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Braxton Miller

Fours Downs: Truths, thoughts & numbers

Once again, Saturday is almost here and I’ve rolled up my sleeves and cranked out four downs worth of football predictions, thoughts, and truths about Week 13 of the Big Ten football season. Why four downs? Because in this post we never punt. I’ve given you my game previews (watch out for Minnesota, folks), and we posted some semi-fantastic picks along with the rest of the team. The best of Week 13 is also up, and you had some great letters in my mailbag this week, too. For instance, can Michigan State beat Ohio State? So here now is

Devin Smith Paul Bunyan Axe

Best of Week 13: Here's what's at stake in Big Ten

What’s the best game for Week 13? The top quarterback matchup? What team is on upset alert? Who’s in a must-win situation? As usual, I line up all of that and more in the Best of Week 13. Noon games on BTN/BTN2Go: Illinois (3-7) at Purdue (1-9) and Michigan (7-3) at Iowa (6-4). Don’t forget to use BTN GameFinder. Then the 3:30 p.m. game on BTN/BTN2Go: Nebraska (7-3) at Penn State (6-4). Full TV schedule info is on our football scoreboard page. Let’s get to the best of the best. Best game: It’s the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe between

Week 13 Picks

Week 13: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season,’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. Twelve weeks down, Bardo and Merriman sit atop the season standings, at 70-14. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 13 Previews | Week 13 schedule ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 70-14 Week 13 picks: Illinois 28, Purdue 24; Iowa, 27, Michigan 24; Michigan State 38, Northwestern 10;

Carlos Hyde

Week 13 Previews: Plenty to play for Saturday

The penultimate week of the season is upon us, with some interesting storylines. Minnesota will try to win the Axe from Wisconsin for the first time since 2003, while Michigan State and Ohio State will look to win outright the Legends and Leaders Division, respectively. The Buckeyes also are aiming for win No. 23 in a row in its quest for the BCS title game. Here’s a look at all of the Week 13 matchups. ILLINOIS (3-7, 0-6) at PURDUE (1-9, 0-6) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why you should watch: Someone is going to win a Big Ten game! Both

CB: Darqueze Dennard

'Journey' profiles Dennard, Hackenberg

Tonight on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013” presented by Best Buy we learn how Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard went from unknown recruit to one of the Big Ten’s best defensive players. We also track how Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has quickly learned the intricacies of Bill O’Brien’s system, and how Ohio State defensive back Christian Bryant has remained a contributor despite being sidelined by injury. The show airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Our usual game highlights focus on Ohio State-Illinois and Michigan State-Nebraska. Follow BTN’s popular documentary-style show “The Journey” on Twitter and

Frank Kaminsky

Tuesday hoops roundup: Kaminsky nets record 43

There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Tuesday night, including Wisconsin taking down North Dakota, 103-85. The 103 points marked the first time the Badgers eclipsed 100 points since December 1995. But the bigger story was Frank Kaminsky, who scored a team single-game record 43. Catch up on all of Tuesday’s action in this post. [ MORE: Get Stephen Bardo’s Power Rankings | Bardo’s top 5 dunkers ] MINNESOTA 82, COASTAL CAROLINA 72 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Andre Hollins helped Minnesota overcome a sluggish performance, scoring 19 points for the Gophers in an 82-72

Braxton Miller

Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 12

It was a Saturday filled with blowouts. Still, there was a lot to learn, beginning with the continued domination of Ohio State and Michigan State. Oh, and Wisconsin is pretty good, too. Everyone else? See what I learned in Week 12 in this post. 1. Ohio State’s offense is really good. The unit has averaged 59.6 points the last three games, scoring 63 (Penn State), 56 (Purdue) and 60 (Illinois) as it tries to make a BCS statement. (I don’t care what Urban Meyer says.) The fewest points the Buckeyes have scored all season has been 31 in a 31-24

R.J. Shelton

Power Rankings: There's a new No. 2 team this week

Ohio State remains on top with another impressive victory, but I finally am moving Michigan State past Wisconsin and into the No. 2 spot in my power rankings. Yes, that win at Nebraska was that vital. Sorry, Wisconsin. Without a doubt, there seems to be a big drop between the top three teams and everyone else. [ MORE: What did Tom learn in Week 12? | Week 12 honors, grades & stock reports ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (10-0, 6-0). Yes, the Buckeyes let Illinois get a bit too close in the second half. Still, this was another

Jake Butt

How did we do? Week 12 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 13, it’s time to revisit how the team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 12 Big Ten predictions. Stephen Bardo went 5-0 and everyone else went 4-1, missing the Michigan-Northwestern game, meaning Bardo and Sean Merriman are tied atop the standings. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 12 scoreboard | Week 12 grades, stocks | What did Tom learn? |  Power Rankings ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 70-14 Week 12 record: 4-1 Week 12 picks: Penn State 27, Purdue 10; Wisconsin 56, Indiana

Gerry DiNardo

Twitter: Get DiNardo's Week 12 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 12 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 12? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #Illini Best way to measure progress in 2013 the first 4 games (3-1) and the last 4. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 17, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Can't control B1G schedule @ UW & OSU back to back