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Four Downs: Week 11 predictions, thoughts, truths

Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind as I dream fancifully about Week 11 of the Big Ten season. [ MORE: Week 11 Previews | Best of Week 11 | Pick your Week 11 winners ] 4 PREDICTIONS 1. Penn State will lose at Minnesota. If the Nittany Lions have been consistent at one thing, it’s struggling on the road. In its two true road games at Indiana and at Ohio State,

Ready for Saturday? Take this Week 11 Quiz

Another week, another quiz. Yes, it’s time to test your knowledge by taking another B1G grid quiz. You know the drill by now. Lots of interesting questions for an interesting weekend that is headlined by Nebraska’s trip to Michigan. [ MORE: Week 11 Previews | Best of Week 11 | Week 11 Predictions |  Pick Week 11 winners ] 1. Who is the leading contender to be Big Ten Coach of the Year? A. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer B. Minnesota’s Tracy Claeys C. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio D. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen Answer: C.  Claeys is an interesting option. Could an

Best of Week 11: Big Legends Division clash in Ann Arbor

Week 11 is highlighted by a key Legends Division clash, with Nebraska playing at Michigan. Let’s call this the “Sense of Urgency Bowl.” Sounds about right. The loser will have a difficult time getting back into the division hunt. There also is a rare November non-conference tilt, with BYU playing at Wisconsin. Beware, Badgers. This looks like a tough game. And we also may see Iowa become bowl eligible with a win at Purdue. Illinois returns to Indiana, where it won its last Big Ten game in 2011. Since then, the Illini have dropped 18 league games in succession. Will

USA Today ranks football coach salaries

The always popular USA Today salary ranking is out for college football coaches, and Alabama’s Nick Saban is on top with a whopping $5.5 million salary in total compensation. That’ll buy a lot of ribs at Dreamland in Tuscaloosa. That’s what winning three national titles in four years will do for your pocketbook. The Big Ten is well-represented with three coaches among the top 10. The top-paid Big Ten boss? Do you have to ask? It’s Ohio State’s Urban Meyer at $4.6 million, which ranks No. 6 in the nation. Michigan’s Brady Hoke is No. 8 at $4.1, followed by

Week 11: We predict all five 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. Ten weeks down, Merriman sits atop the season standings, 62-12. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Week 11 Previews | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 62-12 Week 11 picks: Minnesota 28, Penn State 23; Iowa 24, Purdue 7; Indiana 38, Illinois 31; Michigan 38, Nebraska

Week 11 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

The games in November are the ones we all remember. And, there are a few interesting clashes this Saturday that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order in each division, especially atop the Legends Division. All eyes will be on Ann Arbor, where Nebraska will play Michigan. For all intents and purposes, the loser likely will be out of the division race. Here’s a look at the games of Week 11. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Ameer Abdullah Q&A ] Iowa (5-4, 2-3) at Purdue (1-7, 0-4) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a video of former Indiana standout Victor Oladipo performing “Ain’t No Sunshine” at the Spirit of Indiana Showcase for Indiana University Athletics. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Wednesday’s B1G Clicks: Our take: Is there anything Victor Oladipo can’t do? The 10 angriest coaches in college basketball http://t.co/NDuABUGA02 — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) November 6, 2013 Our take: Four

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

Video: Packers break out Gordon-White TD dance

Last week, the Wisconsin football team posted a YouTube video that showed most of Madison, Wis., doing Melvin Gordon and James White’s touchdown dance. It was fantastic, and you can watch it again in this post. Well, in case you missed it, they’re also doing the dance in Green Bay. Packers running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks busted out Gordon and White’s celebratory moves in Monday Night’s loss to Chicago. See the proof right here: Love the commentary! #Badgers RT @samdek1: JAMES AND MEL!!!! https://t.co/EVwqYow4wM — Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) November 5, 2013 And here’s the aforementioned YouTube video: About

Bowl Projections: Only 7 Big Ten teams this week

With the top teams taking care of business, there isn’t much movement in my bowl projections. Ohio State still is headed to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl—not the BCS title game. I still think the deck is stacked against the Buckeyes, who appear stuck at No. 4 in the BCS standings, being able to ascend into the Nos. 1 or 2 spots in the final BCS standings. Loses by Indiana and Northwestern put their bowl fortunes in trouble. In fact, this week, I don’t project either to make it to the postseason, meaning the Big Ten will be unable to