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The week that was: Week 4's top 10 stories

The final full week of non-conference football is complete, and now it’s time for Big Ten play. There are five Big Ten tilts set for Saturday, including Ohio State-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Nebraska. Before the action kicks off, here are BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 4. 10. Revsine’s Numbers: Three unbeaten teams remain Last week, I opened the column by dwelling on the negative. Not happening this week. We’re starting with the positive – the Big Ten’s three unbeaten teams. Ohio State is the first, and perhaps least surprising, of those unbeatens – and Urban Meyer’s team has gotten

How did we do? Big Ten Week 4 picks revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 5 and the start of Big Ten play, let’s see how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 4 predictions. Everyone involved went 8-2, meaning Dienhart and BTN.com fans remain tied for first, at 36-10, one game ahead of me. The games we got wrong? Dienhart and BTN.com fans missed Louisiana Tech-Illinois and Central Michigan-Iowa, while I missed Central Michigan-Iowa and Syracuse-Minnesota. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 36-10; .783 Tom: 36-10; .783 Brent: 35-11; .761 [Related: BTN.com’s All-Big Ten non-con teams | Dienhart’s Best of the non-con season] Louisiana

BTN.com's 2012 All-Big Ten non-con teams

Non-conference play, for all intents and purposes, is in the rearview mirror. Yes, Indiana and Purdue each have one non-Big Ten game remaining, but conference play kicks off Saturday. It was a fast first four weeks, no doubt, and now it’s time to release our All-Big Ten non-conference teams. See Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina’s teams in this post. Who did we miss? Feel free to leave your picks in the comment box below. [RELATED: Dienhart: Best of the non-con season] ALL-BIG TEN NON-CON OFFENSE BRENT TOM QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State* Braxton Miller, Ohio State* RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan

Power Rankings: Believe in Wildcats, Gophers

The Big Ten is home to three 4-0 teams after nonconference play. One of the perfect teams is no big surprise (Ohio State), while the other two are close to shocking (Minnesota and Northwestern). And you’ll find all three on top of my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. See the complete list in this post. Disagree with my list? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, or tweet me (@BTNTomDienhart). 1. Ohio State (4-0). The Buckeyes roll on, moving to 4-0 after opening the season with four home games. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown vs. UAB, and Braxton

DiNardo's Week 4 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about the Big Ten after a 7-3 performance in Week 4? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Check out BTN.com’s All-Big Ten non-con teams] [RELATED: Who tops Tom Dienhart’s Week 5 Power Rankings?] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI Is their spread a qb run or pass spread? Would seem hard to decide who qb should be until that's determined — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 23, 2012 Sunday

Three Big Ten teams ranked in Coaches Poll

With Michigan‘s loss Saturday night at Notre Dame, the Big Ten now has three teams ranked in the Coaches Poll, released Sunday. The Wolverines, previously No. 18, fell out of the poll, while Michigan State (No. 18), Nebraska (No. 20) and Wisconsin (No. 23) all moved up following victories. Perfect Northwestern is receiving 96 votes, just two behind Virginia Tech and Rutgers, which are tied at No. 25. Michigan (57), Minnesota (11) and Purdue (4) also are receiving votes.

Dienhart: What a depressing non-con season

Another big game, another loss by the Big Ten. And so it has gone the first four weeks of what has been a black-and-blue season for the Big Ten. This Saturday saw Michigan lose at Notre Dame; Iowa fall at home to Central Michigan; Illinois get hammered at home by Louisiana Tech. All of the dubious losses acted as a de facto black bow on a depressing non-conference season for the Big Ten. While losses by Iowa and Illinois today were downers on this day, Michigan was the school that was carrying the Big Ten’s banner. The game at Notre

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 4

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post. WEEK 4 GAME BALLS 1. Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska: 8 car., 119 yards, 2 TD; 1 rec., 25 yards – Looks like that injured left knee is just fine, huh? Burkhead, in his first action since the season opener, rushed for 119 yards and

No. 15 Notre Dame downs Michigan to stay perfect

Manti Te’o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn’t as effective this time as he threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half. The victory by Notre Dame (4-0) ended a streak of three straight games in which Michigan

Big Ten Connect: Great fan photos from Twitter

Earlier this fall we launched BTN Connect, a great place to go during Saturday football games to track the Twitter conversations surrounding your teams, vote in TV polls, and find out what names are trending. For instance, when Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell made the leap (see video in this post), his name took off on Twitter. But we also collect the best of the fan photos out there and lay them out on the school pages. How do we find them? Among other ways, we monitor each of the 12 Twitter hashtags. We’ve spotlighted a few of the latest photos