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Mailbag: Top tight ends, Connor Cook & more

Devin Gardner

Devin Funchess 37-Yard TD Grab

It’s that time of the week, time for me to reach into my mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming, as there is much to talk about. This week, Ohio State’s BCS title game hopes, Michigan’s defense, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and much more. So, let’s get started.

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Bowl Projections: Two Big Ten teams in BCS bowls?

Jared Abbrederis

Wisconsin at Illinois - Football Highlights

Ohio State is still on the outside looking in when it comes to playing in the BCS title game (BCS Standings), but plenty of time remains. Don’t fret, Brutus. The Big Ten has a decent shot to get two teams into BCS bowls, with Wisconsin a good bet to finish 10-2 and claim a sweet postseason slot. In fact, I have the Badgers slotted to be an at-large BCS bowl team in this week’s rankings.

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Ohio State No. 4 in initial BCS standings

Urban Meyer

Iowa at Ohio State - Top Plays

The first BCS standings were released on Sunday night. Alabama is No. 1, which was no shock. It was a shock that Florida State is No. 2 over Oregon, which is No. 3. Ohio State came in at No. 4, which was not a surprise. Missouri is No. 5. The only other Big Ten teams in the standings: Michigan No. 22; Nebraska No. 24.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 8

Braxton Miller

Iowa at Ohio State - Football Highlights

So much went on this Saturday, I don’t know where to start. How about with 110 points and 1,323 yards, which is what Indiana-Michigan combined for in a game that left many breathless. While the Wolverines may have answered some questions about their listless offense, questions about their defense may have been created in the process. Oh, well. What else did I learn? Check it out.

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Power Rankings: Wildcats continue descent

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Northwestern

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 21, 2013

With Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan winning—and Nebraska being off—there were no changes to the top of my Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But there was plenty of shifting in the bottom half, highlighted (lowlighted?) by Northwestern’s continued descent. It wasn’t long ago that I had the Wildcats No. 2 in the Big Ten. Now? Well, have a look for yourself.

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Tom's Take: My Week 8 grades, stocks & more

Jeremy Gallon

Indiana at Michigan - Football Highlights

For the most part, it was business as usual in the Big Ten on this Saturday. Ohio State reasserted its dominance with a 19th victory in a row. Wisconsin dominated Illinois and Michigan State was methodical vs. Purdue, while Michigan beat Indiana in one of the wildest games of the season. Northwestern? I don’t know what to make of the Wildcats. Here is a wrap of Week 8.

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Dienhart: 5-2 Wisconsin still has a lot to play for

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Wisconsin at Illinois - Football Highlights

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – There is gonna come a time in, say, February or March when Wisconsin fans are gonna wonder: What if? What if the Badgers hadn’t been rooked by the refs at Arizona State? What if the Badgers had found a way to win at Ohio State?

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Four Downs: Predictions, facts & more

Devin Gardner

Tim Beckman Calls Into #BTNLive

It’s that time of the week, time for four predictions, four thoughts, four truths, four jockstrap games and four factoids.

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Football report cards: How will season play out?

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Top Ten - Oct. 12th, 2013

Before the second half of the season starts, let’s take a snapshot of the Big Ten at the halfway mark. Following is my team-by-team report card with award winners for each squad as well as projected won-loss totals, among other juicy tidbits.

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Friday links: Meyer hands out OSU report card

Urban Meyer

Mark Dantonio Talks with #BTNLive

Happy Football Friday! Let’s not waste any time, OK? Let’s dig right into some of the Big Ten news that’s making ripples from Lincoln to State College—and all points in between. This caught my attention: Urban Meyer offers a midterm report card for his 6-0 team. There obviously are many areas that get good marks. The areas of concern?

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Five B1G teams land in Coaches Top 25

Keith Appling & Tom Izzo

Gary Harris Throws a Dunk Down For the Spartans

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The release of the USA Today coaches poll is another indicator of how close we are to beginning basketball season. I was not shocked to see five Big Ten teams ranked in the new poll: 2. Michigan State, 9. Michigan, 10. Ohio State, 21. Wisconsin and 24. Indiana.

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Week 8 previews: It's time to get ready for Saturday

Mark Dantonio

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 14, 2013

There are five games on the Big Ten docket this week. But none of the clashes figures to have a big impact on the league race—unless we have some major upsets. Still, there will be a lot to keep an eye as we begin to wade into the second half of the season.

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Dienhart: 2018-19 football schedule analysis

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Touchdowns of the Week - Oct. 12th, 2013

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten announced Wednesday its conference schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. And there are some good cross-division games.

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Web links: Michigan fallout, Iowa factoids & tweets

It’s Wednesday, Hump Day. And, it seems Michigan Nation is still aflame over the loss at Penn State. The analysis and problem-solving boils. Brady Hoke said it. We all know it: Devin Gardner can’t carry the ball 27 times a game. Gardner actually ran it 24 times at Penn State. And when he ran it, Michigan had some success. When he didn’t run, the offense—well, it stunk. So, that’s the conundrum.

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Badgers' Chris Borland: 'I think I can be the best'

Chris Borland

Chris Borland leaping tackle

Who’s the best linebacker in the Big Ten? Is it Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier? Michigan State’s Max Bullough or Denicos Allen? How about one of Iowa’s guys: James Morris, Anthony Hitchens or Christian Kirksey? Maybe Illinois’ Jonathan Brown, Penn State’s Glenn Carson or Northwestern’s Chi Chi Ariguzo?

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Mailbag: About those Michigan State freshmen...

R.J. Shelton

R.J. Shelton 34-Yard Rushing TD

My mailbag is getting full as the season hits the halfway mark. And, many of my letters are from antsy Michigan fans and happy Michigan State fans. By the way, only three more weeks until they play! So, let’s dig right in and answer some questions.

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Dienhart: Here's my Big Ten midseason report

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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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