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Friday links: Battle looms for Badgers, Buckeyes

Breathe in. Breathe out. Smell that? It’s football. Beautiful, isn’t it? We are one day closer to the big Wisconsin at Ohio State game. This game will have big implications on many fronts: the Leaders Division, the Big Ten race and the national title chase. Having gone to the last three Rose Bowls, the Badgers have what the Buckeyes want: Big Ten supremacy. Let’s start Friday’s links with this: Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if the Badger defense has what it takes to slow the Buckeyes. No doubt, it does. But the Wisconsin defense will be challenged.

Best of Week 5: UW-OSU has 'game of the year' feel

There are just four games this Saturday—FOUR! Quite a come down from the 10- and 12-game weeks we had become accustomed to at the start of the season. The reason for the truncated schedule? Byes. Half of the teams are off. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Northwestern all will catch their breath following four non-conference games. This Saturday does at least have a marquee game, with Wisconsin playing at Ohio State in a huge Leaders Division clash. And Floyd of Rosedale is on the line with Iowa playing at Minnesota. The other two clashes are non-league tilts:

Dienhart: Get my Week 5 Big Ten previews

Conference play kicked off last week, with Wisconsin blasting Purdue. This Saturday, there are two more Big Ten games: Iowa at Minnesota and Wisconsin at Ohio State. Otherwise, there are just two other tilts, both non-conference games: Miami (OH) at Illinois and Northern Illinois at Purdue. But, quantity of games is compensated for by the quality of games. Wisconsin’s trip to Ohio State is an unabashed marquee contest that will go a long way toward determining the Leaders Division title. And Iowa’s junket to Minnesota is a key Legends Division clash that will help determine early pecking in order in

Week 5: We predict all four 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. Four weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Bardo and Yarina all tied for the top spot, at 39-7. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections ] Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) Season record: 39-7 Week 5 picks: Illinois 38, Miami (OH) 17; Northern Illinois 32, Purdue 21; Minnesota 27,

NCAA: Camp Randall among nation's loudest stadiums

There’s no doubt Camp Randall Stadium is a wild and loud place. But, is it the Big Ten’s loudest stadium? It is, according to NCAA.com, which ranked Wisconsin’s home No. 4 in its top 5 loudest stadiums feature. Camp Randall was the lone Big Ten venue to make the list. [ VIDEO: NCAA.com ranks top 5 loudest college football stadiums ] Here’s a look at NCAA.com’s top 5: No. 1: LSU No. 2: Oregon No. 3: Texas A&M No. 4: Wisconsin No. 5: Virginia Tech What put Wisconsin on NCAA.com’s list? “The Wisconsin fans that helped build Camp Randall Stadium

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

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

What's wrong with Michigan's Devin Gardner?

Michigan fans know it all too well. Devin Gardner is in a funk, and it’s played a role in the Wolverines struggling against far inferior foes. The junior has committed 10 turnovers, including eight interceptions, and is fresh off his worst career performance (11-23, 97 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT). So, what’s wrong with Michigan’s signal-caller? We asked BTN analyst Derek Rackley (@drack48) for the answer to that question, in addition to four other hot topics around the Big Ten. BTN.com: What’s wrong with Devin Gardner? Derek Rackley: Oh, man, I wish I had the easy solution to that, because

Dienhart: My best of 2013 Big Ten noncon season

We have reached the one-third mark of the 2013 season. Where has the time gone? Last time I looked up from my keyboard, the kids still were splashing in the neighborhood swimming pool and the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Wait, that last item happened back in June. Forget it. You get the point. Four weeks of the 2013 season are in the rearview mirror, as we head into the heart of conference play with only three non-leagues left: Northern Illinois at Purdue; Miami (Ohio) at Illinois; BYU at Wisconsin. Here is my one-third report. [ MORE: View BTN.com’s

Dienhart: Badgers move up in bowl projections

No big shakeups in my weekly bowl projections. The biggest is Wisconsin leaping past Michigan into the Capital One bowl, clashing with LSU. Of course, these schools will meet in season-opening games in 2014 (at Houston’s Reliant Stadium) and 2016 (at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field). Minnesota also has moved up to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where I have it playing Baylor. [ MORE: Week 4 honors, grades & more | What did Tom Dienhart learn? | Week 4 picks revisited ] BOWL GAME MATCHUP TOM’S PROJECTIONS BCS title game, Jan. 6 BCS No 1 vs. No. 2 Ohio State

BTN.com's 2013 noncon All-Big Ten Team

And just like that, the nonconference portion of the Big Ten football schedule is behind us. Now, there are still a trio of noncon games left, but it’s all about Big Ten matchups the rest of the way. With 11 of the 12 teams four games into their 2013 season, there’s no better time to release our annual noncon All-Big Ten Team. [ MORE: Dienhart: My best of 2013 Big Ten noncon season ] OFFENSE QB: Kenny Guiton, Ohio State – 65-95, 664 yards, 13 TD; 25 car., 186 yards, 1 TD RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – 53 car., 624