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Week 1 Polls: Before the 2016 season kicks off Thursday night, pick your Week 1 Big Ten winners.

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3:00 PMLSU at IndianaWatch
4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMGeorgetown at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Oct 10, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts to a touchdown in the second quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh turns to 'Lion King' to describe mindset vs. Spartans

Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been around for Michigan’s recent struggles vs. instate rival Michigan State, but he’s well aware of them. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of Week 6 | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 honorees | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | What our expert learned | Week 6 uniforms | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Find your team’s homepage ] Here’s the damage: Michigan is 1-6 vs. its “Little Brother” in the last seven meetings, with five of

Oct 10, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players celebrate in the student section after the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Bowl Projections: Would-be record 11 B1G teams on Palm's list

Time to check up on the bowl projections of the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, who has pushed the Big Ten bowl teams from 10 last week to a would-be conference record 11 this week. The new addition: Illinois.

Oct 10, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA;  Iowa Hawkeyes place kicker Marshall Koehn (1) celebrates with his team after kicking a field goal late in the fourth quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa beat Illinois 29-20.  Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa, Michigan soar in latest AP & Coaches polls

Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AP and Coaches Poll, released Sunday. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of Week 6 | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 honorees | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | What our expert learned | Week 6 uniforms | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Find your team’s homepage ] The biggest movers were Iowa (No. 17/No. 17), which moved up at least five spots in both polls, and Michigan (No. 12/No. 14),

Oct 10, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players run over to the student section after the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

What did Tom Dienhart learn in Week 6? Find out here!

The Michigan bandwagon is officially a runaway train. Will the party every stop? Is this the best team in the Big Ten East? Is this a … playoff team? The possibilities seemed endless for the Wolverines.

Oct 10, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA;  Iowa Hawkeyes running back Jordan Canzeri (33) signals to fans after beating the Illinois Fighting Illini at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa beat Illinois 29-20.  Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Tom’s Take: Week 6 Big Ten honors, grades, stock reports & numbers

Another Saturday, another heart-breaking loss for Nebraska ... and another dominating effort by Michigan. This time, Northwestern felt the wrath of Jim Harbaugh’s Sharpie and khakis. Next up: A visit from Michigan State, which survived and advanced at Rutgers. Oh, and don’t forget about No. 1 Ohio State, which may have turned a corner offensively.