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Week 4: We predict all 10 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. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6. [ MORE: Week 4 previews | Week 4 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections ] 30-6 30-6 29-7 29-7 Week 4 Games @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @BTNTomDienhart @stephenbardo SJSU at Minnesota San Jose St., 28-27  San Jose St.,

Week 4 previews: Spartans-Irish highlights slate

There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin. But other than that, there isn’t too much to get excited about, with Northwestern, Nebraska and Ohio State all playing FCS foes. Iowa and Penn State clash with the MAC. You get the picture. Here’s a look at the Week 4 games.

Week 2 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com will spotlight some of the best individual performances by Big Ten products. See our Week 2 offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week in this post. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina (3 rec., 62 yards, 1 TD; 3 KR, 80 yards; 2 PR, 20 yards) – The former Buckeye amassed 162 total yards, including 62 receiving yards, and hauled in a 40-yard touchdown in Carolina’s 24-23 loss at Buffalo. Honorable mention: Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona (15 car., 66 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 28 yards); Drew Brees,

Video: Pereira, Lepay talk Wisconsin finish on #BTNLive

When there’s a controversial call on the football field, who do you call? Mike Pereira, of course. Pereria gave his ruling on the crazy Wisconsin-Arizona State finish in tweet form Sunday. On Monday night’s #BTNLive, we asked the FOX Sports Rules Analyst to describe what he saw and rule what should have happened in those final chaotic and confusing seconds. Watch our segment with Pereira right here. [ MORE: Watch the crazy finish | Gary Andersen reacts Monday | Read the Twitter reaction ] Earlier Monday, the Pac-12 released a statement that reprimanded the officials. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart

Bowl Projections: Wildcats in Rose Bowl

With Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois losing, my weekly bowl projections have changed. Michigan’s great escape vs. Akron also caused me to shuffle bowl slots. But, Ohio State continues to take care of business, so there is no change at the top of my projections. So, let’s get to it: Here are my Week 4 bowl projections. [ MORE: Week 3 honors, grades & more | What did Tom Dienhart learn? | Week 3 picks revisited ] BOWL GAME MATCHUP TOM’S PROJECTIONS BCS title game, Jan. 6 BCS No 1 vs. No. 2 Ohio State vs. Alabama Rose Bowl, Jan. 1

Dienhart: Pac-12 release 'too little, too late'

For Wisconsin, it’s a case of too little, too late. But the Pac-12 admitted Monday that its league officials didn’t “properly administer the end of game situation and act with appropriate urgency on the game’s final play” during Arizona State’s 32-30 win on Saturday night in Tempe, Ariz. [ MORE: Read the full Pac-12 release ] It was one of the most bizarre conclusions to a game I ever witnessed. To recap: With 18 seconds left in the contest, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave ran the ball toward the center of the field to set up a potential game-winning field goal

Dienhart: See my Week 4 Power Rankings

Three weeks are in the books. And this much I know: I don’t know what to make about a lot of teams. My Big Ten power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t suffer a massive shakeup following a strange Saturday. Michigan State and Minnesota are most upwardly mobile; Penn State and Illinois took significant hits. Check it out. [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Football Championship Sweepstakes ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State, 3-0. No Braxton Miller, no problem for the Buckeyes, as Kenny Guiton played the role of “super sub” again. That’s a national-best

Tom's Take: My Week 3 honors, grades, top 10 & more

Week 3 was a mixed bag for the Big Ten, which went a disappointing 7-5, including a 1-3 mark vs. the Pac-12. And, in some ways, it seemed fitting the end to a bizarre Saturday was capped by a finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game that still has my head spinning. Here is a look around the Big Ten’s third week of action. Biggest surprise: Honestly, there was no surprise. At least there was no pleasant surprise. OK, I had some doubts if Indiana (Bowling Green) and Iowa (Iowa State) would win, but each prevailed in games some felt each

How did we do? Week 3 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 4, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 3 Big Ten predictions. Brent Yarina led the way with a 10-2 clip to move into a first-place tie with Sean Merriman and Big Ten fans, who both went 9-3 to move to 30-6 on the season. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What Tom Learned in Week 3 | Week 3 honors, grades & more ]  29-7 30-6 30-6 29-7 Week 3 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo BGSU at Indiana BGSU, 34-31 Indiana, 38-34 Indiana, 31-21

Dienhart: 10 things I learned in Week 3

A strange and bizarre Week 3 ended late on Saturday night (or early on Sunday morning, depending on where you were) in the heat of the Tempe, Ariz., on a weird final play in the Wisconsin-Arizona State game. Many lessons can be learned from the controversial conclusion that cost Wisconsin a victory. Here’s what I learned over the entirety of a strange Saturday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 3 honors, grades, top 10 & more | Week 3 picks revisited ] 1. Kenny Guiton could start at quarterback for over half of the Big Ten teams. Maybe more. I’m