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Big Ten links: Penn State receivers, Nebraska struggles & more

The great Mike Griffith thinks Michigan State’s win vs. Indiana sent a statement about the Spartans’ title hopes. “We’re 8-0,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “We’ve got an opportunity to be off and not practice for a week, regain ourselves in terms of our health, and move forward.” It hasn’t always been pretty. How ugly has it been? Four of the Spartans’ victories this season come down to the final possession. “The bottom line is we know how to win, (and) we’ve learned how to win close games,” said Dantonio, whose program has won seven straight times in games decided by

What did Tom Dienhart learn in Week 8? Find out here!

Compared to last Saturday’s wackiness, this one was tame. But, we did learn a few things. Ohio State has regained its strut, Northwestern has a pulse and Wisconsin has a good backup QB.

Dienhart: Nebraska's often-painful 2015 season continues

Nebraska’s strange, curious and often-painful ride continues. It’s difficult to watch. But, it’s hard not to stop, stare and wonder if the Cornhuskers ever will turn the corner in 2015.

Friday's Hard Takes: Could a 13-0 Iowa be left out of the playoff?

What lies ahead for an undefeated Iowa squad? Let's hope the Ohio State QB drama has run its course. There is a one very likely spoiler out there - we're looking at your Nebraska. And let's pick he best QB in the conference right now. BTN's Tom Dienhart lays out ten Big Ten football thoughts in this post.

Dienhart: An in-season look at Big Ten's new medical spotter system

With the Big Ten Conference's Independent Medical Spotter system in it's first year, BTN Senior Writer Tom Dienhart checks in to see what the conference has learned about spotting injuries in football games. What is the exact process? Who are the spotters and what have they seen through 42 non-conference games and 20 conference home games so far? Read Dienhart's update here.

Big Ten links: Penn State's Carl Nassib is one of Big Ten's best

A look at the rise of Penn State's Carl Nassib. Another look at how Michigan punter Blake O'Neill handled adversity. What are Ohio State's Cardale Jones' options? Is Iowa's 7-0 start "lucky" or a product of design? Find these Big Ten football stories and more in Friday's Big Ten roundup.

Big Ten writer poll: Pick a coach to coach one big game

Here’s a loaded question for you to ponder: If you had one game to win, which Big Ten coach would you choose to lead your team? I asked some esteemed and sage media members for their answer. Check it out. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times, Bleacher Report, Rolling Stone: Easy. Urban Meyer. Mark Dantonio next, followed by Jim Harbaugh. But Meyer has the big-game chops those guys still don’t quite have. You’d better believe other coaches are cowed by him, too, whether or not they care to admit it to themselves. Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal: Mark Dantonio. The Spartans always