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Northwestern dreaming big after commanding win over Minnesota

Oct 3, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) celebrates after running in for a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

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Where were you the night of Oct. 6, 2013? Northwestern knows exactly where it was back then. Why shouldn’t it? The program hasn’t been the same since that infamous night—the night the music died for the Northwestern program as it slipped from relevancy.

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Big Ten Football: Tom Dienhart's hot takes heading into Week 5

Sep 12, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers safety Nate Gerry (25) celebrates his pass interception with tackle Chase Urbach (92) during the game against the South Alabama Jaguars in the fist half at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska's Mike Riley talks after practice

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Big Ten action is finally here on a full-scale. And there are three interesting clashes involving West Division squads that will help set up an early pecking order in what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats are looking to remain perfect, while the Fighting Illini are looking for a signature victory and the Huskers for some credibility.

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Big Ten links: 5 teams in the Big Ten West title chase

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The race to win the Big Ten West shapes up as a wild and wooly one, with five teams seemingly in the hunt (sorry, Illinois and Purdue). And the opening Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action will give us an early taste of what’s to come with three key West Division tilts: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a nice breakdown of the contenders.

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Best of Week 5: All eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts


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Conference play begins in earnest, with six Big Ten games. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts that will go a long way in shaping what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern.

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Big Ten links: Take a spin around Thursday's notable football stories

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In Thursday’s spin around the headlines for Big Ten football, we look at a story that points out how Michigan’s loss to Utah is looking better and better. Plus, who’s running the offense at Ohio State? How serious is Wisconsin running back Corey Clement’s injury? Look – great old pictures from the 1973 Penn State-Army game! Read these stories and more in our daily digest of Big Ten news.

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Week 5 Big Ten Previews: Get excited, Big Ten play is here!

Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) call a play in the huddle during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Here's what Big Ten play means to star players

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The first full week of Big Ten action awaits in Week 5. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West clashes.

Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota’s journey to Northwestern will help set a framework for what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West clash. And Nebraska goes to Illinois in a battle between two West teams looking to get a foothold in the division.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Tom Dienhart answers your Big Ten questions

Sep 26, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; The Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate a touchdown during the second quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa fans will really like this highlight

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You send me emails. I answer emails—if they are good ones. Pretty simple. So, let’s enjoy another round of Big Ten Mailbag, the best part of every week. As a bonus: There even is a Vinnie Barbarino reference in this week’s bag ‘o’ mail. How lucky are you?

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Get Tom Dienhart's best of Big Ten non-conference action

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Anthony Zettel joins family in stands

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The Big Ten has 54 non-conference games in the book with just two to go (Rutgers and Penn State both still will play Army). And, it did pretty well vs Power Five leagues, going 10-9.

But before Big Ten action commences Saturday, let’s take a look back to digest what we witnessed in non-conference action.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Surging Michigan enters top 5

Sep 26, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines marching band flag bearers prior to the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 31-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Best touchdown run of the year, Big Ten fans?

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It basically was business as usual in the last week of full-blown non-conference games. And the power rankings reflect that—as well as a growing affinity for all things Michigan.

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