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Big Ten Play Off to Good Start

It was an exciting opening week of Big Ten play Saturday as divisional play kicked off, with Michigan shutting out Minnesota and Penn State holding off Indiana, and Wisconsin routed Nebraska in the Huskers’ much-anticipated Big Ten debut. In other action, Illinois rallied past Northwestern, Michigan State stifled Ohio State and Notre Dame dropped Purdue. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and relive games with our quarter-by-quarter Rapid Recap stories, packed with your best tweets and fan photos. Don’t forget about Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Recap, either.

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Week 5 Big Ten Football Preview

No one can say we’re being eased into Big Ten play this season. Saturday’s opening week features the Big Ten’s first divisional games (Minnesota at Michigan; Penn State at Indiana), in addition to Wisconsin hosting Nebraska in a battle of undefeated top 10 teams under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium. Not a bad way to start things, huh? BTN has the Gophers and perfect Wolverines battling for the Little Brown Jug at noon ET. Use our GameFinder to find your BTN game and track all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Read Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Preview in this post.

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Handing Out Big Ten Noncon Honors

It’s finally that time. Big Ten play kicks off Saturday, starting with a trio of noon ET games, including Michigan (4-0) hosting Minnesota (1-3) on BTN. Now that the full weeks of nonconference action are a thing of the past, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina looks back at the first four weeks and offers his nonconference Big Ten honors. Watch now as “The Big Ten Pulse” also discusses nonconference awards and see all of Brent’s winners in this post.

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Big Ten Players of the Week

The Big Ten Conference announced its weekly football honors Monday morning. Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Denard Robinson, Michigan & Matt McGloin, Penn State; Defensive Player of the Week: Tom Nardo, Iowa. Special Teams Player of the Week: Derek Dimke, Illinois; Freshman of the Week: Donovonn Young, Illinois. Read the whole release at BigTen.org.

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Week 5 Football Power Rankings

Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 4 saw the Big Ten go 8-2, including wins from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin, all of which will bring perfect records into the first week of conference play. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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