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Week 5 Big Ten Previews: Get excited, Big Ten play is here!

Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) call a play in the huddle during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Here's what Big Ten play means to star players

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The first full week of Big Ten action awaits in Week 5. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West clashes.

Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota’s journey to Northwestern will help set a framework for what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West clash. And Nebraska goes to Illinois in a battle between two West teams looking to get a foothold in the division.

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Get Tom Dienhart's best of Big Ten non-conference action

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Anthony Zettel joins family in stands

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The Big Ten has 54 non-conference games in the book with just two to go (Rutgers and Penn State both still will play Army). And, it did pretty well vs Power Five leagues, going 10-9.

But before Big Ten action commences Saturday, let’s take a look back to digest what we witnessed in non-conference action.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Surging Michigan enters top 5

Sep 26, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines marching band flag bearers prior to the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 31-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Best touchdown run of the year, Big Ten fans?

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It basically was business as usual in the last week of full-blown non-conference games. And the power rankings reflect that—as well as a growing affinity for all things Michigan.

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