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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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Listen to your Big Ten Coaches

Each Big Ten coach talked to reporters Tuesday morning on the weekly Big Ten Conference teleconference. And, at the same time, the conference @B1GFootball Twitter account live tweeted the entire call. Below in this teleconference post we’ve excerpted one tweet per coach and posted the entire audio of each interview.

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Handing Out Big Ten Noncon Honors

Iowa's Marvin McNutt

Big Ten Pulse - Sept. 26, 2011

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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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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Bell, Spartans Drill Central Michigan

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell

Central Michigan at Michigan State - Football Highlights

(AP) Le’Veon Bell ran for 81 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half – to lead Michigan State to a 45-7 victory over in-state rival Central Michigan on Saturday. The Spartans (3-1) bounced back from last weekend’s loss at Notre Dame, taking advantage of four Central Michigan turnovers. Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, helping Michigan State race to a 31-0 halftime lead. The Chippewas (1-3) finally scored in the third quarter after a blocked punt when Ryan Radcliff threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to David Blackburn. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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