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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Q&A: Jake Rudock talks favorite QB, INT vs. NIU & more

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Jake Rudock 6-Yard Touchdown Run

Coming off a 4-8 season, Iowa faced many questions as 2013 dawned. One of the biggest: Who would play quarterback with James Vandenberg gone? Jake Rudock emerged from a three-man battle in training camp. And the Hawkeyes haven’t looked back in forging a 3-1 start.

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Mailbag: Will Kenny Guiton have an NFL career?

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Penn State Sanctions - BTN Football and Beyond

It’s time for me to reach into my mailbag to answer the questions that are pressing your mind as we chug into the teeth of Big Ten season. The cards and letters keep streaming in. Thanks. Keep ‘em coming. Now, let’s get to your latest Big Ten queries, ranging from Kenny Guiton’s NFL prospects to Sam Ficken’s improvement.

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Tuesday's links: Braxton's return, Kill's salary & more

Heeeeee’sssss baaaaccckkk! Ohio State superman Braxton Miller has been cleared to play Saturday vs. Wisconsin. If he practices well this week, he’ll start, says Urban Meyer. Miller’s timing is great, as Ohio State has a big game vs. Wisconsin on Saturday in Columbus. Miller has missed the last two-plus games with a MCL injury to his left knee. In fact, he’s played just one series in the last three games.

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Dienhart: My best of 2013 Big Ten noncon season

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Shilique Calhoun Interception Touchdown

We have reached the one-third mark of the 2013 season. Where has the time gone? Last time I looked up from my keyboard, the kids still were splashing in the neighborhood swimming pool and the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Wait, that last item happened back in June. Forget it. You get the point.

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Dienhart: Badgers move up in bowl projections

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James White 70-Yard Touchdown

No big shakeups in my weekly bowl projections. The biggest is Wisconsin leaping past Michigan into the Capital One bowl, clashing with LSU. Of course, these schools will meet in season-opening games in 2014 (at Houston’s Reliant Stadium) and 2016 (at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field). Minnesota also has moved up to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where I have it playing Baylor.

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Monday's links: Looking ahead to Badgers at Buckeyes

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Let the hype begin on this week’s Wisconsin at Ohio State game! It’s a massive showdown in the Leaders Division. In fact, let’s go ahead and call it what it is, OK? A de facto Leaders Division championship game. That’s correct: The winner of this game almost assuredly will win the division and advance to the Big Ten title game to play who knows who?

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Dienhart: 10 things I learned in Week 4

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Melvin Gordon 27-Yard Touchdown Run

It was a busy Saturday in the Big Ten, with 10 games taking place. Michigan continues to live dangerously, no team runs like Wisconsin, Nebraska still loves Bo and the Michigan State offense still has a ways to go. I learned a lot. Take a look.

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Tom’s Take: Week 4 honors, grades, top 10 & more

Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) hits Florida A&M Rattlers cornerback Devonate Terry Johnson (4) to get into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

Week Four in the Big Ten is over. And, it was a mixed bag in what was the last big full-blown Saturday of non-conference action. The headliner game was Michigan State at Notre Dame. The Spartans came up short, as the Fighting Irish won despite notching a scant 221 yards in a 17-13 victory.

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Who's up & down in our Big Ten Power Rankings?

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Big Ten Power Rankings - Sept. 23, 2013

It’s time to get powered up with my Sunday Big Ten rankings. This Saturday didn’t provide any dramatic victories or stunning losses, so my ranking didn’t shift dramatically. But, Wisconsin did make a move, as did Minnesota, Penn State and Iowa, while Michigan State sinks the most.

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Ohio State's big debate: Guiton or Miller?

Kenny Guiton continues to be America’s top super sub. Today, he was at his best yet. The senior captain hit 24-of-34 passes for 215 yards with a school single-game record six touchdown passes—all of which came in the first half—in a 76-0 romp over Florida A&M.

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Ready for Saturday? Take this B1G Grid Quiz!

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Melvin Gordon Goes 70 Yards for the TD

I had this ninth grade English teacher named Mr. Trent at West Lafayette High School. And every Friday, he’d give us a “Super Quiz.” Only he spelled Quiz “Kwiz.” Man, I hated that. And I hated his quizzes even more. They ruined the Friday of every 14-year-old. So, it is in the late Mr. Trent’s honor that I present you with this week’s B1G grid quiz. Good luck. You’ll need it—or maybe not.

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Friday links: New QB faces & a penny defense?

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Mark Dantonio Visits "BTNLive"

Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! Game day almost is here. Don’t you love those words? Sure you do! Let’s start here with daily links. The last two seasons, Michigan has had issues with turnovers in its first road game. How bad has it been? Michigan has 16 turnovers in five recent road losses. Will those issues persist with this year’s maiden voyage away Ann Arbor, at UConn this Saturday?

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Thursday links: Is MSU's defense 'average?'

NCAA Football: Youngstown State at Michigan State

Treyvon Green Visits "#BTNLive"

Game day is drawing near. Thank goodness, as the Big Ten needs to get back onto the field after last Saturday’s disappointing 7-5 mark. Michigan State has the headliner game, as it travels to Notre Dame with the nation’s No. 1 defense that coordinator Pat Narduzzi calls “average.” If the Spartans defense is average, I’d like to see good. But, Narduzzi may have a point. After all, the combined record of Michigan State’s first three opponents against FBS competition is 0-7.

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Week 4 previews: Spartans-Irish highlights slate

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Gary Anderson Opening Remarks - Wisconsin Press Conference

There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin.

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Seth Littrell: 'I’d give the offense about a C-plus'

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Bowling Green at Indiana - Top Plays

Is there a better offense in the Big Ten than Indiana’s? The stats say there isn’t. The Hoosiers are No. 1 in the league in total offense (571.3 ypg) and No. 1 in scoring (50.0 ppg). The attack came out of the game ablaze, registering 632 yards in a 73-35 win over Indiana State.

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