October 2012 Archives

In The Polls

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The Indiana (11-4-2) men's soccer team appear in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, released on Tuesday. The Hoosiers clock in at No. 22.

For the complete poll, click here.

Four Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates

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Four Big Ten student-athletes were selected as candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Iowa's Jaime Printy, Ohio State's Tayler Hill, Penn State's Alex Bentley and Purdue's Drey Mingo were chosen as candidates for the award, and the winner will be announced during the Women's Final Four in New Orleans, La.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with five players named candidates for the 2012-13 men's basketball Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of Big Ten men's basketball players appearing on the list is below. Click HERE for the complete release.

Brandon Paul, Illinois
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

Six Big Ten Teams Appear in Preseason Coaches Poll

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Six Big Ten squads are ranked or receiving votes in the debut poll of the 2012-13 women's basketball coaches rankings, released on Tuesday, including four teams in the top 25, which is tied for the second-most among all conferences. Penn State appears at No. 8, the same ranking it garnered in the preseason Associated Press over the weekend. Purdue and Nebraska check in it Nos. 18 and 19, with Ohio State appearing at No. 21, while Michigan and Iowa were among other squads also receiving votes. Ohio State and Nebraska were ranked Nos. 18 and 19 in the AP rankings, Purdue was voted No. 21 by the media, and Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa were receiving votes by the AP.

In the Polls

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The Big Ten is once again well-represented in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll with five ranked teams, including two of the top four squads. Penn State moves to No. 3, while No. 4 Nebraska and No. 10 Minnesota remain in the same slots as last week. Ohio State jumps four spots to No 15 and Purdue is No. 22.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

OSU's Roby Named Thorpe Award Semifinalist

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Ohio State's Bradley Roby was named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back. The Big Ten has claimed five Thorpe Awards, most recently when fellow-Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins was honored in 2008.

Three Big Ten Players Named AP Preseason All-Americans

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Big Ten players account for half of the Associated Press' 2012-13 preseason All-America team, with Indiana's Cody Zeller the team's top vote-getter.

Michigan's Trey Burke and Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas join Zeller on the six-person squad.

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Seven Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Preseason AP Poll

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Seven Big Ten teams received votes in the preseason Associated Press rankings, released over the weekend. Four teams appear in the top 25, tied for third among all conferences. Reigning Big Ten Champion Penn State cracks the top 10 at No. 8, while Nebraska and Ohio State check in at Nos. 18 and 19, respectively, and Purdue rounds out the ranked contingent of Big Ten squads at No. 21. In addition, Michigan, Iowa and Michigan State are among the teams also receiving votes outside the top 25.

Three Big Ten student-athletes have been named semifinalists for national awards honoring the top overall and defensive players in the country.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball were chosen as semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which honors the nation's most outstanding player. Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson was named a Maxwell Award semifinalist last season. Current Big Ten schools have claimed the Maxwell Award on 20 occasions, most recently when Penn State running back Larry Johnson was honored in 2002.

Ohio State defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins was tabbed as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the country's top defensive player. Four Big Ten student-athletes were named Bednarik Award semifinalists last season - Illinois' Whitney Mercilus, Michigan State's Jerel Worthy, Nebraska's Lavonte David and Penn State's Devon Still, who was eventually named a finalist for the national honor. Current conference teams have earned the Bednarik Award eight times, including two-time honorees Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern (1995 and 1996) and Paul Posluszny of Penn State (2005 and 2006). Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh was honored in 2009.

Times and TV Partially Set for Nov. 10 Games

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Times and television for Big Ten football games on Saturday, Nov. 10, are partially finalized and appear below. The television assignments for the Northwestern-Michigan and Wisconsin-Indiana games will be announced after the games on Nov. 3.

Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Northwestern at Michigan, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Wisconsin at Indiana, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Purdue at Iowa, BTN

3:30 ET/2:30 p.m. CT
Penn State at Nebraska, ABC (regional) or ESPN2 (outer market)
Minnesota at Illinois, BTN 

Weekend Roundup

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October 26
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. INDIANA, 3-1 
#20 OHIO STATE def. #4 NEBRASKA, 3-1
#10 MINNESOTA def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
WISCONSIN def. ILLINOIS, 3-1
#21 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 3-0

October 27
MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 3-0
#17 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-2
#20 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 3-0

October 28
10 MINNESOTA def. ILLINOIS (rv), 3-0
NORTHWESTERN def. WISCONSIN, 3-2
#4 NEBRASKA def. #1 PENN STATE, 3-2

Weekend Roundup

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October 26
#14 MICHIGAN def. #12 IOWA, 2-1

October 27
#5 PENN STATE def. #21 MICHIGAN STATE, 6-1
#24 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1

October 28
#12 IOWA def. #8 NORTHWESTERN, 3-2 (OT)
#14 MICHIGAN def. Central Michigan, 1-0

Six Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Latest Polls

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Six Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches or Harris Interactive polls. Ohio State continues to lead the way after becoming the nation's only 9-0 team and moved up three spots to No. 6 in the AP poll, the Buckeyes' highest ranking this season. Nebraska returned to the top 25 after a three-week absence and is ranked No. 21 by the media, coaches and Harris voters. Northwestern is just outside of the top 25 in each poll, while Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin are also receiving votes in at least one poll.

Big Ten Week 9 Stat Breakdown

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Rushers: Seven Big Ten rushers finished with 100 or more yards on the ground on Saturday, led by the Northwestern duo of quarterback Kain Colter and running back Venric Mark. Colter racked up 166 yards and three touchdowns while Mark added 162 yards in a victory over Iowa. Other 100-plus yard rushers were Minnesota's Donnell Kirkwood (134 yards), Ohio State's Braxton Miller (134 yards, two touchdowns), Illinois' Donovonn Young (124 yards), Iowa's Damon Bullock (107 yards) and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (101 yards, one touchdown).

Passers: Four Big Ten signal-callers threw for more than 200 yards on Saturday, led by Penn State's Matt McGloin with 327 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State. Three other quarterbacks surpassed 200 yards in Minnesota's Philip Nelson (246 yards, three touchdowns), Michigan State's Andrew Maxwell (216 yards, two touchdowns) and Iowa's James Vandenberg (214 yards).

Receivers: Two conference standouts recorded seven or more catches or 100 or more receiving yards on Saturday. Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley hauled in seven passes at Northwestern while Minnesota's A.J. Barker amassed 135 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a win over Purdue.

Tackles: Ten Big Ten defenders registered 10 or more tackles last weekend, topped by 18 defensive stops for Northwestern's David Nwabuisi, while teammate Damien Proby added 12 tackles, in a victory over Iowa. Illinois, Indiana and Penn State also had two defenders tally 10 or more tackles - the Illini's Jonathan Brown (11 tackles) and Mason Monheim (10), the Hoosiers' Greg Heban (13) and David Cooper (10) and the Nittany Lions' Gerald Hodges (14) and Michael Mauti (13). Other Big Ten players with 10 or more tackles were Michigan's Kenny Demens (10) and Nebraska's David Santos (10).

Tackles for Loss: Eight conference players notched two or more tackles for loss (TFL) on Saturday, with Michigan State's William Gholston leading the way with 4.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in a win at Wisconsin. Fellow-Spartan Max Bullough added 2.5 TFLs (including 2.0 sacks) while Indiana's David Cooper collected 3.0 TFLs (including 1.0 sack). Other Big Ten defenders with two tackles for loss were Illinois' Jonathan Brown, Michigan's Craig Roh (one sack), Nebraska's Ciante Evans (one sack), Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (two sacks) and Purdue's Jalani Phillips.

Game Times and TV Set for Nov. 3

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The game times and television assignments for next Saturday, Nov. 3, are now set and appear below:

Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Michigan at Minnesota, BTN

3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT
Iowa at Indiana, BTN
Nebraska at Michigan State, ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)
Illinois at Ohio State, ESPN
Penn State at Purdue, ESPNU

Friday Roundup

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MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. INDIANA, 3-1 
#20 OHIO STATE def. #4 NEBRASKA, 3-1
#10 MINNESOTA def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
WISCONSIN def. ILLINOIS, 3-1
#21 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 3-0

Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 26
MINNESOTA def. NEBRASKA (4-2)
# 25 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA (5-0)
# 4 PENN STATE def. PURDUE (2-0)

October 27
NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN STATE (1-0)
IOWA def. WISCONSIN (2-1)
ILLINOIS def. #24 MICHIGAN (3-2, OT)

Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 27
MICHIGAN def. Valparaiso (1-0)

October 28
NORTHWESTERN tied WISCONSIN (0-0, 2OT)
MICHIGAN STATE def. # 16 INDIANA (3-1)
OHIO STATE tied PENN STATE (4-4, 2OT)

Weekend Schedule

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October 26
INDIANA at Iowa State
MICHIGAN at Iowa State
MICHIGAN STATE at ILLINOIS
WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA
Cleveland State and Kenyon at OHIO STATE
NEBRASKA at Iowa State with South Dakota

October 27
INDIANA at Iowa State
MICHIGAN at Iowa State

Weekend Schedule

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October 26
INDIANA at Texas
MICHIGAN at Texas
WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA
Cleveland State/Kenyon at OHIO STATE

October 27
INDIANA at Texas
MICHIGAN at Texas
Notre Dame at MICHIGAN STATE
PURDUE at Miami (Oh)

Weekend Schedule

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October 26-27
NEBRASKA at UTEP Miner Invitational [1]

October 27-28
PURDUE at Bridgestone Golf Collegiate [2]

October 28-30
WISCONSIN at Wendy's Kiawah Classic [3]

October 29-30
IOWA at Baylor Intercollegiate [4]
MICHIGAN at The Stanford Classic at Cypress Point [5]
OHIO STATE at Royal Oaks Intercollegiate [6]

[1] El Paso, Texas
[2] Greensboro, N.C.
[3] Kiawah Island, S.C.
[4] Dallas, Texas
[5] Pebble Beach, Calif.
[6] Dallas, Texas

Weekend Schedule

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October 26-28
MICHIGAN STATE at Landfall Tradition [1]
NORTHWESTERN at Landfall Tradition [1]
OHIO STATE at Landfall Tradition [1]
PURDUE at Landfall Tradition [1]

October 28-29
MICHIGAN at Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate [2]

October 28-30
ILLINOIS at Betsy Rawls Invitational [3]
NEBRASKA at Alamo Invitational [4]

Legend
[1] Wilmington, N.C.
[2] Kiawah Island, S.C.
[3] Austin, Texas
[4] San Antonio, Texas

Weekend Schedule

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All times are ET

October 26
#14 MICHIGAN def. #12 IOWA, 2-1

October 27
#5 PENN STATE def. #21 MICHIGAN STATE, 6-1
#24 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1

October 28
#12 IOWA def. #8 NORTHWESTERN, 3-2 (OT)
#14 MICHIGAN def. Central Michigan, 1-0

Weekend Schedule

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All times are ET

October 26
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. INDIANA, 3-1 
#20 OHIO STATE def. #4 NEBRASKA, 3-1
#10 MINNESOTA def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
WISCONSIN def. ILLINOIS, 3-1
#21 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 3-0

October 27
MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 3-0
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. #17 PURDUE, 3-2
#20 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 3-0

October 28
10 MINNESOTA def. ILLINOIS (rv), 3-0
NORTHWESTERN def. WISCONSIN, 3-2
#4 NEBRASKA def. #1 PENN STATE, 3-2

Ohio State's Cameron Tabbed NSCAA Player of the Week

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Ohio State women's soccer player, Tiffany Cameron, was named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week, it was announced on Wednesday. The senior forward scored eight points on four goals last weekend in the No. 25 Buckeyes' wins over No. 17 Michigan and Michigan State. In competition last week, she posted her eighth game-winning goal and now owns the program's single-season record in goals. Cameron was also named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

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Burkhead and Ward Earn NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards

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The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame named Nebraska's Rex Burkhead and Northwestern's Patrick Ward two of 15 recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Burkhead and Ward were selected from a nationwide pool of 147 semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. The two Big Ten student-athletes are now finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, 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 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, and one of the 15 will be announced as the 23rd recipient of the Campbell Trophy. Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Purdue's Joe Holland earned NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards last season. Two Big Ten standouts have won the Campbell Trophy - Ohio State's Bobby Hoying in 1995 and Craig Krenzel in 2003.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 7

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied seven tackles and one sack in San Francisco's 13-6 win over Seattle.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of- 42 passing in New England's 29-26 win over the New York Jets.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-37 passing in New Orleans' 35-28 win over Tampa Bay.

Dallas Clark, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' 35-28 loss to the Saints.

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Racked up eight tackles, including two for loss, and one pass deflection in the Bucs' 35-28 loss to the Saints.

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Caught seven passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 43-13 win over the Ravens.

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Recorded a team-leading nine tackles in the Saints' 35-28 win over the Bucs.

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Cardinals (Ohio State) - Had a team-high 14 tackles in the Rams' 30-20 loss to the Packers.

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans (Illinois) - Notched three tackles, one sack, a pass deflection and forced a fumble in the Texans' 43-13 win over the Ravens.

Zoltan Mesko, P, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Averaged 44.8 yards per punt, placing four of his six punts inside the 20-yard line, including a long of 54 yards in the Patriots' 29-26 win over the Jets.

Rob Ninkovich, DE, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the Patriots' 29-26 win over the Jets.

Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore Ravens (Purdue) - Totaled eight tackles in the Ravens' 43-13 loss to the Texans.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Notched seven tackles and two pass deflections in the Jaguars' 26-23 loss to the Raiders.

Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings (Ohio State) - Registered a team-high 11 tackles and a sack in the Vikings' 21-14 win over the Cardinals.

 

Three Big Ten Athletes Top ITA Regional Fields

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Three Big Ten men's tennis standouts topped the field at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships. In the midwest region, Ohio State's Peter Kobelt captured the singles title, while Illinois' Tim Kopinski and Farris Gosea teamed up to win the doubles crown.   

Ohio State Release 

Illinois Release

Four Big Ten Standouts Shine at ITA Regionals

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Four Big Ten women's tennis players came out on top at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships. Northwestern's Kate Turvy won the singles title at the Midwest Regionals, while Penn State's Petra Januskova was the singles victor in the Atlantic region. Illinois' Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White took home the doubles crown in the Midwest division.

Northwestern Release  

Penn State Release

Illinois Release

Four Big Ten Players Named Lott Trophy Quarterfinalists

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Defensive tackle John Simon of Ohio State and linebackers Max Bullough of Michigan State and Chris Borland and Mike Taylor of Wisconsin were named quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which honors the student-athlete who has the biggest IMPACT on his team on and off the field. The Badgers joined LSU as the only schools with two quarterfinalists. Simon was named a Lott Trophy semifinalist last season along with Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David. Two Big Ten standouts have won the Lott Trophy since its creation in 2004 - Ohio State's James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt in 2010.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.  Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 13 and four finalists Nov. 28.

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten women's soccer teams garnered rankings in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, announced on Tuesday. Penn State (15-2-1) remains at No. 4 for the fourth straight week, while Michigan (13-3-2) and Ohio State (12-4-1) clock in at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively. 

Click here for the complete poll.

In The Polls

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The Indiana (10-3-2) men's soccer team appear in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, released on Tuesday. The Hoosiers check in at No. 16. Northwestern (10-3-2) and Penn State (9-4-2) are receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

Michigan's Denard Robinson and Ohio State's Braxton Miller were named semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. Robinson is one of five standouts named an O'Brien Award semifinalist for the second straight year. Current Big Ten schools have produced six O'Brien Award winners, most recently when the Buckeyes' Troy Smith was honored in 2006.

Narrowed from all 124 starting quarterbacks from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship. Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 18. The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19 and the 2012 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 6 on ESPN.

Times and TV for Nov. 3 Games To Be Finalized By Oct. 29

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The times and television assignments for Big Ten football games scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, are not yet finalized, as ABC/ESPN will exercise an allowable six-day selection process. Times and television will be determined no later than next Monday, Oct. 29. Three of the five games will appear on ABC (regional, with outer market distribution on ESPN or ESPN2), ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU and those games will be broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET. BTN will broadcast the remaining two games at either Noon or 3:30 p.m. ET. Below is the list of games scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, at either Noon or 3:30 p.m. ET:

Iowa at Indiana, BTN
Michigan at Minnesota, TBD*
Nebraska at Michigan State, TBD*
Illinois at Ohio State, TBD*
Penn State at Purdue, TBD*

* BTN, ABC (regional, with outer market coverage on ESPN or ESPN2), ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU

In the Polls

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The Big Ten is once again heavily represented in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll with five ranked teams, including two of the top four squads. Four conference squads remained in the same position as last week, led by No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions top the poll for the fifth straight week, followed by No. 4 Nebraska and No. 10 Minnesota. Ohio State comes in at No. 20, while Purdue is No. 21. Illinois and Michigan State are also receiving votes in the poll.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Four Big Ten Linebackers Named Semifinalists for Butkus Award

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Illinois' Jonathan Brown, Michigan State's Max Bullough and the Penn State duo of Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti were named four of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker and named for Hall of Famer and Illini legend Dick Butkus. The Big Ten led all conferences with four semifinalists, while the Nittany Lions were the only team with multiple selections. Nine standouts from current Big Ten schools have claimed the Butkus Award, most recently when Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was honored in 2007.

Nebraska's Martinez Named Manning Award "Star of the Week"

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Nebraska's Taylor Martinez was one of eight quarterbacks named "Stars of the Week" by the Manning Award, the only national quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Martinez completed 27 of 39 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score at Northwestern. He led two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to rally Nebraska from a 12-point deficit for the 29-28 victory.

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 11 a.m. CT, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click on this link to vote.

Weekend Roundup

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October 19
#7 PENN STATE def. #21 OHIO STATE, 3-0
#8 NORTHWESTERN def. #20 MICHIGAN STATE, 2-1
#15 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 4-3

October 20
#12 IOWA def. Kent State, 3-1

October 21
INDIANA def. Villanova, 4-0
#15 MICHIGAN def. Miami (Ohio), 3-0
#20 MICHIGAN STATE def. Central Michigan, 2-1 (OT)
#8 NORTHWESTERN def. Missouri State, 6-0
#12 IOWA def. Ball State, 6-0

Weekend Roundup

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October 19
INDIANA def. WISCONSIN, 3-1

October 20
#20 OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-1
#1 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN (rv), 3-2
#10 MINNESOTA def. #17 PURDUE, 3-1

October 21
NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA, 3-0
#4 NEBRASKA def. #25 ILLINOIS, 3-0

Six Big Ten Teams Receive Votes in Latest Polls

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Six Big Ten teams received votes in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches or Harris Interactive polls, while two teams appeared among the top 25 of the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. Three Big Ten schools were ranked among the top 25 in at least one poll. Ohio State remained among the top 10 at No. 9 in the AP poll after improving to 8-0 with an overtime win against Purdue. Michigan moved up in each poll to be ranked No. 20 by the media, coaches and Harris voters and No. 22 in the BCS standings. Wisconsin returned to the top 25 after a three-week absence to be rated No. 25 in the USA Today poll and BCS standings while placing just outside of the top 25 in the AP and Harris rankings. Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State also received votes in at least one poll.

Big Ten Week 8 Stat Breakdown

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Rushers: Five Big Ten rushers finished with 100 or more yards on the ground on Saturday, led by the Wisconsin duo of James White and Montee Ball. White averaged 11.7 yards per carry to rack up 175 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns, while Ball added 166 yards and two touchdowns. Other 100-plus yard rushers were Northwestern's Venric Mark (118 yards, one touchdown), Penn State's Bill Belton (103 yards, three touchdowns) and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (101 yards).

Passers: Four Big Ten signal-callers threw for more than 200 yards on Saturday, led by Nebraska's Taylor Martinez with 342 yards and three touchdowns. Three other quarterbacks surpassed 200 yards in Penn State's Matt McGloin (289 yards, two touchdowns), Indiana's Cameron Coffman (244 yards) and Purdue's Caleb TerBush (230 yards, two touchdowns).

Receivers: Three conference standouts recorded seven or more catches or 100 or more receiving yards on Saturday. The Indiana pair of Kofi Hughes and Shane Wynn both hauled in seven passes, while Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa posted 110 yards on six receptions.

Tackles: Eleven Big Ten defenders registered 10 or more tackles last weekend, topped by 13 defensive stops by Indiana's Greg Heban. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern each had two defenders tally 10 or more tackles - the Hawkeyes' Christian Kirksey (12 tackles) and James Morris (12), the Wolverines' Desmond Morgan (11) and Jake Ryan (10), the Spartans' Denicos Allen (11) and Max Bullough (10) and the Wildcats' Damien Proby (12) and Daniel Jones (11). Other Big Ten defenders with 10 or more tackles were Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (12) and Wisconsin's Mike Taylor (12).

Tackles for Loss: Three conference players notched two or more tackles for loss on Saturday, with Michigan State's Denicos Allen leading the way with 3.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Minnesota's RaShede Hageman and Penn State's Jordan Hill each collected two tackles for loss.

Nebraska's Gina Mancuso and Purdue's Ariel Turner were two of 10 volleyball student-athletes selected as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Weekend Schedule

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All times are ET

October 19
INDIANA def. WISCONSIN, 3-1

October 20
#20 OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE (rv), 3-1
#1 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN (rv), 3-2
#10 MINNESOTA def. #17 PURDUE, 3-1

October 21
IOWA at NORTHWESTERN - 3 p.m. - BTN
#4 NEBRASKA at #25 ILLINOIS - 3 p.m. - ESPN2

Weekend Schedule

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October 19
#7 PENN STATE def. #21 OHIO STATE, 3-0
#8 NORTHWESTERN def. #20 MICHIGAN STATE, 2-1
#15 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 4-3

October 20
#12 IOWA def. Kent State, 3-1

October 21
INDIANA def. Villanova, 4-0
#15 MICHIGAN def. Miami (Ohio), 3-0
#20 MICHIGAN STATE def. Central Michigan, 2-1 (OT)
#8 NORTHWESTERN def. Missouri State, 6-0
#12 IOWA def. Ball State, 6-0

Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 19
INDIANA def. MINNESOTA (2-0)
# 4 PENN STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE (5-1)
WISCONSIN def. PURDUE (4-2)

October 21
WISCONSIN def. INDIANA (2-1)
# 17 MICHIGAN tied # 4 PENN STATE (1-1, 2OT)
OHIO STATE def. MICHIGAN STATE (3-1)
ILLINOIS def. NEBRASKA (4-1)
MINNESOTA def. PURDUE (5-1)
NORTHWESTERN def. IOWA (1-0)

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October 21-23
INDIANA at Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown [1]
MINNESOTA at Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown [1]
PENN STATE at Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown [1]
WISCONSIN at Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown [1]

[1] Las Vegas, Nev.


Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 19
OHIO STATE def. Wright State (2-1)
MICHIGAN def. # 11 INDIANA (2-1)

October 21
PENN STATE def, # 24 NORTHWESTERN (1-0, 2OT)
MICHIGAN STATE def. WISCONSIN (2-0)

Weekend Schedule

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October 19-21
IOWA at U.S. Collegiate Championship [1]

October 21-23
ILLINOIS at Isleworth Invitational [2]
INDIANA at Isleworth Invitational [2]

[1] Atlanta, Ga.
[2] Olympia Fields, Ill.

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October 19
ILLINOIS at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.
# 7 MICHIGAN at Eastern Michigan Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
# 15 MICHIGAN STATE at Eastern Michigan Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
WISCONSIN at Oshkosh Open - Oshkosh, Wis.

October 20
# 25 MINNESOTA at Jack's Run - Minneapolis, Minn.

Weekend Schedule

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October 19
ILLINOIS at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.
# 11 MICHIGAN at Eastern Michigan Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Eastern Michigan Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.

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October 19
INDIANA at Kentucky [1]
NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS
IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE
PENN STATE at West Virginia
Miami (Oh) at PURDUE
NEBRASKA at Nebraska-Omaha

October 20
PURDUE at Indiana Intercollegiates [2]
MINNESOTA at Kansas
Nebraska-Omaha at NEBRASKA
[1] Lexington, Ky. vs. Kentucky and Tennesse
[2] West Lafayette, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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October 19
INDIANA at Kentucky [1] 
NORTHWESTERN at Eastern Michigan 
IOWA at MICHIGAN STATE
PENN STATE at West Virginia
PURDUE at Miami (Oh.) - Diving only

October 20
PURDUE at Indiana Intercollegiates [2]

[1] Lexington, Ky. vs. Kentucky and Tennessee
[2] West Lafayette, Ind.

Indiana's Replogle Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award

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Indiana's Adam Replogle was one of 10 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 3. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl season. For more information on the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, announced on Tuesday. Penn State (14-2-0) remains at No. 4 for the third straight week, while Michigan (13-2-1) jumps four spots to No. 17. Ohio State (10-4-1) is also receiving votes.

Click here for the full ranking.

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten men's soccer teams garnered rankings in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, released on Tuesday. Indiana (9-2-2) comes in at No. 11, while Northwestern (9-2-2) claims the No. 24 spot. Both squads are undefeated in Big Ten play, holding 3-0-0 records.

For the complete poll, click here

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten women's cross country teams earned rankings in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, announced on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, clocking in at No. 7. Penn State follows at No. 13 and Michigan State holds the No. 15 spot. Minnesota jumps two spots to No. 25.

Click here for the full ranking.

In The Polls

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Three Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned top-30 rankings in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, released on Tuesday. Michigan leads the way for ranked conference squads, checking in at No. 11. Defending National and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin clocks in at No. 20 and Indiana holds the No. 24 spot.

For the complete poll, click here.  

In The Polls

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The Big Ten once again leads all conferences with six teams ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, including two of the top four teams. Penn State remains at No. 1 for the fourth straight week, while Nebraska sits at No. 4 and Minnesota remains at No. 10. Purdue checks in at No. 17, Ohio State is No. 20 and Illinois is No. 25. Michigan and Michigan State are also receiving votes in the poll.

For the complete rankings, click HERE.

Michigan State's Dion Sims, Nebraska's Kyler Reed, Penn State's Kyle Carter and Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen were named to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, granted annually to the nation's top tight end. Sims is second on the Spartans with 24 catches for 313 yards with two touchdowns, Carter rates second on the Nittany Lions with 23 receptions for 279 yards and one score, Pederson stands second on the Badgers with 14 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns while Reed is third on the Cornhuskers with 11 receptions for 141 yards and a pair of scores. Three Big Ten standouts have won the Mackey Award since its inception in 2000, including inaugural winner Tim Stratton of Purdue, Iowa's Dallas Clark (2002) and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth (2006).

Game Times and TV Set for Oct. 27

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The game times and television for Big Ten contests on Saturday, Oct. 27, have been finalized and appear below:

Iowa at Northwestern, Noon ET, ESPN2
Indiana at Illinois, Noon ET, BTN
Michigan State at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)
Purdue at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN
Ohio State at Penn State, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Iowa's Meyer Named Lou Groza Award "Star of the Week"

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Iowa's Mike Meyer was named a "Star of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The Hawkeyes junior hit a 42-yard field goal in the second overtime to give his team a 19-16 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday. He converted a 27-yard try in the first overtime and scored from 28 and 23 yards during regulation, the second time this season he has kicked four field goals in a game. Meyer has made 14 of his 15 attempts this year, including his last 13. His lone PAT extended his school record to 68 in a row. The Dubuque, Iowa native is second in the nation in field goals made per game. His 54 points lead all Hawkeye scoring.

Weekend Roundup

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October 12
#16 MICHIGAN def. #19 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#9 NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 4-0
#11 IOWA def. #15 Drexel, 3-1

October 13
INDIANA def. Central Michigan, 4-2

October 14
#7 PENN STATE def. #11 IOWA, 5-1
#19 MICHIGAN STATE def. Kent State, 4-2
#16 MICHIGAN def. #18 OHIO STATE, 3-1
#9 NORTHWESTERN def. Central Michigan, 6-1

Weekend Roundup

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October 12
NORTHWESTERN def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-1
#19 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1
#10 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 3-1
#1 PENN STATE def. #17 PURDUE, 3-0
#3 NEBRASKA def. WISCONSIN, 3-0

October 13
#22 ILLINOIS def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#1 PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1
MICHIGAN (rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#17 PURDUE def. #19 OHIO STATE, 3-1
WISCONSIN def. IOWA, 3-2

October 14
#3 NEBRASKA def. #10 MINNESOTA, 3-1

Seven Big Ten Teams Receive Votes in Latest Polls

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Seven Big Ten schools received at least one vote in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches or Harris Interactive polls. Ohio State continued to lead the way and moved up one spot to No. 7 in the AP vote after improving to 7-0 yesterday. Michigan also climbed to No. 23 in the media poll, returned to the rankings at No. 25 in the coaches vote and received votes in the Harris poll. Northwestern, Wisconsin and Nebraska received votes from all three groups, while Michigan State (Harris) and Penn State (AP) received votes in one national poll.

Big Ten Week 7 Stat Breakdown

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Rushers: Eight Big Ten rushers finished with 100 or more yards on the ground on Saturday, led by the reigning Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year Montee Ball of Wisconsin. The Badgers running back broke loose for a career-high 247 yards with three touchdowns, to set a new conference record for career touchdowns. Other 100-plus yard rushers were Northwestern's Venric Mark (182 yards, two touchdowns), Ohio State's Carlos Hyde (156 yards, one touchdown) and Braxton Miller (149 yards, one touchdown), Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell (140 yards, one touchdown), Michigan's Denard Robinson (128 yards, two touchdowns), Wisconsin's James White (124 yards, one touchdown) and Iowa's Mark Weisman (116 yards, one touchdown).

Passers: Two Big Ten signal-callers threw for more than 200 yards on Saturday, as Indiana's Cameron Coffman and Ohio State's Braxton Miller went head-to-head in a high scoring shootout. Coffman threw for 275 yards and a touchdown while Miller compiled 211 passing yards and two scores.

Receivers: Two conference standouts recorded seven or more catches or 100 or more receiving yards on Saturday. Indiana's Cody Lattimer hauled in seven passes for 68 yards while Ohio State's Devin Smith caught two passes for 106 yards, both for touchdowns, as the Buckeyes held on for a 52-49 win over the Hoosiers.

Tackles: Ten Big Ten defenders registered 10 or more tackles last weekend, highlighted by 15 tackles for the conference's tackling leader, Iowa's Anthony Hitchens, in a double overtime win at Michigan State. Other Big Ten defenders with 10 or more tackles were the Spartans trio of Denicos Allen (13 tackles), Max Bullough (11) and Taiwan Jones (10), Purdue's Landon Feichter (12), Michigan's Jake Ryan (11), the Iowa pair of Joe Gaglione (11) and James Morris (10), Minnesota's Keanon Cooper (10), and Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell (10).

Tackles for Loss: Eight conference players notched two or more tackles for loss on Saturday, with Michigan's Jake Ryan leading the way with 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including 1.5 sacks, in a shutout of Illinois. Seven other players posted two tackles for loss in Indiana's Zack Shaw (one sack), Michigan State's Kyler Elsworth (one sack), Minnesota's Keanon Cooper, Northwestern's Tyler Scott (two sacks), Purdue's Will Lucas and the Wisconsin duo of Chris Borland (one sack) and Mike Taylor (one sack).

Game Times and TV Set for Oct. 20

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The game times and television for Big Ten football games on Oct. 20 are now set:

 

Noon ET/11 a.m. CT

Purdue at Ohio State, ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)

Minnesota at Wisconsin, ESPNU

 

3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT

Michigan State at Michigan, BTN

Nebraska at Northwestern, ABC (regional), ESPN2 (outer market)

Indiana at Navy, CBS Sports Network

 

8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

Penn State at Iowa, BTN

Saturday Roundup

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#22 ILLINOIS def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#1 PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1
MICHIGAN (rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#17 PURDUE def. #19 OHIO STATE, 3-1
WISCONSIN def. IOWA, 3-2

Friday Roundup

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NORTHWESTERN def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-1
#19 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1
#10 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 3-1
#1 PENN STATE def. #17 PURDUE, 3-0
#3 NEBRASKA def. WISCONSIN, 3-0

Weekend Schedule

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October 12
NORTHWESTERN def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-1
#19 OHIO STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1
#10 MINNESOTA def. IOWA, 3-1
#1 PENN STATE def. #17 PURDUE, 3-0
#3 NEBRASKA def. WISCONSIN, 3-0

October 13
#22 ILLINOIS def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#1 PENN STATE def. INDIANA, 3-1
MICHIGAN (rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#17 PURDUE def. #19 OHIO STATE, 3-1
WISCONSIN def. IOWA, 3-2

October 14
#3 NEBRASKA def. #10 MINNESOTA, 3-1

Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 12
# 4 Penn State def. Nebraska (4-0)
Minnesota def. Illinois (3-0)
Ohio State def. Iowa (4-1)
Wisconsin def. Northwestern (2-1)

October 14
Indiana def. Michigan State (2-1, OT)
Ohio State def. Nebraska (4-0)
# 4 Penn State def. Iowa (2-1)
Minnesota def. Northwestern (1-0)
# 21 Michigan def. Purdue (2-0)
Wisconsin def. Illinois (2-1, 2OT)

Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 13
Wisconsin def. Michigan (2-1)

October 14
Northwestern def. Ohio State (1-0)
Penn State def. Michigan State (2-1)

Weekend Schedule

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October 12
ILLINOIS
at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
INDIANA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
IOWA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 10 MICHIGAN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 10 MICHIGAN STATE at Jayhawk Invitational - Muskegon, Mich.
# 27 MINNESOTA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NEBRASKA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NORTHWESTERN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NORTHWESTERN at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
OHIO STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 14 PENN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
PURDUE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 29 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.

October 13
ILLINOIS 
at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky. 
INDIANA
at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
IOWA at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
# 8 MICHIGAN at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
# 27 MINNESOTA at Tori Neubauer Invitational - LaCrosse, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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October 12
#16 MICHIGAN def. #19 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#9 NORTHWESTERN def. INDIANA, 4-0
#11 IOWA def. #15 Drexel, 3-1

October 13
INDIANA def. Central Michigan, 4-2

October 14
#7 PENN STATE def. #11 IOWA, 5-1
#19 MICHIGAN STATE def. Kent State, 4-2
#16 MICHIGAN def. #18 OHIO STATE, 3-1
#9 NORTHWESTERN def. Central Michigan, 6-1

Weekend Schedule

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October 12-14
MICHIGAN at Tar Heel Invitational [1]
MICHIGAN STATE at Tar Heel Invitational [1]
NORTHWESTERN at Mercedes Benz Championship [2]
PENN STATE at Mercedes Benz Championship [2]
PURDUE at Mercedes Benz Championship [2]

October 13-14
ILLINOIS at Hoosier Fall Invitational [3]
INDIANA at Hoosier Fall Invitational [3]
IOWA at Hoosier Fall Invitational [3]
MINNESOTA at Hoosier Fall Invitational [3]
WISCONSIN at Hoosier Fall Invitational [3]

Legend
[1] Chapel Hill, N.C.
[2] Knoxville, Tenn.
[3] Florence, Ind.

Weekend Schedule

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October 12
ILLINOIS
at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
ILLINOIS at Wisonsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 26 INDIANA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
IOWA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 24 MICHIGAN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
MICHIGAN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
MICHIGAN STATE at Jayhawk Invitational - Muskegon, Mich.
# 16 MINNESOTA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NEBRASKA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
OHIO STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
PENN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
PURDUE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 1 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.

October 13
# 26 INDIANA
at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
IOWA at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
# 16 MINNESOTA at Jim Drews Invitational - West Salem, Wis.

Weekend Schedule

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October 12
Iowa State at MINNESOTA
NEBRASKA
at North Dakota [1]
Milwaukee at WISCONSIN

October 13
NEBRASKA
at North Dakota [1]
Green Bay at WISCONSIN

[1] vs. St. Cloud State and North Dakota

Weekend Schedule

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October 12
Milwaukee at WISCONSIN

October 13
Green Bay at WISCONSIN

Weekend Schedule

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October 12-14
PENN STATE at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate [1]

October 13-14
IOWA at Rod Myers Invitational [2]
NORTHWESTERN at Rod Myers Invitational [2]

Legend
[1] Johnson City, Tenn.
[2] Durham, N.C.

Michigan's Robinson Named Manning Award Player of Week

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Michigan's Denard Robinson has been selected as this week's Manning Award Player of the Week. Robinson earned the most-ever votes to claim his first win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. The Deerfield Beach, Fla., native racked up 8,269 votes, far surpassing the previous record for highest votes which was 2,808.

Robinson's 235 yards on the ground last weekend made him the Big Ten's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks with a total of 3,905. This number also marked the second-most rushing yards in a single game by a Big Ten quarterback, short of his own record of 258 yards at Notre Dame Sept. 11, 2010. The senior quarterback also passed for 105 yards and one score as the Wolverines rolled to a 44-13 victory over Purdue. Robinson now has five career 200-yard rushing games, including two this season.

Wednesday's Result

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MICHIGAN (rv) def. No. 22 ILLINOIS, 3-0

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 5

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Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 223 yards and one touchdown, on 23 of 31 passing, in New England's 31-21 win over Denver.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Broke Johnny Unitas' record of 47 games with at least one touchdown pass, throwing for 370 yards and four touchdowns on 29 of 45 passing, in the Saints' 31-24 defeat of the Chargers.

Nate Clements, CB, Cincinnati Bengals (Ohio State) - Recorded nine tackles, one forced fumble and a pass deflection in the Bengals' 17-13 loss to the Dolphins.

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 23-17 win over the Jets.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Had four catches, including a touchdown, in the Broncos' 31-21 loss to the Patriots.

Brandon Fields, P, Miami Dolphins (Michigan State) - Averaged 49.6 yards on five punts, pinning two inside the 20-yard line, and a long of 59 yards in the Dolphins' 17-13 defeat of the Bengals.

Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan) - Recorded eight tackles and two fumble recoveries in the Steelers' 16-14 win over the Eagles.

Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears (Penn State) - Nailed both field goal attempts and all five extra points in Chicago's 41-3 win over Jacksonville.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Led Minnesota with nine tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Vikings' 30-7 victory over the Titans.

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Totaled eight tackles, including one for loss, in the Packers' 30-27 loss to the Colts.

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and added five tackles and a pass deflection in the Redskins' 24-17 loss to the Falcons.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Illinois) - Rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught two passes for 20 yards in the Steelers' 16-14 win over the Eagles.

Jordan Norwood, WR, Cleveland Browns (Penn State) - Led the Browns with a career-high nine receptions for 81 yards in Cleveland's 41-27 loss to the New York Giants.

Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore Ravens (Purdue) - Notched 10 tackles in the Ravens' 9-6 victory over the Chiefs.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Recorded a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo, in Jacksonville's 41-3 loss to Chicago.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Recorded six tackles, one sack and three pass deflections in the Texans' 23-17 wins over the Jets.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 221 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 25 passing in the Seahawks' 16-12 defeat of the Panthers.

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Tallied 10 tackles in the Patriots' 31-21 victory over the Broncos.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten field hockey teams once again appear in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll, including two top-10 teams. Penn State sits at No. 7, followed by No. 9 Northwestern and No. 11 Iowa. Michigan clocks in at No. 16, Ohio State is tied for No. 18 and Michigan State is No. 19.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

OSU's Simon Named Bednarik Award National Player of Week

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Ohio State defensive end John Simon was named the Chuck Bednarik Award national player of the week. The senior and two-time captain was also named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on Monday. He was dominant in No. 8 Ohio State's 63-38 win over No. 21 Nebraska Saturday with seven tackles, including a school record-tying five tackles for loss, totaling 24 yards. He recorded two quarterback sacks and forced a fumble. Simon ranks second in the Big Ten with 7.5 tackles for loss (totaling 33 yards) and sixth in sacks with 3.0.

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, announced on Tuesday. Penn State (12-2-0) remains at No. 4 for the second straight week, while Michigan (11-2-1) jumps two spots to No. 21. Iowa (11-1-3) is also receiving votes.

Click here for the full ranking.

In The Polls

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The Indiana (9-2-1) men's soccer team moved up in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, released on Tuesday. The Hoosiers jumped two spots to No. 12. Northwestern (7-2-2) is receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

Big Ten Lands 14 Players on CBSSports.com Top 100 List

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Fourteen Big Ten players landed on the CBSSports.com list of top 100 players in the country, including five conference picks among the top 15. The Big Ten players to make the list appear below, otherwise click HERE for the complete list.

1. Cody Zeller, Indiana
9. Trey Burke, Michigan
10. Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
12. Aaron Craft, Ohio State
15. Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
35. Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
38. Christian Watford, Indiana
41. Branden Dawson, Michigan State
54. Tim Frazier, Penn State
74. Gary Harris, Michigan State
77. Brandon Paul, Illinois
84. Victor Oladipo, Indiana
89. Keith Appling, Michigan State
93. Rodney Williams, Minnesota

Abdullah and Mark Named to Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll

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Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah and Northwestern's Venric Mark were two of four student-athletes named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll, which honors versatile, single-game performances throughout the season by players nationwide. Mark earned his third honor this season (also after the first and second weeks), while Abdullah was honored for the second time this year (also after the fifth week). The Paul Hornung Award is earned annually by the most versatile player in major college football.

Nebraska's Abdullah posted seven carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns, one catch for eight yards, two punt returns for 49 yards and eight kickoff returns for 128 yards in a loss at Ohio State. Northwestern's Mark registered 13 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown, two catches for six yards, two kickoff returns for 36 yards and a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown as the Wildcats lost at Penn State.

Big Ten Players Earn More Preseason Honors

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Big Ten players dominate the CBSSports.com preseason All-America teams, led by Indiana's Cody Zeller, who is the site's pick for Preseason Player of the Year. Zeller also lands on the preseason All-America first team, while Michigan's Trey Burke is on the second team and Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe and Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas earn third-team accolades. In addition, the Hoosiers' incoming Yogi Ferrell is on the site's All-Freshman second team. FULL STORY

OSU's Miller Named Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week

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After a sensational performance that included 186 rushing yards and 127 passing yards, Ohio State's Braxton Miller has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. Miller played an integral role in the Buckeyes' 63-38 win over Nebraska. While leading his team to their most points scored in a conference game since 1983, the Ohio native was outstanding, rushing for 15 or more yards five times, including big gains of 31 and 72 yards. Miller is now second in the Big Ten with 763 rushing yards and has rushed for over 100 yards in four of his first six games.

In The Polls

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The Big Ten once again leads all conferences with seven teams ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, including two of the top three teams. Penn State remains at No. 1 for the third straight week, while Nebraska moves up a spot to No. 3 and Minnesota remains at No. 10. Purdue checks in at No. 17, Ohio State is No. 19, Illinois is No. 22 and Michigan State is No. 25.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

OSU's Simon Named Lott IMPACT Player of Week

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Ohio State's John Simon has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. The senior defensive lineman from Youngstown, Ohio, had five tackles for loss, including two sacks, and forced a fumble as Ohio State improved to 6-0 with a win over Nebraska Saturday. Only the seventh two-time captain in Ohio State history, Simon is acknowledged as a fierce competitor and natural leader both on and off the field. No one is a bigger fan than his head coach, Urban Meyer.  "If we have another child I want to name him Urban John Simon Meyer," said Meyer.  "I'm not ashamed to say I love him.  Love that guy, man." 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.

Michigan's Robinson Named Manning Award "Star of the Week"

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Michigan's Denard Robinson was named a Manning Award "Star of the Week" for his performance at Purdue on Saturday. The senior quarterback completed eight-of-16 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown and racked up 235 rushing yards, the second-best single-game performance by a Big Ten signal caller, to become the conference's all-time leader in career rushing yards by a quarterback.


College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page by clicking on this link to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. CT, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 and is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.

Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Dominates Preseason Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams were ranked in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on Sunday. Illinois tops the poll after winning the national title last season. Michigan follows close behind at No. 2, while Penn State enters at No. 4. Minnesota, Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa take the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th spots, respectively. 

Click here for the full ranking.   

Times and TV Partially Finalized for Oct. 20 Games

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The times and television for Big Ten games on Oct. 20 have been partially finalized, but ABC/ESPN has exercised an allowable six-day selection to determine which game among the Purdue-Ohio State, Nebraska-Northwestern and Michigan State-Michigan contests to televise at Noon or 3:30 p.m. ET. Of the two remaining games, one will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 and the other will be televised by BTN at Noon or 3:30 p.m. ET. Selections will be made following results of this Saturday's games,

Noon ET
Minnesota at Wisconsin, ESPNU

3:30 p.m. ET
Indiana at Navy, CBS Sports Network

TBD - Noon or 3:30 p.m. ET
Michigan State at Michigan, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 or BTN
Nebraska at Northwestern, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 or BTN
Purdue at Ohio State, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 or BTN

8 p.m. ET
Penn State at Iowa, BTN

Ohio State men's tennis player Peter Kobelt advanced to the singles final at the ITA All-American Championships this past weekend in Tulsa, Okla. The junior won five consecutive matches in the main draw, including two over seeded players, to advance to the final. 

ITA Release

Ohio State Release

Michigan State's William Gholston, Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins, Purdue's Kawann Short and Wisconsin's Chris Borland were named quarterfinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top college lineman or linebacker. Finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award will be named Nov. 17, while the winner will be announced on Dec. 5. Two Big Ten players were named semifinalists for the award last season - Illinois' Whitney Mercilus and Michigan State's Jerel Worthy. Big Ten schools have claimed 14 Rotary Lombardi Awards, including two-time winner Orlando Pace of Ohio State (1995 and 1996). The most recent winner from a current conference program was Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in 2009.

Weekend Roundup

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October 5
IOWA def. INDIANA, 3-1
#25 MICHIGAN STATE def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
#4 NEBRASKA def. #12 PURDUE, 3-0
#19 OHIO STATE def. #21 ILLINOIS, 3-2
#1 PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0     

October 6
#4 NEBRASKA def. INDIANA, 3-2
#10 MINNESOTA def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
IOWA def. #12 PURDUE, 3-0
#19 OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#1 PENN STATE def. #21 ILLINOIS, 3-2

October 7
WISCONSIN def. MICHIGAN  (rv), 3-0

Seven Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Latest Polls

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Seven Big Ten teams received at least one vote in the latest Associated Press (AP) or USA Today Coaches and the first Harris Interactive polls. Ohio State leads the way and cracked the top 10 for the first time this season, rising four spots to No. 8 in the AP poll. Michigan returned to the top 25 of the media vote at No. 25 overall, while also receiving votes in the coaches and Harris polls. Other Big Ten teams to receive at least one vote from the media, coaches or Harris voters are Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin.

Weekend Roundup

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October 5
#11 IOWA def. INDIANA, 2-1 (OT)
#20 MICHIGAN STATE def. #16 OHIO STATE, 1-0
#9 NORTHWESTERN def. #15 MICHIGAN, 4-1

October 7
#7 PENN STATE def. California, 6-2
Louisville def. #11 IOWA, 2-1
Kent State at #9 NORTHWESTERN - 1 p.m.
INDIANA def. Miami (Ohio), 1-0
#16 OHIO STATE def. Ball State, 9-1
#20 MICHIGAN STATE def. Ohio, 1-0 (OT)

Big Ten Week 6 Stat Breakdown

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Rushers: Seven Big Ten rushers finished with 100 or more yards on the ground on Saturday, led by two quarterbacks with more than 180 yards. Michigan's Denard Robinson set the Big Ten career record for rushing yards by a signal caller after compiling 235 yards at Purdue, while Ohio State's Braxton Miller set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game with 186 yards and a touchdown against Nebraska. Other 100-plus yard rushers were Ohio State's Carlos Hyde (140 yards, four touchdowns), Penn State's Zach Zwinak (121 yards, one touchdown), Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell (121 yards, two touchdowns), Nebraska's Rex Burkhead (119 yards) and Wisconsin's Montee Ball (116 yards, two touchdowns).
 
Passers: Four Big Ten signal-callers threw for more than 250 yards on Saturday, led by Michigan State's Andrew Maxwell, who finished with 290 yards and two touchdowns against Indiana. Other passes over 250 yards were Indiana's Cam Coffman (282 yards, three touchdowns), Penn State's Matt McGloin (282 yards, two touchdowns) and Wisconsin's Joel Stave (254 yards, two touchdowns).
 

Receivers: Five conference standouts recorded nine or more catches or 100 or more receiving yards on Saturday. Indiana's Shane Wynn led all wideouts with 12 catches (70 yards, one touchdown), while Penn State's Allen Robinson hauled in nine passes (85 yards, two touchdowns). Michigan State's Aaron Burbridge led all receivers with 134 yards (eight catches), followed by Nebraska's Kenny Bell (133 yards on five catches) and Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis (117 yards on seven catches, one touchdown).

Tackles: Nine defenders registered 10 or more tackles last weekend, highlighted by the Northwestern quartet of Damien Proby (16 tackles), David Nwabuisi (15 tackles), Ibraheim Campbell (14 tackles) and Chi Chi Ariguzo (12 tackles). Other Big Ten defenders with 10 or more tackles were Wisconsin's Mike Taylor (12 tackles), Chris Borland (10 tackles) and Ethan Armstrong (10 tackles), Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (11 tackles) and Penn State's Gerald Hodges (11 tackles).

Tackles for Loss: Seven conference players notched two or more tackles for loss on Saturday, with Ohio State's John Simon leading the way with five stops behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks, against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers' Eric Martin also had two sacks, while Wisconsin's Pat Muldoon collected 2.5 tackles for loss. Other Big Ten defenders with two TFLs were the Michigan duo of Desmond Morgan and Jake Ryan, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier and Purdue's Robert Maci.

Saturday Roundup

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#4 NEBRASKA def. INDIANA, 3-2
#10 MINNESOTA def. #25 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
IOWA def. #12 PURDUE, 3-0
#19 OHIO STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#1 PENN STATE def. #21 ILLINOIS, 3-2

Friday Roundup

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IOWA def. INDIANA, 3-1
#25 MICHIGAN STATE def. WISCONSIN, 3-1
#4 NEBRASKA def. #12 PURDUE, 3-0
#19 OHIO STATE def. #21 ILLINOIS, 3-2
#1 PENN STATE def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0   

Weekend Schedule

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All times are ET

October 5
IOWA at INDIANA - 7 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#25 MICHIGAN STATE at WISCONSIN - 8 p.m. - BTN (Delay - 11 p.m.)
#4 NEBRASKA at #12 PURDUE - 8 p.m. - BTN
#19 OHIO STATE at #21 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#1 PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com   

October 6
#4 NEBRASKA at INDIANA - 7 p.m.
#25 MICHIGAN STATE at #10 MINNESOTA - 7:30 p.m. - www.BTN.com
IOWA at #12 PURDUE - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#19 OHIO STATE at NORTHWESTERN - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com
#1 PENN STATE at #21 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m. - www.BTN.com

October 7
MICHIGAN (rv) at WISCONSIN - 2 p.m. - www.BTN.com

Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 5
Nebraska def. Wisconsin (3-2, OT)

October 6
# 23 Michigan def. Northwestern (2-0)

October 7
# 4 Penn State def. Indiana (5-2)
Iowa tied Minnesota (0-0, 2OT)
Ohio State def. Purdue (1-0)

Weekend Schedule

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October 7-9
MICHIGAN at Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic [1]
MICHIGAN STATE at Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic [1]
MINNESOTA at Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic [1]

October 8-9
NEBRASKA at Firestone Invitational [2]
OHIO STATE at Jack Nicklaus Invitational [3]
PURDUE at Jack Nicklaus Invitational [3]
WISCONSIN at Firestone Invitational [2]

[1] Notre Dame, Ind.
[2] Akron, Ohio
[3] Dublin, Ohio

Weekend Schedule and Results

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October 6
# 14 Indiana def. Wisconsin (2-0)
Penn State tied Michigan (1-1, 2OT)

October 7
Michigan State def. Ohio State (2-1)

Weekend Schedule

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October 5
# 10 Michigan State at Michigan Intercollegiates - Grand Rapids, Mich.

Weekend Schedule

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October 5
Michigan State at Michigan Intercollegiates - Grand Rapids, Mich.

Weekend Schedule

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October 5-7
PURDUE at Liz Murphey Fall Preview - Athens, Ga.

Weekend Schedule

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October 5
Minnesota at Michigan

October 6
Minnesota at Michigan [1]

[1] Michigan Water Carnival - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Weekend Schedule

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October 5
Minnesota at Michigan

October 6
Minnesota at Michigan [1]

[1] Michigan Water Carnival - Ann Arbor, Mich.

The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game was honored with a 2012 SportsTravel Award for "Best New Sports Event" at the SportsTravel Awards Luncheon, held Thursday in Detroit. The inaugural game was held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Dec. 3, 2011, with more than 64,000 fans in attendance. The weekend also included the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper, the Georgia Street Tailgate Party and several youth initiatives. Indianapolis will continue to host the event through at least 2015. The City of Indianapolis was also honored for hosting Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012, which won the "Best Professional Single-Sport Event" category.

"The SportsTravel Awards are a tremendous honor for Indianapolis and the state of Indiana," said Allison Melangton, president of Indiana Sports Corp. "There are thousands of great partners, committee members and volunteers who come together and make these events successful. It is a privilege to work with long-time partners in the NFL and Big Ten Conference to create monumental events. We are excited to continue hosting the Big Ten Football Championship Game through 2015, and pursue another Super Bowl in 2018."

The SportsTravel Awards celebrate the best in sports-event management and production each year. The awards recognize excellence in amateur, collegiate and professional sporting events.

Wednesday's Result

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Big Ten in the NFL - Week 4

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied eight tackles and a pass deflection in the 49ers' 34-0 victory over the Jets.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 340 yards and one touchdown, on 22 of 36 passing, in New England's 52-28 win over Buffalo.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns, tying Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive game with a least one TD pass, in the Saints' 28-27 loss to the Packers.

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Recorded a team-high 14 tackles, including 12 solo tackles and three tackles for loss, in the Bucs' 24-22 loss to the Redskins.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught a team-high seven receptions for 79 yards in the Broncos' 37-6 defeat of the Raiders.

Jay Feely, K, Arizona Cardinals (Michigan) - Nailed a game-winning 46-yard field goal and added three extra points in the Cardinals' 24-21 win over the Dolphins.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Led Minnesota with 11 tackles, including seven solo, in the Vikings 20-13 victory over the Lions.

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Pulled in a team-high 12 catches for 253 yards and one touchdown in Miami's 24-21 overtime loss to Arizona.

Alex Henery, K, Philadelphia Eagles (Nebraska) - Was a perfect 4 for 4 on field goals, including a long of 48 yards, in the Eagles' 19-17 victory over the Giants.

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Penn State) - Tallied a team-high 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in Dallas' 34-18 loss to the Bears.

Shaun Phillips, LB, San Diego Chargers (Purdue) - Notched four tackles, including one sack, in the Chargers' 37-20 defeat of the Chiefs.

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including eight solo, in Jacksonville's 22-10 loss to Cincinnati.  

Bryan Scott, S, Buffalo Bills (Penn State) - Totaled a career-high 14 tackles, including eight solo, in Buffalo's 52-28 loss to New England.

Marcus Sherels, PR, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in the Vikings' 20-13 win over the Lions.

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans, (Wisconsin) - Notched five tackles and two sacks in the Texans' 38-14 win over the Titans.

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Tallied three tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Patriots' 52-28 victory against the Bills.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten field hockey teams appear in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll, including two top-10 teams. Penn State sits at No. 7, followed by No. 9 Northwestern and No. 11 Iowa. Michigan clocks in at No. 15, Ohio State is tied for 16th and Michigan State is No. 20.

The complete poll can be found HERE.

Big Ten Comes up B1G in Sporting News Preseason Poll

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Five Big Ten teams are ranked in Sporting News' preseason top 25, including three in the top five. Indiana is this year's preseason No. 1, followed by No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan. Wisconsin comes in at No. 17, followed by No. 22 Michigan State. COMPLETE POLL

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings, announced on Tuesday. Penn State (10-2-0) jumps four spots to No. 4, while Michigan (10-2-1) claims No. 23. Iowa (11-1-2) was also receiving votes.

Click here for the entire poll.

In The Polls

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Two Big Ten men's soccer teams garnered rankings in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, released on Tuesday. Indiana (7-2-1) comes in at No. 14, while Northwestern (7-1-2) claims the No. 22 spot.

For the complete poll, click here.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten women's cross country teams earned rankings in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, announced on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, jumping three spots to No. 8. Michigan State follows close behind at No. 10 and Penn State holds the No. 14 spot. Minnesota clocks in at No. 27 and Wisconsin claims No. 29.

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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned top-30 rankings in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, released on Tuesday. Defending national and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin continues to hold the top spot, while Minnesota stays at No. 16. Michigan jumps two spots to No. 24 and Indiana clocks in at No. 26.

For the complete poll, click here.

Ohio State's Braxton Miller was named an honorable mention selection for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week award on Monday. Miller led the Buckeyes to a 17-16 road victory against nationally ranked Michigan State on Saturday, totaling 315 yards of total offense. He completed 16 of 23 passing for 179 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith for the game-winning score in the third quarter. Miller also rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries to keep Ohio State perfect this season at 5-0.
Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah was one of three standouts named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. The weekly honor recognizes some of the most versatile, single-game performances throughout the season by FBS football players nationwide. Abdullah finished the day with 252 all-purpose yards, helping the Huskers to a victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. He recorded 70 yards on the ground, 22 receiving yards, 18 punt return yards and 142 kickoff returns yards as the Huskers rallied from 17 points down in the second half for the victory.

In The Polls

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Seven Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, the most of any conference, led by No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions received 42 first-place votes, topping the polls for the second consecutive week. Nebraska moves up two spots to No. 4, while Minnesota remains at No. 10. Purdue climbs one spot to No. 12, while Ohio State jumps three spots to No. 19. Illinois remains at No. 21 and Michigan State sits at No. 25. Michigan is also receiving votes.

For the complete poll, click HERE.

Maher, Budzien Named Lou Groza Stars of the Week

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Nebraska's Brett Maher and Northwestern's Jeff Budzien were named Stars of the Week by the Lou Groza Award. Each week during the season, the award recognizes three of the nation's top kickers. Last week, Maher booted the game-tying and game-winning field goals to cap a come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin. He connected on field goals from 26, 38 and 41 yards, while converting on all three extra point tries. Budzien was perfect on his kicking attempts against Indiana last Saturday, connecting from 29, 34 and 44 yards. He was successful on all five extra points, running his consecutive PAT streak to 70.

Times and TV Lineups Released for Oct. 13

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Times and TV designations hav been released for Big Ten games on Oct. 13.

Noon ET
Iowa at Michigan State, ESPN or ESPN2
Northwestern at Minnesota, ESPN or ESPN2
Wisconsin at Purdue, BTN

3:30 p.m. ET
Illinois at Michigan, ABC (ESPN outer market)

8 p.m. ET
Ohio State at Indiana, BTN

Four Big Ten Players Receive Preseason Honors

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Indiana's Cody Zeller and Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas were named to Sporting News' preseason All-America first team, while Michigan's Trey Burke received third-team honors. In addition, the Hoosiers' Yogi Ferrell was named to the publication's preseason All-Freshman Team. FULL STORY