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Week 8 Player Rankings: Ball reenters list

Montee Ball

Bret Bielema "Pulse" Interview

With Week 7 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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Dienhart: My Week 8 Big Ten bowl projections

Kain Colter

Mark Bursts Up the Middle for 48-Yard TD

Northwestern became the first Big Ten team to reach bowl eligibility with its 21-13 win at Minnesota. Wisconsin also enhanced its bowl prospects with a dominating 38-14 win at Purdue, as the Badgers now look like the clear favorite to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game.

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The week that was: Week 7's top 10 stories

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Team Jack

Basketball is in the air, Big Ten fans. Teams have started practice and there are still a few “Midnight Madness” events to look forward to this weekend. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, because it’s still football season. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 7 in this post. Also, watch our terrific “Team Jack” feature, a story that happens to land two spots on this list, now.

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Big Ten Links: What's ahead for contenders?

Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Groy (79) during the game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Northern Iowa 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Oct. 15th Afternoon Update

My first Big Ten Links of the weeks takes a look at how Wisconsin reloads on the offensive line. Losing star left tackle Ricky Wagner with a knee injury at Purdue hurts, but the Badgers front didn’t skip a beat with left guard Ryan Groy slipping into the spot. The result: Wisconsin ran for almost 500 yards on the Boilermakers.

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Counting 'em down: Week 7 top 10 plays

Braxton Miller

Mark Bursts Up the Middle for 48-Yard TD

The Big Ten had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in Week 7. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball had four or five of them himself, after all. See my top 10 plays from Saturday’s action in this post. What did I miss? Submit your play as a comment at the bottom of the post or tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Power Rankings: Badgers, Ball making moves

Montee Ball

Montee Ball Talks Postgame About Record-Setting Day

Montee Ball and the Wisconsin offense sure look like they are back. While still not nearly as explosive as last season’s unit, the offense has found its footing. After all, it went for 645 yards of offense in its 38-14 win at Purdue.

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How did we do? Week 7 picks revisited

Brutus

Week 7 Sights and Sounds

Before we turn our attention to Week 8, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 7 predictions. Dienhart led the way, at 4-1, good enough to move him into sole possession of first place in the season standings. BTN.com fans and myself both went 3-2.

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