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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

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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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Excited for Saturday? Take this B1G Grid Quiz!

Jake Rudock

Nathan Scheelhaase Joins "#BTNLive"

It’s time for you to test your Big Ten knowledge by taking my weekly quiz. Clear your desk, get out a No. 2 pencil. If you’ve been paying attention, the quiz shouldn’t be too difficult. Your game-day experience will be much better because of it.

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Friday links: OSU No. 6 in Palm's BCS projections

Jordan Hall

Pat Fitzgerald Joins #BTNLive

Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! It’s great to be alive on the eve of game day Saturday. And, isn’t it good not to be one of those officials who worked last nights’ Texas-Iowa State game? Let’s dig right into links. The great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has his first BCS rankings out, and Ohio State fans won’t be happy. The Buckeyes are—gulp—No. 6.

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Best of Week 6: All eyes on Evanston

Treyvon Green

Pat Fitzgerald Answers Reporter's Phone

This is the first Saturday that features exclusively Big Ten games, with five on the slate. All eyes will be on Evanston, Ill., where a national TV audience will tune in for the Ohio State at Northwestern game.

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Thursday links: Gophers, Wolverines expect better

Brady Hoke

Gary Barnett Joins "#BTNLive"

Michigan has a big game against Minnesota on Saturday. The Wolverines have had two weeks to prep, two weeks to tweak things and show the world those wins over Akron and UConn weren’t indicative of the type of team this is. One area tweaked: Offensive line. If Michigan had played a game on Wednesday, Brady Hoke says Graham Glasgow would have started at center and Chris Bryant at left guard.

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Week 6 previews: Get ready for Saturday's Big Ten games

Kirk Ferentz

Mark Weisman Joins "#BTNLive"

The sixth week of the season is on our doorstep. And all eyes are on Evanston, where Ohio State will play at Northwestern in a game with national and Big Ten championship implications. But even beyond that Titanic clash, there are several interesting games. Here are previews of each contest in this first full-blown Saturday of conference action.

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Taylor Lewan: 'There is no apologizing for being 4-0'

Michigan is 4-0. You can argue the merits of that 4-0 mark all you want. Has it been pretty? Nope. The wins over Akron and UConn felt more like great escapes than mighty triumph over lesser foes. Regardless, style points don’t matter. A win is a win is a win. And the Wolverines are unbeaten coming off a bye week. Stud Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan says that’s all that matters. And I’m not gonna argue with the 6-8, 315-pound senior from Cave Creek, Ariz.

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A view from a coach who was there for NU's dark days

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

These are high times for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern, as they prep to play one of the biggest games in school history on Saturday night vs. Ohio State. In fact, NU has been a solid program for almost 20 years now, dating to Gary Barnett’s miraculous revival back in 1995. But, it wasn’t always like that.

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Web links: Mark's return, Rudock's future & tweets

It’s Hump Day! If you are into celebrating things like that, enjoy it. Me? I am celebrating the fact that we are one day closer to the Ohio State at Northwestern game. And that’s a good thing. More good news: It came out yesterday that the Wildcats will have the services of running back Venric Mark, who has missed most of this season with an injury.

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Dienhart: Is this the biggest game in NU history?

Treyvon Green

Pat Fitzgerald Answers Reporter's Phone

The excitement seemingly has been building since the spring for Saturday’s Ohio State at Northwestern game. Oh, who am I kidding? The buildup actually began the moment last season ended.

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