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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa stirs artistic and cultural melting pot

The University of Iowa’s acclaimed Writers’ Workshop is associated with some of the biggest names in modern literature. Philip Roth, John Cheever and Robert Penn Warren served as faculty members here. And Pulitzer Prize winner and legendary African-American author James Alan McPherson, who’s been part of the faculty for decades, is practically an Iowa City institution in his own right. Beyond its role in helping up-and-coming American literary talent elevate their craft, the Writers’ Workshop broke geographical and artistic boundaries with Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), a retreat for talented wordsmiths from around the world. What started out as an offshoot of

Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan State reclaims No. 2 position

It hasn't been pretty every week for Michigan State or Ohio State, but the two programs keep winning. And now, after a couple weeks of Ohio State and Michigan atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, the Spartans are back at No. 2.

Four Big Ten teams ranked in latest AP & Coaches polls

Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Sunday, headlined by No. 1 Ohio State. [ MORE: Best of Week 7 | Week 7 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Week 7 picks revisited | Week 7 top performers | What our expert learned | Dienhart: The Mitten State rivalry is back | Twitter: Former Spartans react to winning play | Read Jim Hackett’s letter to fans | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Photo: Braxton Miller jersey mix-up | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] The Buckeyes, No. 1 for the

What did Tom Dienhart learn about Big Ten in Week 7? Find out here!

Crazy enough for you? Michigan State stuns Michigan in an ending you’ll never see again, and Rutgers roars back from 25 points down to crush Indiana’s spirit. What did I learn from those results, and others? Check it out inside!

Top individual performers from Saturday's Big Ten action

What a fun day of Big Ten football! [ MORE: Best of Week 7 | Week 7 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Week 7 picks revisited | Week 7 top performers | What our expert learned | Dienhart: The Mitten State rivalry is back | Twitter: Former Spartans react to winning play | Watch Dantonio, Harbaugh talk wild win | Watch Rutgers win on walk-off FG | Photo: Braxton Miller jersey mix-up | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] There were a ton of outstanding individual performances on Saturday, highlighted by five standout Big Ten

Catch up on Saturday's Week 7 Big Ten football action

What a day of Big Ten football! Catch up on all of Saturday’s Week 7 action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Looking for highlights? We got them! Check us out on YouTube and on Facebook and on Twitter (use the links below for school Twitter accounts): Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights Purdue football highlights Rutgers football highlights Wisconsin football highlights *** WISCONSIN 24, PURDUE 7: BOX | PBP |

Watch Iowa RB Akrum Wadley break out for four touchdowns

No Jordan Canzeri, no problem. After Iowa's starting running back suffered a leg injury early in Saturday's win at Northwestern, backup Akrum Wadley exploded for four touchdowns, tying the Iowa single-game record.

Big Ten Week 7 football insights, observations & open questions

The Big Ten is coming into focus at the halfway mark. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State basically will play a three-way tourney to decide the East, while Iowa is in the driver’s seat in the West with Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota in pursuit. With the second half of the season on deck, here are some hard takes entering Week 7. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 7 winners | Week 7 previews | Best of Week 7 | Q&A: Joe Schobert | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Big Ten standings | Big Ten