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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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Big Ten links: Cam Johnston's importance, Penn State OL & more

Sep 19, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes punter Cameron Johnston (95) punts during the second half versus the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer thanks fans for Saturday night

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Still can’t get enough of the wild end to the Michigan State at Michigan game? Jon Solomon of looked into the history of Wolverine Aussie punter Blake O’Neill. And Solomon unearthed some interesting stuff, as O’Neill’s Australian rules past may have contributed to his last-play fail.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan State reclaims No. 2 position

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

This may end up being the play of the year

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It hasn’t been pretty every week for Michigan State or Ohio State, but the two programs keep winning. And now, after a couple weeks of Ohio State and Michigan atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, the Spartans are back at No. 2.

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Big Ten Week 7 football insights, observations & open questions

Sep 7, 2015; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) dives for a first down against Virginia Tech Hokies safety Desmond Frye (26) during the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our B1G midseason awards

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The Big Ten is coming into focus at the halfway mark. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State basically will play a three-way tourney to decide the East, while Iowa is in the driver’s seat in the West with Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota in pursuit. With the second half of the season on deck, here are some hard takes entering Week 7.

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Big Ten links: Michigan-Michigan State comes down to QB play

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Watch Mark Dantonio talk about Michigan

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Who wins Michigan vs. Michigan State, and why – at least in the eyes of these experts? And Urban Meyer is not surprised by Jim Harbaugh’s early success leading the Wolverines. Also, Penn State is eyeing an upset of the Buckeyes this Saturday, plus a handful of notes from Thursday’s Big ten Basketball Media Days.

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Big Ten links: Catch up on Wednesday's football headlines

Maryland at Wisconsin

Who is Wisconsin's primary receiver?

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In Wednesday’s batch of Big Ten headlines, we look at stories on Wisconsin’s struggling offense, Penn State’s plan for Ohio State, plus handful of other football and basketball stories. Oh look – Frank Kaminsky is dancing in China! Watch and read these stories in this post.

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