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'Journey' follows Robinson, Simon, Mauti

In the opening episode of “The Journey 2012” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, learn what’s at stake for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson during his senior year, and we also go back and find out more about his talents as a sprinter in high school. Also in the debut, meet Ohio State’s John Simon and see how his work ethic and toughness defines the Buckeyes defense and represents the values of his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. We also follow Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and learn how this leader has kept the Penn State team focused and together. Find Internet-only

Week 6: We predict all five 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 five weeks, it’s BTN.com fans on top, at 41-11, while Tom is one game out and Brent sits two back. See our Week 6 predictions and choose your winners in this post. Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”: SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Week 6 Power Rankings | Week 6 Player Rankings | Week

Lande's Big Board: Mauti debuts, joins us for interview

A couple days ago, Penn State LB Michael Mauti was named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week for his six-tackle, two-interception performance at Illinois. On Tuesday, he debuted on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s latest Big Board. Mauti entered the list at No. 9, but will concerns over his surgically repaired knees worry NFL scouts? As impressive as Mauti looks on tape, Lande knows NFL teams will do their homework. “The reality is, come the (NFL) Combine, they’re going to stretch his knees, they’re going to check everything five ways to Sunday to figure out if he’s healthy

Dienhart: Week 6 Big Ten questions

Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for Big Ten teams entering Week 6, the second week of conference play. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Can the Fighting Illini get on track? This is a team that needs something positive to happen—anything—that is positive. Illinois is coming off consecutive blowout losses at home, losing 52-24 to Louisiana Tech and 35-7 to Penn State. Now comes back-to-back road games at Wisconsin and Michigan. Bottom

Best of Week 6: Bo Pelini returns to Columbus

This week’s schedule is loaded with three good games, the headliner being Nebraska’s trip to Ohio State. Each could be the top team in their respective division. The subplots are thick, with great quarterback and head coaching battles leading the way. Oh, and Bo Pelini, a Youngstown, Ohio, native returns to Ohio State, where he was a defensive back from 1987-90. The Buckeyes also are looking for revenge. The Cornhuskers roared back from a 21-point second-half deficit to beat the Buckeyes, 34-27, last year in the first Big Ten game played at Memorial Stadium. [RELATED: Week 6 Power Rankings |

Week 6 Player Rankings: Hello, Matt McGloin

With Week 5 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 6 Power

Week 6 Power Rankings: Ohio State stays on top

Ohio State solidified its case for the top spot in my Week 6 Power Rankings, this after going into East Lansing at knocking off Michigan State. But what about the rest of my list? See my latest rankings in this post. Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below or tweet me (@BTNTomDienhart). 1. Ohio State (5-0, 1-0). The Buckeyes finally put together a good four quarters at Michigan State, quelling some fears of inconsistency on both sides of the ball that some had for Ohio State. The maligned defense was especially impressive vs. Michigan State. Could this team

How did we do? Big Ten Week 5 picks revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 6, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 5 predictions. BTN.com fans went 5-1 and Tom and I went 4-2, meaning the fans have moved into sole possession of first place in the season standings. After five weeks, BTN.com fans are 41-11, one game ahead of Tom. I’m bringing up the rear, at 39-13. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings] Penn State 35, Illinois 7 Tom’s pick: Penn State, 28-20 –

Tom's Top 10: Forget about 'Film Gate'

And then there were two. The first week of Big Ten play saw previously undefeated Minnesota suffer its first loss of the season. That leaves Ohio State and Northwestern, both 5-0, as the Big Ten’s lone remaining perfect teams (B1G standings). See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 5. 1. The Ohio State “film gate.” Michigan State claims that Ohio State doctored game film of its offense that it sent the Spartan staff prior to their recent game. MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says OSU cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays of its first

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 5

The opening week of Big Ten play did not disappoint, as Ohio State and Nebraska each claimed late wins over Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively, in two of the day’s biggest games. But what did I learn from the first week of Big Ten action. See the five biggest things in this post. 1. Ohio State may not lose again. Really. A 17-16 win at Michigan State moves the Buckeyes to 5-0 in Urban Meyer’s first season in what was the team’s best performance of the season. And Ohio State should be favored in every remaining game this season. Just