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Big Ten Mailbag: Danny O'Brien's struggles

Danny O'Brien

Cornhuskers stuff Montee Ball on 4th down

You have questions, and I have answers in this week’s mailbag. A good variety of queries populated my in-box this week, with fans wondering about Wisconsin quarterback Danny O’Brien and the stagnant Michigan offense, among other topics. Let’s get started!

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Today's Links: Breaking down Big Ten headlines

Phillip Nelson

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 31 Morning Edition

When it comes to biggest surprises of the 2012 season, the emergence of Philip Nelson as quarterback at Minnesota ranks right up there. Only one quarterback in the history of Golden Gopher football that has won the job as a true freshman and kept it for four seasons. That was Rickey Foggie. See what Foggie has to say about Nelson and check out other Big Ten news in my daily links.

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In the spotlight: B1G players who need to produce

Melsahn Basabe & Ben Brust

Terone Johnson 3-pointers

The exhibition season already has tipped off for Big Ten men’s hoops teams. Before the games start to count, though,’s Brent Yarina wanted to offer his Big Ten players in the spotlight. Whether the players have big shoes to fill, they’re considered the missing piece or they’re coming off down years, Yarina offers one guy for every Big Ten team. See the list in this post.

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Q&A: Exploring Big Ten research on concussions

Yard markers during the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Discussion on Player Safety in the NFL

The subject of concussions and head injuries has become a white-hot topic at every level of football, and the Big Ten is doing its part to better understand the issues and make things more safe. On this Saturday’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show,” at 11 a.m. ET, our TV crew explores this topic by observing the 15th anniversary of the Daydrion Taylor-Bob Stephenson collision in a 1997 game between Penn State and Michigan.

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Dienhart: Week 10 Big Ten questions

Stephen Houston

Week 9 Sights and Sounds

The Big Ten slate isn’t loaded with many great games this Saturday, but questions still loom for each team. Chief among them are if Indiana can keep its momentum rolling? Is Denard still Denard? Will the Nebraska defense continue its solid run? Check out those and the other nine pressing questions for Big Ten teams this week.

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Daily Links: QB decision looms for Badgers

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema during the game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Northern Iowa 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 30 Morning Edition

Wisconsin is off this week. And that’s undoubtedly a good thing when you consider it needs to replace quarterback Joel Stave, who is out for eight weeks with a broken left collar bone suffered in the loss to Michigan State on Saturday. Read about what the Badgers are thinking and other hot topics in my daily links.

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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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