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Dienhart: My best of 2013 Big Ten noncon season

We have reached the one-third mark of the 2013 season. Where has the time gone? Last time I looked up from my keyboard, the kids still were splashing in the neighborhood swimming pool and the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Wait, that last item happened back in June. Forget it. You get the point. Four weeks of the 2013 season are in the rearview mirror, as we head into the heart of conference play with only three non-leagues left: Northern Illinois at Purdue; Miami (Ohio) at Illinois; BYU at Wisconsin. Here is my one-third report. [ MORE: View BTN.com’s

Dienhart: Badgers move up in bowl projections

No big shakeups in my weekly bowl projections. The biggest is Wisconsin leaping past Michigan into the Capital One bowl, clashing with LSU. Of course, these schools will meet in season-opening games in 2014 (at Houston’s Reliant Stadium) and 2016 (at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field). Minnesota also has moved up to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where I have it playing Baylor. [ MORE: Week 4 honors, grades & more | What did Tom Dienhart learn? | Week 4 picks revisited ] BOWL GAME MATCHUP TOM’S PROJECTIONS BCS title game, Jan. 6 BCS No 1 vs. No. 2 Ohio State

BTN.com's 2013 noncon All-Big Ten Team

And just like that, the nonconference portion of the Big Ten football schedule is behind us. Now, there are still a trio of noncon games left, but it’s all about Big Ten matchups the rest of the way. With 11 of the 12 teams four games into their 2013 season, there’s no better time to release our annual noncon All-Big Ten Team. [ MORE: Dienhart: My best of 2013 Big Ten noncon season ] OFFENSE QB: Kenny Guiton, Ohio State – 65-95, 664 yards, 13 TD; 25 car., 186 yards, 1 TD RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – 53 car., 624

Dienhart: 10 things I learned in Week 4

It was a busy Saturday in the Big Ten, with 10 games taking place. Michigan continues to live dangerously, no team runs like Wisconsin, Nebraska still loves Bo and the Michigan State offense still has a ways to go. I learned a lot. Take a look. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 4 honors, grades, top 10 & more | U.S. Marine Corps: BTN.com Leaders of Week 4 ] 1. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is the Big Ten’s top running back. There, I typed it. But, honestly, that’s not too big of a statement, is it? I mean, the sophomore came

Who's up & down in our Big Ten Power Rankings?

It’s time to get powered up with my Sunday Big Ten rankings. This Saturday didn’t provide any dramatic victories or stunning losses, so my ranking didn’t shift dramatically. But, Wisconsin did make a move, as did Minnesota, Penn State and Iowa, while Michigan State sinks the most. POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State, 4-0: Ohio State could have played with 10 guys and picked plays out of a hat and still squashed Florida A&M. Now, the real season starts for a team with a national-best 16-game winning skein. Will Braxton Miller be ready? This week: Beat Florida A&M, 76-0

Twitter: Get DiNardo’s Week 4 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s Week 4 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 4? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] Sunday Ruminations Two best teams in B1G right now are in Leaders Division #Buckeyes and #Badgers — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 22, 2013 Sunday Ruminations For the season B. Miller has only thrown 24 passes and has only 18 carries going into

Look ahead to Saturday's B1G action

Ready for another jam-packed Big Ten football Saturday? We sure are! In order to get you ready for the action, here is a rundown of all 10 games on the slate and a recap of this week’s action leading up to Saturday. As always, make sure to utilize BTN’s GameFinder, which will provide you with channel information for all six BTN games. All games will also be available on BTN2Go. GAMEDAY LINKS: LIVE SCOREBOARD | BTN CONNECT | BTN2GO | STANDINGS | POLLS Western Michigan (0-3) at Iowa (2-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Mark Weisman’s 425 rushing yards are the most through Iowa’s first three

Ready for Saturday? Take this B1G Grid Quiz!

I had this ninth grade English teacher named Mr. Trent at West Lafayette High School. And every Friday, he’d give us a “Super Quiz.” Only he spelled Quiz “Kwiz.” Man, I hated that. And I hated his quizzes even more. They ruined the Friday of every 14-year-old. So, it is in the late Mr. Trent’s honor that I present you with this week’s B1G grid quiz. Good luck. You’ll need it—or maybe not. We are 25 percent of the way through the season. Can you believe it? No, that’s not the question. This is: Which player has been most impressive?

Four Downs: A "zany" Saturday for the Big Ten?

It’s that time of the week again, time for Four Downs, an informative and fun look at the Saturday ahead. No, it’s not a big Saturday, as there is a dearth of marquee games among the 10 on the docket. Nonetheless, some zany things could happen. [ MORE: Week 4 Power Rankings | Week 4 Bowl Projections | Who wins Week 4 games? Vote here! ] 4 PREDICTIONS 1. “Cheers” will outnumber “jeers” when Bo Pelini jogs onto the Memorial Stadium field on Saturday for the Huskers’ game vs. South Dakota State. Cornhuskers fans have short memories, right? 2. Michigan

Best of Week 4: MSU-Notre Dame matchup has it all

There aren’t many high-calorie contests on this 10-game Big Ten menu for Saturday, just light fare for the most part. Michigan State at Notre Dame is the clear headliner. And Missouri at Indiana is filled with intrigue, as this is the lone regular-season clash between the Big Ten and SEC. And the lid is taken off Big Ten action with Purdue playing at Wisconsin. After that? Meh. A big issue– There are three games vs. FCS foes: Maine at Northwestern; South Dakota State at Nebraska; Florida A&M at Ohio State. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities about any of those