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Little Brown Jug

Up next for Minnesota: Michigan


With Jerry Kill gone from Minnesota, the Gophers take on Michigan for the Little Brown Jug. BTN’s Tom Dienhart takes his weekly look at the best of Saturday’s games complete with an upset alert, best coaching matchup, player on the spot, and more.

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Dienhart: Jerry Kill was one of game's best coaches, people

Sep 26, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill kneels down after the game against the Ohio Bobcats at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Watch Jerry Kill's full opening statement

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I shouldn’t have been surprised to see the e-mail. But, I still was caught off guard.

There it was, glowing on my computer screen: “University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill announced this morning that he is retiring from his position effective immediately due to health reasons.”

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Danny Anthrop Q&A: 'We just have to rely on each other'

Southern Illinois at Purdue

Watch this week's Purdue press conference

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To say Purdue’s season has been a disappointment to date would be an understatement. The team looked like it may be poised for a breakthrough of sorts in its third year under Darrell Hazell. It hasn’t happened, as the Boilermakers are 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten.

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

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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.

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

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Michigan

From the archive: Discussing Shane Morris' injury

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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.

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

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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.

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Big Ten links: On punters, Pitt vs. Penn State & Purdue's project plans

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Thursday morning brings stories on Brady Hoke’s take on Michigan’s last play last Saturday, a little bit of possible tension between Pit and Penn State, Maryland’s handshake plan for this weekend, and Urban Meyer’s thoughts on Rutgers WR Leonte Caroo. Plus, Purdue seeks approval on a new football complex. Read it all in this post.

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