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Pulse: Bunyan Trophy Stays in East Lansing

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio

Big Ten Pulse - Oct. 17, 2011

At 6:30 p.m. ET Monday on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo), Derek Rackley (@Drack48) and Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) discuss the Paul Bunyan Trophy staying in East Lansing for the fourth consecutive season, Boom Herron‘s impressive season debut for Ohio State and the BCS Standings, in particular what it means for No. 6 Wisconsin. The crew also will give its take on rugby-style punts and Midnight Madness, which Doyle attended in Bloomington. Watch our Web-only Pulse segment now.

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GameDay Headed to East Lansing

For the third time this season, ESPN College GameDay is headed to a Big Ten stadium. The popular ESPN staple announced Sunday that it will air from Spartan Stadium for Week 8’s much-anticipated game between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 16 Michigan State. Earlier this season, GameDay was in Ann Arbor for Notre Dame-Michigan and in Madison for Nebraska-Wisconsin. This game might be bigger than both of those, as it features two of last year’s Big Ten champions and, arguably, the Big Ten best teams this season.

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Week 8 Football Power Rankings

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Iowa Fans Display Their "Cards"

Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 7 saw two of the Big Ten’s remaining perfect teams, Illinois and Michigan, fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. 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. See the rankings in this post and watch the well-orchestrated card stunt from Kinnick Stadium now.

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UPickEm: Rank Week 7's Best Plays

Purdue's Akeem Shavers

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 17th Afternoon Update

BTN.com has partnered with UPickEm.com to let Big Ten fans rank some of the best plays every week on the gridiron. Click here to rank 10 of the Big Ten’s best plays from Week 7. This feature is fun and simple. Simply watch all 10 plays and rank them, from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Your votes will help determine the week’s best play from here on out. The number of candidates will vary from week to week, depending on how many Big Ten teams are in action. Every week, BTN.com selects one play for each team to enter the contest. Watch our Northwestern-Iowa highlights from Saturday’s shootout on BTN.

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Tonight on BTN: Michigan vs. Michigan St.

Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham

Michigan at Michigan State - Football Highlights

The votes are in, and Big Ten fans selected Michigan State’s victory over Michigan as the Week 7 “Big Ten Football Game of the Week.” Catch the game again at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. If you missed it live Saturday, you don’t want to miss it again tonight. In the 28-14 decision at Spartan Stadium, Michigan State tallied its fourth consecutive win in the heated series, the first time it’s done that since 1959-62, and sent Michigan to its first loss of the season for the third straight year. The game went down to the wire, as Michigan State twice denied Michigan a chance of tying the score in the fourth quarter, the first time on a 4th-and-1 deep in Spartans’ territory and the second time on an interception taken back for a score.

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Michigan State Tops Michigan Again

Michigan State's Edwin Baker

Michigan at Michigan State - Football Highlights

(AP) Keshawn Martin scored twice in the third quarter on similar lunges to the end zone, and No. 23 Michigan State held off Denard Robinson and No. 11 Michigan 28-14 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory over the Wolverines. The Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) equaled their longest winning streak over their in-state rivals. Michigan (6-1, 2-1) lost for the first time under coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines had a chance to tie it, but Robinson was sacked on fourth-and-1 from the Michigan State 9-yard line with 6:16 to play. Robinson later threw an interception, and Isaiah Lewis returned it for a score with 4:31 left to make it 28-14. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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