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Saturday football: Plan ahead with our Week 5 Big Ten football schedule & TV info

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2:30 PMNorthwestern at Rutgers Watch
3:00 PMIowa at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan St. at Penn St.Watch
7:00 PMMinnesota at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan at Rutgers Watch
8:00 PMIndiana at NebraskaWatch
8:00 PMMaryland at NorthwesternWatch
8:00 PMPurdue at IowaWatch

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Ohio State finishes No. 1 on USA Today's first Fan Index

Which team had the ultimate college football fanbase in 2014? According to USAToday’s first Fan Index, it’s non other than Big Ten champ Ohio State. The Buckeyes topped the publication’s first-ever Fan Index, which combined fan voting and social media activity throughout the season to determine the rankings, ahead of Sugar Bowl opponent Alabama. Four other Big Ten programs landed in the top 15: Nebraska (No. 7), Michigan (No. 12), Penn State (No. 14), Wisconsin (No. 15). Check out where all of the Big Ten teams landed below 1. Ohio State 7. Nebraska 12. Michigan 14. Penn State 15. Wisconsin

USAToday.com: 10 Big Ten assistants among nation's top 50 highest-paid

The Big Ten was home to two of the top 10 highest-paid college football assistants in 2014. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi came in at No. 7 ($907,033) to pace the Big Ten, while Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was No. 10 ($888,333). Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster topped the list ($1,369,500), $6,500 ahead of Alabama DC Kirby Smart. The Big Ten had 10 assistants land in the top 50. Surprisingly, Big Ten champ Ohio State wasn’t represented until No. 33 (Luke Fickell; $600,000). BIG TEN COACHES IN TOP 50 7. Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State – $907,033 10.

Big Ten recognizes fall Academic All-Big Ten honorees

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 977 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. [ MORE: View 2014 Academic All-Big Ten honorees ] The list of honored student-athletes features 91 field hockey players, 299 football players, 77 men’s and 153 women’s cross country runners, 88 men’s and 170 women’s soccer players and 99 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. At least

Images of the Year

Video: Watch this stunning Big Ten football Images of the Year video

On BTN’s “Big Ten Championship Pregame Show” we revealed the Big Ten Football Images of the Year, which included Ameer Abdullah’s game winning TD against McNeese State and Melvin Gordon’s record-breaking performance against Nebraska. The segment also included an incredible original painting by Barrett Keithley who approached a blank canvas and created a masterpiece. Watch it all in this post.

Savannah State at Indiana

Big Ten hoops roundup: Get scores, recaps & video from Saturday's action

It was a busy day of Big Ten men’s basketball, as 12 teams were in action. No. 19 Michigan State and No. 14 Ohio State rolled to victories to highlight the action. Catch up on all 12 games on our Big Ten scoreboard. In other action, Indiana walloped Savannah State, while No. 17 Michigan and Purdue suffered stunning losses to New Jersey Institute of Technology and North Florida, respectively. See all of the other results below. *** NJIT 72,  Michigan 70: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Damon Lynn made a critical 3-pointer with less than three minutes to go and

Could bowl-eligible Big Ten team miss the postseason? Read the Big Ten links

Even though it’s bowl eligible with six wins, could Penn State—or any other 6-6 and 7-5 Big Ten team–be left out of the postseason? Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com says the outcome of Saturday’s Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Ohio State will be a major factor in determining whether a team stays home or not. If Wisconsin beats Ohio State, it’s a near certainty that everyone is going bowling because the Big Ten would likely have three programs — Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin — in a New Year’s bowl. If the Buckeyes win, however, the league could