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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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Best of Week 5: Miller vs. Spartan LBs

Denicos Allen

Rex Burkhead Visits "BTN Live"

It’s Floyd of Rosedale Week! Hallelujah! Not only that, but this is the first week of full-scale conference—save for one game. And there are some intriguing matchups. The headliner is Ohio State’s visit to Michigan State. The Buckeyes lost an ugly 10-7 game last year in Columbus with just 178 yards of offense.

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Big Ten Links: Penn State builds some momentum

Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti (42) in the second half against the Temple Owls at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Temple 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 25th Morning Edition

Looky here: After an 0-2 start, Penn State is now 2-2 as we sit on the doorstep of Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions have some mojo as they head to Illinois on Saturday. Could this team win the Leaders Division? Hmmmm. If the offense keeps playing well under the leadership of surprising quarterback Matt McGloin, it could happen. No Big Ten quarterback is passing the ball better. Simply amazing. Read those Penn State links and find more of the Tuesday headlines from around the Big Ten further down in this post.

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Dienhart: Week 5 bowl projections

Donnell Kirkwood

Kirkwood TD Run

Four weeks are in the books, but the bowl picture remains a work-in-progress—as usual 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 links: Recent results shaking things up

Denard Robinson

UAB at Ohio State - Football Highlights

My Monday links include some good and provocative  pieces from my various colleagues in the Big Ten press corps. Here’s one: Bench Michigan QB Denard Robinson? Are you serious? It’s an idea that the great Kyle Meinke of MLive.com discusses in this interesting piece. Yes, Robinson has had some tough outings against quality foes—including his recent five-interception effort at Notre Dame. But he’ll still leave Michigan as one of the Big Ten’s best players ever.

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Tom's Top 10: Best of the non-con season

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

I have a twist on my weekly “Tom’s Top 10” this week. With non-conference play complete save for two games and Big Ten action set to kick off on Saturday, I take a look at the “best” of the non-league season. What was the best game of the non-conference season? How about the best performance? And the best moment? Find out below.

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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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