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Handing Out Big Ten Noncon Honors

Iowa's Marvin McNutt

Big Ten Pulse - Sept. 26, 2011

It’s finally that time. Big Ten play kicks off Saturday, starting with a trio of noon ET games, including Michigan (4-0) hosting Minnesota (1-3) on BTN. Now that the full weeks of nonconference action are a thing of the past, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina looks back at the first four weeks and offers his nonconference Big Ten honors. Watch now as “The Big Ten Pulse” also discusses nonconference awards and see all of Brent’s winners in this post.

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Week 5 Football Power Rankings

Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 4 saw the Big Ten go 8-2, including wins from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all of which will bring perfect records into the first week of conference play. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Best of the Best: Week 4 Recap

Wisconsin's Russell Wilson

South Dakota at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our South Dakota-Wisconsin highlights now and check out Brent’s Week 4 Recap in this post.

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Week 4 Big Ten Football Preview

Wisconsin's Russell Wilson

Big Ten Pulse - Sept. 19, 2011

Get ready to be excited. The last full week of nonconference football is Saturday, and that means more competitive, entertaining and meaningful games are on the horizon. Week 4 also gives us the Big Ten’s first open weeks, with Northwestern and Purdue both off this weekend. BTN will air five Week 4 games, including Michigan hosting San Diego State, Brady Hoke’s old team, at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game, hear your coach’s latest teleconference, and track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Week 2 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 2 of the NFL season is in the books, and just like last week, former Big Ten players compiled some very impressive days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See the Week 2 winners inside.

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Week 4 Football Power Rankings

Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 3 saw the Big Ten go 9-3, including Illinois’ 17-14 victory over No. 18 Arizona State. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Best of the Best: Week 3 Recap

Iowa's James Vandeberg

Robbie Hummel on the Sidelines

Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch BTN’s interview with Purdue basketball standout Robbie Hummel now.

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Week 3 Big Ten Football Preview

Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 14th Afternoon Edition

As discussed here last Wednesday, the Week 2 schedule was a lot more challenging than what the Big Ten faced in the opening week. As a result, the Big Ten struggled to a 7-5 record, one week after going 10-2. Well, the Week 3 schedule has a few more tough tests, with dates against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Miami (Fla.). BTN will air five games Saturday, including Illinois hosting No. 18 Arizona State at 7 p.m. ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Watch our latest Big Ten Blast now and check out Brent Yarina’s Week 3 Preview inside.

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Week 1 Big Ten NFL Stats

Tom Brady

B1G in the NFL - Week 1

The 2011 NFL season got off to a great start this past weekend, and former Big Ten stars played a big part in the terrific opening act. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how former Big Ten players performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See the Week 1 winners inside and watch “The Next Level’s” NFL recap now.

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Ohio St., Michigan St. Unveil Pro Combat Unis

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 13th Morning Edition

Michigan State and Ohio State’s much-anticipated Nike Pro Combat Uniforms were released Tuesday morning. You can see and read about Michigan State’s here and Ohio State’s here. And check out all the teams’ Pro Combat uniforms here. Thanks to Phil Knight, a huge Oregon donor, and Nike, these futuristic and often silly uniforms remain a part of today’s game. Some people love them, some people hate them. It really depends on whether you’re old-school or new-school.

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Week 3 Football Power Rankings

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell

Florida Atlantic at Michigan State - Football Highlights

Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. It was a rough Week 2 for the Big Ten, as the conference struggled to a 7-5 record. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Best of the Best: Week 2 Recap

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Hoke & Robinson react to win over Notre Dame

Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch now as Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and star quarterback Denard Robinson talk about their thrilling win over Notre Dame.

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BTN To Air 64 Big Ten Hoops Games

For the fifth consecutive season, every regular-season Big Ten men’s hoops conference game will be nationally televised. On Wednesday, the Big Ten office released that BTN will air 64 men’s conference games, to go along with what CBS and ESPN will carry. All together, it means Big Ten fans can once again catch every Big Ten game. See the entire schedule inside and get Brent Yarina’s top 5 Big Ten games.

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Week 2 Big Ten Football Preview

Penn State's Michael Zordich

Week Two Preview Podcast

The Big Ten opened the 2011 season with a 10-2 clip in Week 1. It was a solid opening act, considering the two losses — both away from home — came by a combined nine points. This week, the competition gets tougher with five BCS opponents on the slate, including No. 2 Alabama and Notre Dame. Unlike last week, all 12 games are on Saturday this time around. Six of the games will air live on BTN. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game. Listen to BTN.com’s Week 2 Preview Podcast and read my Week 2 Preview inside.

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Week 2 Football Power Rankings

Iowa's Marvin McNutt

Ohio State Postgame Report

Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. One week in the books, the conference is 10-2, with the two defeats coming by a combined nine points. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Best of the Best: Week 1 Recap

Ohio State's Luke Fickell

Week One Wrap Up - Podcast

Every week during the fall, BTN web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Enjoy the season’s first installment of the weekly recap. Also, watch Mike Wolf’s Week 1 Wrap-up Podcast now.

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Indianapolis Colts Hire Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel is back in football. The Indianapolis Colts hired the former Ohio State head football coach as a gameday consultant, Colts coach Jim Caldwell announced during a conference call Friday. Tressel’s main role will consist of helping the team determine when it should challenge plays. Read more about the hire here.

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Week 1 Big Ten Football Preview

Football season is here, and that means it’s time to shift our focus to the Week 1 slate. Every Big Ten school is in action in the opening week, starting with reigning co-Big Ten champ Wisconsin hosting UNLV on Thursday night and finishing up with Indiana entertaining Ball State on Saturday night. That said, it’s time to kick off my weekly Big Ten Football Previews. Here’s your Week 1 addition:

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Week 1 Football Power Rankings

Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. With the season kicking off Thursday — Wisconsin hosts UNLV in the Big Ten’s lone game on opening night — he figured it’s time to unveil his Week 1 edition. As a reminder, these rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet him: @BTNBrentYarina.

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Big Ten Football Player Map

This is certain to interest Big Ten football fans. The Omaha World-Herald did a fascinating study that displays the hometown of every Big Ten football player, from 2002-2011. Each player is listed on a map with a school-specific dot that represents his Big Ten team. For the heavy concentrated areas, the recruits are shown in clusters. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Hardcore Big Ten fans can also test their knowledge with the Omaha World-Herald’s Big Ten recruiting quiz.

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BTN Tour Recap

Three-thousand-something miles later, the BTN Summer Football Tour is complete. Re-live parts of my trip below (I only went to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State this year):

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PSU Decorates BTN Bus

As the BTN Football Tour made its way through Big Ten country, we noticed fans and players alike were leaving souvenirs on the side of our bus. Iowa and Wisconsin left magnetic schedules, which stayed with us until the final stop. And while we were in State College, Michael Mauti added a PSU logo. Check out the video below:

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Michigan Stadium Tour

Ever walk from the Michigan football locker room and onto iconic Michigan Stadium? We had the opportunity to do so during our annual BTN Football Tour earlier this month. It’s a pretty cool experience — even when there’s no gameday atmosphere whatsoever. I can’t imagine what it would be like on a fall Saturday when 100,000-plus fans are screaming their heads off waiting for the Wolverines to run out and hit the “Go Blue” banner.

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2011 Big Ten Football Predictions

With football season fast approaching, I thought I’d throw some 2011 Big Ten predictions out there. This is never a safe practice, as some of the picks always seem to backfire on you by the end of the season. But it’s all for fun and to spark some conversation, so, I figure, why not do it? Why not guess division champs, Big Ten champ, individual superlatives and the conference’s major statistical leaders? Go ahead, check out all of my picks.

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