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Dienhart: Q&A with Minnesota's Derrick Wells

Minnesota has been one of the pleasant surprises in the Big Ten, notching a 3-0 start that has fans thinking the Golden Gophers have a good chance to play in a bowl for the first time since 2009.

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Latest links: Wildcats heat up, Badgers cool off

Amid the negativity of the Big Ten’s uneven effort in non-conference play, Northwestern has emerged as a beacon, a feel-good story. The Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start—with all three victories coming vs. FBS conference foes: Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Boston College. The rest of the Big Ten has one win over FBS teams, and that was Ohio State over Cal. With a game against FCS South Dakota this week, Northwestern is primed for a 4-0 start.

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Best of Week 4: Denard vs. Notre Dame Part III

The Big Ten went 10-2 last week. But look closer. It wasn’t an impressive 10-2. The wins came vs. FCS Charleston Southern; FCS Northern Iowa; UMass; Arkansas State, Western Michigan; Cal; Navy; Boston College, Utah State and Eastern Michigan. And Indiana lost to Ball State.

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Heisman watch: Braxton Miller still paces Big Ten

Most Heisman straw polls were shaken up with USC losing to Stanford, which impacted the candidacy of Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley. He’s still in the race, but Barkley has work to do.

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Big Ten Headlines: What are the experts saying?

Lots of questions in today’s Big Ten headlines. Will Rex Burkhead play this weekend? How dangerous is this upcoming opponent for Illinois? What does Michigan’s Brady Hoke think about the future of the series against Notre Dame? Find those items and plenty more in my links in this post.

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Bowl Projections: Michigan headed to Fiesta Bowl

Three weeks are in the books, but the bowl picture remains a work-in-progress. To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.

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Monday's Links: Pelini, Badger passers & top tweets

A stay at the hospital provided Nebraska coach Bo Pelini with a new perspective. The pressure to win can be incredible in college football—especially at a place like Nebraska. Especially coming off a horrible defensive effort at UCLA. But when Pelini was taken away to the hospital during the game last Saturday against Arkansas State to be examined after not feeling well—the game didn’t seem so important. This got me thinking.

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How did we do? Big Ten Week 3 predictions revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 4, it’s time to look back at how we did with our Week 3 predictions. Following a terrible showing last week, I went 10-2 to lead the way this week, while Tom Dienhart and BTN.com fans went 9-3. Three weeks in, the standings remain tight, with BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 28-8.

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Power Rankings: New team tops Dienhart's list

Following Michigan State’s 20-3 home loss to Notre Dame, there’s a new team on top of my Week 4 Power Rankings. Who is it? Here’s a hint: It’s the only remaining undefeated team from the Leaders Division. Check out my Big Ten Power Rankings in this post.

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Tom's Top 10: Closing thoughts from Week 3

A 10-2 record is an improvement over last week’s 6-6 clip, however the Big Ten still didn’t do itself any favors Saturday in Week 3 action. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—after three weeks of the Big Ten season.

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 3

A week after suffering through the conference’s first six-loss non-conference week since 2000, the Big Ten bounced back with an 10-2 clip in Week 3 action. The victories included wins over BCS foes Cal and Boston College, one week after the Big Ten went 1-6 versus such foes. Northwestern, for the third consecutive week, notched a win over a BCS team.

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Snap Reactions: Badgers survive, Hoosiers fall

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watched every single Big Ten football game on Saturday and churned out his usual Snap Reactions after every set of games. Read his take on the early games here, then his take on the afternoon games here, and his final take in the post below.

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Spartans' loss leaves that sinking feeling

Before the day started, we all said that Michigan State was carrying the Big Ten’s tattered banner. The Spartans appeared to be the best team in the Big Ten and they also appeared to be the league’s best hope to be a national title contender.

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Snap Reactions: Signs of life in 4 wins

Earlier, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart analyzed the first round of games. Now he tells us what he saw during the four afternoon Big Ten victories. Find every video highlight we got right over here. The afternoon wins: Iowa 27, Northern Iowa 16, Michigan 63, UMass 13, Northwestern 22, Boston College 13, Penn State 34, Navy 7.

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Snap Reactions: Teams bounce back early

BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is monitoring every game today and he gives his quick reactions to the early games in the Big Ten. Find every video highlight over here. The early results: Illinois 44, Charleston Southern 0, Minnesota 28, W. Michigan 23, Nebraska 42, Arkansas State 13, Ohio State 35, California 28, Purdue 54, E. Michigan 16.

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Week 3 prep: Read Friday's Big Ten headlines

Week 3 games are almost here and I take one last weekday spin around today’s headlines in this post. What do people think about Nebraska’s defense? Why does Minnesota have to watch out? And how can Fitz Toussaint regain his form? Also, if you’re interested, my game previews are over here.

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Week 3 Previews: Spartans-Irish headline slate

Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions.

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Debate it: Team with most sense of urgency

Week 2 was a rough one. Not only did the Big Ten lose six non-conference games for the first time since 2000, it went 1-6 against BCS teams. Of the half-dozen teams that lost, which enters Week 3 with the most sense of urgency? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina debate that topic in this post.

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Rounding up reaction to Notre Dame move

With news that Notre Dame is joining the ACC for all sports but football and leagues signing fresh blockbuster TV deals seemingly on a weekly basis, Nebraska fans may wonder: Was joining the Big Ten a smart move? Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald is here to tell you that, yes, the Cornhuskers made a prudent decision.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Nebraska fans change tune

You have questions, and I have answers. It may not always be what you want to hear, but it’s only my thoughts. Read my responses to your latest queries in this post. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags.

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Dienhart: 12 Big Ten questions for Week 3

Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.

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Big Ten Links: On stats, defense & injuries

In my Wednesday edition of Big Ten links, I’ve found a hearty offering headlines from around the conference. Through two weekends the stats don’t look so good for the Big Ten, but there’s time to turn that around. Even if he’s able to play, maybe Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase should sit Saturday out. And Nebraska’s defense has struggled on third downs, but why? All that and more in this post.

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Dienhart: ND joins ACC, but not for football

Big news today as Notre Dame announced it would join the ACC in all sports but—surprise!—football. So, Big Ten fans, trash any hopes you were clinging to about Notre Dame  joining your conference. The Big Ten twice has made offers in the past, only to be rebuffed. It wasn’t going to ask a third time. Now this move by Notre Dame all but seals the notion that a Big Ten-Notre Dame marriage won’t happen in a long, long time . If ever.

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Week 3: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Indiana's Greg Heban

Defense rarely has been a strength at Indiana in the last 20 years. But Indiana defensive back Greg Heban is trying to change that.

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