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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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Five facts to know heading into Week 5 of the Big Ten football season

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With non-conference play in the books for 12 of 14 teams, it’s finally time to test each other and figure out who is the best in the Big Ten this season. These are the real games where every win and loss will determine who will be making that trip to Indianapolis in December, and that first step begins this weekend.

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Best of Week 5: All eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts


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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.

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