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Iowa edged No. 19 Wisconsin, 10-6, at Camp Randall Stadium and No. 16 Northwestern shut out Minnesota, 27-0, at Ryan Field to highlight early Week 5 Big Ten action. In other early action, No. 2 Michigan State held off Purdue, No. 22 Michigan blanked Maryland and Penn State edged Army.
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With the Baltimore Ravens playing Thursday night and Michigan at Maryland on Saturday afternoon, many expected John Harbaugh to be on the Wolverines’ sideline at Byrd Stadium.
BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” documents the amazing story of Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh, who was born in Sierra Leone, Africa, just as that country’s civil war was escalating. Watch a small clip here, then tune in for the entire feature in our pregame coverage starting at 10:30 a.m. ET.
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Big Ten action is finally here on a full-scale. And there are three interesting clashes involving West Division squads that will help set up an early pecking order in what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats are looking to remain perfect, while the Fighting Illini are looking for a signature victory and the Huskers for some credibility.
Conference play begins in earnest, with six Big Ten games. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts that will go a long way in shaping what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern.