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Crucial 3-game stretch for Purdue begins

Purdue Boilermakers running back Akeem Shavers (24) rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Caleb TerBush on "#BTNLive"

Michigan is coming to Purdue to play a big football game (4 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Saturdays like this aren’t commonplace in West Lafayette, Ind. Big basketball games? They happen almost every winter in this hamlet tucked just off I-65 an hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago. But big football games? They have been sparse in the last, oh, generation. So, pardon the natives if they aren’t accustomed to the fuss of a big football Saturday.

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Week 6 previews: Close looks at all 5 games

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (7) runs the ball as Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Kawann Short (93) chase him at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Weisman Talks with "#BTNLive"

There are plenty of storylines for this weekend’s batch of games, including a very intriguing game for Nebraska in Columbus. Does Ohio State stay perfect? Is this the weekend when Northwestern and Purdue win over a doubting sports press corps? What’s in store for Illinois when they kick off in Madison? I preview all five Big Ten games in this post.

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Debate it: Best RB not named Le'Veon Bell is ...

Mark Weisman

Venric Mark Gets the 1st Half Hat Trick

When talking best running back in the Big Ten, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina agree it’s Le’Veon Bell. Through five games, Bell leads Big Ten backs in yards (655 – yes, he also has most carries) and ranks in the top two in receptions (20) and receiving yards (125). He’s also a terrific blocker.

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Daily Links: Who's up & who's down this week?

Deion Barnes

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 4th Morning Edition

Let’s just say it isn’t a great year for Big Ten quarterbacks. In fact, according to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the conference’s signal-callers are at the bottom of the barrel. In other headlines in my daily links, we look at stories on Ohio State’s improved linebacker play, Iowa’s defensive uptick, and a fascinating comparison of the Buckeye and Husker programs through the years. Let’s dive in.

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Big Ten links: Meyer, Pelini go way back

Bo Pelini

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 3rd Afternoon Update

Bo Pelini vs. Urban Meyer. The matchup has juicy possibilities this Saturday night when they square off at Ohio State. And the two have some history. Meyer was a Buckeye graduate assistant coach in 1986-87, which were Pelini’s first two years as an Ohio State defensive back. The two also have met three times as coaches, from 2005-07, when Pelini was LSU defensive coordinator and Meyer was Florida head coach. And Pelini’s teams went 3-1 against Meyer’s teams.

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Dienhart: Week 6 Big Ten questions

Tony Lippett

Sights and Sounds - Sept. 29

Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for Big Ten teams entering Week 6, the second week of conference play. 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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Tuesday's Links: How is this race shaping up?

Floyd of Rosedale

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 2 Afternoon Update

The great Pat Harty of the Iowa City Press-Citizen takes the temperature of the Big Ten race. Did you see that video of Iowa players celebrating Saturday? Urban Meyer says Ohio State did nothing wrong with that game film. And at 0-1 in the Big Ten, Wisconsin seems to be in familiar territory. We take a look at those stories and more in today’s Big Ten Links.

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Week 6 Bowl Projections: Illinois off latest list

Nathan Scheelhaase

Big Ten Football Report - Oct. 1, 2012

Five weeks are in the books, and the bowl picture is coming into a bit sharper focus … a bit. 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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Big Ten Links: Huskers prep for Buckeyes

Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Will Compton (51) rushes the Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 51-38. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 1 Afternoon Update

Nebraska’s 30-27 win over Wisconsin offers much to build on, but there also remains a lot to fix following the 17-point comeback, according to the great Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald. The Cornhuskers may not have fallen behind and struggled early against the Badgers if they cut down turnovers and limit penalties. There will be little room for error in the game at Ohio State this Saturday in what shapes up as the latest “Game of the Year” in the Big Ten. Read more Big Ten links in the rest of my post.

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How did we do? Big Ten Week 5 picks revisited

Taylor Martinez

Taylor Martinez TD Run

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 6, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 5 predictions. BTN.com fans went 5-1 and Tom and I went 4-2, meaning the fans have moved into sole possession of first place in the season standings. After five weeks, BTN.com fans are 41-11, one game ahead of Tom. I’m bringing up the rear, at 39-13.

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Tom's Top 10: Forget about 'Film Gate'

And then there were two. The first week of Big Ten play saw previously undefeated Minnesota suffer its first loss of the season. That leaves Ohio State and Northwestern, both 5-0, as the Big Ten’s lone remaining perfect teams (B1G standings). See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 5.

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 5

The opening week of Big Ten play did not disappoint, as Ohio State and Nebraska each claimed late wins over Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively, in two of the day’s biggest games. But what did I learn from the first week of Big Ten action. See the five biggest things in this post.

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Snap Reactions: Penn State's Matt McGloin for OPOY?

Matt McGloin

James Vandenberg Flea-Flicker TD Pass

Every Saturday during the football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to every Big Ten game. See his thoughts from the Big Ten’s three early Week 5 games in this post. Among his thoughts: Is it time to put Matt McGloin in the conversation for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year?

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Big Ten bright spots appear in bumpy 2012

Jerry Kill thumbnail

Biggest Disappointment so far in the Big Ten

Raise your hand if you’re positively sick and tired of hearing all of the negativity about the Big Ten? I’m not saying the criticism isn’t deserved, because it is, and in the end it’s the football teams that can do the most about it. The Big Ten is 6-9 combined against schools from Automatic Qualifying conferences and Notre Dame, and Northwestern provided three of those wins.

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Big Ten Links: Breaking down Friday's headlines

Montee Ball

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 28th Afternoon Update

Good news, Badger fans: Montee Ball has been cleared to play at Nebraska after suffering a concussion last week  against UTEP. Think Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio have breakfast together on Saturday? Probably not. Have a look at some advice for Iowa fans from a familiar name. And what does the U.S. population have to do with recruiting? I found one theory. Let’s get to all of the links right now in this post.

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Week 5 Previews: What to look for in Big Ten play

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Jordan Hall (7) carries the ball against the UAB Blazers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 29-15. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Wilson Checks in with "#BTNLive"

Earlier this week I helped take a look at who might land in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship game. Well, the road to that big game starts Saturday as Big Ten teams put a rocky non-conference run behind them and focus on pounding on each other. In this post, I take a close look at all six games, and then I’m headed to East Lansing to cover Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday.

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Debate it: Who meets in Big Ten title game?

Nebraska's Rex Burkhead

Who Will Play in the Big Ten Championship Game?

Saturday marks the beginning of Big Ten play. For the next eight weeks, Big Ten teams will be battling for their respective division crowns and a berth in the annual Big Ten title game. Who will make it to Indy? We’re only four weeks into the season, but BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to share their best guesses.

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Big Ten Links: What's powering these Gophers?

Melvin Gordon

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 27 Morning Edition

The Gophers can thank one specific unit for their early rise this season. Wisconsin has a new face in the backfield and he looks electric. Penn State does something interesting with their offensive lineman each week, and the Wisconsin-Nebraska game is becoming a new rivalry. And where is Nebraska looking when it comes to finding a new athletic director? Read about all of this and more in today’s Big Ten links.

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Week 5: We predict all six Big Ten games

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Big Ten Football Report - Sept. 24, 2012

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.

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Big Ten Mailbag: What's wrong with Illinois?

Illinois Fans

Rex Burkhead Visits "BTN Live"

It’s that time of week again. You’ve been sending me your Big Ten questions all week, and now I offer my answers. On tap this week: What’s wrong with Illinois? How could I have two Big Ten teams headed to BCS bowls in my latest bowl projections? Find my answers inside.

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