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Mailbag: Our expert tackles your questions

The cards and letters keep coming in. Thanks. And, by the look of things, many of you are excited about what Minnesota is doing. No doubt, to be 8-2 and riding a four-game winning streak is pretty incredible. Michigan has many flummoxed. And Nebraska’s rise has stirred the masses. Let me dig in on answering some of your letters. Let’s get to your notes. And if you have new questions – football or basketball –  scroll down to the bottom. I read all of my mail. I’m also on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart. As far as skill positions (QB, RB, WR,

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 Coach Jerry Kill:  Listen to

Bowl Projections: Ohio State still smelling roses

Ohio State saw its stock rise in the BCS standings—and it didn’t even play. Oregon’s loss to Stanford on Thursday allowed the Buckeyes to move from No. 4 to No. 3 in the BCS standings, one spot closer to being in position to play for the national championship. Will Ohio State get there? No. 1 Alabama has some tough games left, including a game at Auburn. No. 2 Florida State doesn’t really have any scary games left. Bottom line: There is still hope for the Buckeyes, but they will need help even if they win out. For Wisconsin to be

Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 11

Week 11 of the season was eye-opening on many levels. Nebraska is still alive and kicking with a chance to win the Legends Division, while Michigan is still searching for answers. And then there’s Minnesota, which keeps on authoring a new amazing chapter in its storybook season. Here is what I learned. 1. The Big Ten is loaded with good running backs. In fact, no conference may have a better collection. Take your pick from the likes of Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and James White, Minnesota’s David Cobb, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston,

Power Rankings: Where is Michigan this week?

With two of my top three teams off this Saturday in No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan State, the top of my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t change much. In fact, the rankings only got tweaked, as no big upsets took place. But with MSU playing at Nebraska next week, big changes could be coming. [ MORE: Check out the latest college football polls ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (9-0, 5-0). The Buckeyes were hoping to have their BCS title game hopes lifted during a bye week. And, they did, with Oregon falling to Stanford.

How did we do? Week 11 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 12, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 11 Big Ten predictions. Everyone went 4-1, with the entire panel misfiring on Michigan over Nebraska, meaning Sean Merriman remains atop the season standings. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Week 11 grades, stocks | What did Tom learn? |  Power Rankings ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 66-13 Week 11 record: 4-1 Week 11 picks: Minnesota 28, Penn State 23; Iowa 24, Purdue 7; Indiana 38,

Idle Ohio State moves up to No. 3 in BCS Standings

Idle Ohio State moved up to No. 3 in the latest BCS Standings following then-No. 2 Oregon’s loss at Stanford. The Buckeyes (.8926), who trail No. 1 Alabama (.9958) and No. 2 Florida State (.9619), had been stuck at No. 4 in each of the poll’s first three installments. Michigan State and Wisconsin come in at No. 16 and No. 22, respectively. See all the polls in this post. BCS Standings Rankings as of 11/10/2013 Rank School Total Prev Rank 1 Alabama (9-0) .9958 1 2 Florida State (9-0) .9619 2 3 Ohio State (9-0) .8926 4 4 Stanford (8-1)

Twitter: Get DiNardo's Week 11 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 11 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 11? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #Illini 612 yds total off, gave up 650 yds, Def vs. SIU 407, Miami 250, IU 650, vs. PU in two weeks???? — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 10, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Big win,Close as prog been 2

Tom's Take: My Week 11 honors, grades & stocks

An interesting Saturday of action, with Nebraska being the headline story by going on the road and earning a huge win. The last time the Cornhuskers played in Ann Arbor, Nebraska lost, 45-17. The feel-good story in Minnesota also continued with a fourth victory in a row. Here’s a wrap on Week 11 in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Where does your team land on our latest Power Rankings? ] Biggest surprise: Nebraska winning at Michigan, 17-13, after that Hail Mary win last week vs. Northwestern. It was a nice victory for the Cornhuskers, who still control their own destiny

Watch Week 11 Big Ten football highlights

Looking for Week 11 highlights, stats and game stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Catch up on all the day’s best highlights and check out all the stats and game recaps from an action-packed Week 11 in this post. Indiana 52, Illinois 35 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns as Indiana defeated Illinois 52-35 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game skid, while Illinois (3-6, 0-5) extended its school-record conference losing streak to 19 games. INSTANT