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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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Breakdown: How good was Michigan's defense?

Michigan’s defense has face plenty of criticism over the past few seasons. But tonight at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Breakdown our Mike Hall, Chris Martin and Howard Griffith take a look at how dominating the Wolverines defensive unit was against  San Diego State. Follow all three on Twitter: @BTNMikeHall, @BTN_Cmart16, and @HowardGriffith and jump down in this post to send in your nominees to Martin and Howard for your Big Ten players of the week.

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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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Robinson, 'D' Help Michigan Down SDSU

(AP) Denard Robinson ran for three scores in the first half to give No. 22 Michigan a three-touchdown lead and finished with a season-high 200 yards rushing, helping the Wolverines beat San Diego State 28-7. The Wolverines (4-0) sputtered Saturday on offense after halftime because Robinson struggled in the passing game. Michigan was fortunate Ryan Lindley couldn’t hit open Aztecs. After Lindley missed a teammate on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter, Robinson’s 30-yard sprint set up Vincent Smith‘s 7-yard run to give Michigan a 28-7 lead. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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