Dienhart: Week 9 Player Rankings

The Big Ten is loaded with standout players on both sides of the ball. There’s Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff, Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David and Michigan State wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, who joined The Next Level on Tuesday night. Watch the interview now.

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Week 9: Listen to your Coach

It’s Week 9 of the Big Ten football season and we just posted the audio for all 12 Big Ten coaches on the Big Ten Conference Tuesday teleconference with reporters as we do each and every week. Also, our friends at @B1Gfootball usually chronicles the call live on Twitter so follow them for updates from the conference.

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Dienhart: Week 9 Best Suggestions

The stretch drive of the season is entering a higher gear with two big matchups on tap in what looks like the best collection of games yet in 2011. The headliner is Michigan State at Nebraska in a key game that will determine pecking order in the Legends Division. The other tilt to watch is a big Leaders Division battle between Wisconsin at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are coming off an off week rested, ready and perhaps with a few new wrinkles. How will the Badgers respond coming off their first loss of the season? Come tell me in the comments box below, or drop me a note in my BTN.com mailbag.

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Interview: Penn State's Erica Walsh

No. 14 Penn State women’s soccer won Big Ten title No. 14 this past weekend on Sunday in a 4-0 victory at Michigan. It’s the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport, putting Penn State one ahead of the current Northwestern women’s tennis squad. BTN’s Lisa Byington talks with Penn State women’s soccer coach Erica Walsh as the Nittany Lions are on the verge of capturing another Big Ten Title. Read more about the clinching win and the team at GoPSUsports.com.

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Dienhart: What I Learned in Week 8

The nation still is buzzing about Michigan State’s electric victory over Wisconsin that shook up the national title picture. But Week 8 also saw some saw quarterbacks emerge at Indiana, Penn State and Purdue. It also featured Iowa and Nebraska take care of business and show they still mean business in the Legends Division.

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