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Week 1 Polls: Before the 2016 season kicks off Thursday night, pick your Week 1 Big Ten winners.

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7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Big Ten links: Jake Rudock's success, Iowa's hot start & more

How about Michigan QB Jake Rudock? Who saw this type of season coming from the former Iowa signal-caller? I didn’t. Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com has a nice tribute to him after his six touchdown pass effort at Indiana. In September, Baumgardner notes that Rudock had moments where he looked like a liability. In October, he looked like a game manager. But not much more. Now? Rudock’s playing like a warrior. The best football of his life, on the biggest stage of his career with everything on the line and no margin for error. Mr. November. “So good, so good,” Michigan

Nov 14, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Delano Hill (44) celebrates with teammates after making the last defensive play of the game to give Michigan the victory against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Michigan defeats Indiana in double overtime 48-41.

Big Ten Power Rankings: Teams sit tight with big games ahead

Holding steady with no real changes in this week’s power poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. Ohio State and Iowa remain on course for a showdown in the Big Ten title game. But look at next week's schedule and tell me these rankings could look very different.

Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes fans celebrate their victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State beat Illinois 28-3.

What did Tom Dienhart learn about Big Ten in Week 11? Find out here!

Ohio State is building momentum. Michigan's Jake Rudock is in a groove. Do not sleep on Penn State. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart watched all of Saturday's games and touches on these points and much more in his insightful weekly "What I Learned" recap.

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Tom's Take: Week 11 honors, grades, stock reports & numbers

No big shocks this Saturday in the Big Ten, as Ohio State and Iowa remained unbeaten. Nebraska won two games in a row for the first time, while Michigan State got back on track, Michigan won the wildest Big Ten game of 2015 and Northwestern pushed its winning streak to three.

Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) hold up the Illibuck trophy after the game at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defats Illinois 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: It all boils down to the last two games for Ohio State

Another week, another win for Ohio State. That’s 23 in row for the Buckeyes and 30 in succession vs. Big Ten teams in regular-season games. This time, Illinois was the object in between Ohio State and its lofty goals, falling 28-3 to a Buckeyes squad that was just too good and too talented. Sorry, Illini. [ MORE:  Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls ] Now, the real fun begins for Ohio State in its quest to stay unbeaten, win the Big Ten East, take the conference and defend its national championship. It

Big Ten Hot Takes: Ten thoughts on the football season so far

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz will be the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Minnesota was right to remove the "interim coach" tag from Tracy Claeys. Like it or not, this is an historic run by Ohio State. Read these takes and more in BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's last-minute prep for Saturday's football games.

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Big Ten links: Prep for hoops, football with Friday's headlines

"If there's confusion about who the guy is who's going to the lead the Boilermakers in 2016, let's dispel that," Purdue's athletic director told BTN. Watch that and read more football and men's basketball headlines from around the Big Ten on this Friday.

A look at 2016 Big Ten basketball signing classes

The early-signing period for men’s basketball began on Wednesday. And Michigan State was the big winner in the Big Ten. According to Scout.com, the Spartans inked the Big Ten’s top class and the No. 2 haul in the nation behind Duke. The four-man Spartan class is led by small forward Miles Bridges, the No. 11 player in the nation according to Scout.com. Shooting guard Josh Langford (No. 19), point guard Cassius Winston (No. 28) and center Nick Ward (No. 47) round out a star-studded haul that Tom Izzo has called his best ever. Penn State has the second-highest rated class, coming

Iowa vs. Minnesota on BTN highlights best of Big Ten's Week 11

The battle for Floyd of Rosedale is the highlight of this week, as Minnesota takes on Iowa for the iconic bronze pig bauble. The Golden Gophers are fighting for their bowl life, while the Hawkeyes are battling to stay perfect. Ohio State and Illinois will play for prized turtle Illibuck. The Buckeyes have won the last seven meetings. In fact, Ohio State hasn’t lost in Champaign since 1991. More OSU dominance: Since losing five in a row to the Fighting Illini from 1988-92, OSU is 16-4 vs. Illinois. And all four defeats have been in Columbus. Nebraska whipped Rutgers, 42-24,