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Week 8: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 8 Power Rankings | Week 8 Player Rankings | Week 8 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 BTN.com fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”

Heisman watch: Mark gets back in conversation

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller continues to strengthen his Heisman candidacy—not just in the Big Ten, but nationally. West Virginia’s loss at Texas Tech hurts the resume of quarterback Geno Smith, but he remains in the race. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein continues to roll, and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o also is in the mix. Miller also has a strong case. He’s coming off another sterling effort in a win at Indiana in what looks like a wide-open Heisman race. [RELATED: Week 8 Power Rankings | Week 8 Player Rankings | Week 8 Bowl Projections] In addition to Miller,

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

Big Ten links: Another Wrigley game would be fun

Nebraska plays at Northwestern this Saturday in Evanston, but that venue could change in the future. Why? Money. A lot of people could make a lot of it if Nebraska played Northwestern in venerable Wrigley Field. And, it could happen, according to Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald. Shatel cites a source at TD Ameritrade, who says the idea of playing the 2014 Nebraska-Northwestern game at Wrigley is being kicked around by Ameritrade officials and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, an Omaha, Neb., native and son of Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts. A source in the Nebraska athletic department said officials also

Clothes Call: NU to wear new black uni Saturday

It will be a blackout Saturday at Ryan Field for Northwestern’s highly anticipated tussle with Nebraska. The Wildcats, who last week wore black pants on the road for the first time this season, announced Monday that they will debut a new black Under Armour jersey and sport an all-black uniform this week. While an all-black look is nothing new for Northwestern – it wore it last season vs. Michigan – it’s something that should only add to what figures to be a great atmosphere at Ryan Field. Not only are the Wildcats 6-1, they’re hosting a national power in Nebraska,

Week 8 Player Rankings: Ball reenters list

With Week 7 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 8 Power

NCAA profiles Northwestern fan Kevin Schneider

We introduced you to Kevin Schneider, one of Northwestern’s No. 1 fans, in June. If you don’t recall, he’s the man who loves to collect schedule cards and other promotional giveaways. The 35-year-old lives with a developmental disability and his story is so good, the NCAA did a feature on him. Watch the YouTube video in this post. [NUSports.com: Kevin Scheider Collects Schedule Cards, Gives Much More] Here’s the address to send a donation, if interested: Schedule Cards for Kevin c/o Northwestern Athletic Communications 1501 Central St. Evanston, IL  60208

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

Counting 'em down: Week 7 top 10 plays

The Big Ten had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in Week 7. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball had four or five of them himself, after all. See my top 10 plays from Saturday’s action in this post. What did I miss? Submit your play as a comment at the bottom of the post or tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina). 10. Venric Mark 48-yard TD run 9. Braxton Miller 67-yard TD run 8. Akeem Hunt 81-yard TD run 7. Tyler Scott sack-fumble seals Northwestern win 6. Montee Ball lowers the boom on run 5. Devin Smith avoids several Hoosiers on second

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