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Dienhart: Here's my Big Ten midseason report

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Melvin Gordon 71-Yard TD Run

The days are growing shorter, as Halloween draws nearer. It all means one thing: We are at the midseason point of the season. Here’s a look back at what we’ve experienced so far in the 2013 season—and a look ahead at what’s about to come in the season-defining home stretch.

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Bowl Projections: Ohio State down to Rose Bowl

Venric Mark

Michigan at Penn State - Top Plays

I’m finally gonna acquiesce to the notion that Ohio State faces a challenge to get to the BCS title game. Yes, the Buckeyes have a great shot to go unbeaten. But that may not be enough for OSU to finish No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings, as teams like Alabama, Oregon and Clemson are primed to likely finish ahead of Ohio State if they remain unbeaten. So, I’m moving the Buckeyes from the BCS title game to the Rose Bowl.

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Monday links: Where do Wildcats go from here?

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

So much happened on Saturday. Where do we start with daily links? How about here, with a look at a Northwestern season that began with such promise but now is filled with questions after two losses in a row. That’s what happens when you play back-to-back games vs. arguably the Big Ten’s best teams–and not Illinois and Purdue, like Nebraska. Still, the Wildcat defeat at Wisconsin was particularly disturbing.

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Power Rankings: Wisconsin makes big leap

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Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 14, 2013

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Another week, more changes to my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State were the big winners, as the Badgers went from No. 4 to No. 2, the Cornhuskers from No. 5 to No. 3 and the Spartans from No. 6 to No. 4. Penn State is also up. Week Seven wasn’t so kind to Northwestern, which dropped from No. 2 to No. 6.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 7

Mark Dantonio

R.J. Shelton 34-Yard Rushing TD

There were only four Big Ten games on Saturday, but there still was a lot to learn. Wisconsin is good—very good. Purdue? Not so good. Nebraska is sitting pretty. Penn State has life. Northwestern may be on the edge. Oh, and Michigan is a team of mystery. Here’s what I learned.

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Tom's Take: Week 7 honors, grades, top 10 & more

NCAA Football: Indiana at Michigan State

Michigan at Penn State - Top Plays

There were just four Big Ten games on the docket, but there was plenty of action and drama, headlined by the early front-runner for Game of the Year: Penn State’s four-overtime thriller over Michigan. Michigan State sent a statement with a strong home win vs. Indiana, while Wisconsin showed it will be a force to be reckoned with by dominating Northwestern. Here is a wrap on Week Seven.

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Penn State vs. U-M game was one for the ages

Bill Belton

O'Brien, Hackenberg and Robinson Post-Michigan Win

Michigan was living on the edge, always a dangerous place to be. It was bound to tip over at some point and catch up to the Wolverines. And, it finally did on one insane night in State College, Pa.

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Get ready for Saturday with this B1G Grid Quiz

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Connor Cook Visits #BTNLive

Game day is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for my weekly B1G grid quiz. Get out a pad of paper and your trusty No. 2 pencil. This your final chance to show that you have what it takes to maximize your enjoyment of Big Ten football this weekend. I hope you have studied and prepared well.

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Four Downs: Who rebounds? Who stays hot?

Connor Cook

Kenny Bell Talks with #BTNLive

Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So do I. Here are four more predictions, truths, thoughts and more about the coming Saturday to get you fired up. Can Northwestern rebound at Wisconsin? Will Michigan State’s offense play well again?

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Friday links: Rodriguez slams NCAA violations

Rich Rodriguez

Bill O'Brien Joins #BTNLive

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

I know, I know … Michigan fans would just as soon put the Rich Rodriguez era in their rear-view mirror. In a word, it was “disastrous.” But Wolverine fans and others may find this interesting on an otherwise slow “Football Friday” as Michigan prepares to play Bill O’Brien and Penn State on Saturday.  It seems Rodriguez thinks the NCAA violations incurred under his watch in A-squared were, shall we say, a little smelly.

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Best of Week 7: A light, exciting Saturday ahead

Camp Randall Stadium

Venric Mark Checks in With #BTNLive

Yes, there are only four games this week, but there still are some interesting storylines. Northwestern’s trip to Wisconsin is a good cross-division clash between schools that haven’t met since 2010. Each has lost to Ohio State this year. Can the Badgers afford a third loss already? Can the Wildcats get up for a second big game in a row?

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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill takes leave for epilepsy

Bo Pelini & Jerry Kill

Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill Takes Leave for Epilepsy

Minnesota announced today that Jerry Kill will focus on dealing with and treating his epilepsy and not return to the sidelines for the time being. It’s not known when Kill will return to coaching, but he will be back at some point. While away from coaching, Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as acting head coach.

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Thursday links: What's up with the Big Ten QB play?

Michael Bennett

Matt Lepay Joins #BTNLive

Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald has watched a lot of Big Ten football so far this season. He also has watched a lot of football during his illustrious career as a writer. And he has come to this conclusion: The quarterback play in the Big Ten in 2013 has been disappointing so far. I’m certainly not going to argue with him. In fact, the quarterback play in the Big Ten hasn’t been that good for years.

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Week 7 Previews: It'll be a great one in Madison

Brian Wozniak

Venric Mark Checks in With #BTNLive

We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees.

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Connor Cook: 'Of course we can' win Legends

Connor Cook

Connor Cook Visits #BTNLive

Connor Cook looks like the answer to the riddle that has been the Michigan State offense. The Spartan attack went in fits and starts to begin the 2013 season with senior Andrew Maxwell as the starting quarterback. The sluggish start saw the MSU coaches mix and match signal-callers until finally anointing Cook the starter in the third game of the season vs. Youngstown State.

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Web links: Penn State issues, Ohio State MVP & tweets

Happy Hump Day, America! There is a lot going on in the Big Ten as he turn the corner and head toward Saturday. Where to begin? How about right here with this pressing issue for Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison: To blitz, or not to blitz Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. That’s the conundrum facing Mattison.

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Mailbag: Has Devin Gardner's slump ended?

Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess 24-Yard Touchdown

You have questions. And, as usual, I have answers. Yes, it’s that time of the week, time for me to reach into my mailbag. Lots of good questions, with many fans already curious about bowl destinations. Keep those cards and letters coming. I appreciate it.

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Bowl Projections: Indiana in, Minnesota out this week

Indiana Celebration

Hughes with the Over-The-Shoulder TD Catch

Ohio State showed moxie and toughness in fighting back from a fourth-quarter deficit to win at Northwestern. That big victory comes a week after an impressive triumph vs. Wisconsin. Add it up, and the Buckeyes are 6-0 and still sitting in good position to advance to the BCS title game.

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Power Rankings: OSU bolsters case for top spot

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 7, 2013

Six weeks are in the books, and Ohio State still sits atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But pecking order behind the Buckeyes remains in flux as schools continue to jockey to ride shotgun with Ohio State. The big winners this week: Michigan State and Indiana, who happen to also play this Saturday. Here are my power rankings.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 6

Mark Dantonio & Taiwan Jones

Cook Rolls, Hits Fowler for 37-Yard TD

My grandfather always told me to learn at least one thing every day. Well, he would be proud of me, because I didn’t learn just one thing on Saturday—I learned 10 during the first full Saturday of Big Ten action. Have a look at the knowledge I acquired.

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Tom's Take: My Week 6 honors, grades, top 10 & more

Ameer Abdullah

Bell Goes Up Top for the One-Handed Grab, Touchdown!

The first Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action was filled with highs and lows, culminating with a pulsating 40-30 Ohio State victory over Northwestern that kept alive the Buckeyes’ national title dreams. Michigan State made a statement with a big win at Iowa, Indiana notched a signature win for Kevin Wilson, Nebraska had perhaps its best effort of the season, and Michigan posted a strong win after a couple shaky efforts. Here’s is a look at Week 6.

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Dienhart: Nothing was going to stop OSU on this night

Carlos Hyde

Ohio State at Northwestern - Football Highlights

EVANSTON, Ill. — There were lead changes, momentum shifts and rain … lots of rain. And, in the end, there was one big win for Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ 40-30 victory over Northwestern not only solidifies their status as king of the Big Ten, it also keeps them unbeaten and still squarely in the national title hunt.

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