of 38 passes for 298 yards one passing touchdown and two rushing scores in a 46-34 win against Miami.

    Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Had three receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 42-6 win over St. Louis.

    Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin): Caught 7 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Texans'' 24-21 win over San Francisco.

    Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin): Had five receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown catch in the Bills' 20-9 win over Carolina.

    Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa): Finished with 19 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 win over Oakland.

    Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Made seven tackles and intercepted two passes in the Bengals' 45-10 victory over Chicago.

    Kelvin Hayden, CB, Indianapolis (Illinois): Had four tackles and an interception in the Colts' 42-6 win over St. Louis.

    Dhani Jones, LB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Recorded seven tackles and had a fumble recovery in the Bengals' 45-10 win over Chicago.

    Aaron Kampman, DE, Green Bay (Iowa): Finished with five tackles and a sack to help the Packers' to a 31-3 win over Cleveland.

    Jim Leonhard, S, New York Jets (Wisconsin): Had six tackles and intercepted a pass in the Jets' 38-0 win against Oakland.

    Laurence Maroney, RB, New England (Minnesota): Finished with 13 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown run in the Patriots' 35-7 win over Tampa Bay in a game played in London, England.

    Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego (Purdue): Made six tackles and had two sacks to help the Chargers to a 37-7 win over Kansas City.

    Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State): Recorded a team-high 11 tackles to help pace the Bills' defense in a 20-9 win over Carolina.

    Tracy Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana): Recorded nine tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Saints' 46-34 win against Miami.

    Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas (Purdue): Made four tackles and recovered a fumble in the Cowboys' 37-21 win over Atlanta.

    Devin Thomas, WR, Washington (Michigan State): Caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown catch in the Redskins' 27-17 loss to Philadelphia on Monday night.

    Chris Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State): Had 14 carries for 67 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals 24-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

    Eugene Wilson, S, Houston (Illinois): Made three tackles and had an interception in the Texans' 24-21 victory over San Francisco.

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Finished with two tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Steelers' 27-17 win over Minnesota.

    Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Finished with three tackles and had an interception in the Packers' 31-3 victory over Cleveland.

    Basketball Media Day

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    The Big Ten men's basketball coaches and select student-athletes will descend on the Windy City Wednesday night in preparation for the conference's annual Basketball Media Day slated for Thursday, Oct. 29. Things get underway at 8 a.m.

    Check www.bigten.org for transcripts from the coaches' press conferences. Follow along throughout the day on Twitter: @bigtenconf or @bigtenlatonya. There will also be details and photographs on Facebook.

    FH: From Catalonia to Columbus

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    Field hockey brought them together in Barcelona, and thoughts of winning championships brought them overseas to Ohio State University. Buckeye freshman Berta Queralt and sophomore Maria Briones' journey from Spain to Columbus, Ohio is profiled in this NCAA.com feature.

    WSWM: Indiana and Michigan Take Home Weekly Awards

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the third weekly women's swimming and diving award winners of the season for meets through Oct. 20-27. Indiana's Kate Fesenko collects her first swimming accolade of the season and Michigan's Amanda Lohmann posted a pair of NCAA qualifying scores to earn the weekly diving accolade.

    For more information, look here.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • At 8-0, Iowa is making its case to be a national title contender
  • Playing perfect in the clutch leads Hawkeyes to their No. 4 ranking in the latest BCS polls
  • Goals of a bowl game are still in reach for the Boilermakers
  • Nittany Lion QB Darryl Clark flies under the radar despite his 7-1 record this season
  • A quiet confidence led Michigan State's Greg Jones to become one of the nation's top linebackers
  • Penn State RB Evan Royster had a couple great role models growing up, his brothers
  • Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema open to change with his team coming off the bye week

  • MSWM: Indiana and Iowa Earn Weekly Awards

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the third weekly men's swimming and diving awards for the 2009 season. Indiana's Titus Knight was tabbed swimmer of the week and Iowa's Frank Van Dijkhuizen collected his sixth career weekly diving honor.

    For more information on this week's award winners, look here.

    MSCR: Big Ten in the National Polls

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    Northwestern (9-2-4, 2-1-1) was the lone Big Ten team to grace this week's NSCAA/adidas Poll, voting in at No. 12. The Wildcats climbed five spots in the national rankings from the previous poll after garnering a pair of shutout victories over Loyola Chicago and Indiana last week. Penn State (9-4-2, 2-1-1) and Ohio State (8-4-4, 2-2-0) were also receiving votes outside the top 25.

    The complete rankings can be found here.  

    WSCR: National Rankings

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    Four Big Ten Teams earned spots in the newest edition of the NSCAA/adidas National Poll released Tuesday. Ohio State (13-2-2, 6-1-1) led all conference teams, improving four spots from last week to No. 15. Checking in at No. 22 and No. 23 were Purdue (9-4-3, 3-2-2) and Indiana (10-3-2, 2-2-2), respectively. Rounding out the Big Ten contingent was Penn State (9-5-2, 5-1-1), who returned to the top 25 for the first time in seven weeks, voting in at No. 25.

    The complete rankings can be found here.  

    This Week's Top 10 List - Volleyball

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    The Big Ten volleyball weekly release is now available! Click HERE to view the whole thing, or read below for highlights:

    1. The Big Ten leads the nation with three teams ranked in the top seven of the latest AVCA coaches poll.
    2. The Big Ten leads all conferences with four teams in the top 10 of the latest NCAA RPI report.
    3. Six matches will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network or http://video.bigtennetwork.com/index;jsessionid=vkkpnvnt45n6 this week.
    4. Penn State extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 86 matches, while extending its Big Ten winning streak to 55 and its home win streak to 66.
    5. Northwestern Kate Nobilio became the fifth player in Big Ten history to eclipse the 2,000 career digs milestone.
    6. Johannah Bangert averaged 3.1 blocks per set last weekend to up her season average to 1.67 bps, which is tops in all of NCAA Division I.
    7. Minnesota's Tabitha Love became the first player in Big Ten history to be named the conference's Freshman and Player of the Week.
    8. Ashley Hughes was named Ohio State's first Player of the Week since 2007.
    9. Penn State is one of just two undefeated teams in NCAA Division I.
    10. Six Big Ten players rank among the NCAA's top 50 in hitting percentage, including the nation's leader, Arielle Wilson from Penn State (.586).

    FH: Players of the Week

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    On Monday, the Big Ten Conference office announced the field hockey weekly award winners. After clinching the first outright Big Ten Championship in school history, Michigan State claimed Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors as Floor Rijpma and Holly Sherman earned those awards, respectively, this week. Indiana's Shareyna Chang and Penn State's Kelsey Amy shared this week's Freshman of the Week award.

    More information on this week's winners can be found here.

    The Big Ten was one of only four conferences to feature multiple student-athletes among the 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, as Iowa's Ricky Stanzi and Penn State's Daryll Clark were among the semifinalists announced today. The Big Ten was joined by the Big East, Big 12 and Pac-10 as the only conferences with multiple semifinalists. Stanzi appears among the semifinalists despite not appearing on the preseason watch list, which featured five Big Ten players including Clark. Four Big Ten standouts have won the O'Brien Award, including Iowa's Brad Banks (2002) and Chuck Long (1985), Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006) and Penn State's Kerry Collins (1994). Finalists for the 2009 O'Brien Award will be announced on Nov. 23, with the winner unveiled on Dec. 10.

    Minnesota wideout Eric Decker was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top wide receiver. Four Big Ten standouts have earned the Biletnikoff Award, including Michigan's Braylon Edwards (2004), Michigan State's Charles Rogers (2002), Ohio State's Terry Glenn (1995) and Penn State's Bobby Engram (1994). Finalists for the 2009 Biletnikoff Award will be named on Nov. 23, with the winner announced on Dec. 10.

    WSCR: Players of the Week

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    The conference office announced on Monday the tenth weekly women's soccer award winners for games played through Oct. 20-26. Penn State's Katie Schoepfer and Ohio State's Lauren Robertson garnered their second weekly laurels in as many weeks and Haley Kopmeyer matched the Michigan rookie shutout record to earn her second Freshman of the Week award of the season.

    Schoepfer collects her fifth career weekly laurel after recording her first collegiate hat trick, and only the 13th triple-scoring effort in Penn State history in the Nittany Lions 6-0 rout over Illinois on Sunday. The senior forward now leads the team in points (26) and goals (10) and is also tied for first with six assists this season. On the defensive end, Robertson posted her 12th shutout of the season while preserving the pivotal conference victory over the No.18-ranked Boilermakers on Sunday. She now ranks second-all time in Big Ten annals with 29 career shutouts. Meanwhile, Kopmeyer earned her fifth shutout of the season, nabbing five saves in the double overtime 0-0 draw with Wisconsin.

    For more information on this week's honorees, look here.

    MSCR: Northwestern Sweeps Weekly Awards

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    For the second consecutive week one program swept the weekly men's soccer laurels as Northwestern's Matt Eliason and Misha Rosenthal were tabbed Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for games played through Oct. 19-26. The weekly award is the second for the Wildcat duo this season. Eliason tallied his 12th goal of the year in Sunday's 2-0 win over Indiana, improving his career goals total to 29 - one shy of the Northwestern all-time record. His 12 goals are good enough to rank second in the nation in games played to date, and rate as the second-best season total in program history. For his stellar performance, Eliason was tabbed National Player of the Week by College Soccer News. On the defensive end, Rosenthal posted a pair of clean sheets in NU's two contests last week, padding his school career-shutout record total to 28.

    For more information on this week's honorees, look here.

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release

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    The Oct. 26 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

    Iowa Stands in First Place with Defending Big Ten Co-Champs Ohio State and Penn State Right Behind.

    Hawkeyes Improve to 8-0 for First Time in School History; One of Two 8-0 Teams and Seven Unbeatens.

    At Least One Big Ten Team Opens With Eight Straight Wins for Fourth Straight Season, Fifth Time in Six Years.

    Ohio State Joins Iowa and Penn State as Bowl Eligible; Six More Teams are Within Two Wins of Bowl Eligibility.

    Big Ten Set to Crown New Stat Leaders From Six Different Teams in Categories Appearing in Records Book.

    WREST: Preseason Rankings

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    Seven Big Ten teams claimed spots in the preseason USA Today/NWCA/InterMat Division I Coaches Poll, the most of any conference in the nation. Iowa, two-time defending Big Ten and NCAA Champion, is ranked No. 1. The Hawkeyes are one of three Big Ten teams in the top five, along with No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Minnesota. Four other conference schools rank in the top 25, including No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Penn State, No. 15 Indiana and No. 21 Michigan State.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Confirmed for Nov. 7

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Nov. 7.

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

    FB: Big Ten Players of Week for Oct. 24

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Oct. 24 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. Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark earned the offensive laurels, a pair of defensive ends split the defensive award in Iowa's Adrian Clayborn and Ohio State's Thaddeus Gibson while Northwestern kicker/punter Stefan Demos garnered special teams laurels. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Iowa Climbs to Program-Best Fourth in Latest BCS Poll

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    Three Big Ten teams were ranked in the second edition of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings, led by undefeated Iowa at No. 4 overall. The Hawkeyes improved to 8-0 for the first time in school history and moved up two spots to fourth, while being ranked first overall by the computers. Iowa's No. 4 position marks the highest ranking in program history, breaking the previous record when the team rated fifth during the last three polls of the 2002 campaign (Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 8). Two more conference schools moved up in the latest BCS poll, with Penn State climbing one spot to No. 12 and Ohio State jumping two positions to No. 17.

    FH: Spartans Win First Outright Conference Championship

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    The Michigan State Spartans clinched their first outright Big Ten Championship Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. The Spartans remain perfect in Big Ten play with a 5-0 mark and a 14-3 record overall. The Big Ten Network will televise Sunday's match in tape delay at 8 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon.

    For more information on Michigan State's first outright Big Ten Championship, click here.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After the eighth weekend of college football, the media, coaches and Harris polls were announced today with four Big Ten teams receiving votes, including two programs among the top 10 in the country. Off to the first 8-0 start in school history, Iowa remains the conference's highest-rated team, ranking seventh in the Associated Press poll and eighth in the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls. The Hawkeyes actually earned one first-place vote from a Harris voter, but dropped one slot from seventh to eighth. Penn State also cracked the top 10 in two of three polls, moving up one slot in all three rankings to 10th in the coaches and Harris poll and 11th in the media voting. Ohio State also improved in all three rankings, jumping two spots to 15th in the USA Today and Harris polls and climbing one slot to 17th in the Associated Press top 25. Wisconsin also received votes in all three polls, appearing 28th in the USA Today coaches poll, 29th in the Harris Interactive voting and 30th in the AP poll.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Eight

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    In the fifth weekend of Big Ten play, Iowa saved its perfect season with a last-second touchdown pass at Michigan State to improve to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference to maintain possession of first place in the standings. The two teams that shared the Big Ten title last season both stayed close to the Hawkeyes, with four-time defending champ Ohio State improving to 4-1 in conference action with a triumph over Minnesota while Penn State picked up a road victory at Michigan to move to 3-1 in Big Ten play. In other Big Ten action, Purdue knocked off Illinois and Northwestern rallied from a 28-3 deficit to edge Indiana on a late field goal. Check out the recaps of each of the five Saturday games by clicking on this link.

    Saturday on the Court - Volleyball

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    No. 8 ILLINOIS (8-2) def. IOWA (3-7), 3-0
    Recap and Box Score
    Illinois put up 16 total blocks to keep Iowa off-balance in a 3-0 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Laura DeBruler led the Illini with 17 kills on .389 hitting, while Johannah Bangert once again led the squad in blocks with eight. Becky Walters had seven kills to pace the Hawkeyes.

    OHIO STATE (5-5) def. INDIANA (3-7), 3-1
    Recap and Box Score
    Behind a career night from setter Ashley Hughes, Ohio State entertained a home crowd with a 3-1 win over Indiana. Hughes tallied career-highs with 53 assists and 19 digs, while Katie Dull led the Buckeye offense with a match-high 19 kills. Three Hoosiers recorded double-digit kills, led by Jordan Haverly's 15.

    No. 9 MINNESOTA (8-2) def. No. 11 MICHIGAN (6-4), 3-1
    Recap and Box Score
    Minnesota defeated its third ranked opponent of the season with a 3-1 victory over Michigan at Williams Arena in front of the fifth-largest crowd in program history. Freshman Tabitha Love led the Gophers with 19 kills on .450 hitting, while Ariana Filho tallied 13 at a .500 clip. Veronica Rood paced the Wolverines with 12 hits.

    No. 1 PENN STATE (10-0) def. PURDUE (3-7), 3-0
    Recap and Box Score
    The top-ranked team in the country, Penn State won its 86th consecutive match with a sweep at home over Purdue. PSU's Megan Hodge was the only player to post double-digit kills, recording 10 at a .450 hitting mark. Ariel Turner paced the Boilermakers with eight hits.

    WISCONSIN (5-5) def. NORTHWESTERN (2-8), 3-1
    Recap and Box Score
    A career night from freshman Kirby Toon led Wisconsin to a 3-1 home win over Northwestern, evening the Badgers' Big Ten record to 5-5. Toon had 13 kills on .407 hitting, also adding 10 digs and five total blocks. Alexandra Ayers and Sabel Moffett each had 16 hits to front the Wildcats.

    FH: Michigan State Clinches Share of Conference Crown

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    With their 2-1 victory over the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes, the Michigan State Spartans earned at least a share of the Big Ten Championship Friday night at the Ralph Young Field in East Lansing, Mich. It is the fourth time they have earned the regular-season crown and the first conference championship since 2004. The Spartans have a chance to earn the outright championship Sunday when they host the Michigan Wolverines in Noon ET contest.

    The Michigan State-Ohio State matchup will be televised by the Big Ten Network in tape delay at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. Michigan State's game with Michigan will also be televised in tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. ET on Monday.

    More information can be found here.

    FH: Weekend Schedule

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    Heading into the second-to-last weekend of regular season action, the race for the Big Ten regular season championship nears its climax as the top two teams in the conference face off to highlight a trio of Big Ten matchups Friday afternoon.

    In a 3 p.m. ET contest, No. 15 Ohio State (11-7, 3-1 Big Ten) visits No. 8 Michigan State (12-3, 3-0) with the winner having the inside track to the No. 1 seed in next month's Big Ten Tournament. That match will also be televised in tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. ET on Monday. Other Friday matchups include Penn State (5-10, 1-3) at No. 20 Indiana (9-5, 2-2) at 3 p.m. ET and Iowa (2-3, 5-9) at No. 19 Northwestern (12-5, 1-3) at 4 p.m. ET.

    After one non-conference game Saturday, featuring Penn State against Pacific in a neutral site match in Bloomington, Ind., four matches decorate Sunday's schedule, including three non-conference matchups. At Noon ET, Pacific will face Indiana and No. 14 Louisville visits Iowa, then at 1 p.m. ET, No. 13 Duke travels to No. 15 Ohio State. Michigan (7-9, 2-2) travels to in-state rival Michigan State in the day's only conference tilt. That match will also be aired by the Big Ten Network in tape delay at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

    MSCR: Down teh Stretch

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    With just two weeks remaining in conference play, the race for the men's soccer regular season title is heating up. This weekend highlights three conference matchups, all slated for Sunday afternoon. Up first, Wisconsin will entertain No. 25 Ohio State at 2 p.m. (ET) while Michigan goes on the road to meet in-state rival Michigan State, with kick off scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wrapping up the weekend, the No. 17-ranked Northwestern Wildcats will play host to Indiana at 4 p.m. in a game to be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

    Look here for the most up-to-date conference stats and standings.



    Don't forget to visit the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award soccer online ballot where you can cast your vote for Penn State's Jason Yeisley. Fan balloting will be available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com through Friday, Nov. 13. Fans can also text SOCCER to 74567.

    WSCR: Race for the Conference Title

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    In its first year without a conference tournament, the Big Ten regular-season champion will earn the coveted automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. With only two weeks left in conference play, every team is fighting to make some headway in the race for the conference title.

    Things heat up this weekend as No. 18 Purdue travels to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 19 Ohio State in a pivotal conference title showdown, slated for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes seized sole possession of the Big Ten lead with a 3-0 blanking over Illinois on Thursday, upping their tally to 16 points, seven games into its conference schedule. Purdue currently sits in a tie with Minnesota for fourth place in the conference standings after earning 11 points through its first six conference games. The Boilermakers enter the weekend fresh off two consecutive shutout wins over Michigan and Evansville and will look to interrupt OSU's five-game unbeaten streak. Sunday will mark the 18th meeting between the two programs with the Boilermakers leading the all-time series 8-7-2.

    Wisconsin sits one game back in the race for the conference championship, with 15 points. The Badgers conclude the regular season with a three-game road-swing, including a visit to Michigan on Sunday, where they will look to improve their unbeaten streak to six. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (ET) start time.

    Rounding out the top three teams in the current conference standings is Penn State who enters the weekend in striking distance, sitting only three points behind the Big Ten frontrunner. The Nittany Lions welcome Illinois to Happy Valley for a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday in a game to be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

    In other conference action, No. 24 Indiana plays host to Iowa, while Michigan State prepares to entertain Minnesota in a noon matchup to be televised live on the Big Ten Network from East Lansing, Mich. .

    Friday Night Results - Volleyball

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    IOWA (3-6) def. NORTHWESTERN (2-7), 3-0
    Recap and Box Score
    Iowa earned a home sweep over Northwestern, led by 14 kills from Aimee Huffman, who hit .522 in the match. Megan Schipper and Christina Meister had 12 and 11 digs, respectively, as the Hawkeyes held the Wildcats to .152 hitting. Sabel Moffett led NU with 11 hits at a .348 clip.

    No. 9 MINNESOTA (7-2) def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv) (2-8), 3-2
    Recap and Box Score
    Led by a career-high 18 kills from freshman Tabitha Love, Minnesota earned a five-set victory over Michigan State at home. Lauren Gibbemeyer also tallied double-digit hits for the Gophers, knocking down 12 kills on .370 hitting. Becca Zlabis paced the Spartans with 16 kills.

    OHIO STATE (4-5) def. PURDUE (3-6), 3-1
    Recap and Box Score
    Three Buckeyes finished in double-digit kills as the Buckeyes downed Purdue, 3-1, at home. Katie Dull paced OSU with 15 hits, while Kristen Dozier and Emily Danks put down 11 and 10, respectively. Purdue's Tiffany Fisher led all hitters with 16 kills on .500 hitting.

    No. 1 PENN STATE (9-0) def. INDIANA (3-6), 3-0
    Recap and Box Score
    Penn State extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 85 matches with a home sweep against Indiana. Megan Hodge paced the Nittany Lions with 16 kills on .538 hitting, leading a squad that hit .362 in the match. Kelsey Hall led the Hoosiers with seven kills at a .385 clip.

    No. 8 ILLINOIS (7-2) def. WISCONSIN (4-5), 3-1
    Recap and Box Score
    Paced by 16 kills each from Laura DeBruler and Kylie McCulley, Illinois grabbed a four-set win over Wisconsin on the road. Johannah Bangert kept the Badger offense off-balance with 14 total blocks, while Michelle Bartsch added eight. Brittney Dolgner led Wisconsin with 13 kills on the night.

    Follow Friday - Volleyball

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    Follow your favorite volleyball teams in real time by logging on to Twitter and checking out the accounts listed below!

    Big Ten Conference: @BigTenConf; @BigTenVal
    Illinois: @IlliniVBall; @IlliniVBHambly
    Indiana: @IUVolleyball
    Iowa: @iowavolleyball
    Michigan: @Michigan_vball
    Michigan State: @MichStVB
    Minnesota: @GopherVBall
    Northwestern: @NU_Sports
    Ohio State: @LetsGoBuckeyes
    Penn State: @PSUWomenVBall; @SusanPSUSports
    Purdue: @purduevb
    Wisconsin: @BadgerVBall

    Looking for a bigger list? The Big Ten Network's directory has you covered!

    This Weekend's Schedule - Volleyball

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    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

    No. 8 ILLINOIS (6-2) at WISCONSIN (4-4)   7 p.m.

    INDIANA (3-5) at No. 1 PENN STATE (8-0)   8 p.m.
    ESPNU (LIVE); ESPN2 (1 p.m. on Oct. 25)

    NORTHWESTERN (2-6) at IOWA (2-6)   7 p.m.

    MICHIGAN STATE (rv)(2-7) at No. 9 MINNESOTA (6-2)   7 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

    PURDUE (3-5) at OHIO STATE (3-5)   7 p.m.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

    No. 8 ILLINOIS at IOWA   7 p.m.

    INDIANA at OHIO STATE   7 p.m.

    No. 11 MICHIGAN (6-3) at No. 9 MINNESOTA   7 p.m.
    www.BigTenNetwork.com (LIVE)

    NORTHWESTERN at WISCONSIN   7 p.m.

    PURDUE at No. 1 PENN STATE   7 p.m.
    Big Ten Network (8 p.m. on Oct. 25)

    All times local to site

    FB: Big Ten Week Eight Preview

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    Entering the fifth weekend of Big Ten play, three teams sitting among the top four in the Big Ten standings will be in the state of Michigan with first place on the line. Iowa, looking for its first 8-0 start in school history, will also aim to improve to 4-0 in conference play with a road game at Michigan State. The Spartans have rallied from a 1-3 start to win their last three Big Ten games to sit in a tie for second place at 3-1 in the conference standings. Defending Big Ten Co-Champion Penn State is 2-1 in conference, 6-1 overall, to stand in fourth place with a road trip to Michigan, which is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in conference. Four-time defending Big Ten champ Ohio State is tied with MSU for second place overall at 3-1 and hosts Minnesota. In other action, Purdue hosts Illinois and Indiana travels to Northwestern, while Wisconsin has a bye. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every eighth-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Indiana QB Ben Chappell remains a steady influence for the Hoosier offense
  • Michigan State WR Blair White's big game against Northwestern draws rave reviews
  • A coach's son, Northwestern WR Zeke Markshausen wasn't allowed to play football growing up
  • Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan and the Boilermaker defensive line creating matchup problems
  • Michigan State K Brett Swenson closes in on the Spartans' career points record
  • Wisconsin LB Chris Borland set to step right into the Badger defense

  • FH: Seven seniors invited to Senior All-Star Game

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    Seven Big Ten student-athletes have been selected to play in this year's NFHCA Division I Senior All-Star Game, the association announced Wednesday.

    Indiana's Lucy Ireland and Meg O'Connell, Iowa's Meghan Beamesderfer and Tricia Dean, Michigan State's Jeamie Deacon and Floor Rijpma and Northwestern's Courtney Plaster-Strange all earned invitations to this year's event, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET, Nov. 21 on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    FB: Big Ten In the NFL - Week Six

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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.

     

    Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit (Purdue): Recorded seven tackles and a sack in the Lions' 26-0 loss at Green Bay.

    Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta (Iowa): Had three tackles with 0.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the Falcons' 21-14 win over Chicago Sunday night.

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Completed 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards and six touchdowns, including a record five in one quarter, in the Patriots' 59-0 win against Tennessee.

    Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona (Michigan): Had seven receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 27-3 win at Seattle.

    Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Was 23 of 30 for 369 yards and threw four touchdowns in the Saints' 48-27 win against the New York Giants.

    Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin): Caught seven passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 28-17 victory at Cincinnati.

    Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin): Made four catches for 68 yards and had a touchdown in the Bills' 16-13 win against the New York Jets.

    Larry Foote, LB, Detroit (Michigan): Made five tackles and had a fumble recovery in the Lions' 26-0 loss to Green Bay.

    Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State): Recorded four tackles to go along with a sack as the Chiefs' defeated Washington, 14-6.

    David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan): Made 17 tackles and 0.5 sacks in the Jets' 16-13 loss to Buffalo.

    James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State): Had five tackles and an interception in the Rams' 23-20 loss to Jacksonville.

    DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin): Recorded seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the Lions' 26-0 loss to Green Bay.

    Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan): Had four receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown in the Giants' 48-27 loss to New Orleans.

    Laurence Maroney, RB, New England (Minnesota): Ran for 123 yards on 16 carries and had a touchdown in the Patriots' 59-0 win over Tennessee.

    Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Caught seven passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 33-31 loss in Minnesota.

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois): Rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown in the Steelers' 27-14 win against Cleveland.

    Chike Okeafor, LB, Arizona (Purdue): Recorded two tackles and a sack in the Cardinals' 27-3 win against Seattle.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 20 of 29 passing in the Broncos' 34-23 win at San Diego on Monday night.

    Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue): Recorded six tackles and recovered a fumble in the Texans' 28-17 win over Cincinnati.

    Darrell Reid, DE, Denver (Minnesota): Had two tackles with a sack and a forced fumble in the Broncos' 34-23 win over San Diego on Monday night.

    Julian Peterson, LB, Detroit (Michigan State): Recorded 10 tackles with 2.5 sacks in the Lions' 26-0 loss to Green Bay.

    Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State): Made nine tackles and had an interception as the Bills' defeated the New York Jets, 16-13.

    Mike Vrabel, LB, Kansas City (Ohio State): Recorded five tackles with a sack, forced a fumble and recovered another in the Chiefs' 14-6 victory against Washington.

    Stylez White, DE, Tampa Bay (Minnesota): Had eight tackles with a sack in the Buccaneers' 28-21 loss to Carolina.

    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    In the newest edition of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released Tuesday, all seven Big Ten teams received votes with four conference squads earning spots in the top 20.

    Checking in at No. 8 was Michigan State, the fourth week in a row the Spartans have maintained that ranking. Moving up five spots from last week was Ohio State, which was voted in at No. 14 this week. Rounding out the top 20 was Northwestern at No. 19 and Indiana at No. 20. Also receiving votes this week was Michigan, Iowa and Penn State.

    The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has announced the 20 quarterfinalists for the annual Lott Trophy, a group that includes Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones and Ohio State defensive back Kurt Coleman. Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its sixth year, the Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. The semifinalists will be announced Nov. 3 and the four finalists Nov. 24. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis was last year's Lott Trophy winner.

    WSWM: Big Ten Announces Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the second weekly women's swimming and diving award winners of the season for meets through Oct. 14-20. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer collected her second-straight swimming laurel and Michigan State's Sarah Clay turned in a pair of career-high scores to garner the weekly diving accolade.

    Look here, for more details on this week's award winners.

    Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 17. Kerrigan, a 6-4, 263-pound junior from Muncie, Ind., had a team-high nine tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in Purdue's 26-18 upset of No. 7 Ohio State. On the third play of the game, Kerrigan took the ball from the Buckeyes' quarterback. In the second quarter, he posted a 21-yard sack, knocking the ball free again and recovering it. Kerrigan's tackles for loss resulted in minus-37 yards for the Ohio State offense. Kerrigan 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.

    WSCR: In the Polls

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    Three conference teams decorate this week's NSCAA/adidas Poll. Sitting neck-and-neck inside the top 20 are Purdue (8-3-3) and Ohio State (11-2-2), who maintained their positions at No. 18 and No. 19, respectively, from a week ago. Rounding out the conference contingent is Indiana (9-3-2), voting in at No. 24. Penn State (8-5-2) is also receiving votes.

    Look here for the complete poll.

    MSCR: In the Polls

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    Two Big Ten teams were highlighted in the latest NSCAA National Rankings, in Northwestern (7-2-4) and Ohio State (8-3-3). The Wildcats checked in at No. 17, falling one spot from last week after suffering a hard-fought, double-overtime setback to Wisconsin on Saturday. The Buckeyes rounded out the top 25 teams in the country, returning to the national rankings after claiming a share of the runner-up spot in the conference race last week. Indiana (2-1-0) and Penn State (2-1-1) are also receiving votes.

    Look here for the complete poll.

    MSWM: Penn State's Alden Named Men's Swimmer of the Week

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    Sophomore Brian Alden garnered his first career weekly laurel after leading the Penn State men's swimming and diving team to a decisive victory over St. Bonaventure in its 2009-10 season opener. The Nittany Lions captured eight event titles to top the Bonnies 144-97, with Alden leading the way with a pair of individual wins and a third in the 200 freestyle-relay. The Lansdale, Pa., native won the 200 free event by an amazing 4.4 seconds and took the 100 free by a 1.5 second-margin. In the relay, Alden was the first in the water for the Nittany Lion squad, which won by a narrow eight-tenths of a second.

    There was no selection for Diver of the Week.

     

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Michigan QB Denard Robinson makes the most of his time under center
  • The record might not show it, but Purdue coach Danny Hope knows he's got a great team
  • Off to their best start since 1985, the 7-0 Hawkeyes prepare for more close contests
  • Michigan State enjoying plenty of depth at the running back position
  • Hoosiers get back on the winning track, but know another tough test looms at Northwestern
  • From walk-on to starter, Michigan's Jordan Kovacs providing stability in the Wolverine secondary
  • FH: Players of the Week

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    The Big Ten Conference office announced the winners of the weekly field hockey awards on Monday. Ohio State's Maria Briones won Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight week, Indiana's Alex Mann won Defensive Player of the Week, and Michigan State's Adelle Lever and Ohio State's Berta Queralt shared Freshman of the Week accolades.

    For more information on this week's winners, click here.

    The 2009 John Mackey Award midseason watch list has been released and four Big Ten standouts made the cut -- Iowa's Tony Moeaki, Michigan State's Charlie Gantt, Penn State's Andrew Quarless and Wisconsin's Garrett Graham. Given annually to the best collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2009 John Mackey winner will be announced on December 10, 2009. The John Mackey Award midseason watch list is an update from the preseason watch list. This list is meant to draw attention to tight ends in contention for the annual award based on their performance in the first half of the active season.

    WSCR: Big Ten Announces Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Monday the ninth weekly women's soccer award winners for games played through Oct. 12-19. Penn State's Katie Schoepfer and Wisconsin's Laurie Nosbusch were tabbed co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Badger newcomer Monica Lam-Feist garnered her second Freshman of the Week award. On the defensive end, Lauren Robertson collects her third weekly laurel of the 2009 campaign. READ MORE ...

    MSCR: Michigan State Sweeps Weekly Honors

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    The conference office announced on Monday the seventh weekly men's soccer award winners for the 2009 season. Michigan State's Jeff Ricondo and Avery Steinlage earned offensive and defensive honors, respectively, for their stellar performances in MSU's 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 23 Indiana on Sunday. The outcome marked MSU's third consecutive win over the Hoosiers, dating back to last season when the Spartans took both meetings. The selection marks the first Spartan sweep over the men's soccer weekly accolades since November of 2008. READ MORE ...

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Oct. 19

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    The Oct. 19 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 Leads All Conferences With Nine Teams Boasting Winning Records Through First Seven Weeks.

    Iowa Improves to 7-0 For First Time Since 1985; One of Only Two 7-0 Teams and Seven Undefeated Schools.

    Big Ten Ties for Lead Among All Conferences With Four Teams Among Top 25 in First BCS Poll.

    Iowa and Penn State Now Bowl Eligible; Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin Just One Win Away.

    Four Big Ten Players Named Finalists or Semifinalists for National Awards.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Confirmed for Oct. 31

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on 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 (regional - ESPN or ESPN2 outer-market)
    Penn State at Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. CT, ESPN or ESPN2
    Michigan State at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CT, Big Ten Network

    FB: Purdue's Wiggs Named Lou Groza Award Star of the Week

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    College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award recognizes three of the top kickers each week from Football Bowl Subdivision teams as the "Stars of the Week" and Purdue's Carson Wiggs was one of the honorees after his performance last Saturday. Wiggs' four field goals were the difference in the Boilermakers' upset of Ohio State in West Lafayette. Wiggs connected from 27, 32, 49 and 55 yards and added two PAT's. The Texas native hit a career-long 59-yard field goal in week one of the season and is now 2-of-4 from over 50 yards. He is perfect on three attempts from 40-plus yards. It was Purdue's first win over a ranked team since 2003 and its first win over the Buckeyes since 2004.

    FB: Big Ten Football Players of Week for Oct. 17

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Oct. 17 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. Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and kicker/punter Carson Wiggs swept the defensive and special teams laurels, respectively. The offensive accolades were shared by Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell and Michigan State wide receiver Blair White. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in First 2009 BCS Poll

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    The first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings of the 2009 season debuted on Sunday and four Big Ten teams appeared among the top 25. Undefeated Iowa led the conference at No. 6 in the opening BCS poll, the Hawkeyes first BCS rating since Oct. 15, 2006, and the highest ranking for the school since appearing fifth in the last three polls of the 2002 campaign (Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 8). Also appearing in the initial BCS rankings are No. 13 Penn State, No. 19 Ohio State and No. 21 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes have appeared in at least one BCS poll in 10 of the system's 12 years, making them one of only five programs be ranked by the BCS in 10 or more years, a group that includes Florida, Michigan, Texas and Virginia Tech. The Nittany Lions have now been rated by the BCS in eight of 12 years, one of only 13 programs to accomplish that feat. The Badgers return to the BCS poll for the first time since the 2007 season and have now made an appearance in the BCS rankings in five of the last six seasons.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After the seventh weekend of college football, the media, coaches and Harris polls were announced today with three Big Ten teams among the top 25 and six teams receiving votes in at least two polls. Undefeated Iowa cracked the top 10 for the first time this year, rated seventh by the Associated Press (AP) and Harris Interactive polls and eighth by the USA Today coaches poll. Penn State moved up to 11th in the coaches and Harris polls and 13th in the media rankings. Ohio State dropped to 17th in the coaches and Harris ratings and 18th in the AP rankings. Michigan and Wisconsin are receiving votes in all three polls, while Michigan State is receiving votes from the coaches and Harris voters.

    The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending October 17 and Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan is the defensive honoree. Kerrigan recorded nine tackles, including four for losses, and three quarterback sacks, as the Boilermakers upset 7th-ranked Ohio State, 26-18.  Kerrigan forced two fumbles and also recovered a fumble as Purdue earned its first win over a ranked opponent since the 2003 season. 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.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Seven

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    In the fourth weekend of Big Ten play, the number of undefeated teams in conference action was whittled to one after Iowa improved to 3-0 with a road victory over Wisconsin to claim sole possession of first place. Meanwhile, Ohio State suffered its first Big Ten loss at Purdue to fall into a tie for second place with Michigan State, which knocked off Northwestern for its third straight win to move to 3-1 in conference competition. In other conference action, Penn State blanked Minnesota while Indiana defeated Illinois. In non-conference play, Michigan put on a record offensive performance in a triumph over Delaware State. Check out the recaps of each of the six Saturday games by clicking on this link.

    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    A pair of nationally televised conference matchups highlights another weekend of Big Ten field hockey play, which begins Friday when No. 8 Michigan State (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) travels to Iowa (4-7, 1-2) for a 4 p.m. CT contest. The Spartans have won six-straight matches, but the Hawkeyes own a 16-5 advantage in Iowa City against Michigan State.

    Saturday features two conference tilts when Michigan (6-8, 2-1) visits No. 20 Ohio State (10-4, 2-1). Both teams have won three of their last four games, and with identical 2-1 conference marks, Saturday's match will help shape next month's Big Ten Tournament. Also on Saturday, No. 16 Northwestern (12-4, 1-2) heads to Indiana (8-5, 1-2) in a contest that will be televised by the Big Ten Network in tape delay at Noon ET on Sunday. Both Saturday matchups will begin at 1 p.m. ET.

    The weekend will wrap on Sunday with two games, one of which will have conference implications as Penn State (5-9, 1-2) travels to Iowa for a 1 p.m. CT matchup. The game will be aired by the Big Ten Network in tape delay at 8 p.m. ET on Monday. Michigan will conclude the weekend in non-conference action when it visits Miami (OH) in a 1 p.m. ET contest.

    MSCR: Weekend Preview

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    A trio of conference matchups decorates the fourth weekend of Big Ten men's soccer, with all three conference frontrunners in action. Penn State sits atop the Big Ten standings with seven points, while Indiana trails close behind with six. Positioned just two points behind the runner-up spot is Northwestern with four points to its name. The nationally-ranked threesome remains the only undefeated teams in the conference standings in games played to date.

    The weekend slate opens Saturday with No. 16 Northwestern entertaining Wisconsin in the Wildcats' Big Ten home opener at 8 p.m. (ET). Earlier this week, NU debuted at No. 1 in the NCAA's initial RPI report, and will look to keep its 10-game win streak alive against the Badgers.

    Sunday's opening game pits No. 23 Indiana against Michigan State in a game to be televised live from Bloomington, Ind., on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. (ET). Meanwhile, No. 24 Penn State will wrap up the weekend when it visits Ohio State in an afternoon showdown, also scheduled for a 2 p.m. (ET) start time.

    For complete conference standings and stats look here.

    WSCR: Race for Conference Supremacy Heats Up

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    Purdue surged back to the top of the Big Ten standings with 11 points after earning a 1-0 victory over Michigan on Thursday evening. The No. 18-ranked Boilermakers were fifth entering the game, but catapulted ahead of Minnesota and Wisconsin, who are now tied for second place in the conference race with 10 points apiece. Rounding out the top five teams with nine points are Ohio State and Penn State, each owning 3-1-0 ledgers against conference opponents. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will have their opportunity to make headway in the Big Ten leaderboard this weekend as they prepare for a Midwest road swing against second-place foes.

    Minnesota will look to reclaim the lead this weekend as they welcome the Nittany Lions and the No. 19-ranked Buckeyes to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Maroon and Gold have not lost at home in 19 straight matches dating back to the 2007 season, but Penn State holds a 15-3 advantage over Minnesota all-time, out-scoring the Gophers, 43-17 overall.

    Meanwhile in Madison, Wis., the Badgers are looking to score their first conference home-wins of the season. The Cardinal and White will face tough competition as they play host to a red-hot Ohio State team at 8 p.m. (ET) on Friday. The Buckeyes have won nine of its last 10 contests, but trail the all-time series with Wisconsin, 7-8-3, splitting the last four matchups. On Sunday, Penn State will greet the upstart Badger squad that has won three of its last four as the conference race continues to heat up.

    In other conference action, Illinois will travel to Iowa on Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET). Both teams will be in the hunt for their first Big Ten win of the season.

    Also on Sunday, Michigan State visits Northwestern and Michigan welcomes No. 22 Indiana to Ann Arbor, in a game to be televised on tape delay by the Big Ten Network. Both conference matchups are slated for 2 p.m. (ET).

    For complete conference standings and stats look here.

    FB: Big Ten Week Seven Preview

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    Entering the fourth weekend of Big Ten play, two Big Ten teams remain unbeaten in conference play and both squads will be on the road Saturday. Iowa, off to its first 6-0 start since 1985, will look to improve to 3-0 in conference action with a road matchup at 5-1 Wisconsin, which suffered its first loss last weekend. Four-time defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State is already 3-0 in conference play and will battle Purdue in West Lafayette. Other Big Ten matchups on Saturday include Northwestern at Michigan State, Minnesota at Penn State and Illinois at Indiana, while Michigan wraps up non-conference play against Delaware State. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every seventh-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    FB: National Award Watch

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    With the 2009 season now nearly half over, the preseason watch lists for national awards are now being whittled down to semifinalists and finalists, and four Big Ten standouts made the cut this week. Michigan's Obi Ezeh, Michigan State's Greg Jones and Penn State's Sean Lee were among the 16 semifinalists named for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Named for Hall of Famer and Illinois legend Dick Butkus, eight conference players have earned this award, most recently when Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was the winner in 2007. Nittany Lions quarterback Daryll Clark was one of 10 finalists named for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the country's top senior signal caller. The Big Ten has never claimed the Unitas Award.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien shares a special bond with 6-year-old Jaxson Hinkens
  • Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is impressed with his freshman running backs
  • Ohio State's Ross Homan, the Buckeyes' lone returning starting LB, emerging as a defensive leader
  • Northwestern CB Sherrick McManis sets the tone for the Wildcat defense
  • Wisconsin DE O'Brien Schofield making the most out of his senior season
  • Penn State RB Evan Royster uses his versatility to be a team, fan favorite
  • Michigan State RB Larry Caper drawing comparisons to a very recent Spartan tailback
  • Despite his youth, Nittany Lion CB D'Anton Lynn is a reliable presence for the defense
  • FB: Iowa's Moeaki Named Tight End Of The Week

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    Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week, as announced by the Nassau County Sports Commission on Wednesday. The Hawkeye senior, who was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List in the preseason, hauled in six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa remained unbeaten after a 30-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines Saturday night. The John Mackey Award is presented annually to the nation's best tight end, with the first award being presented in 2000. It has been awarded to a Big Ten student-athlete three times, the most of any conference in the nation. This year's award winner will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10.

    FB: Big Ten In the NFL - Week Five

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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.

     

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Was 19 of 33 for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 20-17 overtime loss at Denver.

    Tyrone Carter, S, Pittsburgh (Minnesota): Forced a fumble and made three tackles in the Steelers' 28-20 win over Detroit.

    Na'il Diggs, LB, Carolina (Ohio State): Forced a fumble and made three tackles in the Panthers' 20-17 win against Washington.

    Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan): Caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 31-27 loss to Miami on Monday night.

    Ted Ginn, WR, Miami (Ohio State): Had two receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 31-27 win over the Jets on Monday night.

    Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa): Had a team-high six solo tackles and forced a fumble in the Vikings' 38-10 win over St. Louis.

    Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Had three tackles and an interception as the Bengals came from behind to beat the Ravens 17-14.

    Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan): Threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns in 20 of 26 passing in Miami's 31-27 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night.

    Dhani Jones, LB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Made three tackles and had a sack in the Bengals' 17-14 come from behind win at Baltimore.

    James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State): Made six tackles and had an interception in the Rams' 38-10 loss to Minnesota.

    Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan): Caught two passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 44-7 win over Oakland

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois): Had 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, along with two receptions for 16 yards, in the Steelers' 28-20 win at Detroit.

    Rob Ninkovich, DE, New England (Purdue): Recorded a sack for the Patriots in their 20-17 overtime defeat at Denver.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Completed 35 of 48 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos' 20-17 overtime victory over New England.

    Julian Peterson, LB, Detroit (Michigan State): Recorded three tackles with a sack in the Lions' 28-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

    Mike Vrabel, LB, Kansas City (Ohio State): Had two tackles and caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the Chiefs' 26-20 overtime loss to Dallas.

    Eugene Wilson, S, Houston (Illinois): Made five tackles and forced a fumble in the Texans' 28-21 loss to Arizona.

    LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan): Recorded four tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Steeler defense in a 28-20 win over the Detroit Lions.

    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    In the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, all seven Big Ten field hockey teams received votes in this week's rankings, with three conference schools earning top 20 status.

    Michigan State remained at No. 8 in the rankings for the third straight week. The Spartans have won six-straight matches, are undefeated in Big Ten play, and boast an 11-3 record overall. Also being voted into the top 20 were Northwestern (12-4), checking in at No. 16, and Ohio State (9-4), earning a No. 19 ranking.

    The remaining four Big Ten schools ranked outside of the top 20, but still received votes this week. Indiana (8-5), Iowa (4-7), Michigan (6-8) and Penn State (4-9) were all recognized by the voters.

    Complete Big Ten statistics and standings can be found here.

    The Big Ten Conference unveiled its new postseason lineup for the 2010-13 college football seasons, with six Big Ten bowl games set to be featured annually on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, including five contests on Jan. 1. The conference office announced four-year bowl extensions with the Capital One, Outback and Insight and new four-year bowl agreements with the Konica Minolta Gator, Texas and Dallas Football Classic. The Big Ten is already in the midst of an eight-year extension with the Rose Bowl through the 2013 season. Read more about the Big Ten's newest bowl partners by clicking on this link.

    The conference office announced on Tuesday the first weekly women's swimming and diving award winners for the 2009-10 season. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer was voted Swimmer of the Week, and Lauren Wismer broke Illinois' all-time one-meter diving record to nab the weekly diver laurel.

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

    WSCR: In the Polls

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    The latest NSCAA national rankings highlight three Big Ten teams among the top 25 in the country. The Purdue Boilermakers continue to lead all conference squads for the sixth consecutive week, voting in at No. 18. Nipping at their heels, Ohio State leaped six spots from last week's poll to garner a No. 19 national ranking. The Buckeyes are currently tied for third place in the conference standings with Penn State, each owning Big Ten records of 3-1-0. Returning to the top 25 for the first time in three weeks is Indiana, checking in at No. 22.

    Two conference teams are also receiving votes in Minnesota and Michigan State. After three weeks of Big Ten play, the Gophers boast a 3-0-1 conference ledger, and remain the only undefeated team in Big Ten games played to date. COMPLETE POLL

    Updated conference standings can also be found here.

    MSCR: In the Polls

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    Three conference teams grace the latest edition of the NSCAA/adidas top 25 announced Tuesday. Northwestern leads all Big Ten squads, improving five spots from last week's poll to No. 16. Indiana and Penn State are neck-and-neck, checking in at No. 23 and No. 24,respectively. The Ohio State Buckeyes also continue to receive votes for the second-straight week. COMPLETE POLL

    Updated conference standings can also be found here.

    MSWM: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Tuesday the first weekly men's swimming and diving award winners for the 2009 season. Michigan's Charlie Houchin was tabbed Swimmer of the Week and Wisconsin's Caleb Percevecz garnered his fourth career weekly diving laurel.

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

    WSCR: Five Big Ten Teams NCAA Bound

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    Five Big Ten women's soccer teams have been selected to the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, the NCAA selection committee announced on Monday. Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will all vie for the national title when competition begins Friday, Nov. 13. Of those five teams, three were selected to host opening first and second-round competition,including OSU, PSU and UW.

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    FB: Required Reading

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  • A diverse Michigan State offensive attack is paying dividends
  • Hawkeyes flying high after their 6-0 start
  • Iowa guard Riley Reiff finding his niche in the Hawkeye rotation
  • Iowa's Tony Moeaki, Dace Richardson save the best for last
  • Penn State defensive line coming into form midway through the season
  • Wisconsin's Prince Moody's history interest took him overseas during the summer
  • Michigan offensive lineman David Mossman reads more than just defenses
  • FH: Players of the Week

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    The Big Ten announced its weekly field hockey award winners on Monday, with four players being honored. Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong and Ohio State's Maria Briones shared Offensive Player of the Week, Michigan State's Elissa Unger won Defensive Player of the Week, and Ohio State's Berta Queralt claimed Freshman of the Week honors.

    For complete information on this week's winners, please click here.

    MSCR: Weekly Award Winners

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    The conference office announced on Monday the sixth weekly men's soccer award winners for the 2009 season. Wisconsin's Scott Lorenz garnered Offensive Player of the Week honors after notching two goals, including the game-winner, for the Badgers in Sunday's 2-1 double-overtime win over Michigan State. Meanwhile, Ohio State's Matt Lampson earned his second defensive laurel in as many weeks. The redshirt-freshman goalkeeper posted a pair of clean sheets to lead his squad over Oakland and Cleveland State last week as the Buckeyes took a break from conference play. READ MORE ...

    WSCR: Players of the Week

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    The conference office announced today weekly women's soccer award winners for games played through Oct. 5-11. Danielle Toney garnered weekly offensive laurels after notching an impressive six points in Penn State's pair of shutouts over Northwestern (2-0) and Iowa (4-0). On the defensive end, Minnesota's Jennie Clark raked in the weekly award after sparking the Gopher defense to a 1-0 upset over No. 9 Purdue. With the win, Minnesota becomes the first Midwest team to shutout the Boilermakers and return from West Lafayette, Ind., victorious, in 2009. In addition, Haley Kopmeyer became the first-ever Michigan newcomer to bring home Freshman of the Week honors. The redshirt-freshman goalkeeper came up strong between the pipes on Sunday, making two monster saves in overtime to preserve the 0-0 draw against in-state rival Michigan State. READ MORE ...

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Oct. 12

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    The Oct. 12 football release has been finalized and is now available on the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release.

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    Big Ten Leads All Conferences With Seven Teams Producing At Least Four Wins Through First Six Weeks.

    Iowa Improves to 6-0 For First Time Since 1985; One of Only Two 6-0 Teams and Nine Undefeated Schools.

    Hawkeyes' Boast Nation's Second-Longest Active Winning Streak at 10 Games.

    Iowa Secures Bowl Eligibility, While Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin Stand One Win Away.

    Big Ten Cracks Three Million in Total Attendance.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Announced for Oct. 24

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Oct. 24. Final determination of television for Illinois-Purdue and Minnesota-Ohio State will be made following the contests on Oct. 17.

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

    FB: Big Ten Players of Week for Oct. 10

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Oct. 10 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. Iowa's Tony Moeaki became the first tight end to earn offensive player of the week laurels since 2002, Ohio State linebacker Ross Homan became the Buckeyes' first defensive player of the week since 2007 while Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko nabbed special teams accolades. Read more about this week's honorees by clicking on this link.

    FB: Big Ten Polling Place

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    After the sixth weekend of college football, the media, coaches and Harris polls were announced today and three Big Ten teams remained among the top 15 while six teams received votes in at least one of the polls. Ohio State continues to lead the way at seventh in all three polls. Iowa is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1985 and ranked 11th by the Associated Press (AP) and Harris Interactive polls and 12th by the USA Today coaches poll. Penn State also cracked the top 15, rated 13th by the coaches and Harris voters and 14th by the media. Michigan and Wisconsin received votes in all three polls, while Michigan State also received votes in the Harris poll.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Six

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    In the third weekend of Big Ten play, Iowa improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1985 with a home triumph over Michigan to move to 2-0 in conference play. The Hawkeyes are tied for the Big Ten's top spot with four-time defending champion Ohio State, which won a battle of conference unbeatens by handing Wisconsin its first loss of the season to match Iowa at 2-0 in Big Ten action. Check out the recaps of each of the seven Saturday's game by clicking on this link.

    Big Ten Football: Week Six Preview

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    Entering the third weekend of Big Ten play, three teams remain unbeaten in conference action and the two teams standing at 2-0 will meet in Columbus when Ohio State hosts Wisconsin. Iowa is also tied for first place at 1-0 in conference and will host Michigan, which suffered its first loss last weekend. In other Big Ten matchups, Illinois hosts Michigan State while Purdue plays at Minnesota. Three conference programs will wrap up their non-conference slates with Miami (Ohio) at Northwestern, Eastern Illinois at Penn State and Indiana at Virginia. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every sixth-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    FH: Weekend Schedule

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    Another weekend of Big Ten field hockey action begins today with a pair of conference matchups. First, No. 8 Michigan State looks to continue its current four-game winning streak when the Spartans travel to Indiana, which has won two straight matches, in a 3 p.m. ET contest. Also on Friday, No. 18 Northwestern, whose 11 wins is the most of any Big Ten school this season, visits Penn State, also winners of two straight, at 6 p.m. ET.

    A pair of non-conference matches highlight Saturday's slate, with Michigan, which owns a three-game winning streak, facing Harvard at Noon ET and Indiana hosting Central Michigan at 1 p.m. ET.

    Three matches round out the weekend action on Sunday, two of which are non-conference meetings. Michigan State welcomes in-state rival Central Michigan for a Noon ET contest, while Michigan faces New Hampshire at 1 p.m. ET in a neutral site matchup. In conference action, a pair of teams with 1-1 Big Ten marks face off when No. 20 Ohio State hosts Iowa at 1 p.m. ET.

    WSWM: Five Conference Teams Dive Into Action this Weekend

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    The 2009-10 season of Big Ten women's swimming and diving begins Friday, Oct. 9, with five conference teams in action. Purdue and Wisconsin will open their campaigns at home, while the other three squads will hit the road to participate in meets across the country. Iowa is set to open the season on Friday, as the Hawkeyes travel to Kirksville, Mo., to meet Truman State in a 5 p.m. (CT) dual meet. Illinois will travel to Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, to face Nebraska in the third straight season opener between the two programs. Also on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines will take to the water at the Dennis Stark Relays hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

    For additional information on other season openers, look here.

    MSCR: Weekend Preview

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    Entering the third weekend of Big Ten play, three teams remain unbeaten in conference action, and two of those teams will meet in University Park, Pa., when conference frontrunner Penn State hosts Northwestern on Sunday. Indiana is tied with the Wildcats for second place in the conference standings at 1-0-0, and will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face the Wolverines in a Saturday Big Ten showdown, slated for a 3:30 p.m. (ET) start. In other conference action, Michigan State and Wisconsin will be in the hunt for their first conference win as the two teams go head-to-head in Madison, Wis., on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. (ET), in a game to be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

    WSCR: Conference Call

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    Another weekend of Big Ten women's soccer begins today with four conference teams in action. Iowa travels to Ohio State in search of its first conference win, while Penn State welcomes Northwestern to Happy Valley for a 7 p.m. (ET) start time.

    Five conference matchups decorate Sunday's schedule. Minnesota and No. 9 Purdue will look to deal one another their first conference loss of the season as the Gophers journey to West Lafayette, Ind., in a contest slated for 1 p.m. (ET). Also in that hour, Michigan treks to East Lansing, Mich., to face in-state rival Michigan State, while Illinois hosts Wisconsin in Champaign, Ill., as the Illini go in search of their first conference win of 2009. In other conference action, Iowa meets Penn State in University Park, Pa., for an 11 a.m. (ET) kickoff, while No. 25 Ohio State entertains Northwestern in a game to be televised live on the Big Ten Network at noon (ET) from Columbus, Ohio.

    MSWM: Ready to Dive Into 2009-10 Season

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    The 2009-10 season of Big Ten men's swimming and diving begins Friday, Oct. 9, with four conference teams in action. Purdue and Wisconsin will open their campaigns at home, while Iowa and Michigan prepare to hit the road for their respecitve season openers. Iowa will take to the water on Friday, as the Hawkeyes travel to Kirksville, Mo., to meet Truman State in a 5 p.m. (CT) dual meet. Also on Friday, defending Big Ten Champions Michigan will kick off its season at the Dennis Stark Relays hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

    Look here to see for details on other season opening events.

    FB: Big Ten Week Six Preview

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    Entering the third weekend of Big Ten play, three teams remain unbeaten in conference action and the two teams standing at 2-0 will meet in Columbus when Ohio State hosts Wisconsin. Iowa is also tied for first place at 1-0 in conference and will host Michigan, which suffered its first loss last weekend. In other Big Ten matchups, Illinois hosts Michigan State while Purdue plays at Minnesota. Three conference programs will wrap up their non-conference slates with Miami (Ohio) at Northwestern, Eastern Illinois at Penn State and Indiana at Virginia. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every sixth-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    Required Reading - Football

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  • Wisconsin RB John Clay looking to carry on a tradition of great Badger running backs
  • Iowa defensive line continues to remains a stout force for the Hawkeyes
  • Penn State RB Stephfon Green patience pays dividends in the Nittany Lions' win at Illinois
  • Indiana WR Tandon Doss emerging as a Hoosier playmaker
  • Saturday's Ohio State-Wisconsin matchup will bring two friends back together
  • Michigan State finding a dependable receiving threat in B.J. Cunningham
  • FB: Required Reading

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  • Wisconsin RB John Clay looking to carry on a tradition of great Badger running backs
  • Iowa defensive line continues to remains a stout force for the Hawkeyes
  • Penn State RB Stephfon Green patience pays dividends in the Nittany Lions' win at Illinois
  • Indiana WR Tandon Doss emerging as a Hoosier playmaker
  • Saturday's Ohio State-Wisconsin matchup will bring two friends back together
  • Michigan State finding a dependable receiving threat in B.J. Cunningham
  • Michigan's Zoltan Mesko and Minnesota's Eric Decker were among 10 NCAA football student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were tabbed as finalists 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. Mesko and Decker were joined by Indiana's Jammie Kirlew and Penn State's Sean Lee on the initial watch list for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award announced in September.

    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 positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates that were announced in September. Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the winner. Lowe's will announce the Senior CLASS AwardTM winner in early January.

    The names of the 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award football ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding December 6. Fan balloting is available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text FOOTBALL to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

    This marks the second year for the football division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. In 2008, Ohio State University linebacker James Laurinaitis took home the inaugural football award.

    FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week Four

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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.

    Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit (Purdue): Recorded a tackle, a sack and a forced fumble as the Lions lost to Chicago, 48-24.

    Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota): On 11 carries, rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 17-10 loss to the Broncos.

    Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan): Completed 21 of 32 for 258 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 27-21 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

    Chris Chambers, WR, San Diego (Wisconsin): Caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' 38-28 loss to Pittsburgh.

    Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State): Was 29 of 48 for 284 yards, with one passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown, in a 37-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Kellen Davis, TE, Chicago (Michigan State): Had two catches for 20 yards and a touchdown as the Bears defeated the Detroit Lions, 48-24.

    Vontae Davis, CB, Miami (Illinois): Had two tackles with an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the Dolphins' 38-10 win against Buffalo.

    Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State): Recorded six tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in the Chiefs' 27-16 loss to the New York Giants.

    Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan): Recorded six tackles and forced a fumble in the Bengals' 23-20 overtime win
    against Cleveland.

    Brian Hartline, WR, Miami (Ohio State): Caught two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 38-10 win over Buffalo.

    Renaldo Hill, S, Denver (Michigan State): Had three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Broncos' 17-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

    DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin): Recorded eight tackles and forced a fumble in the Lions' 48-24 loss to Chicago.

    Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore (Michigan State): Had seven receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 27-21 loss to New England.

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois): Rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in leading the Steelers to a 38-28 win over the San Diego Chargers.

    Adawale Ogunleye, DE, Chicago (Indiana): Had four tackles and 2.5 sacks in the Bears' 48-24 victory over the Detroit Lions.

    Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Finished the day 20 of 29 for 243 yards and two touchdown passes as the Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys, 17-10.

    Nick Roach, LB, Chicago (Northwestern): Made seven tackles and recorded a sack in the Bears' 48-24 win against Detroit.

    Will Smith, DE, New Orleans (Ohio State): Made four tackles and had two sacks as the Saints defeated the New York Jets, 24-10.

    Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois): Rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and caught four passes for 46 yards in the Saints 24-10 win over the Jets.

    Cameron Wake, LB, Miami (Penn State): Recorded six tackles and three sacks as the Dolphins defeated the Bills, 38-10.

    Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota (Ohio State): Made nine tackles and had an interception in the Vikings' 30-23 victory over Green Bay on Monday night.

    FB: Big Ten Network Attracts Highest Viewership Ever

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    The Big Ten Network on Saturday had the most-watched college football games of the day across the nine metered markets within the Big Ten area. The network also broke its own local viewing records in five of those markets, including Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Detroit. The noon ET games, which featured the Michigan-Michigan State overtime thriller and Northwestern's come-from-behind-win at Purdue, averaged a combined 4.7 household rating (HH) in the nine metered markets, the highest rating in the region throughout the day, exceeding all other football programming. The Ohio State-Indiana game in primetime attracted a 4.5 HH rating, to lead all college football primetime games in the region. In addition, based on Nielsen metered market data, the network had the highest total number of viewers of any day in the network's history.

    The network's Ohio State-Indiana game was the highest-rated program for the day across all television networks in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton. Similarly, the Michigan-Michigan State game was the highest-rated program across all television networks in Detroit, while Northwestern-Purdue was the highest-rated program across all cable networks in Indianapolis. During the afternoon time slot, the Big Ten Network beat its own individual market records in Chicago and in Detroit, where the Michigan-Michigan State game registered a 17.4 HH rating. The Michigan-Michigan State game also notably drew a 9.7 HH rating in Columbus, home of Ohio State. The Ohio State-Indiana game also broke the network's own individual market HH ratings records in Columbus (28.9), Dayton (16.6) and Cleveland (10.0). The 28.9 HH rating in Columbus is the highest single-game, single-market figure in network history, eclipsing last year's Minnesota-Ohio State matchup, which posted a 24.4 HH rating.

    FH: Weekly Rankings

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    Three Big Ten teams remained in the top 20 of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday, as voted on by its member coaches.

    At 9-3 and atop the conference standings, Michigan State leads all Big Ten schools in the rankings, checking in at No. 8 this week. Northwestern remains in the polls with a 10-4 record at No. 18 and the 7-4 Ohio State Buckeyes were the last team voted into the top 20.

    The final four Big Ten teams were also receiving votes this week as Indiana (7-4) led the rest of the conference pack. Michigan (5-7), Iowa (4-6) and Penn State (4-8) each received votes in this week's coaches poll.

    WSCR: In the Polls

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    Two Big Ten teams grace the NSCAA top 25 with Purdue leading all conference squads at No. 9 and Ohio State voting in at No. 25. The Boilermakers jumped three spots in the national rankings while climbing to the top of the conference leaderboard after going undefeated in a pair of Big Ten matchups last week. Indiana, Michigan State and Illinois are also receiving votes. COMPLETE POLL ...

    MSCR: Kick For Nick

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    The Indiana University men's soccer team is inviting fans to take part in the "Kick For Nick" program, which collects soccer balls for children in Iraq. Supporters are being asked to bring a new soccer ball for donation to Wednesday's match against Butler at 7 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium. Anyone donating a ball will receive free admission to the match. "Kick for Nick" was founded in honor of Private Nicholas Madaras who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in September 2006. A former soccer player, Madaras was home on leave in July 2006 and had the idea to collect soccer balls to bring back to the children who lived near his post. Shortly after his death the program was founded and soccer balls from 45 of the 50 states have been collected and distributed overseas. For more information on the "Kick for Nick" program, visit www.KickForNick.org.

    MSCR: In the Polls

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    The Big ten boasts two teams in this week's NSCAA/adidas National Poll. Indiana is enjoying its sixth straight week of the 2009 season in the national rankings, checking in at No. 14, and Northwestern is up four spots to No. 21. Three conference squads are also receiving votes outside the top 25, including Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. COMPLETE POLL ...

     

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor continuing to make strides as the Buckeye signal-caller
  • Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio hopes Saturday's win was a defining moment for his team
  • Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez has high praise for the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Iowa WR Marvin McNutt progressing as a dependable offensive option for the Hawkeyes
  • Wisconsin RB John Clay has a career-day in the Badgers' victory over Minnesota
  • ESPN's E:60 features Michigan's Elliot Mealer and family on their recovery from a tragic accident
  • Purdue coach Danny Hope, former coach Joe Tiller join Habitat for Humanity build

    Larry Station, former Iowa linebacker from 1982-85, will be honored with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Sat., Oct. 10, as the Hawkeyes host Michigan in Iowa City. NFF COO Matthew Sign will take part in the presentation, and the game will be aired on ABC starting at 8:00 p.m. EST.

    Throughout the football season, each Football Bowl Subdivision Hall of Fame inductee returns to his school for the special on-field event, where a commemorative plaque is presented to the university for permanent display. Beginning with the Foundation's inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1951, the On-Campus Salute has served as the first of numerous highlights in the Hall of Fame experience, giving each inductee one more chance to take the field.

    Station twice earned First Team All-America (consensus in 1984 and unanimous in 1985) honors while leading the Hawkeyes to four consecutive bowl games and a Big Ten championship in 1985. He remains the only player in Iowa history to lead the team in tackles for four years, finishing his career with 492 tackles. Also a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection, he led Iowa to a 35-13-1 record during his career. In the classroom, he twice
    earned First Team Academic All-America honors.

    FH: Players of the Week

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    The Big Ten Conference office announced the weekly field hockey award winners on Monday. This week, Michigan's Meredith Way was named Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Wolverines to a pair of wins last weekend, while Penn State's Ali Meves was named Defensive Player of the Week and Kelsey Amy was named Freshman of the Week in the Nittany Lions' upset of No. 18 Ohio State on Friday. It is the first weekly honor for all three student-athletes.

    Complete information on this week's winners can be found here.

    MSCR: Players of the Week

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    The conference office announced on Monday the fifth weekly men's soccer award winners for the 2009 season. Indiana's Andy Adlard and Penn State's Matheus Braga earned a share of the Offensive Player of the Week award and Northwestern's Misha Rosenthal was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for games played through Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

    Adlard notched his first career multiple-goal game, aiding the Hoosiers to a 3-0 rout over No. 13 Kentucky - their first win over a ranked opponent this season. His pair of goals upped his season total to three, good enough for second on team. Also demonstrating offensive prowess was Penn State' Braga. The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native celebrated more than just an Olympic bid last week, notching the game-winning goal to lead the Nittany Lions in their 1-0 defeat over Michigan State on Sunday. On the defensive end, Northwestern's Misha Rosenthal returned to the net after missing the previous two games due to injury, where he posted his school-record 25th career shutout to down the Buckeyes, 1-0, in the Wildcats' Big Ten opener. Read More ...

    WSCR: Minnesota and Penn State Garner Weekly Honors

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    Minnesota's Katie Bethke was tabbed Offensive Player of the Week while Penn State's Alyssa Naeher and Christine Nairn were voted Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively, for games played through Sept. 28-Oct. 4, the conference office announced today. Bethke had a monster 12-point, five-goal week in leading the Gophers to a pair of wins over Wisconsin and South Dakota. Her four goals against the Coyotes tied a school record, and is currently the best mark in the Big Ten this season. Meanwhile on defense, Naeher collected her third weekly accolade of the 2009 season after nabbing five saves to earn the 2-1 victory over No. 15 Ohio State on Sunday. PSU's Nairn was also recognized with a weekly award after she notched her fourth goal of the year to break the Buckeyes' 307-minute shutout streak.  Read More ...

    Congratulations to Penn State's Jason Yeisley on being named one of the ten men's finalists 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 and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

    The 20 finalists (from both men's and women's divisions) will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award soccer ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding November 13. Fan balloting will be available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text SOCCER to 74567 to vote for men's finalists and GOAL to 74567 to vote for women's finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

    Yeisley was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. In a 5-0 pounding of Penn on Sept. 30, the team co-captain scored his fifth and team-high sixth goals of the season. The effort was the sixth multiple goal game of his career.

    FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Oct. 5

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    The Oct. 5 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

    Iowa and Wisconsin Stand at 5-0, Two of Only Eight 5-0 Teams and 13 Undefeated Schools Nationally.

    Road Teams Win Four of Five Big Ten Games Last Weekend, as Ohio State Nears Conference Record.

    Big Ten Co-Leaders Meet on Saturday when Buckeyes Hosts Badgers.

    Iowa and Wisconsin Just One Win from Bowl Eligibility.

    Big Ten Continues to Rank Among the NCAA Individual and Team Statistical Leaders.

    FB: Big Ten Schedule Announced for Oct. 17

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    The following schedule has been confirmed for games on Oct. 17. Final determination of television for Iowa-Wisconsin and Northwestern-Michigan State will be made following the contests on Oct. 10.

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

    Northwestern kicker/punter Stefan Demos was named one of three Lou Groza Award "Stars of the Week" after connecting on a career-high four field goals at Purdue. College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from Football Bowl Subdivision teams as the "Stars of the Week". Demos set a career mark with four field goals as the Wildcats upended Purdue, 27-21. Demos, who also handles the punting responsibilities, hit from 18, 25, 35 and 39 yards to help the Wildcats to their third straight Big Ten road win. Demos is a perfect eight-for-eight in field goals this season. An outstanding high school soccer player at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Demos had considered an overseas soccer career before opting for Northwestern football. The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, December 10.

    FB: Big Ten Players of Week for Oct. 3

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    The Big Ten football players of the week for games on Oct. 3 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 running back John Clay and defensive end O'Brien Schofield swept the offensive and defensive accolades, while Northwestern punter/kicker Stefan Demos and Penn State punter Jeremy Boone shared the 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 fifth weekend of college football, the media and coaches polls were announced today with three Big Ten teams among the top 15 and Wisconsin cracking the top 25 for the first time this season. Ohio State leads the way at No. 9 in the Associated Press (AP) poll while moving up one spot to No. 8 in the USA Today coaches rankings. Iowa is ranked 12th by the media and 14th by the coaches while Penn State is rated 14th by the AP and 12th by the coaches. The Badgers made their top 25 debut at No. 25 in the USA Today coaches rankings while appearing 26th overall in the media vote, and Michigan is also receiving votes in both polls.

    FB: Big Ten Wrapup - Week Five

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    The second weekend of Big Ten play featured more amazing finishes, as Ohio State and Wisconsin both improved to 2-0 to stand atop the conference standings along with 1-0 Iowa, which defeated Arkansass State to wrap up up non-conference play. Four of the five Big Ten matchups featured victories by the road team, as only Michigan State could defend its home field with an overtime victory over Michigan. Check out the recaps of Saturday's game by clicking on this link.

    FH: Weekend Schedule

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    The second weekend of Big Ten field hockey action begins today with three conference matchups. Beginning the afternoon will be No. 17 Northwestern hosting Michigan in a 3 p.m. CT matchup, Penn State welcomes No. 18 Ohio State in a 4 p.m. ET contest - one that will be televised in tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday - and Iowa entertains Indiana in a 5 p.m. CT match.

    Saturday will feature three non-conference, neutral-site matchups when Michigan faces Saint Louis at 1 p.m. CT in Evanston, Ill., No. 8 Michigan State plays Rutgers at 2 p.m. CT in Louisville, Ky., and Indiana meets California at 3 p.m. CT in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Three non-conference games decorate Sunday's schedule with Iowa hosting California, Michigan State visits No. 16 Louisville and Northwestern welcomes Saint Louis. All Sunday contests are scheduled for 1 p.m. local time.

    MSCR: Weekend Preview

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    After one week of conference play, Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State claim perfect 1-0-0 records to lead all Big Ten teams.

    Indiana kicks off the weekend schedule with a road matchup against No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, slated for Friday at 11 p.m. (ET). The contest marks the second consecutive top-15 opponent for the Hoosiers, who blanked No. 13 Kentucky, 3-0, on Tuesday.

    On Sunday, the No. 25-ranked Northwestern Wildcats will journey to Columbus, Ohio to open its conference season against No. 15 Ohio State. The Buckeyes dropped a hard-fought decision to top-ranked Akron on Wednesday and will be in the hunt for its second win against a Big Ten opponent as it welcomes NU for its first conference matchup at home. In other conference action, Wisconsin goes on the road to face Michigan in Ann Arbor at 1 p.m. (ET) while Michigan State welcomes Penn State in a noon (ET) contest -- one that is scheduled to be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

     

    WSCR: Weekend Preview

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    The second weekend of Big Ten women's soccer competition gets underway today with four conference teams in action. Opening the weekend slate will be No. 12 Purdue welcoming Illinois for a 4 p.m. (ET) contest. Later in the evening, Indiana plays host to No. 20 Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

    Sunday's schedule highlights five conference matchups, beginning with a 1 p.m. (ET) showdown between the Boilermakers and Spartans in West Lafayette, Ind. Meanwhile, Penn State welcomes No. 15 Ohio State to Happy Valley in its Big Ten home opener, slated for 1 p.m. (ET). The Nittany Lions look to halt the red-hot Buckeyes, who will be competing for their seventh straight win. Sunday will also celebrate Pink Day at Jeffery Field to support breast cancer awareness.

    A trio of conference matchups decorates Sunday's second flight of games, all scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET) start times. Illinois and Indiana look to garner their first Big Ten wins of the season as the two teams clash in Bloomington, Ind. Joining them in the hunt for its first win over a conference opponent is Iowa, who will entertain Wisconsin in a contest set to air live on the Big Ten Network. Minnesota will take a break from conference action as it hosts South Dakota at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The Golden Gophers surged to the top of the conference standings with a road win over Wisconsin on Thursday, improving their unblemished Big Ten ledger to 2-0-1. Wrapping up this weekend's conference matchups is Northwestern at Michigan, programmed for a 3:30 (ET) start.

    FB: Big Ten Week Five Preview

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    Purdue joins the party on Saturday, as Danny Hope will take part in his first Big Ten game as a head coach when the Boilermakers host Northwestern. In addition, two of the Big Ten's three undefeated teams will hit the road looking to improve to 2-0 in conference action with Michigan at Michigan State and Wisconsin at Minnesota, while Iowa looks to move to 5-0 overall by wrapping up non-conference play against Arkansas State. Check out the www.bigten.org previews for every fifth-week matchup by clicking on this link.

    Eight Big Ten standouts were named semifinalists today for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), which is awarded to the nation's top football student-athlete. The Big Ten semifinalists are Illinois' Jon Asamoah, Indiana's Jammie Kirlew, Michigan's Zoltan Mesko, Minnesota's Eric Decker, Northwestern's Andrew Brewer, Ohio State's Jim Cordle, Penn State's Josh Hull and Wisconsin's Mickey Turner. Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, the Big Ten's eight nominees were part of 154 total semifinalists announced by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) for both the Campbell Trophy and the 2009 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

    Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Renamed this fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post- graduate scholarship.

    The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2009 NFF National Scholar- Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000, will be announced live at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of $277,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

    Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post- graduate scholarships based on both a player's academic and athletic accomplishments. The William V. Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist and a Heisman winner. Two Big Ten players earned the Draddy Trophy -- the Ohio State pair of Bobby Hoying in 1995 and Craig Krenzel in 2003.

    The Saturday, Sept. 26, football game between Indiana and Michigan was the second-most watched Big Ten football game ever on ESPN2, the conference announced today. Nearly 2.1 million households tuned in to see the contest, which saw the Wolverines edge the Hoosiers, 36-33. The contest was watched by more people than any Big Ten game on ESPN2 since 2006, which saw the Ohio State-Illinois game watched by just over 2.1 million households. With a rating of 2.10, the game was also the fourth-highest rating for a Big Ten game on ESPN2.

    FB: Required Reading

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  • Penn State QB Darryl Clark shares his knowledge of the position with a young signal-caller
  • A pair of Ohio State freshmen has found their way into in to the Buckeye rotation
  • Wisconsin, Minnesota quarterbacks go head-to-head in Saturday's border battle
  • Purdue WR Keith Smith's versatility can create problems for opposing defenses
  • It's just a matter of time before Northwestern DE Corey Wootton returns to his 2008 form
  • It's been a long time, 29 quarters, since the Iowa defense has given up a rushing touchdown
  • Indiana QB Ben Chappell and head coach Bill Lynch share Bloomington bond