October 2011 Archives

Associated Press Honors Big Ten Teams, Players

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Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor were named preseason first-team All-Americans, the Associated Press announced on Monday. Sullinger was a unanimous selection, while Taylor was the only senior on the squad. FULL STORY

Led by Sullinger, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 in the AP's preseason poll, while Taylor's Badgers are No. 15. Michigan is also ranked in the top 25, coming in at No. 18. Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota are all receiving at least one vote outside the poll. COMPLETE POLL

In the Polls

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Seven Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll again mark the most of any conference in the country. Nebraska leads the way for the Big Ten Contingent, standing at No. 2 this week. Illinois holds No. 5, while Penn State follows closely at No. 6. Purdue remains just outside the top 10 at No. 11, while Minnesota checks in at No. 15. Ohio State moves up to No. 22 this week, with Michigan following at No. 23. Michigan State is receiving votes in the latest poll.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Regional Rankings

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GREAT LAKES
1. Michigan State
2. Michigan
4. Wisconsin
6. Ohio State
8. Indiana
14. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
4. Penn State

MIDWEST
3. Minnesota
4. Iowa
6. Nebraska
7. Northwestern

Five Big Ten student-athletes were named semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's most outstanding player, and the Bednarik Award, honoring the country's top defensive standout. Three finalists for each award will be announced on Nov. 21.

Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award. Twenty players from current Big Ten institutions have earned the Maxwell Award, most recently when Penn State running back Larry Johnson was honored in 2002.

Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still were tabbed as semifinalists for the Bednarik Award. Current Big Ten schools have claimed eight Bednarik Awards, including two-time honorees Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern (1995 and 1996) and Paul Posluszny of Penn State (2005 and 2006).

Regional Rankings

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GREAT LAKES
1. Wisconsin
2. Indiana
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
10. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
4. Penn State

MIDWEST
3. Minnesota
6. Illinois
15. Iowa

Trick or Treat!

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Check out the great and creative ways Big Ten fans are showing their conference and team spirit this Halloween!


Joel:

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Andrew:

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Gage:

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John:

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Five Appear in Preseason AP Poll

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Five Big Ten women's basketball teams are receiving votes in the Associated Press' preseason poll of the 2011-12 season. The coaches and media's choice as Big Ten favorite, Penn State appears at No. 12 after returning four starters from a team that finished second in the Big Ten a year ago. Purdue checks in at No. 17 in the poll, returning to the top 25 after finishing the 2010-11 season outside the rankings. Ohio State and Michigan State are the first two squads receiving votes outside the top 25, and are joined by Iowa among the others receiving votes in the preseason poll.

Pit Stop!

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The Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour is making a pit stop on its way from Minneapolis to East Lansing!

The Mobile Tour will be at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET. Stop by, get your picture taken with the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy and grab some free Halloween candy!

On The Road Again

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Minnesota's Kate Garcia did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in Minneapolis!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Next stop: Michigan State

 

Nebraska's David Named Lott IMPACT Player of Week

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Nebraska Linebacker Lavonte David has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week for the second time this season. The senior from Miami had 13 tackles Saturday as the Cornhuskers shut down Michigan State in impressive fashion, 24-3. The Nebraska defense held the Spartans to just 187 yards in total offense and no touchdowns. For the season, David leads Nebraska in tackles with 77.  He also has 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two quarterback hurries, an interception and a fumble recovery. David was the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on Oct. 8 when he helped lead the Cornhuskers to a comeback win over Ohio State. The Big Ten has claimed the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on four occasions this season, including Michigan's Jordan Kovacs after week one and Ohio State's John Simon after week seven.

David is a criminology and criminal justice major who is a frequent volunteer for various Nebraska charities.  Academics remains a top priority for the senior: "My goal was to come here and get a degree for my family, for my parents. That's one thing they all wanted me to get, so that's what I'm focused on doing," he said. In recognition of David's performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Nebraska.

Weekend Roundup

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October 28
# 11 Iowa def. Ball State (5-2)
# 17 Ohio State def. # 20 Northwestern (3-1)
# 9 Stanford def. Michigan State (3-0)
# 7 Michigan def. Indiana (4-2)

October 30
# 20 Northwestern def. Louisville (1-0)
# 8 Penn State def. Michigan State (4-1)
# 9 Stanford def. # 7 Michigan (3-0)

Sunday Roundup

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#23 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 3-1

Sunday's Result

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NEBRASKA 86, Pittsburg State 55 (exhibition)
RECAP

Weekend Roundup

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October 30, 2011
Michigan State def. Michigan (1-0)
Ohio State def. Wisconsin (2-0)
# 10 Indiana ties Northwestern (2-2)

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 20 in Latest BCS Standings

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The latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings have been released and the Big Ten is one of two conferences with five or more teams among the top 25. The Big Ten ranks second among all conferences behind the SEC (six teams), followed by the Big 12 (four), ACC (three) and Pac-12 (three). Nebraska is the Big Ten's highest ranked team at No. 10 overall, moving up four spots from last week's poll. The Cornhuskers are making their first appearance among the top 10 since being rated eighth on Nov. 14, 2010. Four more conference teams appear among the top 20. Michigan and Penn State both climbed three spots, with the Wolverines ranked No. 15 and the Nittany Lions rated No. 16. Michigan State and Wisconsin round out the Big Ten contingent at No. 17 and 20, respectively.

The College Football Performance Awards for the ninth week of the season have been announced with two Big Ten players earning recognition. Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore was named the National Tight End of the Week while Iowa's Marcus Coker was tabbed as the National Running Back 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.

Sunday's Results

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MICHIGAN STATE def. Ferris State, 85-58 (exhibition)

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Latest Polls

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Five Big Ten schools remained among the top 25 in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls. The Big Ten and SEC are the only conferences with five or more teams appearing in all three national rankings. Nebraska leads the Big Ten and returns to the top 10 for the first time since September, rating No. 9 in each poll. Michigan jumped as many as four spots to land at No. 13 in each ranking. Michigan State and Penn State both cracked the top 15 in one of the polls. The Spartans were rated No. 15 by the media, No. 16 by the coaches and No. 17 in the Harris poll. The Nittany Lions were slotted No. 15 by the coaches and No. 16 by the media and Harris voters. Wisconsin rounds out the conference's ranked contingent at No. 19 in the AP poll, No. 17 in the coaches voting and No. 18 in the Harris polls. Ohio State and Illinois are also receiving votes in at least one poll.

 

Minnesota Weekend Recap

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Good afternoon Big Ten fans! Unfortunately the Mobile Tour's stay in Minnesota has come to a close. I had a great weekend keeping everyone updated on everything Mobile Tour while it was here in Minnesota. I hope everyone enjoyed the tweeting and blogging I did while it was here, and be sure to check out the new videos posted on YouTube!

Throughout the weekend the Mobile Tour made stops at Gopher Football Weekly with Jerry Kill, the U of M's Recreation Center, Centennial Hall, a Big Ten Soccer game, and of course Gopher Football Game Day. I tweeted all the action throughout the weekend, so if you missed anything be sure to check out the tweets from the weekend! There is a lot of photos posted as well, so check to see if you're picture is on our blog, Twitter, or YouTube!

The Big Ten Mobile Tour is a great chance for fans to see the brand new Stagg-Paterno Big Ten Championship Trophy, and they loved it. Many fans lined up throughout the weekend to have their picture taken with the trophy, and to get a chance to win two tickets to the Big Ten Football Championship Game on December 3. 

The Mobile Tour is moving on and making its way to Michigan State! It will be there this weekend, so Spartan fans should be on the lookout for the shiny Stagg-Paterno Trophy as it will be there soon! 

I had a great time being the Mobile Tour Blogger from Minnesota and I want express my great gratitude to the Big Ten for giving me this opportunity. Thank you!

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Sunday's Schedule

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Pittsburg State at NEBRASKA, 3 p.m. ET

Spartans Open Exhibition Play

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Michigan State opens the exhibition season today vs. Ferris State at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on BTN.com.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE
Ferris State at MICHIGAN STATE, 2 p.m. ET, BTN.com

Saturday Roundup

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#15 MINNESOTA def. #3 ILLINOIS, 3-0
#22 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 3-0
#11 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-1
#8 PENN STATE def. #1 NEBRASKA, 3-1
NORTHWESTERN def. WISCONSIN, 3-2

Two Years in a Row!

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What an exciting game day the Gopher Football team and its fans had! Minnesota battled Iowa in a close game today and came out to win 22-21. It was a close game all the way through and Iowa came out strong, but the Gophers were there to win. We are so glad the Mobile Tour was here to share in our exciting day, maybe it was even our good luck charm?! Having the Stagg-Paterno Big Ten Championship trophy on campus was motivation, and the Gophers got it done!

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Many Gopher fans stormed the field after such an exciting game, and it was an exciting game for any and all Gopher fans. The Floyd of Rosedale trophy made its way around as the team celebrated such an exciting Big Ten game. Check out some of the photos from the Mobile Tour on TCF Bank Stadium's plaza as well as some exciting pictures from the game below.

It was a great match up between the two Legends Division teams, but the Gophers will keep their trophy for another year! Great job Gopher Football! Stay tuned for a recap tomorrow on the entire B1G Ten Mobile Tour's stay in Minnesota! Congratulations Gopher Football!

It's Gopher Football Game Day!

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Saturday is finally here! Big Ten fans look forward to Saturdays in the fall for this very reason: football game days. Today is no exception as the Big Ten's Mobile Tour makes its final stop for the week at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Legends Division team, the Minnesota Gophers.

Gopher football will be taking on the Iowa Hawkeyes this afternoon here at TCF Bank Stadium, both teams fighting for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy. We have been looking forward to this all week as we cannot wait to see the thousands of Gophers fans in their maroon and gold before the start of the game. Remember, the one and only Stagg-Paterno Big Ten Championship Trophy will be out with the Mobile Tour today as well as some interactive games. Don't forget Gopher fans, get there early to stop by and see us and to get some free lunch from your head coach, Jerry Kill.

The Mobile Tour will be out at TCF Bank Stadium's Gate E starting at 11:30 this morning. Stay updated on everything Big Ten Mobile Tour today by following us on Twitter. GO GOPHERS!

Friday Roundup

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#3 ILLINOIS def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
#8 PENN STATE def. IOWA, 3-1
#11 PURDUE def. #22 MICHIGAN, 3-2
NORTHWESTERN def. #15 MINNESOTA, 3-0
#1 NEBRASKA def. #23 OHIO STATE, 3-1

B1G Ten Soccer Fans Met the Stagg-Paterno Trophy

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The Big Ten Mobile Tour made its way to Minnesota's St. Paul Campus tonight for the Women's Soccer matchup between the Gophers and a fellow Legends Division team, the Nebraska Huskers.

Nebraska came out strong at the start of the game with a goal in the first twenty seconds, but that didn't discourage the Gophers and they came back and scored right away, going on to win the game 6-3. This was a big game for the Mobile Tour to attend because this game clinched the Gophers the fifth seed spot in the Big Ten Soccer Tournament. The Big Ten Soccer Tournament will be hosted by another fellow Legends Division team, Northwestern, next week. This was also an exciting game for Gophers' Uhl as she scored her second hat trick of the season and only the twelfth hat trick in Gopher Soccer history.

Congratulations to Uhl and all of Gopher Soccer! The Big Ten Mobile Tour was glad they could be there for such a great game for the Gophers. Check out some of our photos below:

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We were pleased to see so many Big Ten fans brave the cold to see us tonight, thank you! We hope to see many more of you tomorrow at Gopher Football game day! The B1G Ten Mobile Tour will be out in full force tomorrow at TCF Bank Stadium's Gate E, so stop by Big Ten fans! Go Gophers!

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 28-30
#32 MICHIGAN STATE at Landfall Tradition - Wilmington, N.C.
#28 NORTHWESTERN at Landfall Tradition - Wilmington, N.C.
OHIO STATE at Landfall Tradition - Wilmington, N.C.
PURDUE at Landfall Tradition - Wilmington, N.C.

OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 1
MINNESOTA at Alamo Invitational - San Antonio, Texas
NEBRASKA at Alamo Invitational - San Antonio, Texas

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 1
ILLINOIS at Fighting Camel Fall Classic - Buies Creek, N.C.

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 2
IOWA at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational - Austin, Texas
WISCONSIN at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational - Austin, Texas

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 29-30
MICHIGAN at Bridgestone Intercollegiate - Greensboro, N.C.
#34 PURDUE at Bridgestone Intercollegiate - Greensboro, N.C.

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 1
#29 IOWA at Royal Oaks Intercollegiate - Dallas, Texas
MINNESOTA at Kiawah Island Intercollegiate - Kiawah, S.C.
WISCONSIN at Kiawah Island Intercollegiate - Kiawah, S.C.

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 2
NORTHWESTERN at Gifford CordeValle Collegiate - San Martin, Calif.

Floyd of Rosedale

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Good afternoon Big Ten fans! I hope you are enjoying the Mobile Tour's stay in Minnesota as much as we are. Tomorrow is Saturday and that means game day here at the University of Minnesota and everyone's getting geared up for a big game!

One of the great highlights on this Big Ten Mobile Tour is the exciting Stagg-Paterno Big Ten championship trophy. All twelve teams in the Big Ten are competing to get a change to play for this great trophy. The road to Indianapolis is not an easy one, however. Minnesota will play twelve games before December 3 rolls around. Tomorrow is not only a Big Ten match-up game for the Gophers, but it is also one of three trophy games the Gophers play this year. The Gophers played Michigan earlier in the season and battled for the Little Brown Jug and will play Wisconsin on November 12 for Paul Bunyan's Axe.

This weekend the Gophers will be up against the Iowa Hawkeyes as they come to town to fight for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy. Last year the Gophers took the Floyd of Rosedale back from Iowa with an exciting win over the Hawkeyes, 27-24. This year Iowa returns to TCF Bank Stadium for the second year in a row and they have their eye on the prize.


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The Floyd of Rosedale trophy has been awarded each year at the Minnesota vs. Iowa football game since 1935. Minnesota leads Iowa in number of wins for the Floyd of Rosedale, 40-34-2. The trophy is a 98.3 pound hog made of solid bronze and is a prize both teams look forward to playing for each year. The Floyd of Rosedale originated in 1935 when the governor of Minnesota, Floyd Olson, bet the governor of Iowa, Clyde Herring, a prize hog for the win that year. Iowa's governor accepted and the Gophers went on to not only win against Iowa, but win their second straight national championship. Clyde Herring did not back down on the bet and personally delivered a hog from Rosedale Farms in Iowa to the Governor's office in Minnesota and thus a tradition was born.

This weekend the Gophers look for a second straight win against Iowa as they take on the Hawkeyes tomorrow. In the meantime, take a look at the video of the excited fans storming the field after the 2010 win here! The Mobile Tour is loving the enthusiasm the Gopher fans have, so keep it coming! We hope to see all of you at the soccer game tonight! We'll be there starting at 6 p.m., but follow us on Twitter for all the up to date news on the Mobile Tour.

Three Players Named Groza Award Semifinalists

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Iowa's Mike Meyer, Nebraska's Brett Maher and Penn State's Anthony Fera have been selected as semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award. The three Big Ten players are among 20 semifinalists for the award, which is given to the top place-kicker in the country. Two Big Ten players have taken home the award as Ohio State's Mike Nugent won it in 2004 and Iowa's Nate Kaeding earned the honor in 2002. Four Big Ten players were semifinalists for the award a year ago - Illinois' Derek Dimke, Michigan State's Dan Conroy, Ohio State's Devin Barclay and Penn State's Collin Wagner.

Weekend Schedule

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October 28-30
ILLINOIS at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
INDIANA at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
IOWA at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
MICHIGAN at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
MICHIGAN STATE at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
MINNESOTA at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
NORTHWESTERN at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
OHIO STATE at at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
PENN STATE at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
PURDUE at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]
WISCONSIN at Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament [1]







Weekend Schedule

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October 28
Miami (Ohio) at Purdue - 5 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Wisconsin - 5 p.m. CT
Kenyon at Ohio State - 7 p.m. ET

October 29

Michigan State at Iowa - 11 a.m. CT

Weekend Schedule

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October 28
Indiana at Michigan/Texas - 11 a.m. ET
Minnesota at Wisconsin - 5 p.m. CT
Kenyon at Ohio State - 7 p.m. ET
Nebraska at Holiday Inn and Suites Med Center Invitational - All Day

October 29
Michigan State at Iowa/Truman State - Noon ET
Illinois at Kansas - 1 p.m. CT
Nebraska at Holiday Inn and Suites Med Center Invitational - All Day

Weekend Schedule

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October 28
# 11 Iowa def. Ball State (5-2)
# 17 Ohio State def. # 20 Northwestern (3-1)
# 9 Stanford def. Michigan State (3-0)
# 7 Michigan def. Indiana (4-2)

October 30
Louisville at # 20 Northwestern - Noon CT
Michigan State at # 8 Penn State - Noon ET
# 9 Stanford at # 7 Michigan - Noon ET

Weekend Schedule

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October 28
Minnesota def. Nebraska (6-3)
# 12 Penn State def. Purdue (2-0)

October 29
Iowa def. Wisconsin (2-0)
# 20 Illinois def. Michigan (3-2)
Michigan State def. Northwestern (2-0)

October 30

Ohio State def. Indiana (3-0)

Weekend Schedule

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October 30
Michigan at Michigan State - Noon ET
Ohio State at Wisconsin - 1 p.m. CT
# 10 Indiana at Northwestern - 2 p.m. CT

Coach Kill Offering Game Day Lunch

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The Big Ten Mobile Tour made its way to the University of Minnesota Campus yesterday and students are loving it! We enjoyed showing off the Stagg-Paterno trophy and talking with fans at the Recreation Center yesterday evening as well as at Joe Senser's earlier in the day. Big Ten and Gopher fans are great and it is what helps make up our legendary team. 

Another important aspect that makes our team a vital part of the Legends Division is our head coach, Jerry Kill. As mentioned earlier in the blog, Jerry Kill visited Joe Senser's yesterday and expressed how excited the team is for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy game on Saturday. Not only will he show his excitement on the field, but he and his wife, Rebecca, have decided to show their great appreciation for the University of Minnesota student fans! Watch Coach Kill's video from Gopher Athletics below for all the information:




On Saturday Coach Jerry Kill and his wife will be hosting a lunch, free to students, outside the gates at TCF Bank Stadium and Coach Kill will even be out there meeting students at 12:20 p.m. Coach Kill has spent much of his time here at Minnesota interacting with fans and students, getting to know this campus. He has done many events handing out free tickets, items, and taking photos with many loyal fans and students. His enthusiasm and passion is what makes him a great coach for Minnesota. 

Jerry and Rebecca Kill would love to see students out at the lunch before the game, so head out there and be sure to stop by the Mobile Tour on the way! The Mobile Tour will be at TCF Bank Stadium's Gate E before the Minnesota vs. Iowa game on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m., so come out to see us before heading in to see your Minnesota Gophers take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 2:30. GO GOPHERS!

Two Big Ten Players Named Lombardi Award Semifinalists

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Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus and Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy were named semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which honors the nation's outstanding lineman. The Big Ten was one of only three conferences with multiple players appearing on the list of 12 semifinalists. Iowa's Adrian Clayborn was a finalist for the Lombardi Award last season, and was joined by Michigan State's Greg Jones, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan as semifinalists for the national honor. Current Big Ten schools have claimed 14 Lombardi Awards, including two-time winners Dave Rimington of Nebraska (1982 and 1983) and Orlando Pace of Ohio State (1995 and 1996). The most recent honorees from Big Ten institutions are Cornhuskers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in 2009 and Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley in 2006.

Big Ten Basketball Media Day Recap

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The Big Ten welcomed conference coaches and players to Chicago on Thursday for 2011 Big Ten Basketball Media Day.Click the links below to recap the day's events.

Men's Basketball Twitter Recap

Women's Basketball Twitter Recap

Full Transcripts

Follow @B1GMBBall and @B1GWBBall on Twitter throughout the season for more information.

First Stop: Gopher Football Weekly

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The B1G Mobile Tour was out at Joe Senser's today live tweeting from Gopher Football Weekly With Jerry Kill. We had a great time talking with all the Gopher fans who came out today, but if you missed the radio show, listen to a full replay right here!

Fans loved seeing the brand new Stagg-Paterno trophy and the trophy the Gophers will be competing for this weekend, the Floyd of Rosedale. Coach Jerry Kill came at about 12:00 p.m. for his weekly live radio show, Gopher Football Weekly. Fans were excited to see the head football coach as well as get their photo taken with the two great trophies. Check out some of the photos below!

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We had a great time at Joe Senser's and are getting geared up for the next event which will be held at the University of Minnesota's Recreation Center from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. We hope to see many student fans this afternoon! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and GO GOPHERS!

Wednesday Roundup

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MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. INDIANA, 3-1

The Big Ten led all conferences with five coaches named to the 2011 Bryant Coach of the Year Award Watch List. The Big 12 and SEC ranked second with four coaches each on the watch list, while no other conference had more than two nominees. Big Ten coaches on the watch list are Michigan's Brady Hoke, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Nebraska's Bo Pelini, Penn State's Joe Paterno and Wisconsin's Bret Bielema. Five to 10 coaches will be named to the finalists' list in December, and the winner will be announced at a Jan. 19 awards dinner. The award, which honors former Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, is the only college coaching honor voted on after all of the bowl games are concluded. The Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award also will be awarded at the January ceremony to former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry.

Welcome to Gopher Nation!

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Good afternoon Big Ten fans and welcome to Golden Gopher Nation!

My name is Kate Garcia and I will be keeping you informed and updated on everything Minnesota this weekend as the Big Ten Mobile Tour is here. We are so excited to be hosting the Mobile Tour this Halloween weekend and cannot wait to show off what we have to offer here at the University of Minnesota! Be sure to follow us on YouTube and Twitter and, of course, the Mobile Tour Blog right here!

In order to prepare for Saturday's big game against the Iowa Hawkeyes we will be out at Joe Senser's Sports Theater in Roseville at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday morning to check out Gopher Football Weekly with Jerry Kill. This will be broadcast on KFAN Radio and will be a great opportunity for fans to see our head coach and see the one and only Stagg-Paterno Big Ten championship trophy. I would love to see fans come out to Roseville and get their picture taken with the trophy, and who knows, they might see their face right here on the Mobile Tour Blog!

The Stagg-Paterno trophy will be traveling along with the Mobile Tour all weekend long, so check out the schedule below and make sure to visit us, wherever we might be!

Thursday, October 27

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Joe Senser's in Roseville
Gopher Football Weekly with Jerry Kill

4:00 p.m-7:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota
Recreation Center

Friday, October 28

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall - Superblock

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Women's Soccer Match

Saturday, October 29

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium - Gate E
Minnesota vs. Iowa


Keep checking the Mobile Tour Blog for updates to the schedule and to keep track of what's going on here at the University of Minnesota, and as always, GO GOPHERS!

This Week's Schedule

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OCTOBER 26
INDIANA at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 8 p.m. - BTN

OCTOBER 28
IOWA at #8 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/31, Noon)
#11 PURDUE at #22 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#1 NEBRASKA at #23 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
WISCONSIN at #3 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#15 MINNESOTA at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/31, 2 p.m.)

OCTOBER 29
#11 PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 6:30 p.m. - www.BTN.com
INDIANA at #22 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m.
#15 MINNESOTA at #3 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#1 NEBRASKA at #8 PENN STATE - 8 p.m. - BTN
WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

OCTOBER 30
IOWA at #23 OHIO STATE - 1 p.m.

All times are ET

Cousins and Holland Named to National Scholar-Athlete Class

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The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame named Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Purdue's Joe Holland two of 16 recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Cousins and Holland were selected from a nationwide pool of 127 semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. The two Big Ten student-athletes are now finalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.

The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, is the first initiative in history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, and one of the 16 will be announced as the 22nd recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy. Named 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.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with six of the 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Big Ten quarterfinalists are Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David, Ohio State defensive tackle John Simon, Purdue linebacker Joe Holland and Wisconsin defensive back Aaron Henry. The Big Ten's six quarterfinalists are more than any other conference, followed by the SEC (4 quarterfinalists), ACC (3), Pac-12 (3) and Big 12 (2). Big Ten standouts have claimed two of the last three Lott Trophies, with Badgers defensive end J.J. Watt being honored last year and Buckeyes' linebacker James Laurinaitis claiming the trophy in 2008.

Kate Takes Over

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Minnesota's Kate Garcia is taking over the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour blog, Twitter account and YouTube page while the tour is in Minnesota.

Learn more about Kate by watching her introductory video HERE and by reading her intro below:

"Welcome to the Minnesota Gopher view of the Big Ten Mobile Tour.  My name is Kate Garcia and I am just about to begin my senior year here at the U of M.  I am majoring in communications and hope to work in sports when I graduate this spring.  I was born in Dallas, TX but grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, but am solely a huge gophers fan! I played soccer in high school and continued my school involvement in college by being a part of Delta Gamma sorority.  I help with events and recruitment, but most importantly with our philanthropy, Service for Sight.  My friends through Delta Gamma and I attend gopher games together and are some of the loudest cheerleaders in the stadium. I am extremely excited for the Big Ten season to get under way and am looking forward to the championship game in December. Go Gophers!"

It's all yours, Kate!

 

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 7

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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns in New Orleans' 62-7 win over Indianapolis.

Plaxico Burress, WR, New York Jets (Michigan State) - Caught four passes, three of which resulted in touchdowns, for 25 yards in the New York Jets' 27-21 win over San Diego.

Dan Connor, LB, Carolina (Penn State) - Made 10 tackles in Carolina's 33-20 win over Washington.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Iowa) - Ran for 112 yards on 20 carries in the New York Jets' 27-21 win over San Diego.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa) - Recorded 11 tackles in Minnesota's 33-27 loss to Green Bay.

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Posted 11 tackles in Detroit's 23-16 loss to Atlanta.

Michael Jenkins, WR, Minnesota (Ohio State) - Racked up 111 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in Minnesota's 33-27 loss to Green Bay.

Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles and two sacks in San Diego's 27-21 loss to the New York Jets.

Barrett Ruud, LB, Tennessee (Nebraska) - Had 10 tackles in Tennessee's 41-7 loss to Houston.

Eric Smith, S, New York Jets (Michigan State) - Posted 10 tackles in the New York Jets' 27-21 win over San Diego.

Amari Speivey, S, Detroit (Iowa) - Recorded an interception and added six tackles in Detroit's 23-16 loss to Atlanta.

Cameron Wake, LB, Miami (Penn State) - Recorded two sacks and four total tackles in Miami's 18-15 overtime loss to Denver.

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Posted seven tackles and two sacks in Pittsburgh's 32-20 win over Arizona.

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Grabbed two interceptions and made four tackles in Green Bay's 33-27 win over Minnesota.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten teams earn spots in the latest 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released today. MICHIGAN (12-4) sit at No. 7, while PENN STATE (11-5) checks in right behind them at No. 8.  IOWA (13-3) sits right outside the top-10 at No. 11.  OHIO STATE (10-7) is No. 17 and NORTHWESTERN (11-7) comes in at No. 20.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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PENN STATE and ILLINOIS earn spots in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Nittany Lions (16-3-0) sit at No. 12, while the Fighting Illini (13-4-1) move up five spots to No. 20.

Wisconsin
and Iowa also received votes.

For the complete rankings, click here.

In The Polls

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INDIANA represents the Big Ten in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Hoosiers (9-3-3) sit at No. 10 in the rankings.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Nebraska's David Named Butkus Award Semifinalist

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Nebraska's Lavonte David was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, named for University of Illinois linebacker and Hall of Famer Dick Butkus and given annually to the nation's top linebacker. Michigan State's Greg Jones was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last season. Nine players from current Big Ten schools have claimed the Butkus Award - Illinois' Dana Howard (1994) and Kevin Hardy (1995), Michigan's Erick Anderson (1991), Michigan State's Percy Snow (1989), Nebraska's Trev Alberts (1993), Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer (1997) and James Laurinaitis (2007) and Penn State's LaVar Arrington (1999) and Paul Posluszny (2005).

Michigan's Denard Robinson, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson were named three of the 16 semifinalists for the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback. The Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 were the only conferences with more than one semifinalist selected for the national honor. Robinson and Cousins were also named semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award last season. Six signal callers from current Big Ten schools have won the Davey O'Brien Award - Iowa's Chuck Long (1985) and Brad Banks (2002), Nebraska's Eric Crouch (2001), Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006) and Penn State's Todd Blackledge (1982) and Kerry Collins (1994).

Michigan State's Kirk Cousins has been named one of eight "Stars of the Week" by the Manning Award, the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Cousins completed 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns and led the Spartans to a sensational finish in an upset of sixth-ranked Wisconsin, throwing a 44-yard Hail Mary with no time remaining to clinch the 37-31 win.

College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 9 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.

In the Polls

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Nebraska has earned the No. 1 ranking in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, taking over for Illinois as the top-ranked team in the country. The Huskers sit atop the poll for the first time since Oct. 22, 2007 and earn the No. 1 spot for the 82nd time in program history, good for the most of any school all-time. Illinois follows Nebraska at No. 3, while Penn State moves up one ranking to No. 8. Purdue also moves up one spot, checking in at No. 11, while Minnesota holds No. 15. Michigan stands at No. 22 this week, followed by No. 23 Ohio State. Michigan State is receiving votes in the latest poll. The Big ten again leads the nation with seven nationally ranked teams.

Click here to see the complete poll.

On The Road Again

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Northwestern's Kristin Scharkey did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in Evanston!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Next stop: Minnesota

What It Means to Wear Purple

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It was a cold May afternoon, winds blowing in from right field.

 

Two outs. Bottom of the sixth. Our final game in a double-dip series against Penn State in 2010. We were tied 5-5 with the bases loaded and junior slugger Michelle Batts up-to-bat.

 

It's a full count, and the next pitch is at Batts' eyes. She swings.

 

I don't even remember how I got there, but suddenly I was at home plate; jumping up and down and yelling at the top of my lungs. In what seemed like slow motion, Michelle Batts had launched that rise ball over the right field bleachers for a 9-5 win over the Nittany Lions.

 

I'll never forget that moment; the pure elation and joy that emanated from home plate that day. It's moments like those that characterize what it means to be a Big Ten student-athlete, to attend a university like Northwestern.

 

As this weekend of the Mobile Tour comes to a close, I find myself piecing together the moments like that to define what the slogan, "Honoring Legends, Building Leaders" means to me...

 

I remember standing in centerfield as our team got the last out against Loyola (Chicago) last April, chills running up and down my arms as I realized I had just been apart of Northwestern softball's 1,000th win.

 

It's rushing the court as a freshman after men's basketball beat Purdue; students pouring onto Ryan field after last year's jaw-dropping football victory over Iowa.

 

I recall screaming at my television as former teammates won the National Professional Fastpitch Championship, the biggest stage possible for women in my sport. It's the university welcoming home our women's lacrosse team with their sixth national championship trophy in seven years.

 

And it's establishing relationships with Wildcat alumni who paved the way for female student-athletes like myself; learning invaluable lessons from these women who set the standard for what it means to be apart of the Northwestern family...

 

 

For the past two years, I've met Northwestern legends; learned from them and been inspired by them. I've learned what it means to be a true leader; on the field, in the classroom and in the community. So when the Big Ten released its new slogan earlier in the year, it was a relief that someone had finally been able to put into words the experience that the student-athletes receive and cultivate in this conference.

 

In our Sports Performance Facility, there's a sign that reads, "Say what you want to be. Then do what you need to do." That statement echoes in my head when I'm under the squat bar or running 150-yarder after 150-yarder, dripping with sweat beside teammates who all share the same goal as me: to win a national championship.

 

That statement is in the back of my mind when I'm thrust into the deepest parts of the city of Chicago to do reporting for a journalism class; experiencing the beauty of a city that is just down the shoreline and having my worldview widened in ways that might be intimidating but will only help me in the long run.

 

I think about that sign as I look over the first half of my time here and how much it epitomizes what being a student-athlete in this conference and at this university is all about; honoring legends and building leaders. It's learning from our past, which has spoken of greatness; and taking the opportunity to now speak it for ourselves.



Thank you all for the opportunity of being your Northwestern blogger for this leg of the Tour. I hope you enjoyed this past Homecoming weekend as much as I did. Don't forget to cast your vote at the end of the season for your favorite student blogger! GO CATS!

 

Weekend Roundup

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October 22
San Diego State def. Michigan (2-1)

October 23
Northwestern def. Wisconsin (1-0)
Michigan State ties # 13 Indiana (2-2)
Ohio State def. Penn State (1-0, OT)

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 20 in Latest BCS Standings

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The Big Ten was one of two conferences with five teams among the top 20 in the second Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings announced Sunday night on ESPN. After handing Wisconsin its first loss of the season, Michigan State moved up five spots to No. 11 in the BCS poll. Other Big Ten programs among the top 20 are No. 14 Nebraska, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Penn State. The Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC are the only conferences with more than three top-25 teams in the BCS standings.

Michigan State is ranked in a BCS poll for the third time in the last four seasons. The Spartans ended last season rated ninth in the BCS after reaching a program-high ranking of fifth earlier in the year.

Nebraska makes its 56th appearance in a BCS poll and is ranked for the third straight season. The Cornhuskers were rated as high as seventh last season and have been rated first in the BCS polls in two different seasons.

Wisconsin makes its 58th appearance in a BCS poll and cracks the top 25 for the third straight season and seventh time in the last eight years. The Badgers ended last season rated fifth in the final BCS poll, which tied the highest BCS ranking in school history.

Michigan makes its 64th appearance in a BCS poll and reached a program-high of No. 2 during the 2006 season.

Penn State makes its 43rd appearance in a BCS poll and cracks the top 25 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Nittany Lions reached a program-high of No. 2 in the BCS in 1999.

Game Day at Northwestern

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Although we would've liked to have gotten the W, Saturday was the perfect evening for a Northwestern football game. 

Tons of food, tons of fun and tons of purple! 

The Big Ten Mobile Tour was down on the sidelines, so be sure to watch all the action right here! Go Cats! 
 

Weekend Roundup

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October 20
Nebraska def. Iowa (1-0, OT)
# 25 Illinois def. Northwestern (3-0)

October 21

# 14 Penn State def. Michigan State (3-1)
Indiana at Minnesota def. Indiana (3-1)
Michigan def. Ohio State (1-0)
Wisconsin def. Purdue (5-1)

October 23

Penn State def. Michigan (4-0)
Michigan State def. Ohio State (2-0)
Illinois def. Nebraska (3-1)
Wisconsin def. Indiana (2-0)
Iowa def. Northwestern (6-1)
Purdue def. Minnesota (2-1)

Weekend Roundup

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October 21
# 20 Northwestern def. Pacific (5-0)
# 7 Michigan def. Michigan State (2-0)

October 22
# 11 Iowa def. # 20 Northwestern (5-2)
# 18 Ohio State def. # 8 Penn State (2-0)
# 19 Indiana def. Providence (6-2)

October 23

# 11 Iowa def. Pacific (4-0)
# 2 North Carolina def. # 7 Michigan (4-3, 2OT)
Louisville def. # 19 Indiana (1-0)

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Latest Polls

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The Big Ten leads all conferences with five teams appearing among the top 20 in the USA Today coaches and Harris polls and is one of only three conferences with five or more teams among the top 25 in the Associated Press (AP), USA Today and Harris rankings. The Big 12 and SEC are the only other conferences with five or more schools among the top 25. Michigan State makes its first appearance among the top 10 after handing Wisconsin its first loss on Saturday night. The Spartans are ranked No. 9 by the media, No. 10 by the coaches and No. 11 by the Harris voters, their first top-10 appearance since ending the 2010 regular season rated No. 7 in all three polls. Four other Big Ten programs rank among the top 20 in at least one of the votes, including No. 12/11/12 Wisconsin (AP/USA Today/Harris), No. 13/13/13 Nebraska, No. 17/17/16 Michigan and No. 21/19/19 Penn State. In addition, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio State are receiving votes in at least one poll.

The College Football Performance Awards for the eighth week of the season have been announced with three Big Ten players earning recognition. A Big Ten standout earned National Defensive Performer of the Week for the third straight week as Purdue's Kawann Short was honored as the top defensive performer and also as the National Defensive Lineman of the Week. Also on defense, Penn State's Gerald Hodges was named the National Linebacker of the Week. On offense, Iowa's Marvin McNutt was tabbed as the National Wide Receiver 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.

Saturday Roundup

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#4 NEBRASKA def. #1 ILLINOIS, 3-1
WISCONSIN def. INDIANA, 3-1
NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 3-0
#9 PENN STATE def. #21 MICHIGAN, 3-0
#23 OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-1
#12 PURDUE def. #14 MINNESOTA, 3-1

Day 2 In Evanston

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The Stagg-Paterno trophy was all over campus today, making appearances in Norris at the Northwestern Gridiron Network luncheon and on Sheridan Road in the annual Homecoming parade and pep rally!

Hear from Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Northwestern alum Michael Wilbon and Northwestern Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald in this video recap of the NGN luncheon.


Check out this video of the Homecoming parade and pep rally, with special appearances from Northwestern alums Seth Meyers and Garry Marshall! 


 

Be sure to follow @B1GMobileTour on Twitter throughout the day for updates on the game versus Penn State! GO CATS!

 

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at ITA Midwest Regional Championships [1]
INDIANA at Duke/UNC Greensboro
IOWA at ITA Central Regional Championships [2]
MICHIGAN at ITA Midwest Regional Championships  [1]
MINNESOTA at ITA Central Regional Championships [2]
Akron at MICHIGAN STATE
NEBRASKA at ITA Central Regionals [2]
NORTHWESTERN at ITA Midwest Regional Championships [1]
OHIO STATE at ITA MIdwest Regional Championships [1]
PENN STATE at ITA Atlantic Regional Championships [3]
WISCONSIN at ITA Midwest Regional Championships [1]

Legend
[1] Columbus, Ohio
[2] Tulsa, Okla.
[3] Norfolk, Va.

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 23-25
#39 INDIANA at Isleworth Collegiate - Windermere, Fla.
#30 IOWA at U.S. Collegiate Championship - Atlanta, Ga.
OHIO STATE at Isleworth Collegiate - Windermere, Fla.

OCTOBER 24-25
NEBRASKA at Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate - Las Cruces, N.M.

Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA at ITA Ohio Valley Regional [1]
IOWA at ITA Regionals [2]
MINNESOTA at ITA Regional Championship [3]
NEBRASKA at ITA Regionals [2]
NORTHWESTERN at Wildcat Invitational [4]
PENN STATE at ITA Regional Championship [5]
PURDUE at ITA Regionals [6]
WISCONSIN at Wildcat Invitational [4]

Legend
[1] Knoxville, Tenn.
[2] Tulsa, Okla.
[3] Fayetteville, Ark.
[4] Evanston, Ill.
[5] Charlottesville, Va.
[6] Knoxville, Tenn.

Weekend Schedule

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October 20
Iowa def. Wisconsin - (230.5 - 63.50)

October 21

Miami (Ohio) at PURDUE (Divers only) - 5 p.m. ET

October 22
INDIANA at Tennessee/Kentucky - 10 a.m. ET
West Virginia at PENN STATE - Noon ET
Toronto/Club Wolvertine Elite/Canadian National Training Center at MICHIGAN - 4 p.m. ET



Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 21
ILLINOIS at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.
#19 MICHIGAN at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
#15 MICHIGAN STATE at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
NORTHWESTERN at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.
WISCONSIN (rv) at UW-Oshkosh Open - Winneconne, Wis.

OCTOBER 22
MINNESOTA (rv) at Jack's Run - Minneapolis, Minn.

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 21
ILLINOIS at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.
MICHIGAN STATE at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
#26 OHIO STATE at EMU Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.

Weekend Schedule

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October 20
Iowa def. Wisconsin (229-71)

October 21

Northwestern at Illinois - 3 p.m. CT
Kansas at MINNESOTA - 4 p.m. CT
WISCONSIN at SMU Classic - 5 p.m. CT [1]
PURDUE at Miami (Ohio) - 5 p.m. ET
Toledo at MICHIGAN - 5:30 p.m. ET

October 22
INDIANA at Tennessee/Kentucky - 10 a.m. ET
WISCONSIN at SMU Classic - 10 a.m. CT [1]
West Virginia at PENN STATE - 11 a.m. ET
NEBRASKA at South Dakota State - Noon CT

Legend
[1] Dallas, Texas

Weekend Schedule

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October 21
Pacific at # 20 Northwestern - 3 p.m. CT
# 7 Michigan at Michigan State - 4 p.m. ET

October 22
# 11 Iowa at # 20 Northwestern - Noon CT
# 18 Ohio State at # 8 Penn State - Noon ET
Providence at # 19 Indiana - 2 p.m. ET

October 23

Pacific vs. Iowa [1] - Noon CT
# 7 Michigan at # 2 North Carolina - 1 p.m. ET
# 19 Indiana at Louisville - 2 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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October 22
Michigan at San Diego State - 4 p.m. PT

October 23
Wisconsin at Northwestern - 1 p.m. CT
Michigan State at # 13 Indiana - 2 p.m. ET
Penn State at Ohio State - 2 p.m. ET

Weekend Schedule

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October 20
Nebraska def. Iowa (1-0, OT)
# 25 Illinois def. Northwestern (3-0)

October 21

# 14 Penn State at Michigan State - 3 p.m. ET
Indiana at Minnesota - 7 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET
Purdue at Wisconsin - 7 p.m. CT

October 23

Penn State at Michigan - Noon ET
Ohio State at Michigan State - Noon ET
Illinois at Nebraska - 1 p.m. CT
Indiana at Wisconsin - 1 p.m. CT
Northwestern at Iowa - 1 p.m. CT
Purdue at Minnesota - 1 p.m. CT

Day 1 in Evanston!

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Check out some photos from our first day in Evanston! Go Cats!

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Today, the RV will be at Norris from 10:00 am- 1:30 pm. Then, we'll be having a pre-parade BBQ in the SPAC parking lot at 4:30 pm before heading down Sheridan Road with the rest of the parade at 6:30 pm! GO CATS!

Big Ten Players Named to Midseason All-America Teams

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Nine Big Ten football standouts have been named to midseason All-America teams by CBSSports.com, ESPN.com and/or SI.com. Four Big Ten players were named first-team All-Americans by all three outlets, a group that includes Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Michigan center David Molk, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. Nebraska kick returner Ameer Abdullah was named a first-team All-American by CBSSports.com and ESPN.com. Four Big Ten student-athletes were honored by one outlet, including Purdue punter Cody Webster (CBSSports.com, first team) and the Wisconsin trio of punt returner Jared Abbrederis (SI.com, second team), quarterback Russell Wilson (ESPN.com, first team), guard Kevin Zeitler (SI.com, first team).
Scheduled for release on Friday, "The Mighty Macs" is based on the true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that became one of the original Cinderella stories in women's basketball as they won the inaugural AIAW Championship. Two former Big Ten coaches, Theresa Grentz of Illinois and Rene Portland from Penn State, were part of the 1972 championship winning team and helped guide Immaculata to the first of three straight AIWA Championships.

Click here to learn more about "The Mighty Macs"

Purple Reign

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In just a few short days, Evanston will be filled with alumni. Thousands of alumni. All decked out in purple and celebrating "Purple Reign," a 100-year-old tradition that we like to call Homecoming. Already, one of my former teammates has made my couch her home for the week.


So what's all this about Homecoming? When did it start? Why do we celebrate it? To answer these questions I headed over to the library and made my way into the University Archives, a small room lined with bookshelves filled to the top with school history.


University Archivist Kevin Leonard hands me an old black book when I arrive, pages brown with age and tattered at the edges. It's embossed in gold- The Northwestern- and dates back to the 1800s. We tenderly flip open its cover and search through the dilapidated collection of student-written pieces until we stumble across this:


"Next Saturday, we will witness the first alumni game in the history of Northwestern," it reads. "Present students will have an opportunity of seeing former heroes in their old places."


The piece is dated back to November 18, 1897 and marked the unofficial 'beginning' of Homecoming. That Saturday, alumni were defeated by the varsity football squad 25-0 in a game that kick-started the tradition of trekking back to Evanston. Over the next decade Northwestern alumni would continue to return to campus once a year; the event officially being named "Homecoming" in 1911.


Leonard hands me a stack of newspaper articles labeled 'Homecoming', and I delicately finger through tales of pep rallies, dances, mixers, auto parades, and home decorations. I read that by 1936, the festivities had grown to nearly 10,000 alumni gathering in Evanston, and with a chuckle, I find that students were outraged when a 40-year tradition was broken when the decision was made to give funds for the 1937 parade to charity instead.


The articles spoke of Homecoming 1942 as a somber affair due to World War II and detailed Homecoming 1965 as the year in which students pushed to make the event even more grandiose. The stack of black and white photographs that Leonard has left on my table depict Northwestern University Marching Band members from the 1920s and Northwestern cheerleaders in a 1930s parade. The homecoming queen contest was started in 1956 and I flip through pictures of candidates all dolled up in puffy white dresses.


Article after article raves about the 1968 Dionne Warwick performance before a sell-out crowd of 5,000 in honor of the alumni. A newspaper clipping gushes about the 1981 Homecoming parade's grand marshal -- an All-American quarterback who held Northwestern's record for most points in a single game -- Otto Graham. And near the end of the stack I discover a list of past homecoming themes: "Willie's Wonderland" in 1957 and "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out" in 1973, to name a few.


Finally, Leonard brings me an piece by 1972 Daily Northwestern writer Holly Sembrat: "Homecoming parade supporters come in different shapes and sizes," she writes. "Their ages range from 3 to 80 and beyond. But they share the belief that laughing out loud and huddling next to strangers to keep warm will be a good way to spend tomorrow evening." 


Apparently, some things never change.


Because as I look over the mess that I've made in the archives, papers spilling onto the chairs next to me and photos wreaking havoc across my table, I come to the realization that Homecoming is much more than the parades and the concerts and the games. On Saturday when Ryan FIeld is packed with alumni and students alike, it will be more than just a game we commemorate once a year.


Homecoming is a celebration that transcends time; a tribute to those that have gone before, those that are here now and those yet to come. It is a platform and a gateway into the legacy of what it means to wear purple. 


So I close that big black book and pile high the folders. I push in my chair and walk out into Evanston's autumn wind, smiling as I remember all that it truly means to be a Wildcat.


[Note: This piece was re-worked from its original publication in Northwestern's football magazine, The Den.]

Three Big Ten Teams Ranked in Preseason Coaches Poll

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Three Big Ten teams earned top-20 rankings in the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Men's Basketball Coaches Poll released on Thursday.

Coming off its second straight Big Ten Championship, Ohio State leads the Big Ten at No. 3. Wisconsin follows at No. 14, while Michigan is No. 18. Michigan State and Purdue sit just outside the top 25, giving the Big Ten five total teams receiving votes in the poll.

Click here to view the complete poll: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rankings 

Wednesday Roundup

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#1 ILLINOIS def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#12 PURDUE def. INDIANA, 3-2
#4 NEBRASKA def. IOWA, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE def. #21 MICHIGAN, 3-1
#14 MINNESOTA def. WISCONSIN, 3-2
#9 PENN STATE def. #23 OHIO STATE, 3-0

National Preseason Poll Released

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appear in the top 10 in the 2012 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll. Defending Big Ten Champion Illinois has earned the highest ranking entering the season, holding No. 2 nationally, while Michigan follows at No. 3. Penn State checks in at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 10 Iowa.

Click here to see the complete national preseason poll.

Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's golf teams have earned top-50 status in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Ohio State leads the way for the Big Ten contingent at No. 22, while Northwestern follows at No. 27. Michigan State holds No. 30 nationally, while Michigan checks in at No. 44 and Illinois rounds out the top 50 at No. 50. Michigan State's Caroline Powers represents the conference in the individual top 50, ranking 17th nationally.

Click here to see the team and individual rankings.

Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten men's golf teams appear in the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin weekly rankings. Illinois cracks the top 25 this week, checking in at No. 25, while Iowa follows at No. 30. Purdue holds No. 33 this week, while Indiana stands at No. 39. Four Big Ten golfers have earned top-50 status in the individual rankings, with two holding top-10 spots. Purdue's Tyler Duncan ranks sixth in the country, while Illinois' Luke Guthrie checks in at No. 9. Fellow Illini Thomas Pieters is 24th, while Iowa's Barrett Kelpin holds No. 46.

Click here for the team and individual rankings.

This Week's Schedule

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OCTOBER 19
INDIANA at #12 PURDUE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/21, Noon)
#23 OHIO STATE at #9 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/20, 12:30 p.m.)
#1 ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
IOWA at #4 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#21 MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE - 8 p.m. - BTN
#14 MINNESOTA at WISCONSIN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

OCTOBER 22
WISCONSIN at INDIANA - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#21 MICHIGAN at #9 PENN STATE - 7 p.m. - ESPN3; ESPN2 (10/23, 1 p.m.)
MICHIGAN STATE at #23 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/25, 2 p.m.)
#14 MINNESOTA at #12 PURDUE - 7 p.m.
#1 ILLINOIS at #4 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. - BTN (10/24, 6 p.m.)
NORTHWESTERN at IOWA - 8 p.m.

All times are ET

In the Polls

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Four Big Ten women's cross country teams have garnered top-30 rankings in the latest USTFCCCA Division I coaches' poll, with No. 15 Michigan State again leading the pack of conference teams. Michigan also earns top-20 status this week, holding No. 19. Penn State checks in at No. 26 with Iowa following at No. 27. Minnesota and Wisconsin are each receiving votes in the latest poll.

Click here to see the complete poll.

In the Polls

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Wisconsin continues to inch closer to the top of the USTFCCCA men's cross country national coaches' poll, trailing top-ranked Oklahoma State by just four points en route to a No. 2 ranking. Indiana holds No. 7 again this week, while Minnesota jumps five spots to No. 12. Michigan also moves up five spots, checking in at No. 21. Ohio State cracks the top 30 this week, moving to No. 26, while Penn State is also receiving votes.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Northwestern's Dan Persa were named two of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given annually to a senior with notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The Big Ten is tied for the lead among all conferences with two finalists after boasting eight nominees for the award, twice as many nominees as any other conference.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through December 5. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I FBS head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award was first presented in the sport of football in 2008 with Ohio State's James Laurinaitis earning the honor. Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award last season.

Welcome to Northwestern!

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Hello Big Ten Nation, and welcome to Northwestern! 


I'm Kristin Scharkey, and I'll be keeping you updated on all the happenings around Evanston right here on the Mobile Tour blog, YouTube and Twitter


We are so happy to be hosting the Big Ten's Honoring Legends, Building Leaders Mobile Tour this week as we gear up to play Penn State on Saturday. It's Homecoming weekend here in Evanston, so it should make for a great few days filled with thousands of alumni, lots of purple and of course, Wildcat football. What more could you want? 


To celebrate Homecoming, we've got tons of events going on around campus. On Thursday at 8 p.m., The Second City-- the heart and soul of Chicago comedy that includes alumni such as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey-- will be performing in our own Cahn Auditorium. The Gridiron Network Football Lunch will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning for those who want to participate in a reunion tradition and eat lunch with Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald and our team captains. And later Friday night, the infamous Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally will be celebrated down Sheridan Road and in Deering Meadow. Word on the street is that the Tour's RV and the new Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy will be making an appearance in the parade!


In the meantime, the Big Ten Mobile Tour will be making its rounds, starting at Norris Student Center on Thursday morning. Here's where the RV and trophy will be throughout the weekend:


Thursday, October 20

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CT

Norris Student Center (outside food court)

 

4 - 6:30 p.m. CT

Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (SPAC)

 

Friday, October 21

10 - 10:45 a.m. CT

Norris Student Center (outside food court)

 

11 a.m. - Noon CT

Norris Student Center (Louis Room)

NGN Luncheon

 

Noon - 1:30 p.m. CT

Norris Student Center (outside food court)

 

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. CT

SPAC Parking Lot

Pre-Parade BBQ

 

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. CT

Homecoming Parade

 

Saturday, October 22

2 - 6 p.m. ET

Ryan Field

Southeast corner outside of stadium


We're looking forward to seeing you throughout the week! GO CATS!

Two Big Ten Quarterbacks Added to Manning Award Watch List

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Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson have been added to the watch list for the Manning Award, the only national quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. The Big Ten now has six players on the Manning Award watch list, as Scheelhaase and Wilson join Michigan's Denard Robinson, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Northwestern's Dan Persa. Ten finalists will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. That list will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 18.


 

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 6

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Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay (Illinois) - Recorded 83 yards and a touchdown reception on three catches in Tampa Bay's 26-20 win over New Orleans.

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco (Penn State) - Racked up 14 tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass deflection in San Francisco's 25-19 win over Detroit.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 27 of 41 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 20-16 win over Dallas.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Threw for 383 yards and a touchdown on 29 of 45 passing in New Orleans' 26-20 loss to Tampa Bay.

Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Caught six passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 27-17 loss to Cincinnati.

Kurt Coleman, S, Philadelphia (Ohio State) - Grabbed three interceptions and made seven tackles in Philadelphia's 20-13 win over Washington.

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Made five tackles and an interception in Cincinnati's 27-17 win over Indianapolis.

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas (Penn State) - Notched 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception in Dallas' 20-16 loss to New England.

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Posted 12 tackles and a tackle for loss in Detroit's 25-19 loss to San Francisco.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Pittsburgh's 17-13 win over Jacksonville.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville (Penn State) - Made 16 tackles in Jacksonville's 17-13 loss to Pittsburgh.

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Posted eight tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks in Pittsburgh's 17-13 win over Jacksonville.

Now Batting, Kristin Scharkey!

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Northwestern's Kristin Scharkey is taking over the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour blog, Twitter account and YouTube page while the tour is in Evanston.

Learn more about Kristin by watching her introductory video HERE and by reading her intro below:

"Hello Big Ten fans, my name is Kristin Scharkey and I will be representing Northwestern University during the Mobile Tour.  I grew up in Yorba Linda, Calif. and am entering my junior year at Northwestern where I major in journalism and also play centerfield for the Wildcat softball team.

"When I was making my decision on where to attend college and play ball, NU's consistently top-ranked Medill School of Journalism made it impossible for a softball player with a passion for writing not to choose Northwestern. Since then, I've had the opportunity to work for ESPN RISE, pen my own Schark Bytes blog for NUSports.com and write for several on-campus publications. I'm a die-hard Lakers fan and a follower of Jesus Christ, and I am incredibly excited about providing an inside look at the Big Ten through a student-athlete's eyes. "

You're up, Kristin!

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten field hockey teams appear in the latest 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released today.  Michigan (11-3) moves up to No. 7, while Penn State (11-4) trails them at No. 8.  Iowa (11-3) sits right outside the top-10 at No. 11.

Ohio State (8-7), Indiana (8-5) and Northwestern (10-6) round out the poll at No's. 18, 19 and 20 respectively.

Michigan State also received votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Penn State and Illinois appear in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Nittany Lions (14-3-0) sit at No. 14, while the Fighting Illini (11-4-1) clock in at No. 25.

Wisconsin also received votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Indiana represents the Big Ten in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Hoosiers (8-3-2) climb five spots to No. 13.

Wisconsin also received votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I women's cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.

GREAT LAKES
1. Michigan State
3. Michigan
4. Wisconsin
5. Indiana
7. Ohio State
12. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
4. Penn State

MIDWEST
2. Iowa
3. Minnesota
5. Northwestern
6. Nebraska

Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I men's cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.

GREAT LAKES
1. Wisconsin
2. Indiana
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
9. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
3. Penn State

MIDWEST
3. Minnesota
6. Illinois
10. Iowa

OSU's Simon Named Lott IMPACT Player of Week

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John Simon, Ohio State's big-motored defensive lineman, has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. A 6-2, 270-pound junior from Youngstown, Simon recorded four tackles for loss, including two sacks, and eight total tackles as the Buckeyes upended previously unbeaten Illinois, 17-7. In recognition of Simon's performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Ohio State. Simon's four tackles for losses were the second most in Buckeye history. A member of the National Honor Society in high school, Simon was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection a year ago as a sophomore and he continues to improve.

Simon is the third Big Ten defender to be named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week this season. Michigan's Jordan Kovacs was honored following week one while Nebraska's Lavonte David earned the award after week six.

The Lott Trophy honors college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character. Two Big Ten standouts have earned the Lott Trophy since it was first awarded in 2004 - Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt in 2010.

In the Polls

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Illinois remains the top-ranked team in the nation in this week's AVCA Division I Volleyball Coaches Poll, earning the No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive week. Nebraska moves up one spot to No. 4 this week, while Penn State holds its spot in the top 10, checking in at No. 9 for the second straight week. Purdue holds No. 12 in the latest rankings, followed by No. 14 Minnesota, No. 21 Michigan and No. 23 Ohio State. The seven top-25 teams again give the Big Ten the most ranked squads of any conference in the country.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Michigan State Named Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week

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Beating its in-state rival for a fourth consecutive season while also taking control of its division race enabled the Michigan State Spartans (5-1) to earn the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 15. Keshawn Martin scored twice in the third quarter, and the Spartans held off the Wolverines late for a 28-14 win, matching Michigan State's longest win streak in the series since a four-game win streak from 1959-62. Michigan, which suffered its first loss of the season, had a chance to tie it with 6:16 left but Denard Robinson was sacked on 4th-and-1 at the Michigan State 9-yard line. Michigan State then sealed it when Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown with 4:31 left.

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 2011 college football regular season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.

Michigan State is the third Big Ten team to earn Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week honors. Michigan was honored for the weekend of Sept. 10 while Nebraska nabbed the honor for the weekend of Oct. 8.

The Big Ten tied for the conference lead with four standouts named to the midseason watch list for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. Big Ten tight ends appearing on the Mackey Award midseason watch list are Nebraska's Kyler Reed, Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore, Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner and Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen. Three Big Ten standouts have earned the Mackey Award since its inception in 2000 - Purdue's Tim Stratton in 2000, Iowa's Dallas Clark in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth in 2006.

Moving Right Along

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Iowa's Michele Danno did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in Iowa City!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Next stop: Northwestern

Sunday Roundup

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WISCONSIN def. IOWA, 3-0

The Big Ten topped all conferences with six teams ranked among the top 25 in the initial Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings announced Sunday night on ESPN. Wisconsin, the Big Ten's last remaining undefeated team, leads the conference at No. 6 in the initial BCS poll. Other Big Ten programs among the top 25 are No. 13 Nebraska, No. 16 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Penn State and No. 23 Illinois. The Big 12 and SEC rank second with five teams each among the top 25, followed by three teams each from the ACC and Pac-12.

Wisconsin makes its 57th appearance in a BCS poll and cracks the top 25 for the third straight season and seventh time in the last eight years. The Badgers ended last season rated fifth in the final BCS poll, which tied the highest BCS ranking in school history.

Nebraska makes its 55th appearance in a BCS poll and is ranked for the third straight season. The Cornhuskers were rated as high as seventh last season and have been rated first in the BCS polls in two different seasons.

Michigan State is ranked in a BCS poll for the third time in the last four seasons. The Spartans ended last season rated ninth in the BCS after reaching a program-high ranking of fifth earlier in the year.

Michigan makes its 63rd appearance in a BCS poll and returns to the BCS top 25 for the first time since the 2007 campaign. The Wolverines reached a program-high of No. 2 during the 2006 season.

Penn State makes its 42nd appearance in a BCS poll and cracks the top 25 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Nittany Lions return to the BCS poll for the first time since the 2009 campaign and reached a program-high of No. 2 in the BCS in 1999.

Illinois returns to the BCS poll for the first time since the 2007 season and reached a program-high of eighth in the BCS standings in 2001.

Weekend Roundup

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October 13
Purdue def. Indiana (8-2)

October 14
Illinois def. Minnesota (1-0)
No. 15 Penn State def. Nebraska (5-4)
Iowa def. Ohio State (1-0)
Wisconsin ties Northwestern (1-1)

October 16

No. 15 Penn State def. Iowa (4-0)
Michigan State def. Indiana (2-1, OT)
Michigan def. Purdue (3-1)
Minnesota def. Northwestern (1-0)
Nebraska def. Ohio State (3-2)
Illinois def. Wisconsin (1-0)

Weekend Roundup

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October 15
# 18 Indiana def. Michigan (4-1)

October 16

Wisconsin def. Michigan State (1-0)
Northwestern def. Penn State (1-0)
Ohio State ties Valparaiso (0-0, 2OT)

Weekend Roundup

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October 14
Michigan State def Ohio State (2-1)

October 15
No. 13 Iowa def. No. 18 Indiana (4-2)

October 16
No. 10 Michigan def. No. 6 Penn State (2-0)

Big Ten Tied for National Lead with Six Top 25 Teams

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For the second straight week, six Big Ten teams were ranked among the top 25 in either the Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches or Harris polls, making the Big Ten one of only two conferences with six schools appearing among the top 25. Undefeated Wisconsin continued to lead the conference at No. 4 in all three polls, receiving one first-place vote each in the coaches and Harris rankings. Nebraska and Michigan State both climbed the rankings. Following a bye week, the Cornhuskers appeared at No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the USA Today and Harris rankings. The Spartans handed Michigan its first loss of the season and jumped as many as eight spots in the polls, rated No. 15 by the media and Harris voters and No. 13 by the coaches. Michigan and Illinois both dropped their first game on the season but remained among the top 25. The Wolverines are ranked No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the coaches and Harris voting, while the Illini are rated No. 23 in the media vote, No. 21 in the coaches rankings and No. 20 in the Harris poll. Penn State improved to 6-1 and moved up to No. 22 in the USA Today poll and No. 24 in the Harris voting, while appearing just outside the top 25 in the media ratings.  

The College Football Performance Awards for the seventh week of the season have been announced with four Big Ten players earning recognition. A Big Ten standout earned National Defensive Performer of the Week for the second straight week as Ohio State's John Simon was honored as the top defensive performer and also as the National Defensive Lineman of the Week. Also on defense, Iowa's Tanner Miller was named the National Defensive Back of the Week and Wisconsin's Chris Borland was tabbed as the National Linebacker of the Week. Fellow-Badger Jared Abbrederis 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.

Small Towns, Big Fans

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Just like the whole B1G Ten conference, Hawkeye football is teeming with traditions and legacies rooted in our deep college football history dating back to 1889. Iowa - a small state without any professional sports teams to claim our own - has been informally deemed the "Hawkeye State" thanks to the wonderful fan support Iowa football has garnered through generations. Although I'm not an Iowa native, I've witnessed week after week just how contagious Hawkeye pride is, and this weekend I was honored to share some of Iowa's traditions with the B1G Ten Mobile Tour and reassure the conference that they made the right choice naming Iowa to the "Legends" division!

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A night game victory against the big city-dwelling Northwestern Wildcats was the perfect way to prove just how seriously Hawkeye football is taken in this state -- from tailgating to post-game, Iowa fans have made celebrating game weekends an art. The Mobile Tour crew enjoyed a long afternoon setup outside historic Kinnick Stadium meeting and greeting faithful Iowa fans and introducing them to one of the B1G Ten's newest traditions - the Stagg-Paterno championship trophy



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Parked right outside the entrance to Kinnick, the bus and the trophy attracted lots of attention from tailgaters throughout the day. By the time we set up at 1 p.m., we soon realized some of the Hawkeyes' most faithful fans had been relishing in the gameday atmosphere since before 8 a.m. -- and kickoff wasn't even until 6! To stay energized, some members of the crew relied on one of Iowa's longstanding traditional tailgate meals -- a big turkey leg! 

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With just a few traces of Wildcat purple, black and gold flooded the streets of Iowa City, and the B1G Ten crew was impressed by the Hawkeyes' fabulous fan showing!

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Once we wrapped up outside, we followed the masses of black and gold into Kinnick to watch the Hawkeyes battle Northwestern! For a view from the sidelines, click here.


The only thing Iowans might love more than Hawkeye football is their sustainable farmers, without whom we'd all go hungry! To show this homeland pride, it has become a pre-game tradition to honor the America Needs Farmers movement during the National Anthem. 


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Even the Hawkeyes' ex-quarterback Ricky Stanzi and a few other Iowa football veterans came back to cheer on their Alma Mater! 

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A 41-31 victory over the Wildcats was the perfect way to end the B1G Ten tour's visit to Iowa City. We were honored to host the B1G Ten Championship Stagg-Paterno trophy, and hopefully we will see it permanently back in Iowa City soon! 

Saturday Roundup

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#1 ILLINOIS def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#9 PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 3-0
#20 MICHIGAN def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-2
#5 NEBRASKA def. #14 MINNESOTA, 3-2
#11 PURDUE def. #24 OHIO STATE, 3-1

Friday Roundup

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#24 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1
#14 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-1
#5 NEBRASKA def. WISCONSIN, 3-0
#9 PENN STATE def. #11 PURDUE, 3-1

Weekend Schedule

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October 15
MINNESOTA at Iowa State - 1 p.m. CT
PURDUE at Indiana Intercollegiates - Noon ET [1]

Legend
[1] West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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October 14
MICHIGAN at Dennis Stark Relays [1]

October 15

MICHIGAN at Dennis Stark Relays [1]
PURDUE at Indiana Intercollegiates [2]

Legend

[1] Notre Dame, Ind.
[2] West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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INDIANA at ITA Regionals [1]
MICHIGAN at Bulldog Tennis Classic [2]
PURDUE at ITA Regionals [2]

Legend

[1] Memphis, Tenn.
[2] Athens, Ga.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at ITA Midwest Regionals [1]
INDIANA at Louisville Winter Invitational [2]
MICHIGAN at ITA Midwest Regionals [1]
MICHIGAN STATE at ITA Midwest Regionals [1]
NEBRASKA at OU Invitational [3]
NORTHWESTERN at ITA Midwest Regionals [1]
OHIO STATE at ITA Midwest Regionals [1]
PENN STATE at UVa Fall Class [4]
WISCONSIN at ITA Midwest Regionals [1]

Legend
[1] Columbus, Ohio
[2] Louisville, Ky.
[3] Norman, Okla.
[4] Charlottesville, Va.

Weekend Schedule

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October 14
Michigan State def Ohio State (2-1)

October 15
No. 13 Iowa def. No. 18 Indiana (4-2)

October 16
No. 10 Michigan def. No. 6 Penn State (2-0)

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 16-17
#38 INDIANA at Windon Memorial Classic - Skokie, Ill.
MICHIGAN at Windon Memorial Classic - Skokie, Ill.
NORTHWESTERN at Windon Memorial Classic - Skokie, Ill.
PENN STATE at Windon Memorial Classic - Skokie, Ill.
#29 PURDUE at Windon Memorial Classic - Skokie, Ill.

OCTOBER 17-18
MICHIGAN STATE at Georgetown Intercollegiate - Beallsville, Md.
MINNESOTA at Auto Trader Classic - Duluth, Ga.

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 16-18
#50 MICHIGAN at Susie Maxwell Berning Classic - Norman, Okla.
WISCONSIN at Susie Maxwell Berning Classic - Norman, Okla.

OCTOBER 17-18
#37 ILLINOIS at IU Fall Invitational - Carmel, Ind.
INDIANA at IU Fall Invitational - Carmel, Ind.
NEBRASKA at IU Fall Invitational - Carmel, Ind.
PENN STATE at IU Fall Invitational - Carmel, Ind.

The Road Begins

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Big Ten women's basketball teams officially open the 2011-12 season with their first practices of the new season. Check out how teams around the conference are beginning the season.

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin (coming soon)

Twas the day before Gameday

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Up before the sun on our 2nd day here in Iowa City to attend one of Iowa's longstanding home game weekend traditions - the I-Club breakfast! That's right, every home game some of the Hawkeyes' most faithful fans and gracious donors gather at 6 a.m. to bid Iowa good luck against whichever team they face that weekend. This week, bring on the Wildcats of Northwestern!

Among other notable guests, head football coach Kirk Ferentz attended the event and gave a compelling speech discussing his squad's preparation for Saturday.


With a little help from Herky the Hawk, Iowa's spirit squad, and the marching band, guests got a little pick-me-up as they rallied together to sing Iowa's favorite tune - the fight song! It's never too early to show your Hawkeye pride.

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We showcased the championship trophy, which sparkled next to the main table and attracted a lot of attention. Anxious expressions radiated from the front to the back of the room as wide-eyed Hawkeye faithfuls stared longingly at the hardware that they can hopefully claim as their own in the near future!

Men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery also spoke on behalf of his new and improved 2011 squad and reminded us that Iowa isn't only about football. 

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The second-year head coach noted his tight-knit relationship with Coach Ferentz and other Iowa athletic department leaders, and thanked them for graciously welcoming him into the Hawkeye family over the last year. Can't beat that Iowa hospitality!




The sun was just rising over downtown Iowa City as the breakfast concluded and the crowd broke up to begin their busy home game weekends. Luckily tomorrow's game isn't until 6 p.m. so we can sleep in a little bit before the tailgate festivities! 

As for the B1G Ten crew, we finished up day two at Hubbard Park see more students, and then headed downtown to Iowa City's Pedestrian Mall to introduce Mr. Stagg-Paterno (the trophy, not the people!) to the rest of the Iowa City community. Since Hawkeye pride extends well beyond the walls of our university buildings, it's important to include all our loyal supporters in the home game traditions and celebrations.

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 Football weekends in Iowa City bring in Hawkeye fans young and old, near and far, and Kinnick stadium, when filled to its 70,585 person-capacity, is Iowa's third most populated place in the state! Hopefully, this means we can meet and greet as many Hawkeyes as possible this weekend, and get them excited about their placement in the LEADERS division! Until tomorrow, GO HAWKS 


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It's Madness!

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College basketball practices begin on Friday night! Click below for more information on teams that are hosting start-of-season fan events this weekend:

Illinois: Open practice at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 15
Indiana: Hoosier Hysteria at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 15
Iowa: Dunk contest and scrimmage at 12:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Michigan State: Midnight Madness at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 14.
Minnesota: Gopher All-Star Friday Night at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 14.

Live streams of the Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota events will be available on BTN.com, and BTN will air a Hoops Hysteria show on Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 14
ILLINOIS at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
ILLINOIS at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
INDIANA (rv) at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#23 IOWA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#15 MICHIGAN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#21 MINNESOTA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NEBRASKA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NORTHWESTERN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
OHIO STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#20 PENN STATE at Penn State National - University Park, Pa.
WISCONSIN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.

OCTOBER 15
#21 MINNESOTA at Tori Neubauer Invitational - La Crosse, Wis.

OCTOBER 16
INDIANA (rv) at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 14
ILLINOIS at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#7 INDIANA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#26 MICHIGAN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
MICHIGAN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
#20 MINNESOTA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NEBRASKA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
OHIO STATE (rv) at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
OHIO STATE (rv) at Wilmington Fall Classic - Wilmington, Ohio
PENN STATE (rv) at Penn State National - University Park, Pa.
#2 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.

OCTOBER 15
IOWA at Chile Pepper Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
#20 MINNESOTA at Jim Drews Invitational - West Salem, Wis.

OCTOBER 16
#7 INDIANA at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.
#26 MICHIGAN at Pre-Nationals - Terre Haute, Ind.

Ranking the Wrestlers, Preseason Edition

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InterMat has released its preseason team tournament-strength and individual rankings, with defending NCAA and Big Ten Champion Penn State taking the top spot entering the season. The Big Ten boasts 65 ranked wrestlers, including five ranked at the top of their respective weight classes. The complete breakdown of ranked Big Ten teams and individual wrestlers can be found below.

TEAM
1. Penn State
2. Iowa
4. Minnesota
7. Michigan
T-9. Illinois
T-9. Ohio State
T-19. Northwestern
T-28. Indiana
31. Purdue
32. Michigan State
35. Nebraska
T-45. Wisconsin

125
1. Matt McDonough, IOWA
2. Zach Sanders, MINN
12. Sean Boyle, MICH
16. Levi Mele, NU
18. Jesse Delgado, ILL
19. Nico Megaludis, PSU

133
3. Tony Ramos, IOWA
4. B.J. Futrell, ILL
5. Logan Stieber, OSU
8. Cashe Quiroga, PUR
9. David Thorn, MINN
12. Zac Stevens, MICH
18. Ridge Kiley, NEB

141
1. Kellen Russell, MICH
3. Montell Marion, IOWA
5. Andrew Alton, PSU
12. Nick Dardanes, MINN
19. Hunter Stieber, OSU

149
1. Frank Molinaro, PSU
6. Eric Grajales, MICH
7. Dylan Ness, MINN
9. Ivan Lopouchanski, PUR
10. Eric Terrazas, ILL
15. Dan Osterman, MSU
16. Cole Schmitt, WIS
18. Dylan Carew, IOWA
20. Kaleb Friedley, NU

157
2. Derek St. John, IOWA
3. Jason Welch, NU
9. Jake Deitchler, MINN
13. Dylan Alton, PSU
16. Anthony Jones, MSU
19. Jackson Morse, ILL
20. Brandon Zeerip, MICH

165
1. David Taylor, PSU
7. Derek Garcia, OSU
9. Cody Yohn, MINN
11. Robert Kokesh, NEB
17. Ben Jordan, WIS

174
2. Ed Ruth, PSU
3. Jordan Blanton, ILL
4. Nick Heflin, OSU
6. Ethen Lofthouse, IOWA
10. Lee Munster, NU
11. Logan Storley, MINN
14. Curran Jacobs, MSU
16. Justin Zeerip, MICH

184
1. Quentin Wright, PSU
3. Grant Gambrall, IOWA
7. Kevin Steinhaus, MINN
11. Josh Ihnen, NEB

197
2. Sonny Yohn, MINN
4. Matt Powless, IND
9. Morgan McIntosh, PSU
12. Tyler Dickenson, MSU
13. A.J. Kissel, PUR
14. Andrew Campolattano, OSU
16. Mario Gonzalez, ILL

HWT
4. Tony Nelson, MINN
5. Cameron Wade, PSU
8. Blake Rasing, IOWA
9. Tucker Lane, NEB
11. Mike McMullan, NU
17. Joe Rizqallah, MSU
18. Ben Apland, MICH

Weekend Schedule

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October 15
# 18 Indiana def. Michigan (4-1)

October 16

Wisconsin def. Michigan State (1-0)
Northwestern def. Penn State (1-0)
Ohio State ties Valparaiso (0-0, 2OT)

Welcome to Iowa City!

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Mother Nature smiled on Iowa City today to help us welcome the B1G Ten bus to the Hawkeye State. Greeted by sunny skies, smiling faces, and unusually warm temperatures for October, the conference's Chief Commissioner Diane Dietz said this was the best weather she's seen since the tour started six weeks ago! You can always count on Iowa for niceness :)

 

Diane and her crew's first stop was Carver Hawkeye Arena to introduce the championship trophy to the University of Iowa and surrounding community members. It's hard to say what shined brighter that day - the trophy or the sun! Standing a stunning 30" tall, the trophy was named in honor of College Football Hall of Famers Amos Alonzo Stagg and Joe Paterno, and is a tribute to Big Ten student athletes past and present.

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 Each year it will be awarded to the winner (hopefully the Hawkeyes soon!!!!) of the newly-established Big Ten Championship game, which was added upon the inclusion of Nebraska to the now-12 team conference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRGZdM72PnY Click here to watch Diane explain more !


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After the warm welcome at Carver, it was time to change into some play clothes and hit Hubbard Park to meet the most important members of the University of Iowa - the students! Parked next to the Iowa Memorial Student Union, the B1G blue bus attracted lots of attention. With the help of the lively promotions team, students flocked to the RV for their chance to see the trophy up close, get photos with it, and enter to win tickets to the Big Ten Championship game.

 A blow-up football catching game was an added bonus VID00018.MP4 -- seriously so fun!  As if this day couldn't get any brighter, good spirits kept coming with the news that former Hawkeye defenseman Brett Greenwood came out of his month-long coma and is now on the road to recovery. For more info on this important menmber of the Hawkeye family, read here

 Overall, everyone enjoyed a great afternoon in Iowa City, which I would argue is the best place to be during football season. According to local forecasts, the pleasant weather and friendly atmosphere are set to keep up well into the weekend as we welcome the Wildcats of Northwestern to the historic Kinnick Stadium on Saturday!

The tour will continue bright and early tomorrow at the I-Club breakfast with Kirk Ferentz, and then will head back to the park for more student interaction. To keep up with the crew at all time, follow me on Twitter at @B1GMobileTour ! 

Weekend Schedule

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October 13
Purdue def. Indiana (8-2)

October 14
Illinois def. Minnesota (1-0)
No. 15 Penn State def. Nebraska (5-4)
Iowa def. Ohio State (1-0)
Wisconsin ties Northwestern (1-1)

October 16

No. 15 Penn State def. Iowa (4-0)
Michigan State def. Indiana (2-1, OT)
Michigan def. Purdue (3-1)
Minnesota def. Northwestern (1-0)
Nebraska def. Ohio State (3-2)
Illinois def. Wisconsin (1-0)

Wednesday Roundup

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#1 ILLINOIS def. #20 MICHIGAN, 3-1

This Week's Schedule

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OCTOBER 12
#20 MICHIGAN at #1 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. - BTN

OCTOBER 14
#24 OHIO STATE at INDIANA - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#9 PENN STATE at #11 PURDUE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/17, Noon)
IOWA at #14 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m.
#5 NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/17, 2 p.m.)

OCTOBER 15
#9 PENN STATE at INDIANA - 7 p.m.
#24 OHIO STATE at #11 PURDUE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/19, 12:30 p.m.)
MICHIGAN STATE at #1 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m.
#20 MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#5 NEBRASKA at #14 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. - BTN (10/17, 8 p.m.)

OCTOBER 16
IOWA at WISCONSIN - 2 p.m. - BTN (10/16, 6 p.m.)

All times are ET

Weekly Rankings

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Five Big Ten teams appear in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin women's golf top 50, with Ohio State earning the highest ranking of the teams at No. 22. Northwestern follows at No. 26, while Michigan State checks in at No. 29. Illinois ranks 37th in the latest rankings, while Michigan cracks the top 50 this week at No. 50. Michigan State's Caroline Powers represents the Big Ten in the individual top 50, holding No. 16 this week.

Click here to see the complete team and individual rankings.

Weekly Rankings

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Four Big Ten men's golf teams hold top-50 spots in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Illinois leads the way at No. 22, followed by No. 27 Iowa, No. 29 Purdue and No. 38 Indiana. Purdue's Tyler Duncan checks in at No. 15 in the individual golfer rankings, while Illinois' Luke Guthrie ranks 18th nationally.

Click here to see the complete individual and team rankings.

Meet Michele

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Iowa's Michele Danno is taking over the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour blog, Twitter account and YouTube page while the tour is in Iowa City.

Learn more about Michele by watching her introductory video HERE and by reading her intro below:

"I have three main passions in life - writing, sports, and traveling. Throughout my college career, I've had the opportunity to do all three. I've traveled to 14 countries, spent summers working in four Midwest states, and studied abroad on two different continents. After all that, there's no place I love more than Iowa City - especially during football season.

"My name is Michele Danno, and I'm reluctant to say I just started my last year (and football season!) as a University of Iowa student. Since my freshman year, I've combined my passions by reporting Iowa sports for The Daily Iowan and Hawkeyesports.com. Although I'm not an Iowa native, I learned right away there's nothing this state loves more than their Hawkeyes! Now that I'm a senior, I'm honored to be representing the Hawkeye state in the Big Ten Mobile Tour. So c'mon Hawkeye fans, let's show the Big 10 why they call us the "Legends!" Go Hawks!"

It's all yours, Michele!  

This Weekend's Schedule

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The Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour comes to Iowa on Thursday! View the complete schedule below, and follow on Twitter @B1GMobileTour for more information!

Thursday, October 13
1 - 1:30 p.m. CT
Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Basketball Media Day

2 - 5 p.m. CT
Hubbard Park

Friday, October 14
5:45 - 8 a.m. CT
Sheraton Iowa City
I-Club Breakfast

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CT
Hubbard Park

3:30 - 6 p.m. CT
Ped Mall outside Sheraton Iowa City

Saturday, October 15
1 - 3 p.m. CT
Krause Family Plaza

4:30 - 6 p.m. CT
Krause Family Plaza

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 5

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Recorded 15 tackles in Indianapolis' 28-24 loss to Kansas City.

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia (Michigan) - Made nine catches for 139 yards in Philadelphia's 31-24 loss to Buffalo.

Jake Ballard, TE, New York Giants (Ohio State) - Recorded 72 receiving yards and a touchdown on three receptions in the New York Giants' 36-25 loss to Seattle.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 321 yards and a touchdown on 24 of 33 passing in New England's 30-21 win over the New York Jets.

Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City (Michigan) - Caught four passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's 28-24 win over Indianapolis.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 32 of 45 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' 30-27 win over Carolina.

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Made nine tackles and a sack in the New York Jets' 30-21 loss to New England.

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit (Wisconsin) - Racked up 13 tackles and a tackle for loss in Detroit's 24-13 win over Chicago.

Curtis Painter, QB, Indianapolis (Purdue) - Threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 27 passing in Indianapolis' 28-24 loss to Kansas City.

Brian Rolle, LB, Philadelphia (Ohio State) - Made nine tackles and a tackle for loss in Philadelphia's 31-24 loss to Buffalo.

Eric Smith, S, New York Jets (Michigan State) - Recorded nine tackles and a tackle for loss in the New York Jets' 30-21 loss to New England.

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Posted three tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception in Pittsburgh's 38-17 win over Tennessee.

FH: In The Polls

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Six Big Ten field hockey teams earn spots in the latest 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll announced today.  Penn State (10-3) remains at No. 6, while Michigan (10-3) climbs to No. 10.  Iowa (10-3) clocks in at No. 13, and Ohio State (8-6) checks in at No. 17.  Indiana (8-4) and Northwestern (10-6) come right behind the Buckeyes at No. 18 and No. 19 respectively.

Michigan State also received votes.

For the complete rankings, click here.  

WSOC: In The Polls

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Penn State earns a spot in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Nittany Lions (12-3-0) sit at No. 15 in the poll.

Illinois and Wisconsin also received votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

MSOC: In The Polls

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Indiana represents the Big Ten in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll announced today.  The Hoosiers (6-3-2) sit at No. 18 in the poll.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Big Ten Standouts Added to Bednarik Award Watch List

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Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still were added to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player. The Big Ten now has nine players on the Bednarik Award watch list, including Iowa's Shaun Prater, Michigan's Mike Martin, Michigan State's Jerel Worthy, the Nebraska trio of Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard and Northwestern's Vince Browne. Eight players from Big Ten institutions have claimed the Bednarik Award, including two-time honorees Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern and Paul Posluszny of Penn State. Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh was the last defensive standout from a current Big Ten school to be honored following the 2009 season.
Three Big Ten women's basketball players were chosen as part of Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 watch list. Iowa junior Jaime Printy, Ohio State senior Samantha Prahalis and Penn State junior Alex Bentley made the list, which is based on last year's individual performances and team records. The trio each led their respective teams to the NCAA Tournament last season. This is the second preseason honor for Bentley and Printy, who both were named to the Wade Trophy watch list earlier this summer.

The Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced the week before the 2012 Women's Final Four in Denver, and the Wooden Award will be presented following the season.

Click here to view the complete release.

FB: Nebraska Named Fiesta Bowl National Team of Week

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Storming from behind to register the biggest comeback in school history allowed the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1) to earn the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 8. Nebraska won its first Big Ten game, 34-27, over Ohio State, rallying from a 27-6 deficit in the third quarter to win before a NCAA-record 315th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium on Homecoming. The game turned on Lavonte David's fumble recovery that provided a short field for Nebraska, which scored two plays later to get within 27-13. Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead each ran for more than 100 yards, with Burkhead providing the game-winning touchdown on a 17-yard burst with 5:10 left. Martinez finished with two touchdown passes among his season-high 16 completions, one of the a 30-yarder to Burkhead that tied the score with 7:44 to play.

"I thought we left some drives out there. We stayed the course," Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said after the game. "That's kind of the motto of our program. It's about the culture, it's about the process, about staying the course. There was no panic. I'm proud of how they came out and played the second half."

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 2011 college football regular season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.

VB: In the Polls

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For the third consecutive week, Illinois holds the top ranking in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, earning all but two of the 60 first-place votes to lead the seven ranked Big Ten teams. Nebraska returns to the top five this week, checking in at No. 5. Penn State holds No. 9 in the latest poll, while Purdue again ranks 11th nationally. Minnesota stands at No. 14 for the second straight week, while Michigan checks in at No. 20 and Ohio State holds No. 24 to round out the group of ranked conference teams. The seven ranked Big Ten teams give the conference the most of any in the country.

Click here to see the complete poll.

WGOLF: Nebraska's Sheils Named Golf World Player of the Week

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Nebraska's Madeleine Sheils has been honored as Golf World's Women's College Player of the Week. Sheils took medalist honors at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational en route to Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week laurels. Click here to see the complete release on Sheils.

Mobile Tour: On The Road Again

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Nebraska's Makayla Hipke did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in Lincoln!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Next stop: Iowa

WSOC: Weekend Roundup

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October 7
Wisconsin def. Nebraska (2-0)

October 8
Illinois def. Michigan State (1-0, 2OT)
Minnesota def. Iowa (2-1)
Northwestern def. Michigan (1-0)

October 9
# 18 Penn State def. Indiana (3-0)
Purdue def. Ohio State (2-1)

MSOC: Weekend Roundup

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October 9
Michigan State def. Penn State (1-0)
# 5 Creighton def. # 10 INDIANA (1-0)
Wisconsin def. Michigan (2-1)
Northwestern def. Ohio State (3-2)

FH: Weekend Roundup

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October 7
# 6 Penn State def. # 15 Indiana (6-2)
# 13 Michigan def. # 14 Northwestern (3-2, 2OT)

October 8
# 13 MICHIGAN def. Yale (7-1)
MICHIGAN STATE def. Ball State (1-0)
# 17 Iowa def. # 18 Ohio State (3-0)

October 9
# 17 IOWA def. Ohio (2-1)
Yale def. # 14 NORTHWESTERN (3-2)
# 15 Indiana def. Michigan State (4-2)

Goodbye from Lincoln

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Wow. What a weekend.

I had such a great time this week serving as Nebraska's student blogger for the B1G Mobile Tour's stop in Lincoln. The experience was really made by all the people around me, however. 

Thank you so much to everyone travelling with the tour group, including Jade, Robin, Tatum, Dan, Caryn and Diane. You guys were great and it was awesome to meet you all. You are doing a fantastic job and I know Nebraska fans appreciated all you did!

A big thanks to everyone who shared blog posts, retweeted tweets or simply spread the word. Thanks to the folks at Nebraska Athletic Marketing (especially Ethan Rowley), UNL Communications and the College of Journalism for your support. 

Finally, the biggest and most enthusiastic thank you goes out to all the Nebraska (and Ohio State!) fans that stopped out at the tour. You are fantastic and you all made me so proud to be a Husker this weekend. Thanks for your support of the tour, and thank you for your loyalty and friendliness. You made the tour's weekend in Lincoln an awesome experience and I know that the folks working at the tour were so impressed with UNL, Memorial Stadium and the Husker experience!

I hope that I have done Nebraska even just a little justice in explaining what it means to be a Husker. I hope that you all will consider voting for me at the end of the season!

Next week, the tour will travel east to Iowa City and the Hawkeyes.

As always, remember that there really is NO PLACE LIKE NEBRASKA! 

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FB: Big Ten Tied for National Lead with Six Top-25 Teams

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The Big Ten and Big 12 are tied for the lead among all conferences with six top-25 teams each in either the Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches or Harris polls. The Big Ten is also one of only four conferences with two or more top-10 teams in at least one of the polls. The last time the Big Ten placed at least six teams among the top 25 in the national polls was on Oct. 3, 2010. Wisconsin continued to lead the conference, ranking fourth in all three polls and receiving one first-place vote from the coaches and Harris voters. Michigan joined the Badgers among the top 10, ranking No. 10 in the coaches' and Harris voting and No. 11 in the media poll. Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan State also cracked the top 20. The Cornhuskers are rated No. 13 in the Harris poll and No. 14 by the AP and USA Today. The Illini climbed to No. 16 in the media poll, No. 15 in the coaches rankings and No. 14 in the Harris voting. Michigan State moved up to No. 19 in the USA Today poll and No. 23 in the AP rankings and appeared at No. 22 in the initial Harris poll. After appearing among the top 25 in each of the first two votes this season, Penn State returned to the rankings, slotted at No. 25 in the coaches poll and just outside the top 25 in the media and Harris vote.

The College Football Performance Awards for the sixth week of the season have been announced with six Big Ten players earning recognition. Illinois' Tavon Wilson was named the National Defensive Performer of the Week and Defensive Back of the Week while fellow Illini Whitney Mercilus and A.J. Jenkins were tabbed as the National Defensive Lineman of the Week and National Wide Receiver of the Week, respectively. Nebraska's Lavonte David was honored as the National Linebacker of the Week while Indiana's Shayne Wynn and Minnesota's Marcus Jones shared the National Kickoff Returner of the Week accolade. 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.

A B1G Home Opener

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As the pregame traditions got underway at Memorial Stadium yesterday, the looming storm couldn't hold off any longer. A light rain began to fall, but it couldn't dampen the spirits of the Sea of Red as fans filled the stadium!

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It was an exciting night for so many reasons, and the night had a distinctive Big Ten flavor during the traditional pregame show!

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For the first time ever, University ROTC units lined the sidelines with the flags of Nebraska's B1G opponents.

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Meanwhile, the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band took the field to launch the Pregame Spectacular!

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After the Tunnel Walk, the game got under way with the Huskers squaring off against the Buckeyes.

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And, well, you know the rest.

After the Huskers fell down early, the team came out with renewed energy from the locker room. The momentum of the game swung with a forced fumble by Preseason All-American linebacker Lavonte David in the third quarter. 

From that moment on, it was the Nebraska Cornhuskers show. 28 unanswered points. An offense performing with poise, led by the backfield tandem of quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead. A defense that found new fire and shut down the Ohio State offense.

Credit can't be taken away from Ohio State. They played a strong game and were hurt by some costly mistakes, just as Nebraska was in the first half. The Huskers will head into their bye this week and begin preparations for Minnesota in two weeks. 

All together, it was a great weekend for the B1G Mobile Tour to be in Lincoln. Great fans, great atmosphere and a truly great game.

VB: Saturday Roundup

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#1 ILLINOIS def. #8 PENN STATE, 3-2
#6 NEBRASKA def. INDIANA, 3-0
#11 PURDUE def. IOWA, 3-0
WISCONSIN def. #18 MICHIGAN, 3-1
#14 MINNESOTA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-0
#25 OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-1

Nebraska Legends: The Tunnel Walk

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What a game--It was the biggest comeback in Nebraska football history. I'll leave it at that. Look for a game recap tomorrow morning! Let's get to the Legendary stuff. 

Many schools across the NCAA have a special tradition for when their football team takes the field. At Nebraska, it's The Tunnel Walk. 

The Tunnel Walk, set to the tune of "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project, begins with a special pump-up video created by HuskerVision (each season features its own unique video). Meanwhile, the players begin their journey to the field as they leave the locker room behind Head Coach Bo Pelini. As they progress down the hall, players reach up their hands to tap the lucky horseshoe that hangs in the doorway of North Stadium.

The players walk down a winding red turf path underneath the stadium, with fans lining the walkway and cheering them on. The Huskers take to the HuskerVision screen and the crowd of 85,000 roars to cheer them on as they enter onto the field.

The Tunnel Walk is difficult to explain but electrifying to experience. Enjoy the video I took tonight of tonight's Tunnel Walk below!


Pre-Game Festivities

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With the warm temps and the threat of rain holding off (for a while, at least!), hundreds of Husker fans flocked to the Husker Nation Pavilion for food, fun and plenty of football. The B1G Mobile Tour was parked on the edge of the Pavilion, and we had a great crowd come out to see the trophy and catch some passes from the jug gun.
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Around the campus, there were plenty of festivities and lots of tailgating to take in!

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The TeamMates sponsored a "car bash" in front of the Union to benefit their mentoring organization. 

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Meanwhile, the band and Spirit Squad led the players on their traditional Unity Walk around Memorial Stadium as the Huskers prepared for their matchup. 

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It was a great afternoon at the tour! Stay tuned for more in-game photos, videos and a recap of the weekend. Thanks to everyone who took time to come out to the tour--we loved meeting you all!

Nebraska Legends: "The Pride of All Nebraska!"

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It's a phrase that never ceases to give me chills: "Presenting the University of Nebraska...Marching Band! This is the Pride of All Nebraska!" This declaration is what leads the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band onto the field for the traditional "Pregame Spectacular" that precedes every home football game. 

The University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band, or the "Pride of all Nebraska," is one of the oldest and most highly respected bands in collegiate athletics. Founded in 1879, the band has received a multitude of awards since its inception, including a Distinguished Recognition Trophy from John Phillip Sousa in 1927 and the John Phillip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Trophy for Distinguished Excellence in 1996. The band also traditionally travels to bowl games with the football team. They were the first collegiate ensemble in the nation to perform at all the major bowl games: Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Cotton. 

Every football Saturday in Nebraska, the band meets before kickoff at Westbrook Music Hall before holding an outdoor concert at Kimball Recital Hall. After their concert, the band traditionally marches to Memorial Stadium to begin the Pregame Spectacular!

The Pregame Spectacular begins with a solo performance by the UNL Drumline. Following that, three band majors enter the field with a series of high-kicks to the beat of the drums before the rest of the band floods the field in perfect rows to begin the music. 

The Pregame Spectacular features a variety of songs that are well-known to and well-loved by Husker fans, including the famous duo of fight songs: "Dear Old Nebraska U (There is No Place Like Nebraska)" and "Hail Varsity." Other songs include the visiting team's fight song, "University of Nebraska March" by John Phillip Sousa, "Mr. Touchdown USA," "March of the Cornhusker," and "March Grandioso," otherwise known as the "Bo Pelini Song" to UNL students.

The University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band is one of the most treasured parts of the game day experience at Nebraska. The band is one of the epitomes of traditional at Nebraska--it doesn't get much better than this! If you're coming to Lincoln for game day, you can't miss out on experiencing the "Pride of All Nebraska."

I'll be out and about later today capturing some pictures and videos of the band, but in the meantime, here's a video of the UNL Drumline warming up before the Tennessee-Chattanooga game this year!


Don't forget, the B1G Mobile Tour will be at the Husker Nation Pavilion today from 4-7 p.m. 
You can find more details about today's Husker Nation Pavilion lineup by visiting Huskers.com. We can't wait to see you all there!

VB: Friday Roundup

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#1 ILLINOIS def. #25 OHIO STATE, 3-0
#14 MINNESOTA def. #18 MICHIGAN, 3-2
MICHIGAN STATE def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
IOWA def. INDIANA, 3-2
#6 NEBRASKA def. #11 PURDUE, 3-1

Day Two Sights

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The B1G Mobile Tour's stop in Lincoln continued this morning with an appearance at the Husker Athletic Fund Luncheon at the Embassy Suites. The HAF Luncheon featured appearances by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney and Will Shields, former Husker offensive guard and 2011 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame inductee.

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Later in the day, the Mobile Tour swung by Football Friday at the Wick, sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association. There were many special guests at the event, including former Ohio State Buckeye and two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin! 

Big Ten Mobile Tour workers were on hand snapping pictures of fans with the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy all night. 

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It didn't take long for fans young and old to start lining up to take a photo with the trophy, including a few Ohio State faithful!

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After Football Friday wrapped up, fans and students lined 16th Street in Lincoln to watch the progression of the 2011 Homecoming Parade.

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Some Husker student-athletes even came through the parade!

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A very familiar RV made an appearance in the parade, and was met by cheers from the students!

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It was a great day for the Mobile Tour and we had an awesome time meeting all the fans and media members that came out for the tour! Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow for a slew of posts on Husker gameday traditions, sights, sounds and much more.

Don't forget that the Mobile Tour will make its final appearance in Lincoln tomorrow evening at the Husker Nation Pavilion from 4-6 p.m. We hope to see you all there!

WGOLF: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 7-9
#29 MICHIGAN STATE at Tar Heel Invitational - Chapel Hill, N.C.

OCTOBER 10-11
#35 ILLINOIS at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
INDIANA at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
IOWA at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
MICHIGAN at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
NEBRASKA at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
#42 OHIO STATE at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
PENN STATE at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.
WISCONSIN at Lady Northern Invitational - French Lick, Ind.

MGOLF: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 9-11
NORTHWESTERN at The Prestige - La Quinta, Calif.

OCTOBER 10-11
#21 ILLINOIS at Jack Nicklaus Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
#37 INDIANA at The Firestone Invitational - Akron, Ohio
NEBRASKA at The Firestone Invitational - Akron, Ohio
OHIO STATE at Jack Nicklaus Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
#29 PURDUE at Jack Nicklaus Invitational - Columbus, Ohio
WISCONSIN at The Firestone Invitational - Akron, Ohio

MSWM: Weekend Schedule

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October 7
Milwaukee at WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT

October 8
Cleveland State and Oakland at MICHIGAN STATE (Outdoors) - 1 p.m. ET

WSWM: Weekend Schedule

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October 7
Milwaukee at WISCONSIN - 3 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA- 6 p.m. CT

October 8
MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA - Noon CT
Cleveland State and Oakland at MICHIGAN STATE - 1 p.m. ET

It's Homecoming Week at Nebraska!

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From the time Nebraska's 2011 conference football schedule was released, Husker fans have been circling this Saturday in red. It's an exciting weekend for a lot of reasons: Nebraska's inaugural Big Ten home opener, hosting perennial Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State...and, it just happens to be Homecoming Week. This year's theme, "New Kids on the Block," celebrates Nebraska's first-ever season in the Big Ten as well as the tradition that Nebraska brings to the conference. 

Homecoming Week at UNL stirs up competition and excitement as Greek houses and organizations are split into two competitive categories to vie for the title of "Homecoming Week Champion." Throughout the week, groups earn points in a variety of different competitions: Hand-painted Homecoming Week banners (Greek Houses only), skits performed at "Monday Night Live" at the Lied Center, donating blood and volunteering at the week-long Blood Drive, attending the annual East Campus Concert (this year's guest was country star Josh Gracin), attending the parade and, of course, building elaborate floats for the Homecoming parade.

 One of the biggest parts of Homecoming Week is the float competition. While organizations concoct mobile floats that are driven through the parade, Greek houses build elaborate stationary lawn displays in front of campus fraternities. On Friday of Homecoming Week, a panel of esteemed judges walks Greek Row on 16th Street and selects the winner among the "triads" (competitive groups) of Greek houses.

While we wait to hear who will take home the victory (and the points!) for best Homecoming float, check out some of the lawn displays erected this week!

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Homecoming Week isn't over yet at UNL! There will be plenty of festivities tonight, beginning with Football Friday at the Wick Center from 4:30-6 p.m. In attendance tonight will be former Huskers Brendan Stai and Tommie Frazier as well as Husker Sports Network volleyball analyst John Baylor and Voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe. The Mobile Tour will also be at the Wick during Football Friday, so be sure to stop on by!

Following Football Friday will be the Homecoming Parade on 16th Street from 6-7 p.m....and a certain RV may make a special appearance!

For more information on tonight's Homecoming activities, visit the Nebraska Alumni Association's Events page, which has a run-down of all of the exciting events on campus tonight.

Remember, there really is no place like Nebraska!

WTEN: Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at ITA All-American Championships [1]
INDIANA at at ITA All-American Championships [1]
NEBRASKA at ITA All-American Championships [1]
NORTHWESTERN at ITA All-American Championships [1]
OHIO STATE at Martha Thorn Invitational [2]
PENN STATE at ITA All-American Championships [1]
PURDUE at ITA All-American Championships [1]

Legend
[1] Pacific Palisades, Calif. through Oct. 9
[2] Morgantown W.Va. through Oct. 9


MTEN: Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships [1]
INDIANA at ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships [1]
MICHIGAN at ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships [1]
OHIO STATE at ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships [1]
PURDUE at ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships [1]
WISCONSIN at ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships [1]

Legend
[1] at Tulsa, Okla. through Oct. 9.





WXC: Weekend Schedule

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OCTOBER 7
#15 MICHIGAN STATE at Michigan Intercollegiate Championships - Hillsdale, Mich.

OCTOBER 8
PURDUE at IU East Invitational - Richmond, Ind.

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 7
MICHIGAN STATE at Michigan Intercollegiate Championships - Hillsdale, Mich.

SEPTEMBER 8
PURDUE at IU East Invitational - Richmond, Ind.

WSOC: Weekend Schedule

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October 7
Wisconsin def. Nebraska (2-0)

October 8
Illinois def. Michigan State (1-0, 2OT)
Minnesota def. Iowa (2-1)
Northwestern def. Michigan (1-0)

October 9
# 18 Penn State at Indiana - 11 a.m. ET
Ohio State at Purdue - 1 p.m. ET

FH: Weekend Schedule

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October 7
# 6 Penn State def. # 15 Indiana (6-2)
# 13 Michigan def. # 14 Northwestern (3-2, 2OT)

October 8
# 13 MICHIGAN def. Yale (7-1)
MICHIGAN STATE def. Ball State (1-0)
# 17 Iowa def. # 18 Ohio State (3-0)

October 9
# 17 IOWA at Ohio - 11 a.m. CT
Yale at # 14 NORTHWESTERN - Noon CT
Michigan State at # 15 Indiana - 1 p.m. ET

MSOC: Weekend Schedule

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October 9
Penn State at Michigan State - Noon ET
# 5 Creighton at # 10 INDIANA - 1:30 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Michigan - 2 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Ohio State - 2 p.m. ET

Nebraska Legends: The Blackshirts

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It was really just about needing practice jerseys. 

The year was 1964, and Bob Devaney's Husker football team wanted some contrasting jerseys to distinguish the defensive players from the offensive players. Black was the color that assistant coach Mike Corgan happened to pick up at a local equipment store.

Defensive coaches George Kelley and Jim Ross turned simple practice jerseys into something that players hungered for by only awarding the jerseys to the first-team defensive players. Local news sources picked up the term and by 1978, the current one-worded spelling had stuck.

Blackshirts.

The distribution of the jerseys has changed over the years. Under Devaney, jerseys were handed out at the beginning of practice and collected at the end. Jerseys were continually fought for and earned by players, keeping the hunger for the position of first-team defender high.

Under Tom Osborne, the jerseys were handed out at the end of preseason practice. In addition, player names and numbers showed up on the black tops. 

Now, under Head Coach Bo Pelini, the awarding of Blackshirts has taken a different route. Coach Pelini withholds the black practice jerseys until a strong defensive performance during a game. 

His philosophy is simple: "Blackshirts are earned on the field." 

No matter when those heralded black jerseys show up in the lockers of Husker defenders, the aura around them remains the same. Those practice tops have come to signify much more than who the first-team defenders are. The term "Blackshirts" has become associated with a hard-nosed toughness, strength and determination.  

The Blackshirts deliver big hits, big plays and big stops. Names like Rich Glover, Grant Wistrom, Ndamukong Suh, Jason Peter and Trev Alberts still resonate in the minds of Husker fans. Few things at Nebraska are more legendary than the Blackshirts. 

It's a good thing Bob Devaney's defenders needed some practice jerseys. 



Day One at Nebraska

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Day one of the Big Ten Mobile Tour's stop at Nebraska is officially a wrap! The RV was an inhabitant of the Nebraska Union plaza on Thursday, and the Mobile Tour crew was out setting up bright and early this morning to get things ready.

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By the time 11 a.m. rolled around, the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy was out and shining bright for everyone to see. 

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It didn't take long for fans to start lining up to take their picture with the trophy. Let's face it--it looks really good in Nebraska (don't you agree, Husker fans?).

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Meanwhile, students passing by were eager to show off their talents with the jug gun.

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Quite a few students wanted to give the trophy a little love in their picture.

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Even a few early-fall field trips were excited to get in on the Mobile Tour action!

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The UNL Scarlet Guard (Nebraska's student alumni organization) was on hand by 1 p.m. handing out 75 free t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis to members. Jenny Green and Claire Abelbeck of the Nebraska Alumni Association took a moment to pose with the trophy.

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The Scarlet Guard makes "Beat" shirts for every conference home game. This week's Scarlet Guard members who came early enough scored a "Beat Ohio State" t-shirt and then stopped by the RV to snap a photo!

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All-in-all, it was a great first day at the Mobile Tour! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and participated. Make sure you stop by the RV tomorrow; it'll be a busy day for the tour and we are looking forward to meeting more fans!

Remember, there really is no place like Nebraska!

Friday Schedule

10:30 - 1:30 p.m
Embassy Suites Hotel

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Wick Alumni Center
Football Friday

6 - 7 p.m.
Homecoming Parade

MTEN: Athlete of the Week

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Illinois' Roy Kalmanovich and Iowa's Marc Bruche have been named men's tennis Co-Athlete of the Week.

For the full release, click here.

WXC: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten teams have earned top-30 status in the latest USTFCCCA national women's cross country coaches' poll, with No. 15 Michigan State leading the Big Ten contingent. Michigan follows at No. 18, while Penn State jumps eight spots to No. 20. Minnesota checks in at No. 21 and Iowa moves up four ranks to No. 23 this week. Indiana is also receiving votes.

Click here to see the complete poll.

WTEN: Athlete of the Week

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Northwestern's Linda Abu Mushrefova has been named women's tennis Athlete of the Week.

For the full release, click here.

 


 

 

MXC: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams appear in the USTFCCCA national coaches' poll this week. Wisconsin again leads the way for the quartet of ranked conference teams at No. 2, while Indiana maintains its top-10 spot at No. 7. Minnesota jumps three spots to No. 20 in the latest poll, while Michigan moves up two places to No. 26. Ohio State and Penn State are also receiving votes this week.

Click here to see the complete poll.

WGOLF: Golfer of the Week

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Nebraska's Madeleine Sheils has been named Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced on Thursday. Sheils won this week's Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Click here for more information on Sheils.

Nebraska Legends: "The Best Fans in College Football"

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Nebraska athletics are steeped in tradition, and I wanted to use this weekend as an opportunity to help Big Ten fans learn a little about some of the traditions and events that surround an average football game at NU. Posts marked "Nebraska Legends" will be looking at some of the most "legendary" parts of the atmosphere of Nebraska football--and where better to start than with the fans?

 

There's a quote engraved over every entry gate to Memorial Stadium: "Through these gates pass the Greatest Fans in College Football." Now, I'm aware this is a statement that not all schools will agree with (let's face it--we're all a little biased). We as Husker fans know it's a bold declaration and one that we as strive to live up to every day. At Nebraska, being a great fan isn't about cheering loudly or going to the game--though many great fans do those things as well. I think what sets Nebraska apart from other schools boils down to three things: our hospitality, competitiveness and loyalty.

 

Hospitality -- I believe one of the things that Big Ten fans will find most interesting and perhaps surprising about their visits to Lincoln is the warmth they will be greeted with. That's not to say that you won't run into the occasional grump, but most Nebraska fans will genuinely welcome you to Lincoln. This trait is something that I have really come to appreciate after traveling to several away games over the past few years!

 

Competitiveness --Don't mistake our friendliness for a lack of spirit--when it comes to game time, we expect to win. Nebraska fans are known for how informed they are, not only about Husker football but about the college football landscape in general. If you're looking to engage in a spirited debate, look no further than a Husker fan.

 

Loyalty -- Your team could be on top for ten years only to fall into ten years of near-irrelevance, but a loyal fan sticks with their team through the good times and the bad. Since 1962, we've most certainly had our ups and downs as a football program, but here's the sticking point: we've sold out every game since that year. We had already sold out for nearly eight consecutive years before we won our first national championship!

 

Simply put, part of what makes Nebraska a "legendary" place to play is the fans. I was fortunate enough to be at Memorial Stadium in 2009 for the 300th Consecutive Sellout and it remains one of my favorite memories of my time here at Nebraska. I'll leave you with a pair of videos from that night that celebrate the loyalty, competitiveness and hospitality of our fans:


300th Sellout Tribute Video

 

300th Sellout Congratulations Video

 

One of my favorite quotes about Nebraska football comes from former Nebraska wide receiver Todd Peterson, a native of Grand Island:

 

"I am always telling people this about growing up in Nebraska and what football means to the state - from the outside looking in, you can't understand it, and from the inside looking out, you can't explain it."

 

Remember: there really is no place like Nebraska!

VB: Wednesday Roundup

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#8 PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-2

A B1G Transition

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Stability.

It's a simple word; one that points to institutions that are strong, enduring and dependable. Stability was what Nebraska was looking for in 2010, and the university wasn't finding it in the Big 12 conference.

I can still remember what I was doing the day the Nebraska Board of Regents met to discuss conference change. It was June 11, 2010 and I was living in Kansas and working for a collegiate baseball league that summer. Despite being late for work, I remained perched on my bed and so I could watch the live stream of the Board of Regents meeting on the web while my sister peered over my shoulder.  We, along with the rest of Husker Nation, watched with bated breath as Tom Osborne and Harvey Perlman laid out the simple facts of why it was time to go--and why the Big Ten was the right landing place for NU.

It seemed like a no-brainer. Top-tier academics. Strong athletic competition. Equality and respect among member schools. For NU's regents and the Big Ten, it was a logical decision indeed. Nebraska became an official member of the Big Ten on July 1, 2011.

It's been nearly 16 months since the day Big Ten accepted Nebraska, and instability has continued to reign supreme in nearly all of the BCS conferences--all, that is, except the Big Ten. While the rest of the college football world grappled in an uncertain state of flux this summer, Nebraska was able to look on from the distance and know they made the right decision.

Now, as the Huskers bring their 21 varsity sports to the Big Ten arena, the competition is finally beginning to ramp up. There's something poetic about hearing the roll of schools in the conference: Ohio State. Michigan. Michigan State. Wisconsin. Penn State. Iowa. Purdue. Illinois. Northwestern. Indiana. Minnesota. And now, Nebraska.

They are names that carry a certain weight to them; names that invoke visions of pageantry, tradition, history, excellence and class.

The transition has not only been about introducing Nebraska to the Big Ten. So with that, I would like to say it: Big Ten fans, meet Nebraska.

We sure are happy to be here.  

VB: This Week's Schedule

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OCTOBER 5
NORTHWESTERN at #8 PENN STATE - 8 p.m. - BTN

OCTOBER 7
#1 ILLINOIS at #25 OHIO STATE - 7 p.m. - BTN (10/8, Noon)
#14 MINNESOTA at #18 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com; BTN (10/10, 2 p.m.)
WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m. - BTN (10/10, Noon)
INDIANA at IOWA - 8 p.m.
#11 PURDUE at #6 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

OCTOBER 8
INDIANA at #6 NEBRASKA - 4 p.m. - ESPN3; ESPN2 (10/9, 1 p.m.)
NORTHWESTERN at #25 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m.
WISCONSIN at #18 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m.
#14 MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#1 ILLINOIS at #8 PENN STATE - 8 p.m. - BTN (10/10, 9 p.m.)
#11 PURDUE at IOWA - 8 p.m.  - www.BTN.com

All times are ET

MGOLF: Golfer of the Week

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Illinois' Luke Guthrie has been named Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Week after taking first place at the D.A. Weibring Invitational. Click here for more information on Guthrie.

Welcome to Nebraska!

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Hello, Big Ten fans, and welcome to Nebraska! My name is Makayla Hipke, and I'll be your guide to the Big Ten Mobile Tour's stop in Lincoln this weekend. In just a few short days, 80,000 strong will flock to the capital city to watch the showdown between our beloved Huskers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
 
It's hard to believe that, after nearly 15 long months of waiting and anticipating, Big Ten football has finally arrived in Lincoln. This weekend is an exciting time to be on the University of Nebraska--Lincoln campus, as it not only marks Nebraska's Big Ten home opener but also Homecoming Week. There are a ton of festivities planned all over campus that you'll get to see if you follow the blog this weekend, so be sure to follow along!
 
Saturday's game is also going to be an interesting match-up between a pair of teams that are still in a certain amount of flux. Nebraska currently stands at 4-1 and is looking to bounce back after a tough road loss at Wisconsin last weekend. Our heralded NU defense is still searching for the right personnel combinations and execution this season, while the offense has taken on a whole new look this season under new Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck. It should be a loud and rocking Saturday night in Memorial Stadium, as our fans are thrilled to welcome the Big Ten to Lincoln.

I truly believe that Big Ten fans are in for a real treat--when it comes to tradition, passion and hospitality, few schools can come close to what Nebraska has to offer. There has been a lot of excitement building since we were invited to join the conference in 2010, and I know Husker fans are ready to show off Lincoln and explain why we love Nebraska.
 
What makes Nebraska so special is not our 24 major national championships or nation-leading 291 Academic All-Americans (though they do help!). No, what makes Nebraska remarkable is the dedication and the passion of the fans, the players and the coaches. Our school song says, "We all stick together in all kinds of weather for dear old Nebraska U," and nothing could be truer.
 
In the next few days, I'll have blog posts that will discuss everything from Homecoming Week to Nebraska traditions to where to eat in Lincoln. I'm hoping to introduce conference fans to Lincoln and help you all get to know us, so stay tuned!

And of course, remember that there really is no place like Nebraska!

Weekend Mobile Tour Schedule

Thursday, October 6
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT
Union Plaza

Friday, October 7
10:30 - 1:30 p.m. CT
Embassy Suites Hotel

4:30 - 6 p.m. CT
Wick Alumni Center
Football Friday

6 - 7 p.m. CT
Homecoming Parade

Saturday, October 8
4 - 7 p.m. CT
Husker Nation Pavilion
Spartan forward Laura Heyboer has been selected as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, as announced today.  The finalists are chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates.  Eligibility for the award requires a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements on the field of play, in the classroom and their community.

Heyboer, a kinesiology major, currently holds a 3.604 cumulative GPA.   

For the complete release, click here.

MXC: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams appear in the USTFCCCA national coaches' poll this week. Wisconsin again leads the way for the quartet of ranked conference teams at No. 2, while Indiana maintains its top-10 spot at No. 7. Minnesota jumps three spots to No. 20 in the latest poll, while Michigan moves up two places to No. 26.Ohio State and Penn State are also receiving votes this week.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Mobile Tour: Introducing Makayla

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Nebraska's Makayla Hipke is taking over the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour blog, Twitter account and YouTube page while the tour is in Lincoln.

Learn more about Makayla by watching her introductory video HERE and by reading her intro below:

"Hello, Big Ten nation! My name is Makayla Hipke, and I'm a senior Advertising and Public Relations major at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. I'll be serving as the blogger for Nebraska's Homecoming game against Ohio State on October 8, 2011. I grew up on a farm 16 miles north of the tiny town of Stuart, Nebraska (pop. 620), right on the edge of the Nebraska Sandhills. I'm definitely a country girl at heart and you'll probably catch me using some "country-isms" in conversation more than a few times.

"I'm currently in my second year as a student worker in the Nebraska Athletic Media Relations office, where I serve as the sport contact for the Men's Gymnastics and Women's Tennis teams. When I'm not busy with work, I also serve as the Communications Chair for my sorority, Chi Omega, and do university-sponsored research through the UCARE program here at Nebraska.

"Nebraska is an extraordinary place because of the endless dedication and passion of our fanbase. Our school song says, "We all stick together in all kinds of weather for dear old Nebraska U," and nothing could be truer. I know I speak for Husker nation when I say we are so excited to welcome Big Ten fans to Lincoln and Memorial Stadium this fall, and show them what it really means to be a Husker. Just remember, there really is no place like Nebraska!"

At the end of the regular season, fans can vote for their favorite student blogger, and the winner will receive a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice.

Take it away, Makayla!

 

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 4

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco (Penn State) - Made six tackles, including two for loss, and recovered a fumble in San Francisco's 24-23 win over Philadelphia.

Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 16 of 30 passing in New England's 31-19 win over Oakland.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Passed for 351 yards and a touchdown, completing 31 of 44 throws in New Orleans' 23-10 win over Jacksonville.

Bobby Carpenter, LB, Detroit (Ohio State) - Returned an interception for a touchdown and made six tackles in Detroit's 34-30 win over Dallas.

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin) - Made five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 17-10 win over Pittsburgh.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver (Minnesota) - Caught five passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 49-23 loss to Green Bay.

Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa) - Recorded five tackles and an interception in Carolina's 34-29 loss to Chicago.

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Made seven tackles and two sacks in Kansas City's 22-17 win over Minnesota.

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Returned an interception for a touchdown and made seven tackles in the New York Jets' 34-17 loss to Baltimore.

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington (Purdue) - Notched six tackles and a sack in Washington's 17-10 win over St. Louis.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Made seven tackles and an interception in St. Louis' 17-10 loss to Washington.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Caught eight passes for 136 yards in Denver's 49-23 loss to Green Bay.

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns on 22 of 32 passing in Denver's 49-23 loss to Green Bay.

Curtis Painter, QB, Indianapolis (Purdue) - Threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns on 13 of 30 passing in Indianapolis' 24-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville (Penn State) - Racked up 13 tackles, a sack and two pass deflections in Jacksonville's 23-10 loss to New Orleans.

Bryan Scott, S, Buffalo (Penn State) - Returned an interception for a touchdown and added two tackles in Buffalo's 23-20 loss to Cincinnati.

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona (Ohio State) - Rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns in Arizona's 31-27 loss to the New York Giants.

Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan) - Took an interception back for a touchdown and recorded four tackles in Green Bay's 49-23 win over Denver.

Mobile Tour: This Weekend's Schedule

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The Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour comes to Nebraska on Thursday! View the complete schedule below, and follow on Twitter @B1GMobileTour for more information!

Thursday, October 6
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT
Union Plaza

Friday, October 7
10:30 - 1:30 p.m. CT
Embassy Suites Hotel

4:30 - 6 p.m. CT
Wick Alumni Center
Football Friday

6 - 7 p.m. CT
Homecoming Parade

Saturday, October 8
4 - 7 p.m. CT
Husker Nation Pavilion

 

VB: Big Ten Volleyball Weekly Release - Oct. 4

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The Big Ten volleyball weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release.

MSOC: In The Polls

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Indiana earns a spot in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Hoosiers (6-1-2) sit at No. 10 in the rankings.

For the complete list, click here.

WSOC: In The Polls

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Penn State represents the Big Ten in the latest NSCAA National Rankings released today.  The Nittany Lions (11-3) move up to No. 18 in the polls.

Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio State also received votes.

For the complete rankings, click here.

FH: In The Polls

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Six field hockey teams appear in the latest 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released today.  Penn State (8-3) moves up to No. 6, while Michigan (8-3) comes in at No. 13.  Northwestern (10-4) and Indiana (7-3) are right behind the Wolverines at No. 14 and No. 15 respectively.  Iowa (8-3) checks in at No. 17 with Ohio State (7-5) at No. 18.

For the complete poll, click here.

WXC: Runner of the Week

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Wisconsin's Gabrielle Anzalone has been named the Big Ten Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Click here to read more about Anzalone.

MXC: Runner of the Week

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Wisconsin's Reed Connor has been named the Big Ten Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Click here to read more about Connor.

WXC: Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I women's cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.

GREAT LAKES
1. Michigan State
2. Michigan
4. Indiana
5. Wisconsin
7. Ohio State
12. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
3. Penn State

MIDWEST
2. Minnesota
3. Iowa
7. Nebraska
9. Northwestern
13. Illinois

MXC: Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I men's cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.

GREAT LAKES
1. Wisconsin
2. Indiana
3. Michigan
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
7. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
4. Penn State

MIDWEST
3. Minnesota
6. Illinois
8. Iowa
10. Nebraska
Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson was named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week, the Davey O'Brien Foundation announced on Monday. Wilson guided the Badgers to a victory over Nebraska last Saturday by completing 14 of 20 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing for 32 yards and a score. Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, the Badger offense scored 34 unanswered points to take a commanding 41-14 lead and seal the win over the Cornhuskers. Wilson has thrown a touchdown pass in 29 straight games, the longest current streak in the nation and, and has two touchdown throws in each game this season. He has 1,391 pass yards this season for the fourth-ranked Badgers, who are off to a 5-0 start for the sixth time in the last 10 years and the first since 2009. Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson also received votes for the award this week.

VB: In the Polls

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The Big Ten boasts the top-ranked volleyball team in the nation for the second straight week as No. 1 Illinois leads the way in this week's AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Fighting Illini are the last remaining undefeated team in the country, boasting a 15-0 record. Nebraska moves up one spot to No. 6 while Penn State has also earned top-10 status, checking in at No. 8. Purdue climbs one ranking to No. 11, followed by Minnesota at No. 14. Michigan holds No. 18 while Ohio State rounds out the poll at No. 25.

Click here to see the complete poll.

MBB: Big Ten Places Nine on Wooden Top 50 List

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The Big Ten ranks second among all conferences with nine players named to the 2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List, released today. Seven different conference schools have at least one player on the list, while Ohio State is one of just three teams in the nation with three or more representatives. Big Ten players on the list are below.

Big Ten Players on 2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Draymond Green, Michigan State
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
John Shurna, Northwestern
William Buford, Ohio State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

VB: Players of the Week

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Purdue's Ariel Turner has been named the Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week, while Penn State's Katie Slay earns Defensive Player of the Week honors and Michigan's Lexi Dannemiller collects Freshman of the Week laurels. Click here to read more about this week's honorees.

FB: Weekly Release - Oct. 3

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The Big Ten weekly football release has been posted to the conference website. Below are a few of the top stories in this week's release, which can be found in its entirety by clicking here.

Big Ten one of only three conferences with five top-25 teams

Two division games among five Big Ten contests on Saturday

Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin remain undefeated, making Big Ten one of only two conferences with three or more unbeatens

Big Ten offenses and defenses rank among nation's best

Big Ten tied for national lead with seven semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy

Mobile Tour: Moving Right Along

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Michigan's Eddie Murray did a great job reporting on the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour during its stop in Ann Arbor!

Remember to follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour and vote for your favorite reporter at the end of the season. The winning student will get a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice!

Next stop: Nebraska

The Big Ten Football Players of the Week for games on Oct. 1 were announced today with honorees from Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Illini wide receiver A.J. Jenkins and Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson shared the offensive honors, Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor was named Defensive Player of the Week, Nittany Lions kicker/punter Anthony Fera was tabbed the Special Teams Player of the Week and Spartans linebacker Marcus Rush was honored as the Freshman of the Week. For full details on the performances of the weekly honorees, click here.

MSOC: Weekend Roundup

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October 1
Northwestern def. Missouri State (2-0)
Michigan def. Penn State (2-1)

October 2
Ohio State def. Michigan State (2-1)
Wisconsin def. Indiana (2-0)


FH: Weekend Roundup

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September 30
Ohio State def. Indiana (3-2)

October 1
Michigan def. Iowa (2-0)
Penn State def. Northwestern (4-3, OT)

October 2
New Hampshire def. Michigan State (5-3)

WSOC: Weekend Roundup

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September 30
Michigan State def. Nebraska (1-0)
Indiana def. Illinois (4-1)
Michigan def. Iowa (1-0)
Purdue def. Northwestern (2-1)

October 2

Penn State def. Minnesota (1-0)
Illinois def. Purdue (1-0)
Indiana def. Northwestern (1-0)
Iowa def. Michigan State (1-0)
Michigan def. Nebraska (2-1)
Ohio State def. Wisconsin (1-0)



VB: Sunday Roundup

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WISCONSIN def. #24 OHIO STATE, 3-1

VB: Saturday Roundup

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#9 PENN STATE def. #10 MINNESOTA, 3-0

MICHIGAN STATE def. IOWA, 3-0

#7 NEBRASKA def. #17 MICHIGAN, 3-0

#1 ILLINOIS def. #12 PURDUE, 3-1

NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 3-0

Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson have been named Manning Award "Stars of the Week" for their performances on Saturday. The Manning Award is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 9 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click  here to vote for the top performers.

Scheelhaase completed 21-of-32 passes for a school-record 392 yards with three passing touchdowns as he led the Illini to a thrilling comeback from a 28-10 deficit, punching in the game-winning touchdown on the ground with 18 seconds to go in the 38-35 victory. Wilson completed 14-of-20 passes for 255 yards and two passing touchdowns while adding a rushing score to lead the Badgers to a convincing 48-17 victory over No. 8 Nebraska.

 

The College Football Performance Awards for the fifth week of the season have been announced with three Big Ten players earning recognition. Illinois' A.J. Jenkins was named the National Wide Receiver of the Week, Wisconsin's Montee Ball was tabbed as the National Running Back of the Week and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah was honored as the National Kickoff 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 is one of three conferences with five or more top-25 teams in the latest Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, while eight conference teams are receiving at least one vote in the rankings. Wisconsin continues to lead the way and cracked the top-five in both votes after a 48-17 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. The Badgers are ranked No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the USA Today ratings and received one first-place vote on the coaches side. Wisconsin returns to the top-five for the first time since ending the 2010 regular season rated fourth in both polls. Four other Big Ten schools appeared among the top 20 in at least one of the two rankings. Michigan jumped from No. 19 in both polls to No. 11 in the coaches' estimation and No. 12 in media voting. Nebraska dropped to No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today rankings. Illinois cracked the top-20 in both polls for the first time this season, appearing at No. 16 in the coaches voting and No. 19 in the media's estimation. Michigan State jumped five spots to No. 20 in the coaches poll and remains just outside the top 25 on the media side. Penn State, Iowa and Ohio State also received at least one vote in the polls.

Mobile Tour: Thank You and Good-Bye from Ann Arbor

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It was a great experience blogging for the Big Ten Mobile Tour here in Ann Arbor. Everyone on the tour -- Dan Crowe, Tatum Risch, Caryn Gerch, Diane Dietz, Robin Jentes, and Jade Burroughs -- was absolutely amazing and great to work with. Though I continue to reiterate it, the fans who persevered through the terrible weather we had this weekend and made it out to see the RV and the trophy were unbelievable.

Thanks to the Big Ten for putting on this tour and giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.

Fans, don't forget to continue following the B1G Mobile Tour blog and twitter for the duration of the season as it makes its way throughout the rest of the conference, all leading up to that inaugural Championship game!

...and as always, GO BLUE!

Mobile Tour: Here Comes the Sun

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Michigan couldn't have ended the B1G Mobile Tour stop in Ann Arbor any better.

In the 92nd battle for the Little Brown Jug, Michigan dominated Minnesota, 58-0, to start off the LEGENDS DIVISION era. But the day began much before any victory was settled.

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By 8am, the hard-working Mobile Tour staff was out in the gusting winds -- which created a wind chill in the 30s -- ready to show off the Stagg-Paterno Big Ten Championship trophy in the shadow of the Big House. And for awhile, the weather didn't look like it was going to cooperate for the third consecutive day.

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Here in Ann Arbor, we're used to Big Ten football -- and that includes Big Ten weather -- so it was no surprise when the Wolverine faithful threw on their jackets and made it out to the RV site this morning.

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Toes numb, fingers frozen, the show went on. Anxious fans stood proudly next to the trophy, while the kids of the groups were not afraid to get a little muddy -- and it was very muddy -- diving for the football from the jug gun.

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It was clear that we'd had enough from the poor weather, and as one fan put it, "you just have to make lemonade." So that is exactly what we did.

The game finally got underway with the touching of the Go Blue Banner and it was easy to see that the Little Brown Jug was going to stay in Ann Arbor for one more year. Great performances from Denard Robinson, Vincent Smith, and the entire Michigan defense made sure of that.

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And almost on cue, as the Wolverine offense began storming into the end zone, the clouds broke and the sun appeared for the first time all weekend. After two and a half days of rain, wind, and cold, it was the perfect finale to an outstanding tour.

...and as always, GO BLUE!







VB: Friday Roundup

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#17 MICHIGAN def. IOWA, 3-0

#7 NEBRASKA def. MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2

#24 OHIO STATE def. #10 MINNESOTA, 3-0

#9 PENN STATE def. WISCONSIN, 3-0

#1 ILLINOIS def. INDIANA, 3-1