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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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Behind the Numbers: Michigan in Big Ten

Michigan has been here before. The Wolverines, despite recent struggles, have been at least 4-0 each of the past two seasons. It’s what Michigan has done after those hot starts, more specifically in Big Ten play, that defines the all-time winningest program’s most recent history. It’s not pretty, and it’s something the once-again 4-0 Wolverines hope to change this season, beginning with Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota at noon ET on BTN. See the breakdown in this post.

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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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Breakdown: How good was Michigan's defense?

Michigan's Troy Woolfolk

Big Ten Breakdown Preview - Sept. 26, 2011

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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Ohio State Tops Michigan in Overtime

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Michigan at Ohio State - Men's Soccer Wrap Up

Ohio State’s Chris Hegngi found the back of the net 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Buckeyes past archrival Michigan, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The defeat was the third straight overtime loss for the Wolverines. Michigan led 2-1 late in the second half, but Ohio State drew even at the 86:04 mark before striking quickly in the extra session to claim victory in the teams’ Big Ten opener.

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