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Video: Relive Jeremy Gallon's record receiving day

Still can’t get over Jeremy Gallon’s ridiculous receiving day vs. Indiana on Saturday afternoon? Neither can we. I mean, think about it: 14 receptions for a Big Ten-record 369 yards. Those stats are so crazy, they don’t even register as “video game” numbers. Relive every one of Gallon’s catches and every one of his receiving yards in the video in this post. VIDEO: 14 receptions. Big Ten-record 369 yards. Relive every catch of Jeremy Gallon's record day #orvillemoment – http://t.co/Vca9a9YicO — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 22, 2013 As Brady Hoke said at the end of the video, “That’s a

Photo: Nebraska fans will love this groom's cake

Nebraska football fans rival just about any fan base when it comes to passion and dedication. Plain and simple, Huskers love their football team, and they are never shy about showing it. Here’s a terrific example. There’s also this fantastic groom’s cake. How about that? To no surprise at all, Memorial Stadium looks great. And, of course, it’s sold out and filled with red. PHOTO: Did you see this @Huskers fan's groom's cake? pic.twitter.com/ayAiSYYapg — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) October 21, 2013 Interested a similar cake? The couple says it’s from The Cake Specialist in Bellevue, Neb. .@Huskers cakes coming out

How did we do? Week 8 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 9, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 8 Big Ten predictions. Our entire panel and Big Ten fans all went 4-1, missing Minnesota’s victory over Northwestern, meaning Stephen Bardo, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina remain in a first-place tie. Stephen Bardo (@stephenbardo) Season record: 53-11 Week 8 record: 4-1 Week 8 picks: Michigan State 31, Purdue 10; Northwestern 35, Minnesota 21; Michigan 41, Indiana 35; Ohio State 41, Iowa 14; Wisconsin 31, Illinois 17. Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 53-11 Week 8 record:

Video: OSU band honors Michael Jackson, moonwalks

You don’t get to be known as “The Best Damn Band in the Land” without putting together some unforgettable halftime performances. Well, the Ohio State band lived up to its nickname, and then some, Saturday afternoon. Quite simply, the band’s “Michael Jackson Tribute” was nothing short of fantastic. [ MORE: Purdue band forms motorcycle at Michigan State ] And, how about the moonwalking?! The band members did it while forming Michael Jackson’s body. It was a sight to see. Luckily, OSUBuckeyeTV’s YouTube page captured the performance. Go directly to the moonwalking. h/t: ftw.usatoday.com

Photo: Longtime IU coach & his Michigan blanket

BTN showed a great pregame moment between the Mallory family during the Indiana-Michigan game Saturday afternoon. Bill Mallory, the patriarch of the family and the former longtime Indiana coach (1984-1996), turned some heads with his blanket of choice at a wet Michigan Stadium. Yep, that’s a Michigan blanket! To be fair, he has a son on both coaching staffs (Doug, Indiana’s defensive coordinator; Curt, Michigan’s secondary coach) and the game was at the Big House. Can’t blame a proud papa for not wanting to pick a side, right? About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s

Check out what Purdue band formed at halftime

At halftime of the Purdue-Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, the Boilermakers’ marching band put on a performance that caught our attention. Motorcycle enthusiasts will find it interesting, too. Yes, the band formed a motorcycle, and it even included “exhaust” for when it moved across the field. It was really cool, and you can watch it below. [ MORE: Watch Ohio State band’s moonwalking “Michael Jackson Tribute” ] VIDEO: Check out what the @BoilerFootball band formed at halftime today. It's really cool. WATCH – http://t.co/8Uhb3fW2aw — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 19, 2013  

Photo: Check out this mammoth Ohio Stadium cake

Craving something sweet? Whether you’re an Ohio State football fan or not, there’s plenty of sugar in the school’s latest annual Ohio Stadium cake. Like, 350 pounds of goodness, that is. The cake, which serves 1,000 people and was made with 90 mixes and 22 dozen eggs, can be found on the south lawn of St. John Arena prior to Saturday afternoon’s game vs. Iowa. [ MORE: See more pictures of the cake at @dmsalthouse ] I can only imagine the work and time that went into this. I love how they even included a very small Iowa contingent, too.

Which contender has most to prove in second half?

So, here we are at the midway point of the 2013 Big Ten football season, and I can’t help but wonder which Big Ten title contender has the most to prove in the second half. Is it Ohio State, the undefeated team that hasn’t lost since the 2012 Gator Bowl? Is it Michigan, the 5-1 team that squeaked past Akron and UConn? Is it Nebraska, the 5-1 team that lost its lone true test? Or is it someone else? I say it’s Nebraska. The Huskers, my preseason Legends Division favorite, are 5-1. But, really, what do we know about them?

Is it too early to break down Legends race?

We knew it was going to be a wild Legends Division race, and it’s lived up to the hype. Every team has played two Big Ten games, with the results yielding a pair of 2-0, 1-1 and 0-2 teams. The preseason contenders with the favorable schedules, Michigan State and Nebraska, are off to perfect starts, while the preseason contenders with the unfavorable schedules, Michigan and Northwestern, check in at 1-1 and 0-2, respectively. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart answers Legends Division questions in his Mailbag ] So, is the four-team race now a two-teamer? Not yet. The Huskers and Spartans may

'Journey' extra: John Urschel and his Barney diaper

By now, Big Ten football fans know all about John Urschel’s affinity for math. After all, the Penn State senior guard earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics in three years, a master’s in math the next year and now is working on his second master’s (math education). But did you know he used to love Barney, too? Yes, THAT Barney. Funny story, Urschel loved Barney so much that his mother, Venita Parker, used the Purple Dinosaur as a way to potty train her son. Or, so she thought. “She bought me diapers with Barney’s face on them,” Urschel said in