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Pitino, Collins face Big Ten challenges

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Richard Pitino - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Northwestern’s Chris Collins are the new kids on the Big Ten block. And, each has a big hill to climb to keep pace with the likes of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among other programs.

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Izzo has high praise for Harris

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Tom Izzo - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Michigan State is the pick to win the Big Ten. Why not? The Spartans teem with talent for a program that went 27-9 last season while advancing to the Sweet 16. There’s Keith Appling, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine for a team ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in some polls. But the hub of all this talent is Gary Harris. How good is the sophomore, who spurned the NBA to return to East Lansing? Listen to Tom Izzo.

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How does Michigan fill those slots?

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John Beilein - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Michigan lost key players in Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., from a team that reached the national title game. But this edition of the Wolverines looks formidable even though it has a combined 33 points to replace with Burke and Hardaway gone. A key guy: Glenn Robinson III.

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Illini newcomers provide intrigue

Dec 4, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; The Big Ten logo displayed on the court before the game between the Western Carolina Catamounts and the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

John Groce - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Illinois is an interesting team with eight newcomers. Who will be a leader for a team coming off a 23-13 season that won a NCAA game? John Groce is looking to senior Joseph Bertrand, especially as a vocal leader. Among the new faces are three transfers from four-year schools: Rayvonte Rice (Drake); Jon Ekey (Illinois State); Ahmad Starks (Oregon State), though Starks was denied a waiver to play this season.

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Week 10 Previews: Get ready for a busy Saturday

October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive tackle James Kittredge (99) receives congratulations from teammates after tackling Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Shazier #BTNLive Interview

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

There is a full Saturday of action, as all 12 teams will play. The last time that happened? The third week of the season, September 14. And there are some interesting games, with Michigan’s trip to Michigan State the clear headline tilt. Here are looks at all six games as the season hits the homestretch.

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Dennard, on Michigan rivalry: 'It means everything'

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Darqueze Denard Interception

When you think of Michigan State, you think defense. And, there is no better player on the Spartan “D” than cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The 5-11, 197-pound senior from Dry Branch, Ga., is in his third season as a starter and has 136 tackles and 25 passes defended (eight interceptions, 17 pass break-ups) in 37 career games, including 33 starts (22 consecutive).

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Carollo assesses targeting penalty after nine weeks

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Bradley Roby Gets Ejected from Game

The early returns are in, and the new penalty for targeting is having an impact. According to Big Ten officials coordinator Bill Carollo, there have been 54 targeting calls in 534 FBS games in 2013. Fifteen were subsequently overturned upon replay review, putting the number of disqualifications through 534 games and nine weeks of action at 39.

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Reader mail: So what about Michigan-MSU?

Max Bullough

Big Ten Top Ten - Oct. 26th, 2013

As we head full steam into the second half of the season, my mail box is getting stuffed with comments and questions. You know what that means: I have to reach into my mail bag and answer the best of your queries. Thanks for all of the interest! Keep the cards and letters coming! And don’t forget to watch this week’s top ten plays in this post, too.

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Bowl Projections: Still seeing two B1G BCS teams

Philly Brown

Penn State at Ohio State - Top Plays

Not much movement in this week’s bowl projections. Ohio State is still No. 4 in the BCS standings and has a big hill to climb to get to the Nos. 1 or 2 spots. But Wisconsin still has time to perhaps be a BCS at-large bowl bid. The Badgers were just No. 24 in the BCS standings; they need to get into the Top 14. Michigan is No. 21; Michigan State is No. 22. The Spartans’ situation has improved, as have the bowl destinations for Iowa and Minnesota.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 9

Braxton Miller & Carlos Hyde

Penn State Ohio State - Football Highlights

What did I learn in Week Nine? Ohio State and Michigan State are really good—and may be headed for a showdown in Indianapolis. Minnesota is a feel-good story that keeps getting better. Iowa is alive and well. And Northwestern’s season is on the edge.

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Power Rankings: Surging Spartans move on up

Josiah Price

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 28, 2013

If you somehow had any doubts prior to Saturday about who was the best team in the Big Ten, Ohio State surely cleared those up with its dominating effort vs. Penn State. Iowa and Minnesota were big risers. But Saturday wasn’t so good for Nebraska and Penn State. Here are my post-Week Nine Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.

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Tom's Take: My Week 9 grades, stock report & more

Minnesota Fans

Dontre Wilson 26-Yard Touchdown

With just four games, it was an abbreviated week of action in the Big Ten. But there was no shortage of excitement. A big revelation: Michigan State looks like the class of the Legends Division. Oh, and Ohio State sent a heck of a message by trouncing a Penn State team that was coming off a win vs. Michigan. Here is a wrap on Week Nine.

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Dienhart: Minnesota 'thriving' sans its leader

KJ Maye

Nebraska at Minnesota - Football Highlights

This was a program-defining win for Minnesota under Jerry Kill’s watch. But really, it was much more than that. The Golden Gophers’ 34-23 upset victory over No. 24 Nebraska was a testament to the foundation that Kill has laid since arriving in the Twin Cities in 2011. It also embodied the toughness Kill possesses as a coach and in his fight to control his epilepsy.

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Ready for Saturday? Take this Week 9 Quiz

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Illinois

Wisconsin at Illinois - Top Plays

It’s that time of the week, time to take my Big Ten grid quiz to prep you for a big Saturday full of action. Clear your desks, take out your No. 2 pencils and get ready to have your brain bent. You’ll thank me later. I promise.

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Four Downs: Who's ready for Week 9?

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Pat Narduzzi Talks with #BTNLive

Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? OK, if you can’t, just fake it until you make it. Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea behind this article.

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Friday links: Football rolls on & hoops rolls in

Nebraska Fans

McKendree at Illinois - Basketball Top Plays

Thanks goodness it’s Friday. Or, in my household, it’s called “Football Eve.” Pretty nice, huh? Let’s start daily links with this way-cool look at Big Ten teams and TV. Can you tell much about a program by the TV time slots it draws? It’s something Dan Hoppen of HuskersOnline.com looked at. Hoppen went back and tracked the starting times and TV networks for Nebraska games since the program joined the Big Ten in 2011 through this past weekend.

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Best of Week 9: Can PSU pull off another upset?

Penn State Fans

Philly Brown Visits "#BTNLive"

Another light, yet exciting week ahead, with four teams off–Indiana, Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin. Still, this Saturday has a marquee, prime-time game to hang its hat on with Penn State playing at Ohio State.

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Thursday links: Read these quick B1G headlines

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Glenn Carson Visits "#BTNLive"

Here is a good place to start daily links on this chilly Thursday in late October. Interesting piece from the great Tom Shatel: If Nebraska has the Big Ten blahs, it has only itself to blame. It seems some Huskers fans aren’t enamored with their new home. But, Shatel has some interesting insights: The inability to move up the rankings, or flag down the Associated Press voters? That’s on Nebraska’s inability to show well in a big game — most notably UCLA — not the mediocrity that is Big Ten football.

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Week 9 Previews: Penn St-Ohio St under the lights

Braxton Miller

Jack Mewhort Talks with #BTNLive

This is a light menu for Week 9, as there are just four games. Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue and Indiana all are off this week. And there is just one marquee game, with Penn State playing at Ohio State looking to end the Buckeyes’ remarkable run of 19 victories in a row. Here’s a look at this week’s games.

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Ra'Shede Hageman: 'I still have soft hands'

Ra'Shede Hageman

Hageman Picks Siemian's Pass

Ra’Shede Hageman arrived at Minnesota in 2009 as a tight end, fighting for a place to fit in on Tim Brewster’s roster. Now, the 6-6, 311-pound senior has become arguably the best defensive tackle in the Big Ten under a new regime in the Twin Cities.

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Mailbag: Top tight ends, Connor Cook & more

Devin Gardner

Devin Funchess 37-Yard TD Grab

It’s that time of the week, time for me to reach into my mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming, as there is much to talk about. This week, Ohio State’s BCS title game hopes, Michigan’s defense, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and much more. So, let’s get started.

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