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Ready for Saturday? Take Tom's B1G Grid Quiz

It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football. It’s an intriguing slate of six games, the first time since the third week of the season that all 12 teams are in action. Are you are ready? 1. If your team needed to drive 80 yards in the final minutes of a game for a winning touchdown, which quarterback would you want to lead your team? A. Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg B. Michigan’s Devin Gardner C. Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld D. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller E. Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase Answer: D. It has

Four Downs: Action-packed Week 10 schedule

November is here, and that means the homestretch of the season is in view. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? This Saturday’s menu is dotted with some interesting clashes, headed by Michigan’s visit to Michigan State. Wisconsin’s trip to Iowa also will be fascinating. Here’s a look at all the action in my Four Downs feature. To review: We’ve got my game previews, mailbag, best suggestions, and our BTN.com team predictions. I know basketball has arrived but there’s plenty of football ahead. Let’s do this. 4 PREDICTIONS 1. There won’t be many points scored in the Michigan at

Best of Week 10: Plenty at stake in Michigan vs. MSU

Welcome to the Best of Week 10. And this is a special week after all the ones that came before it. Why? Because every team is in action for the first time since Sept. 14. All eyes will be on East Lansing for Michigan vs. Michigan State, a battle that not only will determine state bragging right but also go a long way toward determining the Legends Division race. On top of that, be sure to check out out Big Ten predictions for this week and our Week 10 game previews. So, let’s go. BEST GAME: Michigan at Michigan State.

Happy Halloween! Check out these Big Ten pumpkins

Happy Halloween, Big Ten fans! We recently asked for your Big Ten-themed pumpkins, and here’s what we got. Nice work, guys! [ MORE: View more Big Ten-themed pumpkins on our Pinterest page ] @BigTenNetwork #B1G #onwisconsin pic.twitter.com/m5S3U4GrEN — Bradley Groff (@buckybacker09) October 23, 2013 @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/UKABLAFwUq — Drew Harrison (@drewwharrison) October 23, 2013 @BigTenNetwork #Hawkeyes it was last year. pic.twitter.com/ni5smiqQaL — Whitney (@WhitneyObrecht) October 23, 2013 @BigTenNetwork @BTNBrentYarina #goblue #beatstate pic.twitter.com/wihRJD03WF — Bryan Jankovic (@elmoz70) October 23, 2013 @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/ahaLGaFg5J — Jerad Burris (@TheeeHammer) October 23, 2013 @BigTenNetwork pic.twitter.com/4eZUO8pMyS — Dakota Jiskra (@bighossha) October 23, 2013 We like this @GoldytheGopher

Week 10: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Nine weeks down, Bardo and Merriman are tied for the top spot, at 56-12. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 10 scoreboard | Week 10 Previews | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections ] Stephen Bardo (@stephenbardo) Season record: 56-12 Week 10 picks: Ohio St. 45, Purdue 10; Penn St. 42, Illinois 17; Wisconsin 28,

Week 10 Previews: Get ready for a busy Saturday

There is a full Saturday of action, as all 12 teams will play. The last time that happened? The third week of the season, September 14. And there are some interesting games, with Michigan’s trip to Michigan State the clear headline tilt. Here are looks at all six games as the season hits the homestretch. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Darqueze Dennard Q&A ] OHIO STATE (8-0, 4-0) at PURDUE (1-6, 0-3) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why you should watch: It’s 20 victories in a row and counting for Ohio State. The Buckeyes continue to

Carollo assesses targeting penalty after nine weeks

The early returns are in, and the new penalty for targeting is having an impact. According to Big Ten officials coordinator Bill Carollo, there have been 54 targeting calls in 534 FBS games in 2013. Fifteen were subsequently overturned upon replay review, putting the number of disqualifications through 534 games and nine weeks of action at 39. Last year in the Big Ten, targeting was flagged six times, according to Carollo. This year, it has been flagged twice: Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste at Purdue on Oct. 12 and Ohio State’s Bradley Roby vs. Iowa on Oct. 19. Watch Jean-Baptiste’s hit (Roby’s

Reader mail: So what about Michigan-MSU?

As we head full steam into the second half of the season, my mail box is getting stuffed with comments and questions. You know what that means: I have to reach into my mail bag and answer the best of your queries. Thanks for all of the interest! Keep the cards and letters coming! And don’t forget to watch this week’s top ten plays in this post, too. And now, your letters … Who do you pick to win the Michigan State-Michigan game? – Andrew Bates Well, the Spartans enter the game playing well, winners of four in a row

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

Bowl Projections: Still seeing two B1G BCS teams

Not much movement in this week’s bowl projections. Ohio State is still No. 4 in the BCS standings and has a big hill to climb to get to the Nos. 1 or 2 spots. But Wisconsin still has time to perhaps be a BCS at-large bowl bid. The Badgers were just No. 24 in the BCS standings; they need to get into the Top 14. Michigan is No. 21; Michigan State is No. 22. The Spartans’ situation has improved, as have the bowl destinations for Iowa and Minnesota. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 9 grades & stocks | What