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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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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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