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Week 3 previews: This will be a fun Saturday!

Taylor Martinez

Big Ten Power Rankings - Sept. 9th, 2013

This is by far the best slate of games of the short 2013 season. The Saturday menu is highlighted by four games vs. Pac-12 schools—Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago; Wisconsin at Arizona State; UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal. Purdue also gets its annual crack at Notre Dame, adding more name-brand appeal to the weekend. And we have in-state rivals Iowa-Iowa State clashing.

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Q&A: Ciante Evans talks defense, UCLA & Bo Pelini

Ciante Evans

Ciante Evans Pick-6

All eyes will be on Nebraska this Saturday, as the Cornhuskers welcome UCLA to Lincoln for the biggest game of the weekend. Huskers fans need no reminder of last year’s meeting vs. the Bruins in Pasadena. UCLA won, 36-30, as the Bruins obliterated the Nebraska defense to the tune of 653 yards. It was a sign of things to come.

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Mailbag: Purdue's best player: Cody Webster?

Cody Webster

Nathan Scheelhaase Visits "#BTNLive"

We are two weeks into the season, but a lot already has happened. Ohio State and Michigan have had their moments, Northwestern looks legit and Illinois has been a surprise. It has given us all a lot to write and talk about.

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Dienhart: Ranking the non-con wins halfway through

Jeremy Gallon

Notre Dame at Michigan - Top Plays

We are halfway through the non-conference season. Can you believe it? And, so far, so good for the Big Ten, which has gone 21-3. The losses: Purdue at Cincinnati, 42-7; Iowa to Northern Illinois, 30-27; Indiana to Navy, 41-35. None of those are shameful. And there have been some impressive wins.

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Week 3 Bowl Projections: Badgers vs. Bielema?

Brian Wozniak

Gordon Breaks Out 37-Yard TD Run

Another week, another round of bowl projections. Just one Big Ten team lost on Saturday, with Indiana falling at home to Navy, 41-35. The other 11 schools won. But my bowl projections have changed—at least the lower-tier bowl projections.

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Web links: Gardner love, Spartans' offense & more

Devin Gardner

Jeremy Gallon 61-Yard Touchdown

What a Monday to wake up and be Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner! They guy is the BMOC in Ann Arbor after that sensational performance vs. Notre Dame on Saturday night. Heck, he’ll be a BMOC for a while with his skills and this offense. Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com says if Devin Gardner is on the money, the Wolverines’ offense knows no limits.

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Power Rankings: How high did 2-0 Illini ascend?

Illinois Celebration

Big Ten Power Rankings - Sept. 9th, 2013

We have two weeks in the books, and teams continue to jockey for position in my weekly power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Here is how I stack the Big Ten schools following two weeks of action. Keep an eraser handy.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 2

Deonte Gibson

Syracuse at Northwestern - Top Plays

Another week is in the books. There has been a lot to be impressed with over the first two weeks of the season, with strong starts by teams like Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, among others. Saturday provided some clarity, but much remains unknown. Here is what I learned in Week 2.

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Friday links: Gardner's test, MSU QBs & more

Devin Gardner

Pat Fitzgerald Talks With #BTNLive

Happy Friday! Let’s all meet at Cha Chi’s after work for some potato zingers! OK, let’s not. But let’s at least take this time to discuss some Big Ten headlines, OK? If Michigan is going to beat Notre Dame, QB Devin Gardner has to have a good game. That mean he has to avoid the picks, of which he had two last week … vs. a directional school.

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Best of Week 2: Gardner's chance to shine

Devin Gardner

Gardner to Gallon for TD

This isn’t a Saturday filled with scintillating matchups, but it’s saved by the marquee Notre Dame at Michigan game. One problem: There are three games vs. FCS foes: Indiana State at Purdue; Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin; Missouri State at Iowa. And Penn State plays host to Eastern Michigan, which is like a FCS school. Also, South Florida (which is at Michigan State) and San Diego State (at Ohio State) are horrible.

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Dienhart: My Week 2 Big Ten previews

Fitz Toussaint

Bill O'Brien Visits "#BTNLive"

Week Two brings us a blockbuster matchup: Notre Dame at Michigan, one of the sport’s iconic rivalries. This will be a great test for a Wolverines’ program that is on the rise and the pick of many to win the Legends Division. Since the series was renewed in 1978, it is tied 14-14-1. However, this will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the clubs will meet in Ann Arbor.

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Thursday links: Big Ten headlines & notes

Pat Fitzgerald

Ryan Kerrigan Talks with "#BTNLive"

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It’s good to be Pat Fitzgerald. He’s a hot, young coach whose program is on the rise as it’s ranked in 2013 coming off a 10-win season and the school’s first bowl victory since the 1948 season. If he was a stock, he’d have a “buy” rating. Now, he’s a whole lot richer, too.

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Links: Michigan-ND talk, Abdullah speech & more

Happy Wednesday! What’s that mean? Not Hump Day. Hope. It means we are one day closer to Saturday. And that’s a beautiful thing. And, looky here: It seems Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is in full spin mode about this ND-Michigan rivalry stuff. Now, Kelly is open to renewing the school’s rivalry with Michigan, but commitments to play five ACC teams a year is an obstacle.

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Mailbag: Would Osborne have success today?

Tom Osborne

Bill O'Brien Visits "#BTNLive"

The season has started, and 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 some of your queries as we head into Week Two of the season. Thanks for all of the interest! Keep the cards and letters coming!

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Dienhart: Iowa enters Week 2 bowl projections

C.J. Fiedorowicz

C.J. Fiedorowicz 11-Yard Touchdown

One week down—and my bowl projections already have changed following a 10-2 opening week. Don’t tell me that you’re surprised. The first week of the season was more kind to some than others. I’m looking at you, Nebraska and Purdue. And, yes, that’s Iowa you see moving into my bowl picture—even after a loss, which gave me some faith in this Hawkeyes team. Without further adieu, my Week 2 bowl projections.

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