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Week 8: We predict all six 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 seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 8 Power Rankings | Week 8 Player Rankings | Week 8 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 BTN.com fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along. Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen

Week 8 Player Rankings: Ball reenters list

With Week 7 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 8 Power

Dienhart: My Week 8 Big Ten bowl projections

Northwestern became the first Big Ten team to reach bowl eligibility with its 21-13 win at Minnesota. Wisconsin also enhanced its bowl prospects with a dominating 38-14 win at Purdue, as the Badgers now look like the clear favorite to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game. And Iowa asserted itself as a factor in the Legends with a stunning 19-16 double-overtime triumph at Michigan State. But no team improved its postseason prospects better than Michigan, which has appeared dominating the last two weeks in whipping Purdue, 44-13, and crushing Illinois, 45-0. The Wolverines are looking more

Counting 'em down: Week 7 top 10 plays

The Big Ten had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in Week 7. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball had four or five of them himself, after all. See my top 10 plays from Saturday’s action in this post. What did I miss? Submit your play as a comment at the bottom of the post or tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina). 10. Venric Mark 48-yard TD run 9. Braxton Miller 67-yard TD run 8. Akeem Hunt 81-yard TD run 7. Tyler Scott sack-fumble seals Northwestern win 6. Montee Ball lowers the boom on run 5. Devin Smith avoids several Hoosiers on second

Power Rankings: Badgers, Ball making moves

Montee Ball and the Wisconsin offense sure look like they are back. While still not nearly as explosive as last season’s unit, the offense has found its footing. After all, it went for 645 yards of offense in its 38-14 win at Purdue. But where do the Badgers land on  my Week 8 Power Rankings? Find out in this post. 1. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0). The Buckeyes marched to 7-0 with a less-than-vintage 52-49 win at Indiana. And, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight to the losing. But that defense? Well, I’m a bit concerned. Still, this

How did we do? Week 7 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 8, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 7 predictions. Dienhart led the way, at 4-1, good enough to move him into sole possession of first place in the season standings. BTN.com fans and myself both went 3-2. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 BTN.com fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Iowa 19, Michigan State 16 (2 OT) Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The Spartans will win this slugfest in the fourth quarter and will see their defense score a touchdown—or at least set

Tom's Top 10: Who's it going to be in the Legends?

Another week of Big Ten football in the books, another chance to offer some thoughts from around the conference. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 7. 1. Yes, Ohio State is 7-0 and the offense is playing great. But I remain concerned about the defense. On Saturday, the Buckeyes yielded 49 points to Indiana after allowing 38 last week to Nebraska. IU also had 481 yards of offense with 352 coming through the air. Ohio State ranks No. 10 in the Big Ten in total defense (400.0 ypg) and No. 8 in scoring defense (24.6

DiNardo's Week 7 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 7 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Dienhart: What I learned in Week 7] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #ILLINI every coaching transition is different -this one is obviously one of the more difficult ones – major style change — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 14, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI – A year from now the Illinois coaching transition could look much different

Ball sets record, lifts Wisconsin past Purdue

Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon. James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain. Ball moved past Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson and now is alone in third place in NCAA history with 72 total career touchdowns. [RELATED: Montee Ball ties, breaks Big Ten TD record] Akeem Hunt ran for 85 yards and a touchdown for Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2), who were coming