October 2010 Archives

FH: Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Bracket Announced

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After clinching a share of the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Ohio State earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The tournament will be held on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Ill., with opening-round matchups played on Thursday, semifinals on Friday and the championship game on Sunday. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. Ohio State tied Michigan at 5-1 in conference play; however Ohio State recorded a 2-1 victory over the Wolverines on Oct. 22 to earn the No. 1 spot.

 

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MSCR: Indiana Clinches Big Ten Championsip

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Indiana has clinched the 2010 Big Ten men's soccer Championship after earning its fourth conference win of the season on Sunday against Northwestern. The Hoosiers have gone undefeated in their first five Big Ten matches this season, posting a 4-0-1 record. The title marks Indiana's 13th overall and first since 2008. The win also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held on Nov. 11-14 in University Park, Pa.

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The Big Ten leads all conferences with four of the top 16 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll, followed by the Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC with three teams each among the top 16. After a bye last weekend, Wisconsin rose one spot to No. 9 in the latest BCS standings, the Badgers' highest ranking since rising to No. 7 in the final BCS poll of the 2006 season. Ohio State remained at No. 11 in the BCS standings, while Michigan State dropped nine slots to No. 14 after suffering its first loss of the year at Iowa. The Hawkeyes moved up two spots to No. 16 in the latest BCS poll.

WXC: Michigan State Takes Home Big Ten Title

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The Michigan State women's cross country team earned its third Big Ten Championships title and its first since 2001 on Sunday at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Verona, Wis. The Spartans, led by top individual finisher Emily MacLeod, placed two runners in the top 10 and four in the top 25 en route to a team score of 74. Michigan took second place with 88 points with Minnesota following with 90.

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MXC: Wisconsin Wins 12th Consecutive Big Ten Title

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The Wisconsin men's cross country team placed four runners in the top 10 to earn its 12th consecutive and 44th overall Big Ten Championships title on its home course on Sunday. Landon Peacock took top honors, finishing the eight-kilometer race in 23:41 to pace the Badgers. Wisconsin finished with 28 team points, followed by Indiana with 75 and Minnesota with 101.

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The Big Ten is one of only three conferences to boast two top-eight teams in the Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris polls. Seven Big Ten programs are receiving votes in at least two of the polls, with four conference schools appearing among the top 16 in all three rankings. Wisconsin is the Big Ten's highest-ranked team at No. 7 in all three rankings, while Ohio State also appears among the top 10 at No. 8 in all three polls. Iowa was voted No. 14 by Harris voters, No. 15 by the media and No. 16 by the coaches. Michigan State was tabbed No. 16 by the media and Harris voters and No. 15 by the coaches. Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern are receiving votes in at least two of the polls.

In the fifth weekend of Big Ten play, Iowa knocked Michigan State from the ranks of the unbeaten to become bowl eligible and leave four conference teams with just one Big Ten loss. Ohio State defeated Minnesota to improve to 4-1 in conference play, as the Buckeyes and Spartans are now tied for first place in the standings. The Hawkeyes and Wisconsin, which had a bye on Saturday, are now tied for third place at 3-1 in conference. Illinois defeated Purdue to improve to 3-2 in Big Ten action and claim sole possession of fifth place. In other Big Ten action, Northwestern became bowl eligible with a triumph over Indiana, while Penn State defeated Michigan. For full recaps of each Big Ten contest on Oct. 30, click on this link.

 

VB: Saturday's Results

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#6 Illinois def. Michigan State, 3-0
Ohio State (rv) def. Indiana (rv), 3-1
#24 Northwestern def. Iowa, 3-0
#15 Michigan def. Wisconsin, 3-1
#9 Penn State def. Purdue (rv), 3-1

With Ohio State's 3-0 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon, the No. 5 Buckeyes clinched a share of the regular-season Big Ten Championship, making it the third in program history. Ohio State went 5-1 in Big Ten play and 15-3 overall to earn the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament next weekend in Evanston, Ill.

The Michigan Wolverines clinched a share of their seventh Big Ten regular-season title after defeating Indiana, 5-2 in Bloomington, Ind. The No. 12 Wolverines finished with a 5-1 conference slate and a 12-6 overall record, earning the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament hosted by Northwestern University.

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VB: Friday's Results

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#6 Illinois def. #15 Michigan, 3-2
#9 Penn State def Indiana (rv), 3-0
#20 Minnesota def. #24 Northwestern, 3-1
Purdue (rv) def. Ohio State (rv), 3-2
Wisconsin def. Michigan State, 3-0

VB: Weekend Schedule

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Friday's Matches:
#15 MICHIGAN at #6 ILLINOIS, 7 p.m.
INDIANA (rv) at #9 PENN STATE, 7 p.m.
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MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN, 7 p.m.
#24 NORTHWESTERN at #20 MINNESOTA, 7 p.m.
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PURDUE (rv) at OHIO STATE (rv), 7 p.m.
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Saturday's Matches
MICHIGAN STATE at #6 ILLINOIS, 7 p.m.
INDIANA (rv) at OHIO STATE (rv), 7 p.m.
#24 NORTHWESTERN at IOWA, 7 p.m.
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#15 MICHIGAN at WISCONSIN, 7 p.m.
PURDUE (rv) at #9 PENN STATE, 5 p.m.

WRES: Nine Big Ten Teams Ranked in Preseason Polls

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Nine Big Ten wrestling teams have earned recognition in the InterMat and National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today preseason polls, which were released this week. The Big Ten also placed 54 wrestlers in InterMat's individual top-20 rankings across the 10 weight classes.

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Click here to see the NWCA/USA Today Preseason Poll and here to see the InterMat Preseason Poll.

MSCR: Weekend Schedule

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Big Ten men's soccer is entering the home stretch of the 2010 regular season with just two weekends of conference competition remaining. Currently sitting in first place at 3-0-1, No. 25 Indiana can clinch the Big Ten Championship outright with a win over Northwestern on Sunday. The Wildcats sit three points behind the Hoosiers at 2-1-1. This weekend also features an intrastate battle between No. 23 Michigan State and Michigan on Saturday and a match between Wisconsin and Ohio State on Sunday.

The complete Big Ten men's soccer weekend schedule can be found below.

OCTOBER 30

#23 Michigan State at Michigan - 1 p.m. ET

OCTOBER 31

Wisconsin at Ohio State - 2 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (SDD, 7 p.m. ET)
Northwestern at #25 Indiana - 5 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)

WBB: Five Mentioned in Preseason AP Poll

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Five Big Ten teams were mentioned in the Associated Press' Preseason Women's Basketball Poll, which was released on Friday. Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State appeared in the top 25, while Wisconsin and Penn State were among other teams receiving votes in the first poll of the 2010-11 season.

The Buckeyes, who on Thursday at Big Ten Basketball Media Day were voted the preseason favorite by the coaches and media, rank No. 7 to start the year. Ohio State welcomes back all five starters, including senior Jantel Lavender, who was named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Thursday, and junior Samantha Prahalis, to a team that won 31 games and was crowned Big Ten Champions a season ago.

Iowa, which was voted runner-up in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches' and Media Polls, is ranked No. 22, while Michigan State appeared at No. 25 in the inaugural poll of 2010, having been selected to finish third by the Big Ten coaches and media on Thursday.

FH: 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.

No. 9 Penn State will end the season in conference action when the Nittany Lions travel to Northwestern at 3 p.m. on Friday. On Sunday, the Wildcats will wrap their regular season when they host defending Big Ten Champions, No. 11 Michigan State at Noon ET. This matchup will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

Also on Saturday, two conference matchups will help determine the final top seeds of next week's Big Ten Tournament. At 1 p.m. ET, No. 5 Ohio State travels to face Iowa and No. 12 Michigan finishes their regular season when they travel to Indiana. The Buckeye game will be aired on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. ET.

 

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 29

MICHIGAN/Texas at INDIANA, Noon ET

Notre Dame at MICHIGAN STATE, 5 p.m. ET

SMU Classic [1], 7:30 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA, 6 p.m. ET

OCTOBER 30

MICHIGAN/Texas at INDIANA, Noon ET

Kenyon at OHIO STATE,1 p.m. ET

SMU Classic [1], 7:30 p.m. ET

[1]- at Dallas, Texas

The Big Ten leads all conferences with four of the 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, honoring the nation's outstanding lineman. Big Ten semifinalists for the Lombardi Award are Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Michigan State's Greg Jones, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan. Big Ten student-athletes have won eight Lombardi Awards, including two-time winner Orlando Pace of Ohio State (1995 and 1996) and the conference's most recent winner, Michigan's LaMarr Woodley (2006).

The Big Ten tied for the lead among all conferences with four of 20 semifinalists for the 2010 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker. Big Ten semifinalists for the award are Illinois' Derek Dimke, Michigan State's Dan Conroy, Ohio State's Devin Barclay and Penn State's Collin Wagner. Two Big Ten kickers have claimed the Lou Groza Award - Iowa's Nate Kaeding in 2002 and Ohio State's Mike Nugent in 2004.

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 29

PURDUE at Miami (OH), 6 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA, 6 p.m. ET

OCTOBER 30

Kenyon at OHIO STATE, 1 p.m. ET

FB: Week Nine Preview

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The preview for the fifth weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Oct. 30. 

 

WXC: 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championships Preview

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The 2010 Big Ten Women's Cross Country Championships are set for this Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The 11 conference teams will begin the six-kilometer race at 10:45 a.m. CT.

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The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the 2010 recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the Big Ten led all conferences with three of the 16 honorees. The Big Ten recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards are Indiana's Ben Chappell, Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien. The ACC, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC each featured two winners each.

The 16 award winners were selected from a nationwide pool of 121 semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program was launched in 1959 and is the first initiative in the history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and one of the 16 will be announced as the recipient of the 21st William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Renamed last 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. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

MXC: 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championships Preview

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With each of the last 11 Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championships under its belt, Wisconsin welcomes the nine other conference teams to Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course for the 2010 Championships on Sunday. The eight-kilometer race is set to begin at 11:45 a.m. CT.

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Indiana's Tyler Replogle and Northwestern's Corbin Bryant are two of 10 finalists for the sixth-annual Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) sportsmanship award, given to one outstanding NCAA Division I collegiate football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship. The Big Ten was the only conference to feature multiple players among the finalists. To qualify for the award, an athlete must be a starting player or significant contributor on his team; be in good academic standing; demonstrate great respect for competitors, school, teammates and coaches; show an ability to accept victory and defeat graciously; convey a high degree of humility and integrity; and demonstrate commitment in the classroom and to the community.

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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The 2010 Big Ten women's soccer Champion could be decided this weekend, with No. 18 Ohio State needing one win to seal at least a share of the conference title. The Buckeyes travel to Indiana on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Ohio State can clinch the outright championship if Penn State loses either of its matches this weekend. The Nittany Lions host the Hoosiers on Thursday night and travel to Purdue on Sunday.

The complete women's soccer weekend schedule can be found below.

OCTOBER 28

Indiana at Penn State - 7 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 10/29, 4 p.m. ET), www.BigTenNetwork.com

OCTOBER 29

#16 Illinois at Michigan State - 3 p.m. ET
Iowa at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Minnesota (rv) at Northwestern - 7 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (Delay - 11/2, 2 p.m. ET), www.BigTenNetwork.com

OCTOBER 31

Iowa at Michigan State - Noon ET
Penn State at Purdue - Noon ET
#18 Ohio State at Indiana - 1 p.m. ET
#16 Illinois at Michigan - 3 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)

NOVEMBER 1

Northwestern at Wisconsin (rv) - 7 p.m. CT

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 7

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Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 159 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 32 passing in New England's 23-20 win over San Diego.

Alan Branch, DL, Arizona (Michigan) - Recorded five total tackles and two sacks in Arizona's 22-10 loss to Seattle.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Racked up 356 passing yards and two touchdowns on 37 of 56 passing in New Orleans' 30-17 loss to Cleveland.

Nate Clements, CB, San Francisco (Ohio State) - Made nine tackles and a sack in San Francisco's 23-20 loss to Carolina.

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State) - Completed 17 of 31 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns in Tennessee's 37-19 win over Philadelphia.

Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin) - Caught six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns in Buffalo's 37-34 loss to Baltimore.

Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Tallied four tackles and a sack in Pittsburgh's 23-22 win over Miami.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa) - Recorded 12 tackles in Minnesota's 28-24 loss to Green Bay.

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State) - Made 11 tackles and grabbed an interception in Green Bay's 28-24 win over Minnesota.

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed 23 of 36 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 23-22 loss to Pittsburgh.

Aaron Kampman, DE, Jacksonville (Iowa) - Notched five tackles and a sack in 42-20 loss to Kansas City.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 41-35 win over Dallas.

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 29 passing and added 21 rushing yards in Denver's 59-14 loss to Oakland.

Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego (Purdue) - Made five tackles and a sack in San Diego's 23-20 loss to New England.

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State) - Rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in 22-10 loss to Seattle.

Stylez White, DE, Tampa Bay (Minnesota) - Made three tackles and a sack in Tampa Bay's 18-17 win over St. Louis.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that Ohio State senior Jantel Lavender was chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by the conference coaches and a selected media panel. Also, the Buckeyes were chosen to finish first in the conference standings by both groups.

The three-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, Lavender earns the preseason honor for the third straight season. The senior, a member of the preseason Wade and Wooden award watch lists, averaged a double-double last season with 21.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, which ranked ninth and 25th, respectively, in the country. She was the coaches' unanimous choice for the preseason honor and was a unanimous member of the coaches' and media's Preseason All-Big Ten team.

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VB: Wednesday's Result

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Minnesota def. Iowa, 3-0

The Big Ten Network will once again provide coverage of all three Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.

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The Big Ten Network will once again provide coverage of all three Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.

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The Big Ten Network will once again provide coverage of all three Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.

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The Big Ten Network will once again provide coverage of all three Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.

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Wisconsin's Ron Dayne has been named Big Ten Icon No. 13. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, Nov. 2, with a profile of the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner who remains the all-time leading rusher in NCAA FBS history. 
 
Dayne graduated from Overbrook Regional High School in Berlin Township, N.J., where he was a state champion in the shot put and discus. Recruited by some college football programs to be a fullback or an offensive lineman, Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez won the recruiting battle, promising Dayne a chance to play tailback. Dayne was the starter midway through his freshman year, and never stopped running. He totaled more than 2,100 yards and scored 21 touchdowns as a freshman, and finished his career with 6,397 rushing yards that did not even include his four outstanding performances in bowl games because of NCAA statistical guidelines at the time.
 
During Dayne's junior and senior seasons, the Badgers won back-to-back Big ten titles and posted a 21-3 record, while Dayne became only the fourth player in NCAA history to gain more than 1,000 yards in all four varsity seasons. Dayne capped his collegiate career by winning the 1999 Heisman Trophy, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award and the Jesse Owens Award as the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year. His number 33 jersey was retired after his final home game at Camp Randall Stadium, the day he broke the NCAA career rushing record.
 
"I don't know anyone who has exemplified a program like Ron has," said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who was the Badgers' football coach during Dayne's career. "Everything Wisconsin football is, Ron is. This school will be appreciating him for decades."
 
In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "Combining body-builder bulk with sprinter's speed... Dayne left a trail of bodies in his wake whenever he carried the football for the Wisconsin Badgers." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Dayne, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.
 
The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed in March 2011. Big Ten Icons is the network's most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date. The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history, based solely on their collegiate playing careers. All student-athletes from current Big Ten schools are eligible for the network's list, even if they did not personally play in the Big Ten. Icons 50 through 21 were revealed at BigTenIcons.com. Fans can visit www.BigTenIcons.com to see a complete roster of Big Ten Icons, which also features essays, video and other key facts about each Icon's career.

MSCR: Weekly Release

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The Big Ten men's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the full release.

WSCR: Weekly Release

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The Big Ten women's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the full release.

FH: In the Polls

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Six Big Ten teams received votes in the newest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released Tuesday, with four schools ranking among the top 20.

Ohio State leads all Big Ten schools in the rankings, checking in at No. 5. Penn State remained steady at No. 9 in this week's poll, while Michigan State checks in at No. 11 and Michigan earns the No. 12 spot. Also receiving votes this week were Indiana and Northwestern.

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WSWM: Penn State and Purdue Earn Weekly Diving Laurels

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the third weekly women's swimming and diving award winners for the 2010-11 season. Penn State's Amy Modglin collects her first swimming accolade of the season, and Purdue's Erin Mertz earned the weekly diving award.

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the third weekly men's swimming and diving awards. Indiana's Eric Ress nabbed the weekly swimming laurel, while Purdue's David Boudia was tabbed Diver of the Week.

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WSCR: In the Polls

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Illinois and Ohio State retain their top-25 status in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com women's soccer national rankings. The Fighting Illini (11-3-1 overall, 4-2-1 Big Ten) check in at No. 16, dropping three spots from their ranking in last week's poll. The Buckeyes (13-3-1, 7-1-0) hold No. 18, falling one spot from last week's rankings. Wisconsin (9-4-4, 6-1-2) and Minnesota (10-5-3, 2-4-2) are both receiving votes.

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MSCR: In the Polls

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Two Big Ten men's soccer teams appear in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national rankings. Michigan State (11-4-0 overall, 2-3-0 Big Ten) checks in at No. 23 in this week's poll. Indiana (8-4-2, 3-0-1) makes its return to the poll, holding No. 25 in the latest rankings. Penn State (9-5-1, 2-2-1) is receiving votes.

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Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games on the weekend of Oct. 23. Watt, a 6-6, 292-pound junior from Pewaukee, Wis., registered five tackles (two for loss) last Saturday, including a sack on Iowa's final drive. He also blocked an extra point in the Badgers' 31-30 triumph in Iowa City. Following Iowa's first touchdown, Watt broke through to thwart the extra point. With 26 seconds remaining in the game, he recorded an 11-yard sack that pushed the Hawkeyes back to their own 38-yard line. Before Iowa could move into field goal position, time expired. Watt is on the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 6.

FB: Required Reading

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Minnesota WR Da'Jon McKnight is quietly putting together a productive season.

Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi's criticism of himself has helped him improve this season.

Jeff Sanders has taken a different route to Indiana's starting lineup than he expected.

XC: Illinois Sweeps Final Weekly Honors of 2010

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Illinois' Chris DeSilva and Meghan Frigo have been named the Big Ten men's and women's cross country Runners of the Week as announced on Tuesday. DeSilva took first place at the Illini Open last weekend, while Frigo finished second.

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VB: Benson Earns CVU.com National Player of the Week Honor

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Indiana senior Ashley Benson was named Collegiate Volleyball Update's National Player of the Week for matches from Oct. 18-24. It is the second time the Hoosier has won the award, having earned the honor her sophomore season. On the week, she averaged 3.1 kills on .548 hitting, adding 1.8 blocks per set.

Benson posted nearly two blocks per set in Indiana's weekend wins over No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State. Her five blocks against Michigan were part of an Indiana defense that held the Wolverines to .092 hitting. She followed that effort with a nine-block performance against Michigan State, adding 19 kills to the Hoosier attack in a five-set win over the Spartans.

FB: Two Big Ten QBs Added to Manning Award Watch List

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Michigan's Denard Robinson and Northwestern's Dan Persa were added to the watch list today for the Manning Award, the only trophy that includes bowl performances to determine the nation's top signal caller. Six Big Ten quarterbacks now appear on the Manning Award watch list, including Robinson, Persa, Iowa's Ricky Stanzi, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien.

The Big Ten tied for the lead among all conferences with four semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award announced today. The Big Ten and Big 12 both produced four semifinalists for the award, followed by three semifinalists for the Pac-10 and two each from the SEC and WAC. The Big Ten's four O'Brien Award semifinalists are Iowa's Ricky  Stanzi, Michigan's Denard Robinson, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor. Stanzi was also a semifinalist for this honor last season. Narrowed down from all 120 quarterbacks from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by The O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship. Four Big Ten quarterbacks have won the Davey O'Brien Award, including Iowa's Chuck Long (1985) and Brad Banks (2002), Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006) and Penn State's Kerry Collins (1994).

VB: Eight Teams Mentioned in Latest AVCA Coaches Poll

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Eight Big Ten teams, tied for the most this season, are ranked in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, including five teams in the top 25. Illinois and Penn State maintain their positions in the top 10 with the Illini at No. 6 and the Nittany Lions at No. 9. Michigan is ranked No. 15 this week, while Minnesota holds steady at No. 20 and Northwestern appears at No. 24. Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue are among the other teams receiving votes this week.

Indiana's Luis Soffner and Wisconsin's Chris Prince have earned Big Ten men's soccer weekly honors as announced on Monday. Prince is honored as the Big Ten's top offensive player for the week, while Soffner earns the nod on the defensive end.

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The College Football Performance Awards for the eighth week of college football have been announced, and two Big Ten players were honored. Wisconsin kicker Philip Welch was named the National Kickoff Specialist of the Week and Iowa's Ryan Donahue was selected as the National Punter of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

WSCR: Penn State, Wisconsin Receive Weekly Honors

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Penn State's Emma Thomson and Hayley Brock and Wisconsin's Laurie Nosbusch have been named the Big Ten women's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Nosbusch takes home Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Thomson earns Defensive Player of the Week laurels and Brock receives the nod for Freshman of the Week.

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FH: Three Schools Earn Weekly Field Hockey Honors

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The Big Ten Conference announced the winners of the weekly field hockey awards on Monday. Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong won Offensive Player of the Week, Penn State's Ayla Halus won Defensive Player of the Week honors and Ohio State's Paula Pastor-Pitarque won Freshman of the Week.

 

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FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Oct. 25

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The latest Big Ten football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

Big Ten leads all conferences with three of top 11 in latest BCS poll, including highest ranking ever for MSU.

Michigan State off to first 8-0 start since 1966 and is one of three 8-0 teams in the country.

Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern just one win from becoming bowl eligible.

Four quarterbacks on pace to appear among top-10 most accurate passing seasons in Big Ten history.

Minnesota's Adam Weber becomes fifth quarterback in Big Ten history to surpass 10,000 passing yards.

FH: Weekend Recap

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In a battle for first place finish, No. 6 Ohio State defeated No. 12 Michigan, 2-1 on Friday to share the top of the Big Ten field hockey standings after last weekend's action. Both the Buckeyes and Wolverines sit at 4-0 in conference play with one weekend remaining in the regular season. Northwestern narrowed the gap between second and third with a 3-1 win over Indiana. Michigan State also earned another conference win as they defeated Indiana 2-0 over the weekend.

 

The complete Big Ten field hockey weekend roundup can be found below.

October 22

#6 OHIO STATE def. #12 MICHIGAN, 2-1

October 23

#11 PENN STATE def. #17 Duke, 2-1

#9 MICHIGAN STATE def. INDIANA (rv), 2-0

#6 OHIO STATE def. UC Davis, 4-0

October 24

NORTHWESTERN (rv) def. IOWA, 4-2

#12 MICHIGAN def. UC Davis, 2-0

Ball State def. INDIANA (rv), 2-1 (2OT)

#11 PENN STATE def. #5 Princeton, 1-0

VB: Conference Announces Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Allison Wack, Wisconsin
Sr., OH, Salem, Wis./Westosha Central

Wack claims her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor after recording two 20-plus kill efforts and back-to-back 17-dig performances in the Badgers' weekend matches. In a win over Iowa, the senior outside hitter finished with a career-high 25 kills, the second-highest single-match total in the Big Ten this season, and tied a personal record with 17 digs in a five-set win. On Sunday against No. 20 Minnesota, Wack again eclipsed the 20-kill mark, finishing with 21 and recording her second 17-dig effort of the weekend, bringing her weekend averages to 5.1 kills and 3.8 digs per set.

Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Jackie Simpson (Nov. 26, 2007)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Ashley Benson, Indiana
Sr., MB, Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North

Benson records the third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor of her career after posting nearly two blocks per set in Indiana's weekend wins over No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State. Her five blocks against Michigan were part of an Indiana defense that held the Wolverines to .092 hitting. She followed that effort with a nine-block performance against Michigan State, bringing her weekend average to 1.8 stuffs per set, clinching her second straight conference defensive honor.

Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: Ashley Benson (Oct. 18, 2010)

Co-Freshman of the Week:
Jennifer Bonilla, Illinois
LIB, Reseda, Calif./Marymount

Bonilla averaged 4.8 digs per set and was 50 of 51 in service receptions in two matches this weekend to claim her fourth Freshman of the Week certificate. The Illini libero recorded 23 digs and perfectly received 34 Minnesota serves as Illinois defeated the nationally ranked Gophers in five sets. Against Iowa the following night, Bonilla finished with 15 digs and was 17 of 18 in service reception opportunities in the three-set win.

Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jennifer Bonilla (Oct. 18, 2010)

Deja McClendon, Penn State
OH, Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual Magnet

McClendon claims her third Freshman of the Week award following Penn State's road wins at Ohio State and #22 Northwestern last week. The outside hitter averaged 3.5 kills and 1.8 digs per set in the victories, both three-set sweeps. In a mid-week match against Ohio State, the freshman finished with nine kills and nine digs before concluding the weekend with 12 kills, two digs and three blocks against nationally ranked Northwestern.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Deja McClendon (Sept. 20, 2010)

MSCR: Weekend Recap

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Indiana extended its conference unbeaten streak to four matches on Sunday, defeating Michigan State, 3-0. The Hoosiers sit atop the Big Ten men's soccer standings with two games remaining. Northwestern kept pace, winning an overtime thriller against Wisconsin on Saturday to remain in a tie for second with Penn State. The Nittany Lions also earned a win, taking down No. 25 Ohio State in overtime on Saturday.

The complete Big Ten men's soccer weekend roundup can be found below.

OCTOBER 23

Penn State (rv) def. #25 Ohio State, 2-1 (OT)
Northwestern def. Wisconsin, 4-3 (OT)

OCTOBER 24

Indiana (rv) def. #16 Michigan State, 3-0

WSCR: Weekend Recap

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Despite falling to No. 13 Illinois on Thursday, No. 17 Ohio State remain on top of the Big Ten women's soccer standings after last weekend's action. The Buckeyes hold a slight lead over Wisconsin after earning a 2-1 win over Purdue on Sunday. The Badgers narrowed the gap between first and second place in the standings to one point with wins over Michigan State and Michigan over the weekend. Penn State kept pace, defeating Illinois in its lone match of the weekend to take over third place.

The complete Big Ten women's soccer weekend roundup can be found below.

OCTOBER 21

Northwestern def. Iowa, 3-0
#13 Illinois def. #17 Ohio State, 2-1 

OCTOBER 22

Michigan def. #23 Minnesota, 1-0 (2 OT)
Wisconsin (rv) def. Michigan State, 2-0

OCTOBER 24

Michigan State tied #23 Minnesota, 1-1 
Penn State def. #13 Illinois, 2-0
Wisconsin (rv) def. Michigan, 1-0 (2 OT)
#17 Ohio State def. Purdue, 2-1
Indiana def. Iowa, 3-2 (OT)

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Oct. 23 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Oct. 23, with Michigan State sweeping offensive, defensive and special teams laurels. Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins earned the weekly offensive accolades, defensive ends Tyler Hoover of MSU and J.J. Watt of Wisconsin shared defensive laurels, punters Aaron Bates of the Spartans and Brad Nortman of the Badgers split special teams honors and Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was tabbed as the Freshman of the Week. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

The Big Ten led all conferences with three teams among the top 11 in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings, with four schools appearing among the top 18. For the second straight week, Michigan State set a new school record by moving up two slots to No. 5 in the latest BCS rankings. Wisconsin climbed three spots to No. 10 in the BCS poll, the Badgers' first top-10 appearance in the BCS rankings since the 2006 campaign. Ohio State moved down one spot to No. 11, while Iowa is rated No. 18 in the latest poll.

VB: Sunday's Result

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#20 Minnesota def. Wisconsin, 3-1
The Big Ten leads all conferences with three top-10 teams in the Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris polls. The Big Ten is also one of only three conferences with four or more teams appearing among the top 25 in all three polls. Undefeated Michigan State leads the way in all three polls and moved up three spots to No. 5 in voting by media, coaches and Harris poll voters. Wisconsin is rated No. 9 in all three polls, followed by Ohio State at No. 10 in each ranking. Other Big Ten teams among the top 25 are Iowa, at No. 18 in the media poll, No. 19 in the coaches voting and No. 17 in the Harris ratings, and Michigan, tabbed No. 25 by the coaches and just outside the top 25 in the AP and Harris polls. Illinois and Northwestern are also receiving at least one vote in at least one of the polls.

VB: Saturday's Results

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#6 Illinois def. Iowa, 3-0
Indiana def. Michigan State, 3-2
#13 Michigan def. Purdue, 3-2
#9 Penn State def. #22 Northwestern, 3-0

After four weekends of Big Ten play, Michigan State is now the only undefeated team in conference play after the Spartans improved to 4-0 in conference, 8-0 overall, with a victory at Northwestern. Ohio State and Wisconsin both picked up triumphs to stand just one game back in the standings at 3-1 in the conference. The Buckeyes shut out Purdue while the Badgers knocked off a ranked team for the second straight Saturday with a triumph at Iowa. In other conference action, Illinois and Penn State picked up Big Ten victories. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Oct. 23, click on this link.

VB: Friday's Results

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#6 Illinois def. #20 Minnesota, 3-2
Indiana def. #13 Michigan, 3-0
Ohio State (rv) def. #22 Northwestern, 3-2
Purdue (rv) def. Michigan State, 3-0
Wisconsin def. Iowa, 3-2

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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October 22

MICHIGAN at Toledo, 5 p.m. ET

IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE, 5 p.m. ET

Miami (OH) at PURDUE, 5 p.m. ET

NORTHWESTERN at INDIANA, 3 p.m. ET

October 23

Virginia Tech at PENN STATE, 11 a.m. ET

Indiana Intercollegiates, Noon ET [1]

Kentucky at INDIANA, 10 a.m. ET

[1] - at West Lafayette, Ind.

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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October 22

IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE, 5 p.m. ET

NORTHWESTERN at INDIANA, 3 p.m. ET

October 23

Virginia Tech at PENN STATE, 11 a.m. ET

MICHIGAN vs. Notre Dame/Oakland, 2 p.m. ET [1]

Kentucky at INDIANA, 10 a.m. ET

October 24

NORTHWESTERN at IOWA, 1 p.m.ET

[1] - at Oakland

 

MSCR: Weekend Schedule

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The race for Big Ten men's soccer supremacy heats up this weekend, as six of the seven conference teams are set to hit the pitch. The top six teams in the conference are separated by just three points entering the weekend, allowing for plenty of movement in the standings. Action kicks off on Saturday with No. 25 Ohio State traveling to take on Penn State. Northwestern also visits Wisconsin to round out Saturday's competition.

The matchup of the weekend pits first-place Indiana against No. 16 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers bring a 2-0-1 conference mark into the contest, while the Spartans own a 2-2-0 record in Big Ten play, trailing Indiana by just one point.

The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

OCTOBER 23

#25 Ohio State at Penn State (rv) - 3 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (Delay - 10/24, 4 p.m. ET)
Northwestern at Wisconsin - 7 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 24

Indiana (rv) at #16 Michigan State - 1 p.m. ET

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 22

Illinois at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.
Northwestern at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.

OCTOBER 23

#21 Michigan at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
#16 Michigan State at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
#19 Minnesota at Jack's Run - Falcon Heights, Minn.

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 22

Illinois at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.

OCTOBER 23

Michigan at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
Michigan State (rv) at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.

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. 6 Ohio State (11-3, 3-1 Big Ten) visits No. 12 Michigan (10-5, 4-0) with the winner having the inside track to the No. 1 seed in next month's Big Ten Tournament. 

Two non-conference and one conference game highlight Saturday's action, featuring No. 17 Duke traveling to No. 11 Penn State while Ohio State faces UC Davis at a neutral site of Ann Arbor, Michigan starting at 1 p.m. ET. No. 9 Michigan State hosts Indiana at 1 p.m. ET to round out Saturday's matchups.

Four matches decorate Sunday's schedule, including three non-conference matchups. The Noon matches start with UC Davis traveling to Michigan, while Northwestern visits Iowa with the matchup being aired on www.bigtennetwork.com on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. ET. Sunday concludes with Indiana facing Ball State at 1 p.m. ET and Penn State hosting No. 5 Princeton starting at 3 p.m. ET.

VB: Weekend Schedule

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The Big Ten volleyball season will reach its halfway point at the end of the weekend as teams look to position themselves for the second half of the conference slate. Illinois and Michigan, tied for first place in the standings, each hit the road this weekend for televised contests. In total, seven of the 10 conference matchups this weekeend will be produced for a national audience. The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

Friday Matches
#6 Illinois at #20 Minnesota, 7 p.m.
ESPN2 (10/24, 1 p.m. ET)
#13 Michigan at Indiana, 7 p.m.
www.bigtennetwork.com
Wisconsin at Iowa, 6 p.m.
www.bigtennetwork.com
Michigan State at Purdue (rv), 7 p.m.
www.bigtennetwork.com
Ohio State (rv) at #22 Northwestern, 7 p.m.

Saturday Matches
#6 Illinois at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Michigan State at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Big Ten Network (LIVE)
#13 Michigan at Purdue (rv), 6 p.m.
Big Ten Network (LIVE)
#9 Penn State at #22 Northwestern, 7 p.m.

Sunday's Match
Wisconsin at #20 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
www.bigtennetwork.com

FB: Week Eight Preview

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The preview for the fourth weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Oct. 23. 

FB: MSU's Jones Named Semifinalists for Butkus Award

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Michigan State's Greg Jones was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker and named after former Illini and Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. Jones, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was also named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last season. Eight Big Ten standouts have claimed the Butkus Award, most recently when Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was honored following the 2007 season.

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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With just three weeks of conference competition remaining, the Big Ten women's soccer title race is beginning to take shape. No. 17 Ohio State enters the weekend as the conference leader, sitting at 6-0-0. The Buckeyes host No. 13 Illinois on Thursday before heading to Purdue on Sunday. The Illini currently sit in a tie for fourth with Michigan State at 3-1-1 and round out their weekend with a crucial match against Penn State on Sunday. The Nittany Lions hold third place at 4-2-0.

Wisconsin currently sits in second at 4-1-2, trailing Ohio State by four points entering the weekend. The Badgers host Michigan State on Friday before welcoming sixth-place Michigan on Sunday.

The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

OCTOBER 21

Iowa at Northwestern - 7 p.m. CT
#13 Illinois at #17 Ohio State - 7:30 p.m. ET

OCTOBER 22

Michigan at #23 Minnesota - 7 p.m. CT
Michigan State at Wisconsin (rv) - 7 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 24

Michigan State at #23 Minnesota - Noon CT
Penn State at #13 Illinois - 1 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (Delay - 10/26, 2 p.m. ET), www.BigTenNetwork.com
Michigan at Wisconsin (rv) - 1 p.m. CT
#17 Ohio State at Purdue - 1 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (SDD, 5 p.m. ET)
Indiana at Iowa - 2 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network (LIVE)

MGOLF: Illinois' Langley, Pieters to Compete in World Am

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Illinois golfers Scott Langley and Thomas Pieters will compete in the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships from Oct. 28 to 31 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The pair of Illini will compete among 70 teams of one to three players for the Eisenhower Trophy.

Langley, the defending NCAA individual Champion and Big Ten Golfer of the Year, will represent the United States in the four-day, 72-hole tournament. The senior helped the Illini to the Big Ten title in 2010 before becoming the first Big Ten golfer to earn medalist honors at the national tournament since 1999. Pieters, an Illini freshman, will compete for his native Belgium in the Championships.

To find out more about the 2010 World Amateur Championships, click here.

WGOLF: Two Big Ten Golfers Competing in World Am

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Ohio State's Susana Benavides and Purdue's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon are competing in the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The four-day, 72-hole tournament began yesterday and will conclude on Saturday, with the winning team receiving the Espirito Santo Trophy.

Benavides, a top-15 finisher at the 2010 Big Ten Championships, is representing her native Bolivia in the tournament. The Buckeye sophomore put together four top-20 finishes and three top-10 marks in her rookie season.

The reigning Big Ten Champion and Freshman of the Year, Gonzalez-Escallon is competing for Belgium in the tournament. She shot a tournament-record 280 at the Big Ten Championships to lead Purdue to its third-straight conference crown.

To follow the Women's World Amateur Championships leaderboard, click here.

FB: Required Reading

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DE J.J. Watt earned his stripes at Wisconsin, working his way from walk-on to starter.

Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi's experience and work ethic have fueled him to a solid start this season.

Michigan State S Marcus Hyde has impressed his coaches and teammates after working his way into the starting lineup in spring practice.

WR Manasseh Garner quietly made a significant impact in Wisconsin's win over Ohio State.

Freshmen and Florida natives O.J. Ross and Ricardo Allen have been productive early on for Purdue.

VB: Wednesday's Result

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#9 Penn State def. Ohio State (rv), 3-0

VB: Wednesday Schedule

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#9 Penn State at Ohio State (rv), 7 p.m. ET
Big Ten Network (LIVE)

The Big Ten tied for the conference lead with five student-athletes being named quarterfinalists for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The Big Ten's five quarterfinalists are Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, the Ohio State duo of defensive tackle Cameron Heyward and linebacker Ross Homan, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin defensive end JJ Watt. The Big Ten and Big 12 led all conferences with five quarterfinalists each, followed by the Pac-10 (four), ACC (three) and SEC (three).

Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and now in its seventh year, the Lott Trophy is the first - and only -- 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. Below is information on each of the Big Ten quarterfinalists:

Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State, 6-1, 228, Cincinnati, Ohio
Has 60 tackles on the season, among the leaders in the country... three forced fumbles ... Michigan State 7-0 first time in 44 years.

Cameron Heyward, DT, Ohio State, 6-6, 287, Suwanee, Ga.
Has 20 tackles, one interception for an 80-yard return.

Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State, 6-0, 229, Coldwater, Ohio
Lott IMPACT Player of the Week Sept. 18 ... Leads team in tackles with 41, has an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery.

Ryan Kerrigan, DL, Purdue, 6-4, 263, Muncie, Ind.
Second in the country with 14 tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks... second in nation among linemen with 41 tackles, which leads team ... 2009 Academic All-American

JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin, 6-6, 287, Pewaukee, Wis.
30 tackles this season with 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, six pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a blocked kick ... Academic All-Big Ten

Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski was one of 10 Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes named finalists for the 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 - community, classroom, character 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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates that was announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website through December 6. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 6

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Recorded 11 tackles, a sack and two pass breakups in Indianapolis' 27-24 win over Washington.

 

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 27 of 44 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown in New England's 23-20 win over Baltimore.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, completing 21 of 32 passes in New Orleans' 31-6 win over Tampa Bay.

 

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State) - Completed 11 of 16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 30-3 win over Jacksonville.

 

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa) - Racked up 12 tackles and notched a pass breakup in Minnesota's 24-21 win over Dallas.

 

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State) - Made 13 tackles in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to Miami.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed 23 of 39 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns in Miami's 23-20 win over Green Bay.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and added three catches for 15 yards in Pittsburgh's 28-10 win over Cleveland.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Recorded 209 passing yards and a touchdown, completing 14 of 34 throws in Denver's 24-20 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland (Wisconsin) - Made four tackles and a sack in Oakland's 17-9 loss to San Francisco.

 

Drew Stanton, QB, Detroit (Michigan State) - Passed for 222 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 34 passing and added 30 rushing yards on three carries in Detroit's 28-20 loss to the New York Giants.

 

Mike Vrabel, LB, Kansas City (Ohio State) - Recorded a tackle and a two-yard touchdown catch in Kansas City's 35-31 loss to Houston.

 

Cameron Wake, LB, Miami (Penn State) - Recorded three sacks and three total tackles in Miami's 23-20 win over Green Bay.

 

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Notched three total tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in Pittsburgh's 28-10 win over Cleveland.

WXC: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten women's cross country teams appear in the latest USTFCCCA national coaches' poll with Michigan State leading the way at No. 16. Minnesota made the largest jump from their previous ranking of any Big Ten team, moving up seven spots to No. 19. Michigan is not far behind, checking in at No. 21. Indiana and Iowa round out the poll at Nos. 29 and 30, respectively. Penn State is also receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

MXC: In the Polls

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Three Big Ten men's cross country squads have earned rankings in this week's USTFCCCA national coaches' poll. Wisconsin makes the leap back into the top 10, jumping in front of Indiana at No. 6. After making their debut in the top 10 two weeks ago, the Hoosiers remain at No. 7 in the latest poll. Penn State rounds out the group, checking in at No. 24. Michigan State and Ohio State are also receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

FB/BB/BASE: Northwestern's Graham Named Big Ten Icon No. 14

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Northwestern's Otto Graham has been named Big Ten Icon No. 14. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, Oct. 26, with a profile of the Waukegan, Ill., native, who was an All-American in football and basketball for the Wildcats.

Graham came to Evanston on a basketball scholarship, and was the team's captain and leading scorer, earning All-America honors in 1944. On the Northwestern baseball team, Graham was a .300 hitter and centerfielder. Graham may never have played football or embarked on a Hall of Fame career if he hadn't been discovered in a fraternity football league by Northwestern coach Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf in the fall of 1940. The following year, Graham was in the Wildcats' starting lineup, where he would stay all three years. During his senior year, Graham won the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football as Big Ten MVP and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "Few athletes have ever been as accomplished, not to mention as versatile." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Graham, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

WSCR: Big Ten Women's Soccer Weekly Release - 10-19

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The Big Ten women's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the full release.

MSCR: Big Ten Men's Soccer Weekly Release - 10-19

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This week's Big Ten men's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the full release.

FH: Weekly Release

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The Big Ten Field Hockey weekly release, featuring updated standings, rankings, and statistics, is now available online.

Click here for the full release.

VB: Weekly Release Now Available

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The weekly Big Ten volleyball release is now available online. Check it out for complete standings, as well as news and notes from around the Big Ten.

This week, eight of the 11 Big Ten matchups will be produced for a national audience, including one on ESPN2, three on the Big Ten Network, and four others that will be streamed live online at www.bigtennetwork.com.

Also, five conference teams were ranked in the latest top 25, while 10 Big Ten squads appear in the top 50 of the latest RPI.

For much more information on Big Ten volleyball, click here!

WSCR: In the Polls

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Illinois, Ohio State and Minnesota each make another appearance in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national women's soccer rankings, garnering top-25 status in this week's poll. The Fighting Illini (10-2-1 overall, 3-1-1 Big Ten) jump four spots to No. 13 to lead the way for the Big Ten. The conference-leading Buckeyes (12-2-1, 6-0-0) check in at No. 17, seven spots higher than their ranking in last week's poll. The Golden Gophers (10-4-2, 2-3-1) drop six places from last week's rankings, sitting at No. 23. Wisconsin (7-4-4, 4-1-2) is also receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the second weekly women's swimming and diving award winners for the 2010-11 season. Wisconsin's Ashley Wanland and Minnesota's Margaret Keefer earned the nod as Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, after leading their teams to wins in weekend competition.

 

To see the full release, click here.

MSCR: In the Polls

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Michigan State and Ohio State remain the lone Big Ten representatives to appear in the latest NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national men's soccer rankings. The Spartans (10-3-0 overall, 2-2-0 Big Ten) have moved up five places since last week, checking in at No. 16. The Buckeyes (7-4-2, 2-1-0) fell from No. 16 in last week's poll to No. 25 this week. Indiana (7-4-1, 2-0-1), Penn State (8-4-1, 1-2-1) and Michigan (8-3-3, 2-2-0) are receiving votes.

The complete poll can be found here.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the second weekly men's swimming and diving awards. Wisconsin's Dan Lester nabbed the weekly swimming laurel while Badger teammate garnered Diver of the Week accolades.

To see the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

Indiana's Ben Hubers and Iowa's Jeff Thode have been named the Big Ten Conference men's cross country Co-Runners of the Week, announced on Tuesday. Hubers led Indiana to second place at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Saturday while Thode helped Iowa win the Bradley Classic on Friday.

To see the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

WXC: Indiana's Pease Named Big Ten Women's Runner of the Week

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Indiana senior Sarah Pease has been tabbed the Big Ten Conference women's cross country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Pease finished first at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival last weekend.

To read the full release, click here.

VB: Seven Teams Mentioned in Latest AVCA Coaches Poll

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Seven Big Ten Conference teams are mentioned in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, including five in the top 25. Illinois and Penn State rank in the top 10, with the Illini checking in at No. 6, up two spots from last week, and the Nittany Lions remaining at No. 9. Michigan moves up two spots to No. 13, Minnesota is No. 20, and Northwestern appears at No. 22. Ohio State and Purdue are also receiving votes in this week's poll.

FH: In the Polls

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

Checking in at No. 6 was Ohio State, the third week in a row the Buckeyes have maintained that ranking. With two matches left in their season, Michigan State moves to No. 9, while Penn State remains at No. 11 this week. Rounding out the top 20 was Michigan at No. 12, with the Wolverines having won ten of their last eleven matches. Also receiving votes this week was Indiana and Northwestern.

To see the full rankings, click here.

FB: MSU's Conroy Named "Star of Week" by Groza Award

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Michigan State's Dan Conroy was named one of three "Stars of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award, given annually to the nation's top kicker. The Spartan sophomore picks up his second "Star of the Week" selection this season. He connected on a career-high four field goals in MSU's 26-6 defeat of Illinois in East Lansing on Saturday. The Spartans are perfect on the year at 7-0 and Conroy is a perfect 13-of-13 in field goals, third in the nation in field goals made and the best start by a place kicker in school history. The Illinois native connected from 18, 32, 34 and 37 yards. Conroy chose to walk on at Michigan State rather than accept a scholarship from Western Michigan. He has since earned his scholarship from the Spartans.

FB: Wisconsin Named Fiesta Bowl National Team of Week

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Following a 31-18 win over No. 1 Ohio State, Wisconsin was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 16. David Gilreath returned the game's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown as the 18th-ranked Badgers raced out to a 21-0 lead just 1:45 into the second quarter. John Clay posted a pair of touchdown runs, and with 104 yards on the day, became the first player to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark against the  Buckeyes in 29 games. After OSU rallied to get within 21-18, the Badgers sealed the win with 10 fourth-quarter points. A 10-play, 73-yard drive was capped by James White's 12-yard touchdown run before Philip Welch's 43-yard field goal closed out the scoring. The win was Wisconsin's first over a No. 1 team since the Badgers knocked off Michigan in 1981.

The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the seventh season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during the 2010 college football regular season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.

Big Ten wide receivers Tandon Doss of Indiana and David Gilreath of Wisconsin were among the six players named to the list of "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week" for their efforts on Oct. 16. Doss had eight receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in a 36-34 win over Arkansas State on Saturday. He also had four kickoff returns for 121 yards and four rushes for 17 yards for a team-high 241 all-purpose yards. Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown on Saturday to ignite the Badgers' 31-18 win over No. 1 Ohio State. The wideout also had one reception, one punt return and three other kickoff returns for a team-high 194 all-purpose yards. The weekly award honorees highlight elite performances from the previous week in college football that display the same versatility on the field as the legendary Paul Hornung.

MSCR: Michigan State, Penn State Take Home Weekly Honors

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Michigan State's Avery Steinlage and Penn State's Corey Hertzog have been named the Big Ten Conference men's soccer Players of the Week, announced on Monday. Hertzog takes home Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Steinlage earns Defensive Player of the Week laurels.

To read the full release from the Big Ten, click here.

The Big Ten Conference has announced its women's soccer Players of the Week with Michigan's Clare Stachel, Michigan State's Jill Flietstra and Ohio State's Rachel Middleman earning recognition. Stachel garners Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Flietstra earns Defensive Player of the Week and Middleman reels in Freshman of the Week accolades.

Click here to read the full release from the Big Ten.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with six players on the midseason watch list for the Mackey Award, given annually to the best collegiate tight end. The ACC and SEC rank second with three players each on the watch list. Big Ten student-athletes appearing on the midseason watch list are Indiana's Ted Bolser, Iowa's Allen Reisner, Michigan State's Charlie Gantt, Minnesota's Eric Lair, Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore and Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks. 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. Three Big Ten players have claimed the Mackey Award - Purdue's Tim Stratton in 2000, Iowa's Dallas Clark in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth in 2006.

The College Football Performance Awards for the seventh week of college football have been announced, and several Big Ten players were honored. Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt was named the National Defensive Performer and Defensive Lineman of the Week, fellow-Badger David Gilreath was selected as the National Kickoff Returner of the Week, Michigan State's Kevin Muma was honored as the National Kickoff Specialist of the Week and fellow-Spartan Dan Conroy was tabbed as the National Placekicker of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

FH: Michigan and Ohio State Garner Weekly Laurels

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The Big Ten Conference announced the winners of the weekly field hockey awards on Monday. Ohio State's Berta Queralt won Offensive Player of the Week, teammate Jenn Sciulli won Defensive Player of the Week, and Michigan's Rachael Mack earned Freshman of the Week honors. 

 

Click here for the full release.

WSCR: Weekend Recap

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Ohio State maintained its spot atop the Big Ten women's soccer standings after another weekend of conference play, pushing its Big Ten record to 6-0-0 with wins over Wisconsin on Friday and No. 15 Minnesota on Sunday. Wisconsin rebounded with a win over Penn State on Sunday to remain in second behind the Buckeyes.

Michigan and Michigan State each posted back-to-back wins over the weekend, with the Wolverines earning their first wins of the Big Ten season. The Spartans picked up a non-conference win over Oakland on Thursday before taking a 1-0 decision against Northwestern on Sunday. No. 17 Illinois earned a win against Iowa in its lone contest of the week.

The complete Big Ten women's soccer weekend roundup can be found below.

OCTOBER 14

Michigan State def. Oakland, 2-0
Michigan def. Purdue, 2-1

OCTOBER 15

Penn State def. #15 Minnesota, 2-1
#24 Ohio State def. Wisconsin (rv), 1-0

OCTOBER 16

#17 Illinois def. Iowa, 2-1

OCTOBER 17

Michigan State def. Northwestern, 1-0
Wisconsin (rv) def. Penn State, 3-2 
#24 Ohio State def. #15 Minnesota, 2-1
Michigan def. Indiana, 2-1

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Oct. 18

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The latest Big Ten football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

Big Ten leads all conferences with four of top 15 in first BCS poll, including highest ranking ever for MSU.

Michigan State off to first 7-0 start since 1966 and is one of four 7-0 teams in the country.

Wisconsin's David Gilreath sets Big Ten record for career kickoff return yards.

Nine Big Ten standouts rank among top five national stat leaders, including four quarterbacks.

Big Ten on pace to set conference records in average attendance for all games and conference games only.

FH: Weekend Recap

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All seven Big Ten field hockey teams were in action this weekend, with all seven teams competing in conference games. In the marquee matchup on Friday, No. 12 Michigan downed Northwestern, 4-3 (OT), to move to 4-0 in Big Ten play. No. 6 Ohio State defeated No. 7 Michigan State and No. 11 Penn State to become 3-1 in the conference and 11-3 overall. Indiana went 2-0 this weekend as they beat Iowa 2-1 (OT) and Villanova 2-1.

Scores from this past weekend can be found below.

OCTOBER 15

Indiana (rv) def. Iowa, 2-1 (OT)

#6 Ohio State def. #7 Michigan State, 5-1

#12 Michigan def. Northwestern (rv), 4-3 (OT)

 

OCTOBER 17

#7 Michigan State def. Northwestern (rv), 2-1

Indiana (rv) def. Villanova, 2-1

#10 Louisville def. Iowa, 4-1

#6 Ohio State def. #11 Penn State, 3-0

 

MSCR: Weekend Recap

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Another weekend in Big Ten men's soccer action resulted in another shakeup in the conference standings, with Indiana taking the helm as the top team. The Hoosiers defeated Michigan, 2-1, to move one point ahead of the three-way tie in second place. The Wolverines sit in a deadlock with Ohio State and Michigan State for second.

The 16th-ranked Buckeyes remained at two conference wins after a weekend of non-conference play, while the 21st-ranked Spartans earned their second win of the Big Ten season and 10th overall with a 3-0 victory over Wisconsin. Penn State and Northwestern played to a 1-1 draw to remain in a tie for fifth place in the conference.

The complete weekend roundup can be found below.

OCTOBER 16

Indiana (rv) def. Michigan (rv), 2-1

OCTOBER 17

Penn State (rv) tied Northwestern, 1-1 (2 OT)
#21 Michigan State def. Wisconsin, 3-0
#16 Ohio State def. Valparaiso, 1-0 (OT)

VB: Big Ten Announces Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Kelli Barhorst, Ohio State
MB, Jr., Anna, Ohio/Anna

Barhorst wins her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor after the Buckeyes swept Iowa and No. 19 Minnesota over the weekend, where she averaged 4.2 kills on .524 hitting and 2.0 blocks per set. Against Iowa, the junior middle blocker finished with a career-high 14 kills on .619 hitting to go along with seven blocks in a 3-0 victory. Against the nationally ranked Gophers, Barhorst recorded her second double-digit kill effort of the weekend with 11, adding five blocks in the Buckeyes' 3-0 win.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Ashley Hughes (Oct. 26, 2009)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Ashley Benson, Indiana
MB, Sr., Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington H.S. North

Benson claims the second defensive player of the week honor of her career after recording 10 or more blocks in each of the Hoosiers' two matches last weekend. A middle blocker, Benson finished with 13 blocks against Wisconsin, setting a new school mark for stuffs in a three-set match, helping the Hoosiers hold the Badgers to a negative hitting percentage. She followed that effort with a 10-block, eight-dig effort against No. 8 Illinois, finishing the week averaging 3.3 blocks and 1.1 digs per set.

Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: Ashley Benson (Nov. 16, 2009)

Co-Freshman of the Week:
Jennifer Bonilla, Illinois
LIB, Reseda, Calif./Marymount

Bonilla averaged 6.5 digs per set and was 42 of 42 on service receptions to capture freshman of the week accolades for the third time this season. Finishing with 20-plus dig efforts in both Illinois matches this weekend, the freshman totaled 52 digs in eight sets of play. In a pair of four-set wins, Bonilla finished with 24 digs against Purdue, then followed that effort with 28 more versus Indiana. She currently ranks second in Big Ten play with 5.3 digs per set.

Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jennifer Bonilla (Oct. 4, 2010)

Jennifer Cross, Michigan
MB, Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Collegiate

Cross wins the first freshman of the week honor of her career after averaging 3.4 kills on .438 hitting and 1.4 blocks per set to help Michigan to a pair of wins over the weekend. Cross totaled 27 kills and 11 blocks on the weekend, finishing each match with 10 or more kills and five or more blocks. She recorded a career-high 16 kills to go along with five blocks in the win over the Wildcats after posting 11 kills and six stuffs against the Spartans.

Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: N/A

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Oct. 16 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Oct. 16, with honorees from four different schools. Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi earned the weekly offensive accolades, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones nabbed defensive laurels, Wisconsin kick returner David Gilreath collected special teams honors and Purdue quarterback Rob Henry was tabbed as the Freshman of the Week. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

The first edition of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings was announced on Sunday night and the Big Ten leads all conferences with four teams ranked among the top 15. The Big 12 and SEC rank second with three teams each among the top 15, followed by two teams each from the Mountain West and Pac-10. Michigan State tops all Big Ten schools at No. 7 in the initial BCS standings, the highest BCS ranking in school history, breaking the previous high of No. 9 set in the Dec. 5, 1999 BCS poll. Ohio State ranks No. 10 in the first BCS poll, the ninth straight season the Buckeyes have appeared in a BCS ranking. Wisconsin is rated No. 13 and has now appeared in the BCS poll in six of the last seven seasons. Iowa is ranked No. 15 after setting a program record by rising to No. 4 in the BCS last season.

VB: Sunday's Result

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Wisconsin def. Purdue (rv), 3-1
The Big Ten leads all conferences with four of the top 13 teams in the Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris polls, as Michigan State has cracked the top 10 in the AP and coaches polls for the first time since the 2003 campaign. The Spartans improved to 7-0 for the first time since opening with nine straight triumphs in 1966 and have now climbed to eighth in all three polls. The last time MSU appeared among the top 10 in both the media and coaches rankings was on Oct. 26, 2003, when the school was ranked ninth by the AP and tenth by the coaches. Three other conference programs rated among the top 13 in the country, including No. 10/11/11 Wisconsin (AP/USA Today/Harris), No. 11/10/10 Ohio State and No. 13/12/12 Iowa. In addition, Michigan and Northwestern are receiving votes in all three polls while Purdue received one vote in the Harris poll.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones its Football Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week for games ending October 16. This is the seventh 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.

Jones had a game-high 14 tackles as 13th-ranked Michigan State remained unbeaten with a 26-6 victory over Illinois. The senior linebacker added one quarterback hurry and also broke up one pass as the Spartans held the Illini scoreless in the second half.  Michigan State is 7-0 for the first time since 1966.

After three weekends of Big Ten play, Michigan State is now the only undefeated team in the conference after improving to 7-0 with a win over Illinois on Saturday. The Spartans are 3-0 in Big Ten play and tied atop the conference standings with Iowa and Purdue, who improved to 2-0 in Big Ten play with triumphs over Michigan and Minnesota, respectively. Ohio State and Wisconsin are next in the standings at 2-1 after the Badgers handed the Buckeyes their first loss of the season. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Oct. 16, click on this link.

 

VB: Friday's Results

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#8 Illinois def. Purdue (rv), 3-1
Indiana (rv) def. Wisconsin, 3-0
#15 Michigan def. #20 Northwestern, 3-1
Ohio State def. Ohio State, 3-0
#9 Penn State def. #19 Minnesota, 3-1

VB: Weekend Schedule

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Weekend Schedule
Friday
Purdue (rv) at #8 Illinois, 7 p.m.
www.bigtennetwork.com
Indiana (rv) at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Iowa at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
#20 Northwestern at #15 Michigan, 7 p.m.
#19 Minnesota at #9 Penn State, 7 p.m.
ESPN2 (10/17, 1 p.m. ET)

Saturday
Indiana (rv) at #8 Illinois, 8 p.m.
Iowa at #9 Penn State, 7 p.m.
www.bigtennetwork.com
#20 Northwestern at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
Big Ten Network (10/17, 6:30 p.m. ET)
#19 Minnesota at Ohio State, 6 p.m.
Big Ten Network (LIVE)

Sunday
Purdue (rv) at Wisconsin, 2 p.m.

All times are ET

MSCR: Weekend Schedule

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Week four of Big Ten men's soccer conference play begins on Saturday, with Michigan traveling to Indiana for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff live on the Big Ten Network. Action continues on Sunday as Northwestern hosts Penn State and No. 21 Michigan State hosts Wisconsin, with No. 16 Ohio State welcoming Valparaiso in a non-conference tilt.

The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

OCTOBER 16

Michigan (rv) at Indiana (rv) - 8 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)

OCTOBER 17

Penn State (rv) at Northwestern - 1 p.m. CT
Wisconsin at #21 Michigan State - 2:30 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
Valparaiso at #16 Ohio State - 2:30 p.m. ET

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 15

Illinois at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
Northwestern at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.

OCTOBER 16

Illinois at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#24 Indiana at Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival - Fayetteville, Ark.
Iowa (rv) at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#19 Michigan at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#18 Michigan State at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#26 Minnesota at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#26 Minnesota at Tori Neubauer Invitational - West Salem, Wis.
Northwestern at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
Ohio State at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#30 Penn State at Penn State National - University Park, Pa.
Purdue at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
Wisconsin at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 15

Illinois at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
Iowa at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.

OCTOBER 16

Illinois at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#7 Indiana at Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival - Fayetteville, Ark.
Michigan at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#20 Michigan State at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#25 Minnesota at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#25 Minnesota at Jim Drews Invitational - West Salem, Wis.
Ohio State (rv) at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#23 Penn State at Penn State National - University Park, Pa.
Purdue at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#11 Wisconsin at Bill Dellinger Invitational - Springfield, Ore.

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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October 15

ILLINOIS at Toledo, 5 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN at IOWA, 6 p.m. ET

October 16

PENN STATE at West Virginia, Noon ET

ILLINOIS at Akron, 1 p.m. ET

Iowa State at MINNESOTA, 2 p.m. ET

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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October 15

PENN STATE at West Virginia (Diving), 2 p.m. ET

WISCONSIN at IOWA, 6 p.m. ET

October 16

PENN STATE at West Virginia, Noon ET

FH: Weekend Schedule

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With three weeks left 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. 7 Michigan State (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten) visits No. 6 Ohio State   (9-3, 1-1) while Iowa (3-9, 0-3) heads east to Indiana (7-5, 0-3) for a 3:30 p.m. ET start. Other Friday matchups include Northwestern visiting No. 12 Michigan with the winner having the inside track to the No. 1 seed in next month's Big Ten Tournament.

Four matches decorate Sunday's schedule, including two non-conference matchups. At Noon ET, Villanova will face Indiana and Iowa visits No. 10 Louisville, then Michigan State hosts Northwestern. At 1 p.m. ET, No. 11 Penn State (9-3. 3-1) travels to Ohio State in the day's second conference tilt.

FB: Week Seven Preview

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The preview for the third weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Oct. 16. 

 

All six Big Ten men's gymnastics teams have earned top-10 status in the 2011 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll with defending national champion Michigan leading the way at No. 2. The Wolverines tied with top-ranked Stanford for the most first-place votes in the poll, receiving seven.

To see where the rest of the Big Ten fell among the top 10, click here. The complete poll can be found here.

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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As the race for the Big Ten women's soccer title begins to take shape, all 11 conference teams prepare for another weekend of competition. The weekend kicks off this afternoon as Michigan State heads to Oakland for a non-conference match and Purdue and Michigan square off in Ann Arbor.

No. 24 Ohio State looks to continue its winning ways in Big Ten play, hosting two tough matches against Wisconsin on Friday and No. 15 Minnesota on Sunday. Penn State also hosts the Golden Gophers and the Badgers this weekend.

No. 17 Illinois and Iowa face off on Saturday in their lone match of the weekend, while Indiana welcomes Michigan on Sunday in its only contest of the week. Northwestern also heads to Michigan State on Sunday for a noon kickoff live on the Big Ten Network.

OCTOBER 14

Michigan State at Oakland - 4 p.m. ET
Purdue at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET - www.BigTenNetwork.com

OCTOBER 15

#15 Minnesota at Penn State - 7 p.m. ET
Wisconsin (rv) at #24 Ohio State - 7:30 p.m. ET

OCTOBER 16

Iowa at #17 Illinois - 7 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 17

Northwestern at Michigan State - Noon ET - Big Ten Network (LIVE)
Wisconsin (rv) at Penn State - Noon ET - Big Ten Network (SDD, 4:30 p.m. ET)
#15 Minnesota at #24 Ohio State - Noon ET
Michigan at Indiana - 1 p.m. ET

FB: Required Reading

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The Big Ten has set the precedent in concussion awareness and treatment.

Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan is the key to Purdue's pass rush.

Former OL Bill Nagy is making the most of his opportunity at tight end for Wisconsin.

Illinois LB Nate Bussey's play on the field isn't the only reason why he stands out in a crowd.

VB: Wednesday's Result

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#15 Michigan def. Michigan State, 3-1

After reeling in his third Big Ten men's soccer Offensive Player of the Week award of the season on Monday, Indiana's Will Bruin has been named the NSCAA National Player of the Week. The junior scored three goals in two games and helped Indiana take down No. 11 Creighton last weekend.

To read the complete release from the NSCAA, click here.

Michigan's Chris Cameron and Ohio State's Brandon Wynn have been chosen to represent the United States at the 2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Oct. 16-24 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Cameron and Wynn are two of the six U.S. team members competing in the Championships, while Illinois' Paul Ruggeri has been named an alternate.

Cameron, the 2010 Big Ten and NCAA all-around champion, also led the Wolverines to their first NCAA title since 1963. The senior became the fourth gymnast to earn the individual NCAA all-around title in Michigan history.

Wynn also earned Big Ten and national titles in 2010, earning top billing on the rings at both competitions. He became the first Buckeye gymnast to earn the national title since 2004.

Ruggeri led the Illini to their second straight Big Ten Championship in 2010, taking home the individual titles in the vault and high bar competitions en route to first-team All-Big Ten status.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 5

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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Recorded 279 passing yards and two touchdowns, completing 24 of 39 passes in New Orleans' 30-20 loss to Arizona.

 

Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue) - Made seven total tackles along with 1.5 sacks in Minnesota's 29-20 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin) - Caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's 36-26 loss to Jacksonville.

 

Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa) - Made four tackles and grabbed an interception in Carolina's 23-6 loss to Chicago.

 

Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia (Michigan) - Made two tackles and a fumble-forcing sack in Philadelphia's 27-24 win over San Francisco.

 

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa) - Rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in the New York Jets' 29-20 win over Minnesota.

 

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Made six tackles and a sack in Kansas City's 19-9 loss to Indianapolis.

 

Mike Hart, RB, Indianapolis (Michigan) - Rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in Indianapolis' 19-9 win over Kansas City.

 

Aaron Kampman, DE, Jacksonville (Iowa) - Made six total tackles and 1.5 sacks in Jacksonville's 36-26 win over Buffalo.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Racked up 135 yards receiving along with two touchdowns on five catches in Denver's 31-17 loss to Baltimore.

 

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay (Purdue) - Made two tackles and a sack in Green Bay's 16-13 loss to Washington.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns on 23 of 38 passing in Denver's 31-17 loss to Baltimore.

 

Julian Peterson, LB, Detroit (Michigan State) - Made 11 tackles and a sack in Detroit's 44-6 win over St. Louis.

 

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Racked up 13 tackles in Buffalo's 36-26 loss to Jacksonville.

 

Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Oakland (Wisconsin) - Recorded six tackles and a sack in Oakland's 35-27 win over San Diego.

 

Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas (Purdue) - Made three tackles and recorded a sack in Dallas' 34-27 loss to Tennessee.

WBB: Six Conferences Create Super Six Series

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Six conferences have joined forces to create the Super Six Series women's basketball challenge. Conferences participating are the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Southeastern and Pacific-10.

The initial year of the series will be 2010-11, and it will continue through at least 2011-12. Two teams from each conference will participate, resulting in six games played in on-campus venues. Each conference will have one home game and one away game annually. Games will be played during the beginning of the season each year.

Michigan State and Minnesota will represent the Big Ten in the inaugural Super Six Series. The Spartans will travel to Baylor on Nov. 19, while the Gophers will host Pittsburgh on Nov. 17, the opening matchup of the Super Six Series which will be broadcast nationally on www.bigtennetwork.com.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

BASE: Minnesota's Winfield Named Big Ten Icon

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Minnesota's Dave Winfield has been named Big Ten Icon No. 15. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 19, with a profile of the St. Paul, Minn., native, the first person in history to be drafted by teams in the NFL (Minnesota Vikings), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and MLB (San Diego Padres). The episode contains exclusive interviews with Winfield, Kevin McHale, Paul Molitor, Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson, former Minneapolis Star-Tribune writer Jon Roe and others.

Winfield played baseball and basketball at Minnesota. As a junior, Winfield helped the Gophers win the 1972 Big Ten basketball title. As a senior, Winfield averaged more than 10 points and six rebounds, helping the basketball team to a 21-5 record. On the baseball diamond, he was one of the best players in the country. He posted a 9-1 record on the mound, with 109 strikeouts in 82 innings, and hit .385 at the plate to lead Minnesota to the Big Ten championship and a third-place finish at the College World Series.

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The conference office announced on Tuesday the first weekly women's swimming and diving award winners for the 2010-11 season. Minnesota's Jillian Tyler nabbed the weekly swimmer laurel and Michigan's Amanda Lohman was voted Diver of the Week.  

 

To see the full release, click here.

VB: Three Named Finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

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Three Big Ten volleyball student-athletes were named finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for volleyball. The award is given annually to outstanding seniors who have demonstrated excellence in four areas - community, classroom, character and competition. Illinois' Laura DeBruler, Minnesota's Lauren Gibbemeyer and Penn State's Arielle Wilson are among this year's finalists. Fans can log on to www.seniorclassaward.com and vote once a day through Nov. 23, as one-third of fans' votes will be used, along with votes from national media and coaches, to determine this year's winner, which will be announced during the 2010 NCAA Championship.

The conference office announced on Tuesday the first weekly men's swimming and diving award winners for the 2010-11 season. Wisconsin earned both awards with Dan Lester being tabbed Swimmer of the Week and Michael Ross garnering Diver of the Week laurels.

To read the full release, click here.

FH: Weekly Release

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The Big Ten Field Hockey weekly release, featuring updated standings, rankings, and statistics, is now available online.

Click here for the full release.

WSCR: Big Ten Women's Soccer Weekly Release - 10-12

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The Big Ten women's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see the full release.

MSCR: Big Ten Men's Soccer Weekly Release - 10-12

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The Big Ten men's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics, rankings and more, is now available online. Click here to see this week's full release.

WSCR: In the Polls

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Three Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the latest NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll. Minnesota (10-2-2 overall, 2-1-1 Big Ten) leads the way at No. 15, followed by Illinois (9-2-1, 2-1-1) at No. 17. Ohio State (10-2-1, 4-0-0) makes its first top-25 appearance of the season, debuting at No. 24. Wisconsin (6-3-4, 3-0-2) is receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

MSCR: In the Polls

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Ohio State and Michigan State have maintained their top-25 rankings in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national men's soccer poll. The Buckeyes (6-3-2 overall, 2-1-0 Big Ten) check in at No. 16, while the Spartans (8-3-0, 1-2-0) sit at No. 21. Penn State (8-3-0, 1-2-0), Michigan (7-2-3, 2-1-0) and Indiana (6-4-1, 1-0-1) are all receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

FH: In the Polls

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

Ohio State remained at No. 6 in the rankings for the second straight week. The Buckeyes have won six of their last seven matches and boast an 9-3 record overall. Also in the top 20 is Michigan State (11-3), checking in at No. 7, Penn State (9-3), earning a No. 11 ranking, and Michigan (9-5) takes the No. 12 spot after remaining undefeated in conference play at 3-0.

The remaining two Big Ten schools ranked outside the top 20, but still received votes this week. Indiana (7-5) and Northwestern (10-4) were all recognized by the voters.

To see all the rankings, click here.

XC: Michigan State Sweeps Weekly Honors

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Michigan State's Travis Borchard and Kristen Smith have been named the Big Ten men's and women's cross country Runners of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Borchard and Smith led the Spartans to solid showings at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships on Friday.

To read more about Borchard, click here. To read more about Smith, click here.

FB: Illinois' Dimke Named "Star of the Week" by Groza Award

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Illinois' Derek Dimke was named one of three "Stars of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. Dimke was the kicking star in Illinois' 33-13 victory at Penn State Saturday, the first ever win by the Fighting Illini in Happy Valley. The junior from Rockford, Illinois, was a perfect four-for-four, connecting from 31, 37, 41 and 50 yards to improve his season total to 10 of 11 field goal attempts. He is 15-of-16 in his career at Illinois. Dimke added three PATs to improve to 12-of-12 this season. He has never missed an extra point try, and leads the team in scoring with 42 points.

VB: Seven Big Ten Teams Ranked in Latest Poll

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Seven Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, including five that were ranked in the top 20. Illinois and Penn State remain in the top 10, with the Illini checking in at No. 8, and the Nittany Lions appearing at No. 9. Michigan moved up three spots from last week and is now ranked 15th. Minnesota and Northwestern round out the ranked conference contingent at Nos. 19 and No. 20, respectively. Purdue and Indiana also are receiving votes this week.

MSCR: Indiana's Bruin, Penn State's Parr Earn Weekly Honors

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The Big Ten Conference has announced its men's soccer weekly award winners, with Indiana's Will Bruin and Penn State's Andy Parr garnering recognition. Bruin takes home Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Parr earns Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Click here for more information on this week's Big Ten honorees.

WSCR: Ohio State, Penn State Take Home Weekly Honors

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Ohio State's Paige Maxwell and Penn State's Krissy Tribbett and Tani Costa have been named the Big Ten women's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Maxwell receives the nod for Offensive Player of the Week, while Tribbett and Costa earn their first career weekly awards, taking Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week honors, respectively.

Read more about this week's honorees here.

MBB: Hoops Hysteria Comes to Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network will present Big Ten Hoops Hysteria at 11 PM ET on Saturday, featuring the pageantry and excitement associated with the ceremonial tip-off to the basketball season.

The hour-long Big Ten Hoops Hysteria will include whip-around coverage from each of the events at Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin taking place Friday and earlier Saturday. On-site reporters will talk to special guests, selected players and head coaches Bruce Weber, Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Tubby Smith, Bill Carmody and Bo Ryan. MORE INFORMATION

FH: Three Schools Earn Weekly Field Hockey Awards

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The Big Ten Conference announced the winners of the weekly field hockey awards on Monday. Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong won Offensive Player of the Week, Penn State's Ayla Halus won Defensive Player of the Week, and Michigan's Rachael Mack earned Freshman of the Week accolades.  

Click here for the full release.

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor was an honorable mention pick for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week Award and was also named one of the "Stars of the Week" by the Manning Award based on his performance on Oct. 9. Pryor set career highs with 24 completions and 334 passing yards in less than three quarters of work to lead Ohio State past Indiana. The junior quarterback completed 80 percent of his passes, connecting on 24 of 30 throws, with three touchdown strikes.

VB: Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

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Co-Players of the Week:
Jordan Haverly, Indiana
So., OH, Cherry Valley, Ill./Rockford Keith Country Day

Haverly claims her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor after guiding the Hoosiers to wins over Ohio State (rv) and No. 4 Penn State over the weekend. The sophomore outside hitter averaged 4.4 kills and 2.0 digs per set in the two matches, finishing with a double-double in one match and 20-plus kills in the other. Against the Buckeyes, Haverly recorded 14 kills and 10 digs, then totaled a match-high 21 kills against the Nittany Lions.

Last Indiana Player of the Week: Ashley Benson (Sept. 13, 2010)

Lexi Zimmerman, Michigan
Sr., S, Barrington, Ill./Barrington

Zimmerman wins her second Big Ten Player of the Week distinction after helping the Wolverines to a first-place tie in the conference with two weekend wins in which she averaged 11.4 assists, 2.7 kills and 2.7 digs per set. The senior setter's weekend was highlighted by her second career triple-double, and first in the Big Ten this season, in a victory over No. 6 Illinois with 43 assists, 13 kills and 13 digs in a four-set win. In a win against Wisconsin, she recorded 37 assists, six kills and six digs.

Last Michigan Player of the Week: Alex Hunt (Sept. 20, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Sabel Moffett, Northwestern
Sr., MB, Temecula, Calif./Chapparal

Moffett spearheaded a Wildcat defense that held opponents to .140 hitting on the weekend and helped Northwestern to a first-place tie atop the conference after two weekend wins. She finished the weekend with a 2.3 blocks-per-set average, which included a career-high14 in a nationally televised contest against Minnesota on Sunday. Earlier in the week against Iowa, Moffett and the NU defense held Iowa to just .099 hitting. It is her second career defensive player of the week honor.

Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Sabel Moffett (Nov. 9, 2009)

Freshman of the Week:
Stephanie Holthus, Northwestern
OH, Burlington, Ill./Central

Holthus wins her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after leading Northwestern to a pair of wins over the weekend and to a tie atop the Big Ten standings. She opened the weekend with a double-double against Iowa, finishing with 12 kills and 13 digs, both team highs, in the three-set win. She followed up with an eight-kill, nine-dig effort versus No. 16 Minnesota to finish the weekend with averages of 3.1 kills and 3.1 digs per set.

Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: N/A

The College Football Performance Awards for the sixth week of college football have been announced, and several Big Ten players were honored. Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor was named the National Quarterback of the Week, Indiana's Leon Beckum was selected as the National Linebacker of the Week and Illinois' Derek Dimke was honored as the National Placekicker of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Oct. 11

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The latest Big Ten football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

Five Big Ten teams among top 25, including nation's No. 1 team for first time since 2007.

Michigan State and Ohio State are two of only seven schools in the country to stand at 6-0.

Ohio State's Jim Tressel becomes first coach in Big Ten annals to reach 100 wins in just 10th season.

Big Ten leads all conferences with six quarterbacks ranked among top 16 nationally in pass efficiency.

Big Ten sets single-day attendance record for second time and hits three-million mark in total attendance.

 

MSCR: Weekend Recap

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Three Big Ten men's soccer teams closed out the week of competition on Sunday with 2-0-0 records, including new Big Ten co-leader Michigan. The Wolverines notched wins over Cincinnati and Wisconsin to move into a tie with Ohio State for the conference lead. Northwestern also finished the week 2-0-0, downing DePaul and handing the 15th-ranked Buckeyes their first loss of the conference season. Penn State earned wins over Villanova and No. 18 Michigan State to close out the week with a perfect record. Indiana picked up its third win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 11 Creighton, 3-2.

The complete weekend roundup can be found below.

OCTOBER 6

#18 Michigan State def. New Hampshire, 2-0
Michigan (rv) def. Cincinnati, 2-0
Northwestern def. DePaul, 3-2
Penn State (rv) def. Villanova, 1-0
Northern Illinois def. Wisconsin, 2-1
Notre Dame (rv) def. Indiana (rv), 2-1

OCTOBER 9

Indiana (rv) def. #11 Creighton, 3-2

OCTOBER 10

Northwestern def. #15 Ohio State, 2-1
Michigan (rv) def. Wisconsin, 3-2
Penn State (rv) def. #18 Michigan State, 2-1

FH: Weekend Recap

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Week three of field hockey Big Ten play concluded on Sunday, with two teams earning back-to-back wins over the course of the week. Northwestern defeated U.C. Davis and Indiana to jump to the top of the conference standings while No. 15 Michigan continued its winning ways with victories over Miami (Fla.) and IowaNo. 16 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State also picked up conference wins this past weekend.

The results from last weekend can be found below.

OCTOBER 5

Indiana (rv) def. No. 8 Louisville, 3-2 OT

OCTOBER 7

No. 6 Ohio State def. Miami (OH) , 5-1

Northwestern (rv) def. UC Davis, 5-0

OCTOBER 8

Northwestern (rv) def. Indiana (rv), 4-2
No. 15 Michigan def. Miami (Fla.), 4-3, OT

No. 16 Penn State def. No. 7 Michigan State, 4-1

OCTOBER 9

Indiana (rv) def. U.C. Davis, 1-0

OCTOBER 10

No. 15 Michigan def. Iowa, 2-0

No. 7 Michigan State def. No. 11 Wake Forest, 3-1

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Oct. 9 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Oct. 9, with honorees from five different schools. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Wisconsin running back John Clay shared the weekly offensive accolades, Michigan State safety Trenton Robinson nabbed defensive laurels, Illinois kicker Derek Dimke and Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short split the special teams honors and Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was tabbed as the Freshman of the Week. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

WSCR: Weekend Recap

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Another full weekend of Big Ten women's soccer competition concluded on Sunday, resulting in a new conference leader. Ohio State earned wins over Iowa and Northwestern to move to 4-0-0 in conference play and take over the top spot in the Big Ten. Penn State also went 2-0-0 on the week to move to 3-1-0 in Big Ten play.

The complete weekend roundup can be found below.

OCTOBER 7

Indiana def. Purdue, 2-1

OCTOBER 8

Ohio State (rv) def. Iowa, 3-1
Penn State def. Northwestern, 2-1

OCTOBER 9

Michigan State tied Michigan, 0-0

OCTOBER 10

#17 Illinois tied Wisconsin, 0-0 
Penn State def. Iowa, 3-0
#16 Minnesota def. Purdue, 4-1
Ohio State (rv) def. Northwestern, 1-0

VB: Sunday's Result

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#24 Northwestern def. #16 Minnesota, 3-1

VB: Saturday's Results

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#18 MIchigan def. #6 Illinois, 3-1
Indiana def. #4 Penn State, 3-1
Michigan State def. Wisconsin, 3-2
Purdue (rv) def. Ohio State (rv), 3-0
Five Big Ten teams are among the top 25 in the latest Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls and the first Harris Interactive poll, as Ohio State appears in the No. 1 spot in all three rankings. The Buckeyes received 34 first-place votes from the media, 49 first-place votes from the coaches and 79 first-place votes from Harris voters to give the Big Ten the nation's top-ranked team for the first time since Dec. 2, 2007, when OSU was ranked first in all three polls. Other Big Ten schools among the top 25 include No. 13/11/12 Michigan State (AP/USA Today/Harris), No. 15/14/15 Iowa, No. 18/16/16 Wisconsin and No. -/24/24 Michigan. The Wolverines were also No. 26 in the AP rankings. Northwestern received votes in all three polls, while Illinois received votes in the Harris poll. The Big Ten and SEC are the only conferences to feature four or more teams among the top 20 in all three polls.

After two weekends of Big Ten play, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue are all tied for first place in the conference standings.The Spartans and Buckeyes improved to 2-0 in Big Ten action and a perfect 6-0 on the year to become the conference's last two unbeatens after Michigan and Northwestern suffered their first defeats. Purdue won its conference opener against the Wildcats, while Iowa is also 1-0 in conference play after a bye on Saturday. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Oct. 9, click on this link.

VB: Friday's Results

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#18 Michigan def. Wisconsin, 3-0
Indiana def. Ohio State (rv), 3-1
#24 Northwestern def. Iowa, 3-0
#6 Illinois def. Michiagn State, 3-2
Purdue (rv) def. #4 Penn State, 3-2

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 8

#18 Michigan State at Michigan Intercollegiate Championships - Rochester, Mich.

VB: Weekend Schedule

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The weekend brings another round of exciting Big Ten volleyball action as the conference race is starting to take shape. Undefeated No. 6 Illinois (4-0 Big Ten) travels to Michigan this weekend for matches with Michigan State on Friday and Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines are one of four conference squads with just one loss during the conference season. Heading into the weekend, Minnesota (4-1), Michigan (3-1), Northwestern (3-1) and Penn State (3-1) trail the Illini by one game or less.

Weekend Schedule:
Friday
#6 Illinois at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
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Ohio State (rv) at Indiana, 7 p.m.
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Iowa at #24 Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Wisconsin at #18 Michigan, 7 p.m.
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#4 Penn State at Purdue (rv), 7 p.m.
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Saturday
#6 Illinois at #18 Michigan, 7 p.m.
#4 Penn State at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Wisconsin at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
Ohio State (rv) at Purdue (rv), 7 p.m.

Sunday
#16 Minnesota at #24 Northwestern, 2 p.m.
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MXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 8

#20 Michigan State at Michigan Intercollegiate Championships - Rochester, Mich.

MSCR: Weekend Schedule

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All seven Big Ten men's soccer teams are in action this weekend, kicking off with Indiana traveling to No. 11 Creighton on Saturday night for a non-conference tilt. Big Ten play continues on Sunday as Northwestern hosts No. 15 Ohio State, Wisconsin welcomes Michigan and Penn State hosts No. 18 Michigan State.

The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

OCTOBER 9

Indiana (rv) at #11 Creighton - 6 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 10

#15 Ohio State at Northwestern - 12 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network
Michigan (rv) at Wisconsin - 2:30 p.m. CT
#18 Michigan State at Penn State (rv) - 3 p.m. ET

FH: Weekend Schedule

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Another weekend of Big Ten field hockey action begins today with a pair of conference matchups. First, Indiana looks to continue its winning streak when the Hoosiers travel to Northwestern, which has won six of its last seven matches, in a 3 p.m. ET contest. The contest will be aired on the Big Ten Network on Monday, Oct. 11 at  4 p.m. ET. Also on Friday, No. 15 Penn State, continues its two game winning streak when the Nittany Lions visit Michigan State, at 3 p.m. ET. The last contest on Friday features No. 14 Michigan as they host in-state rival Miami (OH), starting at 4 p.m. ET.

A non-conference match highlighst Saturday's slate, with Indiana, facing U.C. Davis at Noon ET.

Two matches round out the weekend action on Sunday, one of which is a non-conference meeting. Michigan State welcomes in No. 11 Wake Forest for a Noon ET contest, while in conference action, Michigan hosts Iowa at Noon ET for a repeat of the first round game of the 2009 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament.

FB: Week Six Preview

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The preview for the second weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Oct. 9. 

The 2010-11 season of Big Ten women's swimming and diving begins Friday, Oct. 8 with six conference teams in action. Five teams will open their campaigns at home, while one squad will hit the road.  Iowa will take to the water to host Truman State on Friday, while Milwaukee travels west to meet Wisconsin with a 5 p.m. ET contest.  Minnesota is set to open the season as the Gophers travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to meet Michigan in a 5 p.m. ET dual meet. Minnesota will travel to East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday to face Michigan State, and Illinois hosts Nebraska at Noon ET.

To read the full release, click here.

MSWM: Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Opens This Weekend

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The 2010-11 season of Big Ten men's swimming and diving begins Friday, Oct. 8, with Wisconsin and Iowa in action at home, while Michigan hits the road. Wisconsin starts its season when the Badgers meet Milwaukee in a 5 p.m. ET dual meet. On Sunday's slate, Michigan will take to the water as the Wolverines face conference foe Iowa at the Campus Recreational and Wellness Pool beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

To read the full release, click here.

FB: Required Reading

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The Michigan State defense is eager to face the challenge that Michigan QB Denard Robinson poses.

Purdue QB Rob Henry will make his first career start for Purdue this weekend.

Vince Browne has anchored the Northwestern defensive line so far this season.

Illinois DL Corey Liuget has made himself at home in Champaign after leaving his hometown of Miami.

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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A full weekend of Big Ten women's soccer kicks off this afternoon, with Indiana traveling to take on intrastate foe Purdue for a 4 p.m. ET match. Action continues throughout the weekend, closing with four conference games on Sunday, including a showdown between conference leader Wisconsin and No. 17 Illinois.

The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

OCTOBER 7

Indiana at Purdue - 4 p.m. ET

OCTOBER 8

Ohio State (rv) at Iowa - 7 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Penn State at Northwestern - 7 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 9

Michigan State at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET

OCTOBER 10

#17 Illinois at Wisconsin - 12 p.m. CT
Penn State at Iowa - 1 p.m. CT - www.BigTenNetwork.com
Purdue at #16 Minnesota - 2 p.m. CT - Big Ten Network, www.BigTenNetwork.com
Ohio State at Northwestern - 2:30 p.m. CT

VB: Wednesday's Result

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#16 Minnesota def. Iowa, 3-0

VB: Wednesday's Match

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Tune in tonight for live coverage of Big Ten volleyball on the Big Ten Network!

#16 Minnesota at Iowa, 7 p.m. ET
Big Ten Network

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 4

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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 33 of 48 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' 16-14 win over Carolina.

 

Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Made seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 31-28 loss to Jacksonville.

 

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan) - Caught four passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 38-14 win over Buffalo.

 

Bradley Fletcher, CB, St. Louis (Iowa) - Recorded an interception and three tackles in St. Louis' 20-3 win over Seattle.

 

James Hall, DE, St. Louis (Michigan) - Made four tackles and two sacks in St. Louis' 20-3 win over Seattle.

 

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Recorded two tackles and an interception in Cincinnati's 23-20 loss to Cleveland.

 

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay (Ohio State) - Tallied 12 tackles and an interception in Green Bay's 28-26 win over Detroit.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed 29 of 39 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns in Miami's 41-14 loss to New England.

 

Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue) - Made four catches for 28 yards and two touchdowns in the New York Jets' 38-14 win over Buffalo.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in Pittsburgh's 17-14 loss to Baltimore.

 

Rob Ninkovich, LB, New England (Purdue) - Grabbed two interceptions and recorded four tackles and a sack in New England's 41-14 win over Miami.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns on 35 of 50 passing in Denver's 26-20 win over Tennessee.

 

Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego (Purdue) - Recorded four sacks, six total tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown in San Diego's 41-10 win over Arizona.

 

Matt Roth, LB, Cleveland (Iowa) - Made six tackles, including two sacks, in Cleveland's 23-20 win over Cincinnati.

 

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Made 13 tackles and ran an interception back for a touchdown in Green Bay's 28-26 win over Detroit.

Minnesota fullback Jon Hoese is the weekly nominee for the 2010 Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season by the Football Writers Association of America. Hoese, a senior from Glencoe, Minn., is playing this season with a heavy heart after losing his father, Terry Hoese, who suffered a stroke Aug. 26 and passed away 11 days later.

After his father's stroke, Hoese missed a day of practice, then returned to the team - a decision made with his family, believing his father would want him to play. In the Gophers' season opener at Middle Tennessee, he scored all three of Minnesota's touchdowns, caught a 23-yard pass to convert a third down and keep a drive alive, and recovered a late fourth-quarter fumble on a kickoff return to ice the victory. Given the game ball by Gophers coach Tim Brewster, Hoese gave it to his father.

Terry Hoese, who had been a fixture at games since his son made the team, died Sept. 6. He was 53. Jon missed practice that week, but returned to play that weekend against South Dakota - one day after his father's funeral - and has continued to play. Hoese, a former walk-on who was elected captain this fall, began his career as a safety and has consistently made an impact on special teams. When Minnesota transitioned to a pro-style offense, he moved to fullback and won the starting job. His primary responsibility is blocking, but he has never lost a yard carrying the football. Through five games this season, Hoese has 14 carries for 38 yards and three touchdowns and seven catches for 64 yards. He is on pace to graduate with a degree in business marketing.

For the fifth straight year, the Football Writers Association of America and the Discover Orange Bowl will announce a weekly nominee for the Discover Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award each Wednesday during the season. A blue-ribbon panel will determine the award's recipient from those weekly nominees. The recipient of the Courage Award will be announced in December and presented with the trophy in conjunction with this year's Discover Orange Bowl. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship.

VB: Required Reading

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Penn State's Deja McClendon continues to excel for NIttany Lions

The future looks bright for Illinois freshman Jennifer Bonilla

Go inside Indiana volleyball with head coach Sherry Dunbar

Michigan fans, get a scoop of ice cream from head coach Mark Rosen

Check in with Purdue coach Dave Shondell in his video blog

VB: Big Ten Weekly Release

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The Big Ten weekly volleyball release is now available. Check it out for the latest news and notes around the conference.

Entering the third week of conference action, Illinois remains the final undefeated Big Ten squad. On Saturday, Illinois faced Northwestern in a battle of 3-0 conference teams. The teams played a classic five-set match won by the Illini. With the Illini atop the standings at 4-0, four conference teams trail close behind with 3-1 mark as Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State are just one game back. This week, six conference matchups will be produced for a national audience, beginning with Wednesday's matchup between Minnesota and Iowa.

Click here for the complete release.

Penn State's John Cappelletti has been named Big Ten Icon No. 16. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, Oct. 12, with a profile of the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner. Cappelletti will forever be remembered for his emotional speech in accepting the 1973 Heisman Trophy, when he stated that he wanted to give the trophy to his younger brother, Joey, who was battling leukemia. Cappelletti began his Penn State career on defense, unable to earn playing time behind established stars Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell. When his time came, the native of suburban Philadelphia was a workhorse tailback for Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. As a senior, the year he took home college football's top individual prize, Cappelletti carried for more than 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. He ran for more than 200 yards in three straight games, and helped Penn State complete a perfect 11-0 regular season.

In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com <http://www.BigTenIcons.com> , former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "The speech he gave when he accepted the award on Dec. 13, 1973, remains the most memorable in the Heisman's 75-year history." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Cappelletti, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

WSCR: Big Ten Women's Soccer Weekly Release - 10-5

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The Big Ten women's soccer weekly release, featuring updated standings, statistics and rankings for week three of the conference season, is now available online. Click here for the complete release.

MSCR: Big Ten Men's Soccer Weekly Release - 10-5

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The Big Ten men's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics and rankings, is now available online. Click here to see the full release.

WBB: Three Named to John Wooden Award Watch List

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Three Big Ten student-athletes were named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List, it was announced on Tuesday. Iowa's Kachine Alexander and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis made the preseason award watch list, which honors college basketball's top player each season.

Alexander, Lavender and Prahalis were each Big Ten first team selections last season and led their teams to the 2010 Big Ten Tournament final and the NCAA tournament.

WSCR: In the Polls

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Minnesota and Illinois have earned top-25 rankings in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll. The Golden Gophers (9-2-2 overall, 1-1-1 Big Ten) check in at No. 16, while the Fighting Illini (9-2-0, 2-1-0) move up four spots from last week's ranking, sitting at No. 17. Ohio State (8-2-1, 2-0-0) is receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

FH: Weekly Release

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The Big Ten weekly field hockey release, featuring updated standings, rankings and statistics, is now available online.

Click here to read the full release.

WXC: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten women's cross country teams have earned top-30 status in the latest USTFCCCA national coaches' poll. Michigan State leads the way at No. 18, followed closely by Michigan at No. 19. Indiana makes its debut in the top 30, jumping to No. 24. Minnesota checks in at No. 26, while Penn State returns to the poll at No. 30. Iowa is receiving votes in this week's poll.

To see the complete poll, click here.

MXC: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten men's cross country teams appear in this week's USTFCCCA coaches' poll, with three gaining ground in the national top 30 since last week. Indiana leads the pack, jumping from No. 25 in last week's poll to No. 7 this week after a first-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday. Wisconsin sits just outside the top 10 at No. 11, followed by Michigan State at No. 20. Penn State makes its top 30 debut, appearing at No. 23, while Minnesota moves up one spot to No. 25. Ohio State is also receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

FB: Required Reading

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Wisconsin RB James White has impressed his coaches so far this season.

Northwestern continues to focus on winning after earning its first national ranking since 2008.

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez has enjoyed getting to 5-0, but is focused on his team's matchup against Michigan State this weekend.

 

MSCR: In the Polls

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Ohio State and Michigan State represent Big Ten men's soccer in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com rankings, earning spots in the national top 20. The Buckeyes (6-2-2 overall, 2-0-0 Big Ten) jump to No. 15 after playing to a draw with No. 1 Akron and defeating then-No. 11 Michigan State. The Spartans (7-2-0, 1-1-0) maintain their top-20 status, sitting at No. 18. Indiana (5-3-1, 1-0-1), Penn State (6-3-0, 0-2-0) and Michigan (5-2-3, 1-1-0) are receiving votes in the poll.

To see the complete poll, click here.

BASE: Sign On The Dotted Line

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Former Spartan Kirk Gibson was given a two-year contract to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the fifth permanent manager in franchise history. FULL STORY

MXC: Indiana's Bayer Named Big Ten Men's Runner of the Week

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Indiana's Andy Bayer has been named Big Ten men's cross country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Bayer helped the 25th-ranked Hoosiers earn the team title at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday.

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Michigan State senior Emily MacLeod has been selected as the Big Ten women's cross country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. MacLeod led the 20th-ranked Spartans to a third-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday.

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FH: In the Polls

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

Checking in at No. 6 was Ohio State, the second time the Buckeyes have maintained that ranking, while Michigan State heads to No. 7.  Moving up four spots from last week was Michigan, which was voted in at No. 15 this week. Rounding out the top 20 was Penn State at No. 16. Also receiving votes this week was Northwestern and Indiana.

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VB: Seven Conference Teams Mentioned in AVCA Poll

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Seven Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, including five conference squads ranked among the top 25. Each conference squad either remained steady or moved up in the rankings from the previous week. Maintaining its position at No. 4 was Penn State, while Illinois moved up one spot to No. 6. Minnesota, Michigan and Northwestern also moved up one spot each, with Gophers now at No. 16, the Wolverines at No. 18, and Northwestern at No. 24. Ohio State and Purdue also received votes in this week's poll.

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MBB: Leading The Way

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The Big Ten leads all conferences with 10 players on the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Purdue is the only school in the nation with three players on the list, while Michigan State is one of five squads with two players named. The list of Big Ten players on the watch list can be found below, and the complete release can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Big Ten Players on John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Durrell Summers, Michigan State
John Shurna, Northwestern
William Buford, Ohio State
Talor Battle, Penn State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin

FH: Ohio State Sweeps Weekly Field Hockey Awards

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Ohio State's Aisling Coyle, Jenn Sciulli and Paula Pastor-Pitarque have been awarded the Big Ten field hockey weekly honors, the conference office announced on Monday.  Coyle earns the nod for Offensive Player of the Week, while Sciulli receives Defensive Player of the Week honors and Pastor-Pitarque earns Freshman of the Week recognition.

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FH: Ohio State Sweeps Weekly Field Hockey Awards

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Ohio State's Aisling Coyle, Jenn Sciulli and Paula Pastor-Pitarque have been awarded the Big Ten field hockey weekly honors, the conference office announced on Monday.  Coyle earns the nod for Offensive Player of the Week, while Sciulli receives Defensive Player of the Week honors and Pastor-Pitarque earns Freshman of the Week recognition.

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Michigan's Denard Robinson has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after leading the Wolverines to a 42-35 victory over Indiana. He received the same honor after beating Notre Dame the second week of the season. The sophomore signal caller returned after leaving last week's game against Bowling Green with a bruised knee. On Michigan's second offensive play, Robinson broke loose on a 72-yard touchdown run. Overall he accounted for 494 yards of total offense and five touchdowns, including the game-wining score with 17 seconds left. Robinson completed 10 of 16 passes for a career-best 277 yards. He is the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to pass and rush for 200 yards in a game twice during the regular season, also accomplishing that feat at Notre Dame on Sept. 11. Big Ten play continues for Michigan this weekend when it takes on undefeated Michigan State in Ann Arbor, Mich. For the Spartans, Kirk Cousins was named an honorable mention selection for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week.

MSCR: Ohio State and Wisconsin Earn Big Ten Weekly Awards

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Ohio State's Austin McAnena and Wisconsin's Ryan Vint have been named the Big Ten men's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. McAnena receives the nod for Offensive Player of the Week, while Vint earns Defensive Player of the Week honors.

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WSCR: Big Ten Weekly Award Winners Announced

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The Big Ten has announced its women's soccer Players of the Week, with Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan State's Jill Flietstra and Wisconsin's Michele Dalton taking home the honors. DiBernardo earns Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week laurels while Flietstra and Dalton receive Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.

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FH: Weekend in Review

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Week two of Big Ten field hockey play concluded on Sunday, with a total of six wins over the course of the weekend. No. 19 Michigan defeated No. 6 Michigan State to remain undefeated in the conference standings while No. 14 Penn State continued their conference success by defeating Iowa. No. 7 Ohio State ended the weekend going 2-0 after being victorious over Indiana.

Below are the full results from last weekend.

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No. 7 Ohio State def. Robert Morris, 8-0

OCTOBER 1

#19 Michigan def. #7 Michigan State, 2-1

OCTOBER 2

#14 Penn State def. Iowa, 5-3

#7 Ohio State def. Indiana (rv), 4-1

OCTOBER 3

Lock Haven def. Iowa, 4-0

Kent State def. Northwestern (rv), 2-1 (OT)

#6 Michigan State def. Ohio(rv), 6-4

#14 Penn State def. Monmouth, 7-2

#1 Maryland def. #19 Michigan, 4-3

FB: Michigan State Named National Team of the Week by FWAA

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With a 34-24 win over nationally ranked Wisconsin, Michigan State is the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 2. Playing without head coach Mark Dantonio, who suffered a mild heart attack after the Spartans defeated Notre Dame in overtime two weeks ago, the Spartans improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1999. Dantonio planned to return for the game, but the school announced hours before kickoff that he had been hospitalized again because of a blood clot in his leg. Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes, the last a one-yard pass to B.J. Cunningham to cap a 15-play, 84-yard drive that sealed the win with 2:43 left in the game. The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the seventh season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor.

Indiana wideout Tandon Doss and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson were two of three players nationally to be named "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week," for their efforts on Oct. 2. The weekly award highlights elite performances from the previous week in college football that display the same versatility on the field as the legendary Paul Hornung. Doss and Robinson squared off in Bloomington last Saturday and combined for 857 yards. Doss posted 363 all-purpose yards against Michigan, with 221 receiving yards, 111 kickoff return yards, 21 rushing yards and 10 punt return yards. Robinson racked up 494 yards of total offense against Indiana, with 277 passing yards and 217 rushing yards.

The Manning Award named Indiana's Ben Chappell, Michigan's Denard Robinson and Northwestern's Dan Persa as "Players to Watch" based on their performances on Oct. 2. The Manning Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback, honors the best performances every week for players not currently on the watch list as "Players to Watch."

Chappell established school records with 45 completions (tied for third in Big Ten history), 64 attempts and 480 passing yards and added three TD passes against Michigan, producing just the second 400-yard passing game in school history. Persa set career highs with 99 rushing yards, 309 passing yards and 408 yards of total offense at Minnesota. He completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 pct.) with two TDs, including two fourth-quarter drives to rally the team from a 28-20 deficit. Robinson accounted for 494 yards of total offense and five touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 17 seconds left at Indiana.

WSCR: Weekend Recap

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Week two of women's soccer Big Ten play concluded on Sunday, with three teams reeling off back-to-back wins over the course of the week. Wisconsin defeated No. 15 Minnesota and Iowa to jump to the top of the conference standings while No. 21 Illinois continued its winning ways with victories over Purdue and Indiana. Michigan State also finished the week at 2-0-0.

The results from last weekend can be found below.

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Wisconsin def. #15 Minnesota, 1-0

OCTOBER 1

#21 Illinois def. Purdue, 4-1
Michigan State def. Indiana, 2-0

OCTOBER 2

Michigan tied Northwestern, 1-1

OCTOBER 3

Michigan State def. Purdue, 2-0
#21 Illinois def. Indiana, 2-1
Wisconsin def. Iowa, 2-0
Ohio State (rv) def. Penn State, 1-0

MSCR: Weekend Recap

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All seven Big Ten men's soccer teams were in action on Sunday, with six teams competing in conference games. In the marquee matchup of the day, No. 19 Ohio State downed No. 11 Michigan State, 2-1, to move to 2-0-0 in Big Ten play. Michigan toppled No. 24 Penn State, 2-1, while Indiana and Wisconsin played to a 1-1 draw. Northwestern also defeated Missouri State, 1-0, in non-conference action.

Scores from this past weekend can be found below.

OCTOBER 3

#19 Ohio State def. #11 Michigan State, 2-1
Michigan def. #24 Penn State, 2-1
Indiana tied Wisconsin, 1-1
Northwestern def. Missouri State, 1-0

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Oct. 4

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The 115th Big Ten football season began last Saturday, and the latest football weekly release has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

Big Ten remains one of two conferences with six top-25 teams, as Northwestern returns to top 25.

Big Ten tied for conference lead with four 5-0 teams.

Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State just one victory from bowl eligibility.

Michigan's Denard Robinson ranks third in Big Ten history for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback.

Ohio State's Jim Tressel looks to become first coach in Big Ten annals to reach 100 wins in just 10th season.

VB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Laura DeBruler, Illinois
Sr., OH, Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North

DeBruler wins her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor this season and the eighth of her career after becoming Illinois' all-time leader in kills last week. With 26 kills against Wisconsin, she broke the all-time Illini mark of 1,761. With 21 more against Northwestern, she brought her career total to 1,804. She also posted double-digit dig totals in both matches last week, finishing with 15 against Wisconsin and 28 versus Northwestern. This week, the senior averaged 5.2 kills and 4.8 digs per set to help Illinois remain unbeaten in Big Ten play.

Last Illinois Player of the Week: Colleen Ward (Sept. 27, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Jessica Granquist, Minnesota
Jr., LIB, Blaine, Minn./Centennial

Granquist wins her second Big Ten weekly conference honor of the season after helping the Gophers to a pair of wins over the weekend. She totaled 50 digs in Minnesota's matches against Purdue and Indiana, and helped the Minnesota offense to a .269 hitting percentage. She finished with a career-high 38 digs against the Boilermakers and added 12 versus the Hoosiers. Averaging 7.1 digs per set, the junior libero and the Gopher defense limited opponents to .175 hitting on the weekend.

Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Jessica Granquist (Sept. 6, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Jennifer Bonilla, Illinois
Fr., LIB, Resada, Calif./Marymount

Bonilla wins the second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor of her career, having been named Freshman of the Week on Sept. 6. The libero finished the week with a 6.6 digs per set, totaling 32 against Wisconsin and 27 in a match with Northwestern. She was successful on 71 of 73 service reception attempts and was a part of an Illinois defense that held opponents to a .139 hitting percentage last week.

Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jennifer Bonilla (Sept. 13, 2010)

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Oct. 2 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Oct. 2. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson earned offensive accolades for the third time in five weeks, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn nabbed his third career weekly award and second defensive player of the week honor, Michigan State kick/punt returner Keshawn Martin collected special teams laurels while Wisconsin running back James White earned his second straight Freshman of the Week award. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

VB: Sunday's Results

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#17 Minnesota def. Indiana, 3-0
Purdue (rv) def. Iowa, 3-0

The College Football Performance Awards for the fifth week of college football have been announced, and several Big Ten players were honored. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was named the National Performer of the Week and the National Quarterback of the Week, Indiana's Tandon Doss was selected as the National Wide Receiver of the Week, Minnesota's Eric Lair was tabbed as the National Tight End of the Week and Michigan State's Keshawn Martin was honored as the National Punt Returner of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams

The Big Ten remains one of two conferences with six teams among the top 25 in at least one of the national polls after the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls were announced. The Big Ten and SEC are the only conferences with six teams rated among the top 25 in the coaches poll, while the Big Ten's five teams among the top 25 in the AP rankings rates second only to the SEC. The Big 12 ranks third with four teams among the top 25 in both polls, including future Big Ten member Nebraska, followed by the Pac-10 (three teams), Mountain West (three in AP, two in coaches), ACC (two) and WAC (two). While Penn State dropped from the top 25 after a loss at Iowa, Northwestern returned to the polls for the first time since Dec. 7, 2008, and is ranked No. 25 by the coaches. The Big Ten's remaining ranked squads all appear among the top 20, led by Ohio State at No. 2 in both polls for the sixth straight week. The Big Ten's other top-20 programs are No. 15/15 Iowa (AP/USA Today), No. 17/16 Michigan State, No. 18/17 Michigan and No. 20/19 Wisconsin.

The 115th Big Ten football season kicked off on Saturday with Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State winning their conference openers to claim first place in the standings. The Wolverines, Spartans, Wildcats and Buckeyes all remained undefeated on the year. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Oct. 2, click on this link.

 

VB: Saturday's Results

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#7 Illinois def. #25 Northwestern, 3-2
Ohio State def. Michigan State, 3-0
#4 Penn State def. #19 Michigan, 3-0

VB: Friday Results

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Iowa def. Indiana, 3-1
#19 MIchigan def. Ohio State (rv), 3-1
#4 Penn State def. Michigan State, 3-0
#17 Minnesota def. Purdue (rv), 3-1
#25 Northwestern def. Wisconsin, 3-0

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 1

Penn State at Notre Dame Invitational - Notre Dame, Ind.

OCTOBER 2

Illinois at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#25 Indiana at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
Iowa at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
Michigan at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#18 Michigan State at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
Ohio State (rv) at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
Purdue at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#6 Wisconsin at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 1

#24 Iowa at Notre Dame Invitational - Notre Dame, Ind.
#27 Minnesota at UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational - Eau Claire, Wis.
Ohio State at Notre Dame Invitational - Notre Dame, Ind.
Penn State (rv) at Notre Dame Invitational - Notre Dame, Ind.

OCTOBER 2

Illinois at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
Indiana (rv) at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#22 Michigan at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#20 Michigan State at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#27 Minnesota at South Dakota State Invitational - Brookings, S.D.
Northwestern at Loyola Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational - Chicago, Ill.
Purdue at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#26 Wisconsin at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.

VB: Weekend Schedule

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The second weekend of Big Ten action continues on Friday. Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern head into the weekend undefeated, but that number will shrink by the end of Saturday as Illinois faces Northwestern at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.

The entire weekend schedule can be found below:

Friday
INDIANA at IOWA, 7 p.m.

MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE, 7 p.m.
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MICHIGAN STATE at PENN STATE, 7 p.m.
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PURDUE at MINNESOTA, 6 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN at WISCONSIN, 7 p.m.
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Saturday
NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS, 7 p.m.

MICHIGAN at PENN STATE, 6 p.m.
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MICHIGAN STATE at OHIO STATE, 7 p.m.

Sunday
INDIANA at MINNESOTA, 1 p.m.

PURDUE at IOWA, 2 p.m.
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FH: Weekend Schedule

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Another weekend of Big Ten field hockey action begins today when No. 6 Michigan State looks to continue its successful season when the Spartans travel to in-state rival No. 19 Michigan, which has won six straight matches, in a 4 p.m. ET contest.

On Saturday's slate, Iowa travels to No. 15 Penn State at Noon ET and Indiana gets their Big Ten Network debut when the Hoosiers host No. 7 Ohio State at 1 p.m. ET. The contest will be shown on the Big Ten Network Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. ET.

Five non-conference matches round out the weekend action on Sunday, starting when Iowa faces Lock Haven at 11 a.m. ET. Northwestern hosts Kent State while Monmouth N.J. travels to Penn State both with a Noon ET start. Michigan State welcomes Ohio University for a 1 p.m. ET contest, while Michigan welcomes 2009 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament runner-up and newly No. 1 Maryland with a 1 p.m. start.