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Big Ten Football: Tom Dienhart's hot takes heading into Week 5

Sep 12, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers safety Nate Gerry (25) celebrates his pass interception with tackle Chase Urbach (92) during the game against the South Alabama Jaguars in the fist half at Memorial Stadium.

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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.

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Big Ten links: 5 teams in the Big Ten West title chase

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The race to win the Big Ten West shapes up as a wild and wooly one, with five teams seemingly in the hunt (sorry, Illinois and Purdue). And the opening Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action will give us an early taste of what’s to come with three key West Division tilts: Iowa at Wisconsin; Minnesota at Northwestern; Nebraska at Illinois. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a nice breakdown of the contenders.

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