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Best of Week 10: It's your turn again, Robert

Purdue's Robert Marve

Marve Hits Edison for a TD

There is a dearth of marquee matchups, but it is Little Brown Jug week. That may not mean much to you, but it does to Minnesota and Michigan. It’s an iconic college football trophy that the schools first played for in 1903. But it has been a lopsided rivalry, with the Golden Gophers winning just twice (1986 and 2005) in the last 30 seasons.

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Bowl projections: Boilers out, Huskers looking rosy

Ameer Abdullah

P.J. Smith Interception

The bowl picture got a bit jumbled after a topsy-turvy weekend. The big winner was Nebraska, which moved into the Rose Bowl slot with its triumph over Michigan. The Legends Division is the Cornhuskers if they win out, which could set up a likely clash with Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Huskers beat the Badgers, 30-27, earlier this season.

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Monday's Links: Could Indiana make title game?

Kevin Wilson

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 29 Afternoon Update

It’s Monday in late October, and I find myself typing about Indiana’s possibilities to win the Leaders Division and go to the Big Ten title game. Really. It’s all true and very possible for Kevin Wilson in his second season in Bloomington. Is this a great country or what?! Read all about that and other pertinent items in my daily links.

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Week 10 Power Rankings: How 'bout them Huskers?!

Ameer Abdullah

Week 9 Sights and Sounds

With another Saturday in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten. It was a tough week for the Leaders Division, with four of its six teams losing. And a new leader emerged in the Legends, as Nebraska continues to move up. Where do all the teams land in my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post.

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How did we do? Week 9 picks revisited

William Gholston

Bennie Fowler's 12-Yard Winning Touchdown & Celebration

Before we turn our attention to Week 10, we need to review how fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 9 predictions. It was a rough week for all involved, as fans led the way with a 3-3 record. As a result, fans tied Dienhart for the top spot in the season standings, at 54-20. I sit three games behind the pace.

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Tom's Top 10: Philip Nelson could be season-saver

Phillip Nelson

A.J. Barker's 2nd TD Against Purdue

Lots of interesting things took place on Saturday, as the Legends Division race got a lot more interesting with Michigan’s loss at Nebraska. It got me thinking that Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez may not be getting all of the credit that he deserves. I discuss that and more in my top 10.

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 9

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller 1 Yard Touchdown

The Big Ten race continues to take shape, as nine weeks are in the books. A big story this week: Injuries at quarterback. Last week, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller left the game with a neck injury but returned to play well this Saturday. But now, Wisconsin lost Joel Stave for the season with a collarbone injury and Michigan saw Denard Robinson go down with a right elbow issue that he is supposed to rebound from next Saturday. Scary stuff. Here is what I learned this week.

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Snap Reactions: Spartans, Gophers help bowl hopes

Phillip Nelson

Michael Carter Pick-6

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his Snap Reactions. See Dienhart’s immediate thoughts from Michigan State’s impressive rally and overtime victory at Wisconsin and Minnesota’s emphatic win over Purdue in this post.

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Resilient Penn State focuses on next big test

Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Gerald Hodges

The Journey 2012: Penn State's Michael Mauti


The story of the 2012 Penn State team just keeps getting more interesting … and improbable. Back in August, no one was authoring this script. No one saw the Nittany Lions becoming a Big Ten star with a 5-2 overall record and 3-0 Big Ten mark with Ohio State rolling into State College, Pa., on the last Saturday of October.

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Week 9 Previews: Legends battle comes to Lincoln

Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) runs the ball as Michigan Wolverines defensive end Frank Clark (left) linebacker Mike Jones (27) and defensive end Jibreel Black (55) chase after him in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Beck "#BTNLive" Interview

In my preview of this Saturday’s six games, I believe most teams will play with a real sense of urgency. Nebraska and Michigan are two good examples, but Ohio State and Penn State each have something to prove, too. Michigan State and Wisconsin have a history, Iowa leads Northwestern in the standings, and Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois each seek their first conference win.

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Dienhart: 26 Big Ten hoops questions for 2012-13

Iowa Hawkeyes men's head coach Fran McCaffery

2012 Big Ten Basketball Media Day - Pat Chambers


The anticipation for the Big Ten basketball season is tangible for a league that looks like it may be the best in America. Five schools appear in most every significant preseason poll. Indiana leads the way, ranking No. 1 in the USA Today poll, Sporting News poll and Athlon poll, among others. Ohio State and Michigan show up in several top fives, while Michigan State and Wisconsin also are ranked in most polls.

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Big Ten Links: Here comes the noise

Beaver Stadium

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 24th Morning Edition

What’s the loudest stadium in the Big Ten? Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says it’s Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, and I have to agree. Each time I have been there it was deafening. And when the Buckeyes play there this Saturday, they will be greeted with a wall of sound. And Ohio State better buckle up from the opening salvo, as Penn State has been a great first quarter team. Read more of Wednesday’s Big Ten Links in this post.

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12 Big Questions: My Week 9 Big Ten queries

James Vandenberg

Week 8 Sights and Sounds

Saturday is fast approaching. Here are my most pressing questions for each school. The answers may come Saturday, but if you want to tackle them now, let me know in the comments box or via my Big Ten mailbag. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here. And don’t be afraid to drop ask me a question on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).

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Dienhart: My Week 9 Big Ten bowl projections

Dennis Norfleet

Week 8 Sights and Sounds

Michigan further solidified its status as the Rose Bowl front-runner in the Big Ten with a third win in a row. This time, the Wolverines dumped Michigan State, 12-10, ending the Spartans’ four-game winning skein in the series.

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Big Ten Links: Rounding up Monday's headlines

Michigan Celebration

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 22nd Afternoon Update

Took a quick spin around the headlines this morning and here’s what I found. How can Michigan’s offense keep it going? What’s fueling Penn State’s attack? How worried are the Hawkeyes? And here comes that rematch. Let’s dive in.

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Week 9 Power Rankings: Badgers stay white hot

James White & Montee Ball

Week 8 Sights and Sounds

This is the Wisconsin we all expected at the beginning of the season. The last three games, the Badgers have outscored foes 107-41 and outgained them 1,485 yards to 781. Those offensive line troubles are ancient history and the defense has played well all season long. Where do the surging Badgers land on my latest Power Rankings? See my Week 9 Power Rankings in this post.

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