[ONE // michigan, ohio state, wisconsin remain unbeaten in football action]

Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin all earned wins on the gridiron Saturday to remain unbeaten in conference play.  The Buckeyes and Wolverines moved to 3-0 in the Big Ten East Division, while the Badgers improved to 2-0 in the West.  Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns and Ohio State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana, 49-26.  Shea Patterson threw for a season-high 282 yards and three touchdowns to help Michigan brush off a slow start to top Maryland, 42-21.  Jonathan Taylor ran for 221 yards and three scores, including a career-best 88-yarder in the fourth quarter, and Wisconsin’s punishing ground game wore down Nebraska in a 41-24 victory.  Elsewhere in the league, Clayton Thorson threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns, and Northwestern recovered from another second-half slip, beating Michigan State, 29-19. Quarterback AJ Bush ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another in his return to the lineup as Illinois used a big ground game to beat Rutgers, 38-17. Nate Stanley overcame two costly turnovers with four touchdown passes for an aggressive Iowa offense, and the Hawkeyes used four interceptions and five sacks of Minnesota’s Zack Annexstad to beat the Gophers, 48-31.


[TWO // gophers great in top-five battle in lincoln; take over first in volleyball standings]

In a thrilling top-five matchup Sunday, No. 5 Minnesota claimed sole possession of first place in the Big Ten volleyball standingswith a 3-1 victory at No. 3 Nebraska.  The Golden Gophers moved to 6-0 in league play, while the Huskers dropped to 5-1. Four teams closed out the weekat 4-2 in Big Ten action, including Illinois, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin.  The No. 6 Badgers scored a 3-1 victory at No. 7 Illinois on Wednesday, but fell in five sets at Iowa on Saturday.  No. 9 Penn State registered 3-0 home sweeps against Maryland on Friday and Ohio State on Saturday.  No. 16 Michigan defended its home court this past weekend with a 3-0 shutout over No. 14 Purdue and a 3-2 victory over Indiana the next night.  The Fighting Illini rebounded from the loss to blank Northwestern on Saturday.    


[THREE // indiana edges michigan for men’s soccer lead]

No. 2/2 Indiana closed out the week in Big Ten men’s soccer actionwith a pivotal 1-0 win at No. 14/12 Michigan, which gave the Hoosiers sole possession of first place in the league standings.  IU responded from a non-conference road loss at No. 4/6 Kentucky earlier in the week to top the Wolverines and garner 12 points on the year, while the Maize and Blue follow with 10.  No. 13/16 Michigan State and Wisconsin are tied for third with nine points. The Spartans blanked Maryland 2-0 in their lone contest of the week.  Wisconsin finished the week with a 4-2 conference win over Rutgers after a 1-1 tie earlier in the week. 


[FOUR // rutgers women’s soccer remains unbeaten in league play]

The Rutgers women’s soccer program posted two more wins this past week, including a 1-0 upset over No. 14 Northwestern on Thursday, to secure sole possession in the Big Ten standings.  The Scarlet Knights own 17 points on the season and followed the home win over the Wildcats with a 1-0 overtime victory against Illinois. Penn State and Wisconsin are tied for second overall with 15 points each.  The Nittany Lions outlasted Michigan State 2-1 in overtime on Friday and then topped Michigan 2-1 in Ann Arbor.  The Badgers beat Indiana 2-1 on Friday and blanked Purdue 1-0 on Sunday. Among the other notable contests this past week, Iowa stunned No. 22/22 Nebraska 2-1 in Lincoln on Friday, while Maryland gave ranked Northwestern its second straight setback in league action, 2-1.


[FIVE // wolverines lead the way in field hockey action]

With 15 points on the season, Michigan holds the Big Ten field hockey lead, but Maryland and Penn State follow closely behind with 12 points each.  This past week, Indiana beat Michigan State 1-0 on Friday and bested Saint Louis 3-1 on Sunday.  Iowa suffered a 2-1 setback to Michigan on Friday, but rebounded with a 3-0 blanking of Stanford.  Maryland scored a 3-1 victory over Rutgers on Friday, but lost 3-1 to Penn State on Sunday.  Ohio State picked up a 2-1 Big Ten win Friday at Northwestern and then notched a 5-2 victory over Ohio on Sunday.  After its loss to Maryland on Friday, Rutgers responded with a 7-0 victory against Georgetown. 


[SIX // wisconsin wins weekly national and conference cross country awards]

After an eventful meet ended in a Wisconsin sweep at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour, UW cross country standouts Morgan McDonald and Alicia Monson were named Big Ten Cross Country Athletes of the Week, just two days after the duo were named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athletes of the Week.  McDonald made a splash in his first cross country meet since 2016, finishing with a time of 23 minutes, 17.6 seconds in the 8K race. He is the first Badger to ever win the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. McDonald’s efforts also helped lead Wisconsin to a second-place finish and a No. 3 ranking in the latest USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll.  Monson topped last year’s NCAA champion and Nuttycombe winner, Ednah Kurgat, and All-American, Weini Kelati. She finished the meet with an impressive time of 19 minutes, 33.3 seconds.


[SEVEN // twelve big ten soccer teams earn academic award]

Twelve Big Ten men’s and women’s soccer teams were named Team Academic Award winners for the 2017-18 school year by United Soccer Coaches, it was announced Thursday.  Team Academic Award winners are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Service program and have a team GPA of 3.0 over the entire academic calendar.  Nine of the Big Ten’s 14 women’s soccer programs earned the award this year: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.  Three men’s teams achieved the benchmark, Michigan State, Ohio State and Rutgers.


[EIGHT // football, volleyball standouts named senior class award candidates]

Six Big Ten football standouts and five volleyball students who have demonstrated excellence both on and off the field were selected this past week as candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football.  The list of football candidatesincludes Illinois’ Nick Allegretti, Michigan State’s Khari Willis, Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter, Nebraska’s Jerald Foster, Penn State’s Trace McSorley and Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon.  In volleyball, the candidatesare Illinois’ Ali Bastianelli and Jordyn Poulter, Michigan’s Carly Skjodt, Minneosta’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson, and Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke.


[NINE // nfca recognizes softball all-america scholar-athletes]

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its 2017-18 All-America Scholar-Athlete honorees on Wednesday and 75 students from eight Big Ten schools were among those earning the elite academic distinction.  To qualify for the honor, students must have achieved a 3.5 grade-point average for the 2017-18 academic year. Students who participate in softball at Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers were each represented on the list.  In addition, the programs at Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Rutgers each were chosen as 2017-18 Easton/NFCA Division I All-Academic Teams, with all six schools registering team GPA of 3.1 or higher last year.


[TEN // minnesota’s sidney peters named ncaa woman of the year finalist]

Finally this week, Golden Gopher women’s hockey alumna Sidney Peters, who graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in kinesiology last spring, is one of nine finalists for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee announced Tuesday. Peters competed for the Gophers for five seasons and wrapped up her career last season, receiving the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award and leading Minnesota to the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff title.  The top-nine finalists include three women from each NCAA division. Their college careers were highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership. Joining Peters in representing NCAA Division I are Vanessa Shippy from Oklahoma State (softball) and Keturah Orji from Georgia (indoor and outdoor track & field).