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BTN.com's 2012 All-Big Ten non-con teams

Braxton Miller

Mark Dantonio: Next Question

Non-conference play, for all intents and purposes, is in the rearview mirror. Yes, Indiana and Purdue each have one non-Big Ten game remaining, but conference play kicks off Saturday. It was a fast first four weeks, no doubt, and now it’s time to release our All-Big Ten non-conference teams.

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 4

Luke McAvoy

Week 4 Sight and Sounds

Another week, another not-so pretty result for the Big Ten. The conference went 7-3, with home losses to the likes of Central Michigan and Louisiana Tech, plus Notre Dame knocked off Michigan to finish off its sweep of Big Ten opponents. But, starting next week, it’s time for Big Ten play.

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Snap Reactions: Are Gophers better off with Shortell?

Wrapping up today’s action, Minnesota held off Syracuse, 17-10, and Louisiana Tech dropped Illinois, 52-24. As he’s done all day, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts and analysis from the action under the lights in this post. See his early game thoughts and afternoon thoughts.

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Dienhart: Snap reactions to afternoon games

Bo Pelini

Le'Veon Bell Block

BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here.

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Debate it: Should Rex Burkhead play Saturday?

Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead 57 Yard TD Run

Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead sprained the MCL in his left knee during the Huskers’ season-opening victory over Southern Miss, and he hasn’t played since. The star running back says he will play Saturday in the team’s final nonconference game. But should the Huskers play Burkhead and risk further injury against Idaho State? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post.

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Friday's Links: Penn State looks at walk-ons

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 21st, 2012

If Penn State is going to have any shot for success in the future, it will need a strong walk-on program. Bill O’Brien recently conducted walk-on tryouts, and the turnout was good. O’Brien estimated that about 65 people tried out at the recent work out. I think the Nittany Lions may find some players who could help the program down the road in a football-mad state that produces a lot of good prospects. That’s the first of my Friday links – read the rest of this post for more.

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Week 4 previews: In search of some momentum

Minnesota Gophers quarterback Max Shortell (11) attempts a pass in the third quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeated the Broncos 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

Montee Ball on #BTNLive

It’s time for my weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s slate of games and Week 4 holds some intriguing matchups. See where your team’s game ranks on my list and get my complete preview of all ten Big Ten games (Purdue and Indiana are off this week).

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Big Ten Mailbag: Power Rankings stir debate

Braxton Miller

The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football - Michigan State

Are my weekly power rankings accurate or not in your eyes? You tell me every week, so let’s discuss it in my latest mailbag. Also, will Big Ten schools adapt to a team’s strength of schedule impacting the future college football playoff? What do I think about Purdue? And when will Big Ten teams start recruiting talent as the SEC teams do?

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Big Ten Links: Teams make tweaks for Week 4

California Golden Bears tight end Richard Rodgers (11) is driven back by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive backs C.J. Barnett (4) and Orhian Johnson (19) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Sept 19 Afternoon Update

Ohio State is blitzing more. Michigan wants more sacks, too. Michigan State needs receivers and Iowa welcomes a soft spot in the schedule. And what price does a coach pay in recruiting battles? Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema gives his take. Check out these headlines and more in my daily links.

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Week 4: We predict all 10 Big Ten games

Michigan's Roy Roundtree

Le'Veon Bell Hurdles Again

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 three weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 28-8, while Brent is in the cellar, at 27-9. See our Week 4 predictions and choose your winners in this post.

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Dienhart: My Big Ten questions for Week 4

Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess (19) and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) celebrate a touchdown by Funchess during the first quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Denard Robinson Joins "#BTNLive"

As I do every Wednesday, I have questions that I hope are answered Saturday. One week away from the start of Big Ten play, here are my most pressing queries for the 10 Big Ten teams in action this week.

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Latest links: Wildcats heat up, Badgers cool off

Venric Mark

Big Ten Blast: Sept 19 Afternoon Update

Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

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

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Notre Dame at Michigan - Football Highlights

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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Big Ten Headlines: What are the experts saying?

Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead (22) in action against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first quarter of the 2012 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 18 Morning Edition

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

Denard Robinson

Denard Rushes for a 36 Yard TD

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

Keanon Cooper

Shortell Finds Barker for the 53 Yard TD

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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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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