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Twitter poll: Which unit faces biggest test?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which unit has the toughest matchup Saturday? The choices: #NorthwesternDefense, #UWDefense, #IUOffense, #PSUOffense or #PurdueDefense Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are:  #NorthwesternDefense #UWDefense #IUOffense #PSUOffense #PurdueDefense

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Gary Andersen:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:  Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:  Listen to Interim Coach Tracy Claeys:  Listen to Coach Tim Beckman:  Listen

Tonight on BTN: Penn State at Alabama (1986)

Penn State’s 1986 national championship run included a late October 23-3 win at then-No. 2 Alabama. As was the case throughout the memorable season, on this day, it was all about the defense, which limited the Crimson Tide to 44 rushing yards and registered five sacks and five turnovers. The 20-point margin marked the worst Alabama home loss in a decade. Watch a clip from the game now and catch the entire thing at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN/BTN2Go. The Nittany Lions, of course, went on to finish the season unbeaten, one of Joe Paterno’s five perfect seasons in

Dienhart: There's talk of a football federation

This should get your attention on a Tuesday morning in early October. Interesting meetings going on at Big Ten headquarters, where league officials and conference athletic directors are discussing a possible football federation. Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s possible the new football structure and rules could be voted upon at the annual NCAA convention Jan. 15-18, 2014 in San Diego. “Northern Iowa and Iowa, for example, we might vote similarly for basketball, for wrestling,” Iowa A.D. Gary Barta said. “But there might be certain things in the sport of football because of the size and scope

Which highlights made our Week 6 top 10 plays?

Week 6 featured plenty of highlight-reel plays. There was something for everyone, too. There was a successful fake punt, there was a punt blocked for a touchdown, there was a long pick-6, and there was a phenomenal leaping, one-handed grab. Relive our Week 6 top 10 plays in this post. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 grades, honors ] VIDEO: Could any play challenge Kenny Bell's one-hander in our Week 6 top 10 plays? WATCH – http://t.co/p5fUFdJI1E — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 7, 2013 What play did we miss?

Power Rankings: OSU bolsters case for top spot

Six weeks are in the books, and Ohio State still sits atop my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But pecking order behind the Buckeyes remains in flux as schools continue to jockey to ride shotgun with Ohio State. The big winners this week: Michigan State and Indiana, who happen to also play this Saturday. Here are my power rankings. [ MORE: Dienhart: Nothing was going to stop OSU on this night ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (6-0, 2-0). That’s two terrific wins in a row over arguably the second- and third-best teams in the Big Ten

Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 6

My grandfather always told me to learn at least one thing every day. Well, he would be proud of me, because I didn’t learn just one thing on Saturday—I learned 10 during the first full Saturday of Big Ten action. Have a look at the knowledge I acquired. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Tom’s Take | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 Leaders of the Week ] 1. Ohio State can exhale. The Buckeyes have made it through the toughest two-game stretch of their season, beating Wisconsin at home last week and prevailing at Northwestern on Saturday. This team may

Tom's Take: My Week 6 honors, grades, top 10 & more

The first Saturday of full-blown Big Ten action was filled with highs and lows, culminating with a pulsating 40-30 Ohio State victory over Northwestern that kept alive the Buckeyes’ national title dreams. Michigan State made a statement with a big win at Iowa, Indiana notched a signature win for Kevin Wilson, Nebraska had perhaps its best effort of the season, and Michigan posted a strong win after a couple shaky efforts. Here’s is a look at Week 6. Biggest surprise: Indiana. The game vs. Penn State may have been a must-win as far as getting to a bowl. And, the

How did we do? Week 6 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 7, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 6 Big Ten predictions. Sean Merriman went 4-1 to lead the way, while Big Ten fans and the rest of our panel went 3-2. That means it’s Merriman and Big Ten fans tied atop the standings, at 46-9. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What Tom Learned in Week 6 | Week 6 honors, grades & more ] Big Ten fans Season record: 46-9 Week 6 record: 3-2 Week 6 picks: See polls below Sean Merriman (@BTNSean)

Twitter: Get DiNardo's Week 6 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s Week 6 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 6? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #Illini head into bye week with 3 wins with at least 3 matchup opponents after week off. Exceeding expectations so far — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 6, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers They beat an opp they've never beaten,