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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

Philly Brown

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

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Power Rankings: Surging Iowa shoots up list

With six schools off and just four games that featured no upsets, there was little movement in my weekly Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Iowa was the biggest winner, jumping three spots from No. 9 to No. 6. Conversely, Minnesota fell like a rock from No. 6 to No. 10. Here is my latest Power Poll. [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Football Championship Sweepstakes ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (5-0, 1-0). Braxton Miller looked impressive in his first action since early in the second game of the season. This team

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Tom's Take: Week 5 honors, grades, top 10 & more

There were just four games this Saturday, but that doesn’t mean there was any lack of action. Ohio State showed that it means business, and Iowa’s methodical victory at Minnesota sent a message: The Hawkeyes are over the doldrums of a 4-8 2012 season. Here is my wrap up on Week 5 in the Big Ten. Biggest surprise: Iowa. The Hawkeyes dispatched Minnesota with relative ease, using dominating play in the trenches on both sides of the ball to smother the Golden Gophers in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale. This shocked me. I thought Minnesota not only would have

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U.S. Marine Corps: BTN.com Leaders of Week 5

Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. Check out our Week 5 stars in this post. Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois. This senior signal caller set multiple passing records in Illinois’ 50-14 route over Miami (Ohio). Scheelhaase connected on 19-of-24 passes for 279 yards and five touchdowns, all of which came in the first half. His five touchdown passes tied a school record for the most TD strikes in a half. With the win, the

Gallery: Jared Abbrederis hauls in circus catch

Jared Abbrederis had himself a night in Wisconsin’s 31-24 loss at Ohio State. The veteran wide receiver finished with 10 catches for 207 yards and one touchdown. Several of the receptions were impressive ones, too – none better than his leaping grab in the first quarter. Abbrederis made the grab over a defender and managed to hold despite a hard fall to the turf. See a photo gallery of the catch in this post. [ MORE: Get live stats & scoring on our scoreboard page ] Abbrederis hauls in the pass… He tucks it in his right arm, as he

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Video: Watch our inspirational Darien Moran feature

Darien Moran is a big-time Wisconsin football fan. He’s also a 14-year-old battling Histiocytosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes tumors throughout his body. Moran got involved with Make-A-Wish, and his wish was to have his bedroom turned into a Wisconsin fan’s palace. The place is awesome. Even better: The Badgers did the makeover themselves. Watch the complete feature here. Plus, read Tom Dienhart’s feature on Moran and the Badgers. We’re happy to report Moran is currently tumor free. Best of luck to Moran and his family. Like a touching, inspirational story? You'll LOVE this @BadgerFootball fan's story. WATCH: –

Philly Brown

Live Blog: Track Week 5 Big Ten action

We live blogged throughout the Week 5 Big Ten slate: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24; Iowa 23, Minnesota 7; Illinois 50, Miami (OH) 14; Northern Illinois 55, Purdue 24. Jump on in to track all the action and get the best video highlights, tweets and photos. Use these links to track all the action: [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ]

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What's on tap for Saturday's slate of B1G games

Who’s ready to get conference play underway? We sure are! In order to get you ready for Saturday’s Big Ten action, here is a rundown of all four games on the slate and a recap of this week’s news leading up to the big weekend ahead. BTN’s coverage will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET with Miami (Ohio) at Illinois. That game will also be available on BTN2Go. GAMEDAY LINKS: LIVE SCOREBOARD | BTN CONNECT | BTN2GO | STANDINGS | POLLS Miami (OH) (0-3) at Illinois (2-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go A win over Miami (Ohio) tomorrow will give Illinois one more

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Fan makes a wish, Badgers make it come true

Here comes Darien Moran with his red Wisconsin “W” hat flipped backward over his closely cropped hair. Typical 14-year-old, bounding with energy at the start of a new day. Anything seems possible to a teen, even something as big as overcoming a rare disease. And that’s good because that’s exactly what Darien is doing. But this particular day isn’t about battling a disease. Nope. It’s about football—Wisconsin football. And Darien loves Wisconsin football. He looks good, squinting into the sun with his Aunt Terry and younger sister Ashley nearby in the shadow of Camp Randall Stadium. A smile splits his