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BTN.com's 2012 All-Big Ten non-con teams

Non-conference play, for all intents and purposes, is in the rearview mirror. Yes, Indiana and Purdue each have one non-Big Ten game remaining, but conference play kicks off Saturday. It was a fast first four weeks, no doubt, and now it’s time to release our All-Big Ten non-conference teams. See Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina’s teams in this post. Who did we miss? Feel free to leave your picks in the comment box below. [RELATED: Dienhart: Best of the non-con season] ALL-BIG TEN NON-CON OFFENSE BRENT TOM QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State* Braxton Miller, Ohio State* RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan

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Power Rankings: Believe in Wildcats, Gophers

The Big Ten is home to three 4-0 teams after nonconference play. One of the perfect teams is no big surprise (Ohio State), while the other two are close to shocking (Minnesota and Northwestern). And you’ll find all three on top of my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. See the complete list in this post. Disagree with my list? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, or tweet me (@BTNTomDienhart). 1. Ohio State (4-0). The Buckeyes roll on, moving to 4-0 after opening the season with four home games. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown vs. UAB, and Braxton

DiNardo's Week 4 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about the Big Ten after a 7-3 performance in Week 4? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Check out BTN.com’s All-Big Ten non-con teams] [RELATED: Who tops Tom Dienhart’s Week 5 Power Rankings?] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI Is their spread a qb run or pass spread? Would seem hard to decide who qb should be until that's determined — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 23, 2012 Sunday

Three Big Ten teams ranked in Coaches Poll

With Michigan‘s loss Saturday night at Notre Dame, the Big Ten now has three teams ranked in the Coaches Poll, released Sunday. The Wolverines, previously No. 18, fell out of the poll, while Michigan State (No. 18), Nebraska (No. 20) and Wisconsin (No. 23) all moved up following victories. Perfect Northwestern is receiving 96 votes, just two behind Virginia Tech and Rutgers, which are tied at No. 25. Michigan (57), Minnesota (11) and Purdue (4) also are receiving votes.

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 4

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post. WEEK 4 GAME BALLS 1. Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska: 8 car., 119 yards, 2 TD; 1 rec., 25 yards – Looks like that injured left knee is just fine, huh? Burkhead, in his first action since the season opener, rushed for 119 yards and

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Wisconsin loses Montee Ball, takes down UTEP

James White rushed for a pair of touchdowns Saturday, helping Wisconsin overcome the early loss of Montee Ball in a 37-26 victory over UTEP. Ball suffered a head injury on a 1-yard scoring run at the start of the second quarter, and was on the sidelines in street clothes for the second half. It was a tough day all around for the Heisman Trophy finalist, who had the first fumble of his career on Wisconsin’s opening drive. [AP: Montee Ball out of game with head injury] Despite the victory, this was another shaky outing for the Badgers (3-1). The Miners

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Big Ten Connect: Great fan photos from Twitter

Earlier this fall we launched BTN Connect, a great place to go during Saturday football games to track the Twitter conversations surrounding your teams, vote in TV polls, and find out what names are trending. For instance, when Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell made the leap (see video in this post), his name took off on Twitter. But we also collect the best of the fan photos out there and lay them out on the school pages. How do we find them? Among other ways, we monitor each of the 12 Twitter hashtags. We’ve spotlighted a few of the latest photos

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Week 4: We predict all 10 Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After three weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 28-8, while Brent is in the cellar, at 27-9. See our Week 4 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 28-8; .778 Tom: 28-8; .778 Brent: 27-9; .750 [Related: Dienhart’s Big Ten questions for Week 4] Louisiana Tech (2-0) vs. Illinois (2-1) – 8 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go Tom’s

Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess (19) and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) celebrate a touchdown by Funchess during the first quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Dienhart: My Big Ten questions for Week 4

As I do every Wednesday, I have questions that I hope are answered Saturday. One week away from the start of Big Ten play, here are my most pressing queries for the 10 Big Ten teams in action this week. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Will Nathan Scheelhaase be back? It sounds like he may be over an ankle injury suffered in the opener. Scheelhaase has missed the last two games, which the Fighting Illini have split. But Illinois

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along. Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen