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Dienhart: Big Ten Hot & Not

In arguably the biggest weekend this season in the Big Ten, Nebraska announced that it still is in the hunt for the Legends Division title with a dominating win over Michigan State, Minnesota carded its first Big Ten win and Penn State remained perfect in Big Ten play. Following is a look at who was hot and who was not in Week 9 action.

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Nebraska Shuts Down Michigan State

Nebraska's Joseph Carter

Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

(AP) Rex Burkhead scored three touchdowns and ran for 130 yards on 35 carries, and No. 13 Nebraska defeated ninth-ranked Michigan State 24-3 Saturday to take control of the Big Ten Legends Division. Burkhead, who went over 100 yards for the fifth time in six games, scored at the end of 80- and 89-yard drives in the third quarter to put Nebraska up 24-3. Taylor Martinez completed 6 of 7 passes for 80 yards in the third quarter after going 1 for 6 in the first half. Michigan State (6-2, 3-1), coming off the incredible finish to its win over Wisconsin last week, managed just 187 yards against Nebraska’s improving defense. Kirk Cousins was 11 of 27 for 86 yards, with an interception that set up the Huskers’ first score. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Football Report Interviews

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Montee Ball Interview

In case you missed Friday’s Football Report, Mike Hall, Tony Banks and Rosevelt Colvin previewed this weekend’s upcoming games.  BTN LiveBIG host Dhani Jones joined them to look at the matchup between the Spartans’ defense and the Cornhuskers’ offense.  The guest list was also extensive – including an interview with Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and segments with Michigan state defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and Nebraska radio football color commentator Matt Davison.

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Dienhart: Weekend Football Selections

Week 9 is here, and my picks are in. It’s a huge Saturday with a myriad of storylines. Can Michigan State win its fifth in a row while navigating through a brutal gauntlet of games? Will Wisconsin rebound from the adversity of its first loss? Can Illinois stop the bleeding of a two-game losing skid? Could Purdue win at Michigan for a second time in a row? I pick those games and the others.

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Get BTN's in-game football updates via Twitter

In 2011 social media has become an important part of a sports fan’s daily diet of information. And while BTN has been on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for some time now, we want to mention something we’ve rolled out for followers of our 12 BTN school-specific Twitter accounts.  In addition to school-specific BTN.com links and videos these school accounts offer up in-game football updates for your Big Ten football teams.

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Dienhart: 12 Things To Watch for Saturday

This is the biggest week yet in the Big Ten with many marquee matchups. Each division features a headlining game with the big Legends Division matchup of Michigan State at Nebraska and the key Leaders Division clash between Wisconsin and Ohio State. Here are my 12 things to watch for this Saturday.

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Watch your Coach's Media Session

Ohio State's Thad Matta

Tom Crean - Media Day 2011

BTN.com streamed live video from Thursday’s Big Ten Conference Basketball Media Days in Chicago. If you didn’t get the chance to watch your Big Ten men’s coach address the media live, we’ve got you covered. The Thursday morning sessions with every Big Ten coach will be archived on our men’s basketball video page.

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