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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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Monday links: It's Michigan-Michigan State week!

It’s Michigan State-Michigan week. And that’s a good thing. This heated rivalry is among the best in the nation. Each team looks like it may be headed in opposite directions. No doubt, a victory by the Spartans would greatly enhance their status as Legends Division front-runners. And, Mark Dantonio knows all about beating the Wolverines.

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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?

Taylor Martinez

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

Quincy Enunwa

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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Bowl Projections: Two Big Ten teams in BCS bowls?

Jared Abbrederis

Wisconsin at Illinois - Football Highlights

Ohio State is still on the outside looking in when it comes to playing in the BCS title game (BCS Standings), but plenty of time remains. Don’t fret, Brutus. The Big Ten has a decent shot to get two teams into BCS bowls, with Wisconsin a good bet to finish 10-2 and claim a sweet postseason slot. In fact, I have the Badgers slotted to be an at-large BCS bowl team in this week’s rankings.

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Ohio State No. 4 in initial BCS standings

Urban Meyer

Iowa at Ohio State - Top Plays

The first BCS standings were released on Sunday night. Alabama is No. 1, which was no shock. It was a shock that Florida State is No. 2 over Oregon, which is No. 3. Ohio State came in at No. 4, which was not a surprise. Missouri is No. 5. The only other Big Ten teams in the standings: Michigan No. 22; Nebraska No. 24.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 8

Braxton Miller

Iowa at Ohio State - Football Highlights

So much went on this Saturday, I don’t know where to start. How about with 110 points and 1,323 yards, which is what Indiana-Michigan combined for in a game that left many breathless. While the Wolverines may have answered some questions about their listless offense, questions about their defense may have been created in the process. Oh, well. What else did I learn? Check it out.

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Power Rankings: Wildcats continue descent

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Northwestern

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 21, 2013

With Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan winning—and Nebraska being off—there were no changes to the top of my Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But there was plenty of shifting in the bottom half, highlighted (lowlighted?) by Northwestern’s continued descent. It wasn’t long ago that I had the Wildcats No. 2 in the Big Ten. Now? Well, have a look for yourself.

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Tom's Take: My Week 8 grades, stocks & more

Jeremy Gallon

Indiana at Michigan - Football Highlights

For the most part, it was business as usual in the Big Ten on this Saturday. Ohio State reasserted its dominance with a 19th victory in a row. Wisconsin dominated Illinois and Michigan State was methodical vs. Purdue, while Michigan beat Indiana in one of the wildest games of the season. Northwestern? I don’t know what to make of the Wildcats. Here is a wrap of Week 8.

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Dienhart: 5-2 Wisconsin still has a lot to play for

Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin at Illinois - Football Highlights

Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – There is gonna come a time in, say, February or March when Wisconsin fans are gonna wonder: What if? What if the Badgers hadn’t been rooked by the refs at Arizona State? What if the Badgers had found a way to win at Ohio State?

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Four Downs: Predictions, facts & more

Devin Gardner

Tim Beckman Calls Into #BTNLive

It’s that time of the week, time for four predictions, four thoughts, four truths, four jockstrap games and four factoids.

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Football report cards: How will season play out?

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Top Ten - Oct. 12th, 2013

Before the second half of the season starts, let’s take a snapshot of the Big Ten at the halfway mark. Following is my team-by-team report card with award winners for each squad as well as projected won-loss totals, among other juicy tidbits.

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