Best of Week 6: Northwestern at Michigan headlines Big Ten action

Oct 3, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Michigan Wolverines punt returner Jabrill Peppers (5) in action against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Coaches preview Northwestern at Michigan

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This is the first week of full-scale Big Ten action, with seven conference games. And the headliner is Northwestern at Michigan. But there are other enticing clashes.

Wisconsin at Nebraska is a meeting of desperate teams. Nebraska is 1-3 vs. the Badgers since joining the Big Ten. And the Huskers often have lost in spectacular fashion, falling 48-17 in Madison in 2011; 70-31 in the 2012 Big Ten title game; 59-24 last year in Madison. This will be a clash between first-year coaches in the Huskers’ Mike Riley vs. the Badgers’ Paul Chryst, who also happen to be good buddies.

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By embracing changes, Iowa's Ferentz has Hawkeyes riding high

Sep 26, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz congratulates quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) and wide receiver Riley McCarron (83) during the second quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Kinnick Stadium.

Kirk Ferentz discusses 2015 vs. 2009 comparisons

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In 2015, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has embraced change in college football and it’s paying off for the Hawkeyes this season. “The big thing is before we change anything,” Ferentz said recently, “we want to make sure we’re making the right changes.”’s Tom Dienhart takes a look at the veteran football coach and his 5-0 Hawkeyes, and watch a one-on-one interview with BTN’s Rick Pizzo.

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Easiest remaining schedule? Buckeyes' best H-Back? Read today's headlines

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Who has the easiest schedules among the 15 major college unbeatens to stay perfect? Have you seen Nebraska I-back Devine Ozigbo? Is Braxton Miller really Ohio State’s best H-back?’s Tom Dienhart scoured the headlines from the Big Ten beat writers on Thursday morning and assembled this roundup for all Big Ten football fans. Dive in for those stories and more.

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Week 6 picks! Submit a video and win The Belt from our experts

For the past five years Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have battled each Saturday for the right to wear “The Belt,” the reward for picking the most winning games on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show.” Now you can get involved, and even raise “The Belt” victoriously yourself.

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