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Best of Week 9: It's Michigan vs. Michigan State week!

Oct 17, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans celebrate a touchdown in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio talks wild win at Michigan

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Welcome to Week 9, which has a couple of hefty matchups with Michigan at Michigan State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. And, Northwestern’s trip to Ohio State could be compelling, too. This could be a season-defining Saturday, which features six games.

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Ranking 2016 Big Ten East non-conference schedules

Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on from the sideline during the third quarter against Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Georgia defeated Penn State 24-17 to win the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

How awesome was this Saquon Barkley play?

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With the Big Ten playing nine league games for the first time since 1984, there are fewer non-conference tilts with each school playing just three. So, the number of marquee out-of-conference games has been trimmed. Still, there are some intriguing matchups.

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Big Ten links: Harbaugh, rankings & more in Friday's news digest

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One writer says Jim Harbaugh calling Nick Saban a hypocrite is something the Big Ten should embrace. Speaking of Harbaugh, he met with baseball legend Hank Aaron recently. In other news, one publication says the nation’s top linebacker is … well, come read it for yourself. Another publication says Nebraska’s has the best set of wide receivers in the Big Ten, and the use data to explain why. Friday’s news digest is now available.

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Big Ten links: Football satellite camp chatter flares up again

This week’s Jim Harbaugh-Nick Saban flareup leads our writer to ask one of his favorite questions: What about a college football commissioner? Also in today’s news digest: An assessment of the Iowa QB situation, an update from Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio on his junior class, and Nebraska’s Mike Riley make a fascinating move to educate his players on sexual assault.

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Best of Week 4: 2016 weekend signals opening of league games

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In week 4 of the 2016 football season, the Big Ten takes the lid off conference action. This season each team plays nine Big Ten games during the season for the first time since 1984. On this weekend, four leagues games are on the docket as the race to the 2016 title begins. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart delivers his fourth in a series of weekly looks at the upcoming 2016 football season.

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Big Ten links: Your post-holiday weekend news digest

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Minnesota new athletic director has plenty on his plate while Iowa’s athletic director discussed his overall vision at Iowa. NFL rookie Ezekiel Elliott bought his mom a nice gift. One Big Ten football locker room got flooded. Let’s get caught up on the headlines after a long Memorial Day weekend.

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Big Ten links: Rounding up Thursday's news headlines

The NBA Draft deadline came and went, so we know who’s staying and who’s gone. Also, Big Ten athletic directors talk early signing period. And what hat did one rock star wear at Penn State that drew some attention from his home state of New Jersey? Thursday’s news digest is good to go.

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Dienhart: With Nigel Hayes back, Wisconsin is Big Ten favorite

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Nigel Hayes entertains in postgame presser

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Big news at Wisconsin, as forward Nigel Hayes is returning to Madison for his senior season. What’s it mean? The Badgers are the favorite to win the Big Ten in 2016-17. Michigan State and Indiana will have something to say about that. But Hayes return to Madison stamps the Badgers as the team to beat in my book.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Wisconsin Badgers

Oct 31, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Camp Randall Stadium.    Wisconsin won 48-10.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Chryst talks Wisconsin's signing class

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The debut for Paul Chryst was a success, as Wisconsin posted a 10-win season capped by a nice bowl win vs. USC. But the Badgers failed to win the West despite playing a favorable Big Ten schedule. Now, the schedule flips on Wisconsin, which has one of the most challenging slates in the nation.

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