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Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along. Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen

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Dienhart: My Week 8 Big Ten bowl projections

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. And Iowa asserted itself as a factor in the Legends with a stunning 19-16 double-overtime triumph at Michigan State. But no team improved its postseason prospects better than Michigan, which has appeared dominating the last two weeks in whipping Purdue, 44-13, and crushing Illinois, 45-0. The Wolverines are looking more

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 Links: What's ahead for contenders?

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. Groy has played every spot on the line, so moving around isn’t an issue. And, until further notice, he will remain at the key left tackle slot for the visit from Minnesota this Saturday for a Badger team that is

Montee Ball

Power Rankings: Badgers, Ball making moves

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. But where do the Badgers land on  my Week 8 Power Rankings? Find out in this post. 1. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0). The Buckeyes marched to 7-0 with a less-than-vintage 52-49 win at Indiana. And, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight to the losing. But that defense? Well, I’m a bit concerned. Still, this

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How did we do? Week 7 picks revisited

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. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 BTN.com fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Iowa 19, Michigan State 16 (2 OT) Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The Spartans will win this slugfest in the fourth quarter and will see their defense score a touchdown—or at least set

Jerry Kill released from hospital after seizure

(AP) Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has been released from the hospital one day after he had a seizure in the locker room after a loss to Northwestern. University physician Dr. Pat Smith issued a statement on Sunday saying Kill has been treated and is “in excellent health.” Kill has struggled with seizures for years, including several times last season in his first year with Minnesota. [RELATED: Relive all the action, highlights from the Northwestern-Minnesota game] School officials did not provide a status for next weekend’s game at Wisconsin. But Kill has never missed a game because of seizures and Smith

Tom's Top 10: Who's it going to be in the Legends?

Another week of Big Ten football in the books, another chance to offer some thoughts from around the conference. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 7. 1. Yes, Ohio State is 7-0 and the offense is playing great. But I remain concerned about the defense. On Saturday, the Buckeyes yielded 49 points to Indiana after allowing 38 last week to Nebraska. IU also had 481 yards of offense with 352 coming through the air. Ohio State ranks No. 10 in the Big Ten in total defense (400.0 ypg) and No. 8 in scoring defense (24.6

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Dienhart: What I learned in Week 7

It’s safe to say, the two teams in Michigan are headed in opposite directions. And it’s happening just in time for the annual rivalry game. Fresh off a 45-0 victory over Illinois, the Wolverines are beginning to assert themselves, while the Spartans suffered their third home loss of the season. See what else I learned in Week 7 Big Ten action in this post. 1. With a second emphatic victory in a row, Michigan may begin to be asserting itself. Since an off week after that disappointing 13-6 loss at Notre Dame, the Wolverines have won 44-13 at Purdue last

DiNardo's Week 7 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 Week 7 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Dienhart: What I learned in Week 7] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #ILLINI every coaching transition is different -this one is obviously one of the more difficult ones – major style change — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 14, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI – A year from now the Illinois coaching transition could look much different

Jerry Kill suffers seizure after loss to Wildcats

Following Saturday afternoon’s loss to Northwestern, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure in the coaches’ locker room at TCF Bank Stadium, the university announced in a press release. Kill was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance as a precaution. [AP: Kill has seizure after loss to Northwestern] Here’s the official release from Minnesota: “Kill was immediately attended to by team medical personnel before being transported to a local hospital by ambulance as a precaution. He is currently alert and resting comfortably. To respect Kill’s privacy during this time, the name of the hospital where he is receiving