It’s that time of the week again, time for Four Downs, an informative and fun look at the Saturday ahead.
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There aren’t many high-calorie contests on this 10-game Big Ten menu for Saturday, just light fare for the most part.
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Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6.
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There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin.
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The Big Ten office released its Week 3 Players of the Week on Monday morning, and Ohio State won two of the four awards. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton won Offensive Player of the Week and star linebacker Ryan Shazier took home Defensive Player of the Week. See all the honorees in this post.
Three weeks are in the books. And this much I know: I don’t know what to make about a lot of teams. My Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t suffer a massive shakeup following a strange Saturday. Michigan State and Minnesota are most upwardly mobile; Penn State and Illinois took significant hits. Check it out.
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