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Week 7 Previews: It'll be a great one in Madison

We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees. Here are my Week 7 previews. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bowl Projections | Pick Week 7 winners ] NEBRASKA (4-1, 1-0) at PURDUE (1-4, 0-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why you should watch: The maligned Cornhusker defense

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

Get a sneak peek at tonight's 'Journey'

Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, you can watch the season premiere of “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013” presented by Best Buy as our creew goes behind the scenes for the 2013 Big Ten football season. On our first show, we follow first-year Big Ten coaches in Purdue’s Darrell Hazell and Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen a they take us inside their meetings and practices in preparation for their conference season opening games. Hazell was wired for sound as we covered the Purdue-Wisconsin conference opener. [ MORE: Bookmark our online TV schedule to get the latest BTN TV listings ]

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

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

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

Video: Did you see our new mini mascot BTN2Go ad?

Have you seen our new BTN2Go ad? We really like, and we hope you’ll feel the same way. The ad features Big Ten fans walking around with their team’s mini mascot strapped to their chest. Yes, for real. It’s all part of our plan to remind Big Ten fans that they can take BTN with them wherever there go with BTN2Go app. VIDEO: Mini Sparty & Mini Brutus slapping each other? We promise you'll remember our new BTN2Go ad. WATCH: – http://t.co/LnaWXMmLrd — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 5, 2013

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

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 Coach Jerry Kill:  Listen to

Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 5

Quality over quantity was the theme Saturday in the Big Ten, which had just four games. The marquee matchup between Wisconsin and Ohio State lived up to its billing, as the Buckeyes reaffirmed that they are the best team in the conference. Iowa and Illinois also showed they mean business, as each program continues to surprise. Purdue? Well, it’s gonna be a long season in West Lafayette. See what I learned this Saturday. 1. Braxton Miller is A-OK. He essentially had missed the last three games recovering from a strained MCL in his left knee. Rusty? Out of synch? Off

How did we do? Week 5 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 6, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 5 Big Ten predictions. Big Ten fans and Sean Merriman both went 4-0, putting the former in sole possession of first place for the first time this season. Congrats, fans! [ MORE: Power Rankings | What Tom Learned in Week 5 | Week 5 honors, grades & more ] Big Ten fans Week 5 record: 4-0 Season record: 43-7 Week 5 picks: See polls below Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) Week 5 record: 3-1 Season record: 42-8 Week