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Big Ten Hot Takes: Ten thoughts on the football season so far

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Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz will be the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Minnesota was right to remove the “interim coach” tag from Tracy Claeys. Like it or not, this is an historic run by Ohio State. Read these takes and more in senior writer Tom Dienhart’s last-minute prep for Saturday’s football games.

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Five facts heading into Week 11 of the Big Ten football season

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Just when you thought the Big Ten season couldn’t get any more exciting, boom! Nebraska upsets previously unbeaten Michigan State at home. Iowa eeks out an eight point win at Indiana. Wisconsin gets a stern test at Maryland and comes away winning by a touchdown. Ohio State finds itself in a one-score game in the fourth quarter in Columbus against Minnesota before winning by 14. And then Northwestern lets a 20-7 lead slip away … to eventually win on a last second field goal against Penn State, 23-21. As the adage goes, “any given Saturday”.

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Big Ten links: Ready for a projected hoops tourney bracket ... in November?

Today we have USA Today projection – wait for it – an early NCAA men ‘s basketball bracket. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart’s roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.

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Taking a quick look at Big Ten East vs. Big Ten West matchups

Oct 31, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; The Maryland Terrapins face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes line of scrimmage during the second half at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 31-15.  Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Long discusses Iowa's CFP ranking

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Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.

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