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Excited for Saturday? Take this B1G Grid Quiz!

Jake Rudock

Nathan Scheelhaase Joins "#BTNLive"

It’s time for you to test your Big Ten knowledge by taking my weekly quiz. Clear your desk, get out a No. 2 pencil. If you’ve been paying attention, the quiz shouldn’t be too difficult. Your game-day experience will be much better because of it.

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Friday links: OSU No. 6 in Palm's BCS projections

Jordan Hall

Pat Fitzgerald Joins #BTNLive

Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! It’s great to be alive on the eve of game day Saturday. And, isn’t it good not to be one of those officials who worked last nights’ Texas-Iowa State game? Let’s dig right into links. The great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has his first BCS rankings out, and Ohio State fans won’t be happy. The Buckeyes are—gulp—No. 6.

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Best of Week 6: All eyes on Evanston

Treyvon Green

Pat Fitzgerald Answers Reporter's Phone

This is the first Saturday that features exclusively Big Ten games, with five on the slate. All eyes will be on Evanston, Ill., where a national TV audience will tune in for the Ohio State at Northwestern game.

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Thursday links: Gophers, Wolverines expect better

Brady Hoke

Gary Barnett Joins "#BTNLive"

Michigan has a big game against Minnesota on Saturday. The Wolverines have had two weeks to prep, two weeks to tweak things and show the world those wins over Akron and UConn weren’t indicative of the type of team this is. One area tweaked: Offensive line. If Michigan had played a game on Wednesday, Brady Hoke says Graham Glasgow would have started at center and Chris Bryant at left guard.

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Week 6 previews: Get ready for Saturday's Big Ten games

Kirk Ferentz

Mark Weisman Joins "#BTNLive"

The sixth week of the season is on our doorstep. And all eyes are on Evanston, where Ohio State will play at Northwestern in a game with national and Big Ten championship implications. But even beyond that Titanic clash, there are several interesting games. Here are previews of each contest in this first full-blown Saturday of conference action.

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Taylor Lewan: 'There is no apologizing for being 4-0'

Michigan is 4-0. You can argue the merits of that 4-0 mark all you want. Has it been pretty? Nope. The wins over Akron and UConn felt more like great escapes than mighty triumph over lesser foes. Regardless, style points don’t matter. A win is a win is a win. And the Wolverines are unbeaten coming off a bye week. Stud Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan says that’s all that matters. And I’m not gonna argue with the 6-8, 315-pound senior from Cave Creek, Ariz.

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A view from a coach who was there for NU's dark days

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

These are high times for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern, as they prep to play one of the biggest games in school history on Saturday night vs. Ohio State. In fact, NU has been a solid program for almost 20 years now, dating to Gary Barnett’s miraculous revival back in 1995. But, it wasn’t always like that.

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Web links: Mark's return, Rudock's future & tweets

It’s Hump Day! If you are into celebrating things like that, enjoy it. Me? I am celebrating the fact that we are one day closer to the Ohio State at Northwestern game. And that’s a good thing. More good news: It came out yesterday that the Wildcats will have the services of running back Venric Mark, who has missed most of this season with an injury.

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Dienhart: Is this the biggest game in NU history?

Treyvon Green

Pat Fitzgerald Answers Reporter's Phone

The excitement seemingly has been building since the spring for Saturday’s Ohio State at Northwestern game. Oh, who am I kidding? The buildup actually began the moment last season ended.

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Mailbag: Does Iowa remind you of 2008 team?

Floyd of Rosedale

Damond Powell 74-Yard Touchdown

The calendar says “October,” and I can’t believe it. The season is almost halfway over, with most of the best action yet to come in November. I can tell by your cards and letters that you are excited. Keep the correspondence coming! Let’s dig into this week’s Mailbag!

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Bowl projections: Where is your team this week?

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Ohio State

Corey Brown 40-Yard Touchdown

It’s never too early to make postseason plans, right? Yes, it is. Well, forget all of that and play along with me in my weekly bowl projections. It’s fun to play make-believe! Iowa was the biggest mover in my weekly bowl prognostications, as I now have the Hawkeyes in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where they would play Baylor. Minnesota fell to the Little Caesar’s Bowl—if it is able to reach bowl eligibility, which could be difficult.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 5

Floyd of Rosedale

LaCosse Nabs 2nd TD Against Miami (OH)

Quality over quantity was the theme Saturday in the Big Ten, which had just four games. The marquee matchup between Wisconsin and Ohio State lived up to its billing, as the Buckeyes reaffirmed that they are the best team in the conference. Iowa and Illinois also showed they mean business, as each program continues to surprise. Purdue? Well, it’s gonna be a long season in West Lafayette. See what I learned this Saturday.

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Power Rankings: Surging Iowa shoots up list

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Power Rankings - Sept. 30th, 2013

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With six schools off and just four games that featured no upsets, there was little movement in my weekly Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Iowa was the biggest winner, jumping three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. Conversely, Minnesota fell like a rock from No. 6 to No. 10. Here is my latest Power Poll.

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Tom's Take: Week 5 honors, grades, top 10 & more

Josh Ferguson

Damond Powell 74-Yard Touchdown

There were just four games this Saturday, but that doesn’t mean there was any lack of action. Ohio State showed that it means business, and Iowa’s methodical victory at Minnesota sent a message: The Hawkeyes are over the doldrums of a 4-8 2012 season. Here is my wrap up on Week 5 in the Big Ten.

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Who's excited for Saturday? Take this B1G Quiz!

B.J. Lowery

James White and Melvin Gordon Join #BTNLive

Are you ready, ladies and gentlemen? The time has arrived for you to take my weekly Big Ten quiz. There is no better way to prepare for Saturday, right? So, clear your desk, turn off your cell phone and focus. Your score will go on your permanent record.

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Four Downs: Predictions, truths & more

Braxton Miller

Gary Andersen Talks With #BTNLive

Do some one-stop-shopping right here for Week 5 of the Big Ten season in my Four Downs feature. There are predictions, thoughts, truths and more. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll come back for more. Critics are raving.

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Fan makes a wish, Badgers make it come true

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Darien Moran Feature Preview

Here comes Darien Moran with his red Wisconsin “W” hat flipped backward over his closely cropped hair. Typical 14-year-old, bounding with energy at the start of a new day. Anything seems possible to a teen, even something as big as overcoming a rare disease. And that’s good because that’s exactly what Darien is doing.

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Friday links: Battle looms for Badgers, Buckeyes

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer Joins #BTNLive

Breathe in. Breathe out. Smell that? It’s football. Beautiful, isn’t it? We are one day closer to the big Wisconsin at Ohio State game. This game will have big implications on many fronts: the Leaders Division, the Big Ten race and the national title chase. Having gone to the last three Rose Bowls, the Badgers have what the Buckeyes want: Big Ten supremacy. Let’s start Friday’s links with this: Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if the Badger defense has what it takes to slow the Buckeyes.

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Best of Week 5: UW-OSU has 'game of the year' feel

Braxton Miller

AJ Hawk Joins "#BTNLive"

There are just four games this Saturday—FOUR! Quite a come down from the 10- and 12-game weeks we had become accustomed to at the start of the season. The reason for the truncated schedule? Byes. Half of the teams are off. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Northwestern all will catch their breath following four non-conference games.

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Thursday links: On pay-for-play, QB games & more

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Kain Colter Speaks on APU Demonstration

Among the latest Big Ten headlines: This pay-for-play argument in college athletics won’t go away. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discusses the issue here, and Delany makes many good points. I just don’t know where all of this is going. Part of me wants to see players get compensated—but I think the only players who should are ones in revenue-generating sports: football and men’s basketball.

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Dienhart: Get my Week 5 Big Ten previews

Ryan Shazier

James White and Melvin Gordon Join #BTNLive

Conference play kicked off last week, with Wisconsin blasting Purdue. This Saturday, there are two more Big Ten games: Iowa at Minnesota and Wisconsin at Ohio State.

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Dienhart: Trying to sort out wide open Legends Division

Legends Division

Mitch Leidner #BTNLive Interview

The season is four weeks old, and I’m not sure who is going to win the Legends Division. True, the race looked muddled before the season began, with pundits typically tabbing Michigan or Nebraska to take the banner. But, cases also could have been made for Northwestern and Michigan State. Conversely, the Leaders Division looks like a two-team race between Ohio State and Wisconsin.

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