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Dienhart: Iowa game looms large for Spartans

Michigan State Spartans offensive tackle Skyler Burkland (70) celebrates the victory over the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Michigan State defeated Indiana 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Tom Dienhart Talks Bowl Projections

The time is now for Michigan State. There is a sense of urgency around this week’s visit from Iowa. In fact, the game almost has a “must-win” aura about it. The Spartans are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. After this game with the Hawkeyes, Michigan State will embark on its most arduous phase of the season, playing at Michigan and at Wisconsin before coming home to play Nebraska and Northwestern.

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Friday's Links: No Mauti on Lombardi list?

Michael Mauti

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 12th Morning Edition

Is there a conspiracy theory as to why Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was snubbed by the Lombardi Award in the quarterfinal round of balloting? Or maybe it wasn’t a snub. Maybe it was just plain, good old incompetence. David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News explores as only David Jones can. That’s one of the many Big Ten Links I present to you on this wonderful Friday.

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Week 7 Previews: Leaders Division battle tops list

Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Four Downs: Illinois at Michigan Preview

Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.

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Big Ten Links: Rounding up the latest headlines

Joel Stave

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 11th Afternoon Update

The Wisconsin offense appears to perhaps be turning a corner after some early season tumult that saw the offensive line coach fired and the staff make a quarterback change. There have been many keys to the slow ascent. One key: quarterback Joel Stave is given the option to “tweak” plays—not necessarily totally change them—at the line based on the defense he sees.

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Big Ten Links: What's possible for Penn State?

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 10th Afternoon Update

In today’s Big Ten Links, we’ve pulled together a number of stories, including a look at the possibilities for Penn State for the rest of the season. Penn State is 4-2. And few—if any—envisioned that. Now, with six games to go, it’s time to dream big in State College, Pa. Or, is it? Also, learn more about another player named Watt at Wisconsin, the youth movement at Minnesota, Ohio State tight ends, and running quarterbacks in the Big Ten.

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Heisman watch: Miller further solidifies case

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller 72 Yard Rush 1st Down

Is anyone gonna catch Braxton Miller as the Big Ten’s top Heisman contender? It may be difficult. The Ohio State quarterback has a great chance to enhance his Heisman dossier playing this Saturday at Indiana, which has the worst rushing defense in the Big Ten (196.8 ypg).

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Dienhart: 12 questions for Week 7

Jonathan Brown

Montee Ball Joins "The Next Level"

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Week 7 is at our doorstep, but the questions keep coming. Here are my most vexing queries for each Big Ten team with Saturday just around the corner. 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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Dienhart: My bowl projections as race shapes up

Michigan Football Fans

Week 6 Sights and Sounds

Six 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 banned from the postseason in 2012.

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Monday's Links: What's in store for Huskers now?

Rex Burkhead

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 8th Afternoon Update

Some strong opinions are emanating from Nebraska after that 63-38 loss at Ohio State. Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald thinks Bo Pelini needs to shake up things. Big Ten writers are covering a number of other stories today, including a disappointing showing by Illinios, an Ohio State team apparently ahead of schedule, and a Penn State team that has shown real resilience. Read it all in Monday edition of Big Ten Links.

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Power Rankings: Wolverines moving on up

Roy Roundtree

Raymond Taylor Interception Touchdown

How about them Wolverines? Michigan went into West Lafayette and dominated a pretty good Purdue team Saturday afternoon. The performance was exactly what Michigan needed in its first action since struggling at Notre Dame. But what did the 44-13 victory do for the Wolverines’ stock in my latest Power Rankings?

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How did we do? Week 6 picks revisited

Michael Mauti

Week 6 Sights and Sounds

We’ve reached the midpoint of the 2012 Big Ten football season. Before we turn our complete attention to Week 7, though, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 6 predictions. Dienhart led the way, going 4-1, while BTN.com fans and I went 3-2.

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Tom's Top 10: It's going to be fun in the Legends

Believe it or not, we’re halfway through the 2012 Big Ten football season. Six weeks in, Ohio State is the final undefeated Big Ten team. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 6.

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Dienhart: What I learned in Week 6

Philly Brown

Week 6 Sights and Sounds

And then there was one. With its impressive victory over Nebraska on Saturday, coupled with Northwestern’s loss at Penn State, Ohio State is the Big Ten’s final unbeaten team. At 6-0, the Buckeyes are cruising. Up next: at Indiana.

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Dienhart: Illinois-Wisconsin Snap Reactions

Joel Stave

Montee Ball 9 Yard Touchdown

Every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the Big Ten action and offers his Snap Reactions. Earlier today he offered his thoughts from Michigan State and Penn State’s comeback victories over Indiana and Northwestern, respectively. Here, he looks at Wisconsin’s 31-14 victory over Illinois.

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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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