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Best of Week 6: Northwestern at Michigan headlines Big Ten action

This is the first week of full-scale Big Ten action, with seven conference games. And the headliner is Northwestern at Michigan. But there are other enticing clashes. [ MORE: Week 6 scoreboard | Week 6 previews | Polls: Pick Week 6 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Q&A: Shilique Calhoun | Big Ten Mailbag | Leonte Carroo reinstated | BTN to air No. 1, No. 4 & No. 13-No. 18 this week ] Wisconsin at Nebraska is a meeting of desperate teams. Nebraska is

By embracing changes, Iowa's Ferentz has Hawkeyes riding high

In 2015, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has embraced change in college football and it's paying off for the Hawkeyes this season. "The big thing is before we change anything," Ferentz said recently, "we want to make sure we’re making the right changes." BTN.com's Tom Dienhart takes a look at the veteran football coach and his 5-0 Hawkeyes, and watch a one-on-one interview with BTN's Rick Pizzo.

Easiest remaining schedule? Buckeyes' best H-Back? Read today's headlines

Who has the easiest schedules among the 15 major college unbeatens to stay perfect? Have you seen Nebraska I-back Devine Ozigbo? Is Braxton Miller really Ohio State’s best H-back? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart scoured the headlines from the Big Ten beat writers on Thursday morning and assembled this roundup for all Big Ten football fans. Dive in for those stories and more.

Writer poll: Who is Big Ten Coach of the Year to this point?

There have been some impressive coaching jobs thus far in the Big Ten. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald all have coached lights out through five weeks.

Big Ten links: Pat Forde predictions, Penn State offense & more

The great Pat Forde has his Forde-Yard Dash out. And, in it, he predicts when each of the remaining unbeaten will taste defeat. In case you forgot, the Big Ten has four unbeatens. The first loss for each: Northwestern: at Michigan Iowa: at Northwestern Michigan State: at Michigan Ohio State: at Michigan You notice what I noticed? You know, that the Wolverines are slated to dole out three “first losses”? *** Sporting News had some fun with a slide show that identified what it felt have been the worst loss for each Big Ten team over the last 25 years.

Week 6 Big Ten Previews: Ready for Northwestern at Michigan?

A full slate of Big Ten games is on tap with all 14 teams in action. And the “big one” is up in the Big House, where 4-1 Michigan will take on 5-0 Northwestern in a fascinating inter-divisional clash.

Big Ten links: Iowa in the national polls, key injuries & much more

It is difficult to believe Iowa is ranked in both polls for the first time since … 2010? This is the ninth different Iowa team to get ranked during the 17-season Kirk Ferentz era. Four of those teams — 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009 — ended the season in the Top 10. This is a good sign. *** Indiana has a big game at Penn State this Saturday. How will the Hoosiers perform coming off an emotional near-win vs. No. 1 Ohio State? It will tell us a lot about this IU squad. And it would help the Hoosiers’ cause

Bowl Projections: Jerry Palm's list still features 10 Big Ten teams

Time to check in on the playoff and bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. Bowl assignments have been altered, but 10 Big Ten teams are still penciled into the postseason. However, one of them isn’t 4-1 Illinois. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Best of Week 5 | Week 5 picks revisited | Week 5 uniforms | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 5 top performers | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Dienhart: Wildcats can dream big | John Harbaugh visits Michigan sideline