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Get ready for 'The Journey' with 12 sneak peeks

We are less than a week away from the debut of a show that every Big Ten football fan will want to see. “The Journey 2012” debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the show’s producers head out to this weekend’s games in order to take viewers inside the Big Ten football season with behind-the-scenes access. In the spotlight this week: Ohio State’s John Simon, Penn State’s Michael Mauti, and Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Over the past month we’ve rolled out sneak peek videos for each school, and you can watch them all in this post. Also, follow

Week 5: We predict all six 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 four weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 36-10, while Brent is in the cellar, at 35-11. See our Week 5 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 36-10; .783 Tom: 36-10; .783 Brent: 35-11; .761 [RELATED: Week 5 Power Rankings | Week 5 Player Rankings] Penn State (2-2) at Illinois (2-2) – noon ET, ESPN

Best of Week 5: Miller vs. Spartan LBs

It’s Floyd of Rosedale Week! Hallelujah! Not only that, but this is the first week of full-scale conference—save for one game. And there are some intriguing matchups. The headliner is Ohio State’s visit to Michigan State. The Buckeyes lost an ugly 10-7 game last year in Columbus with just 178 yards of offense. Wisconsin comes to Nebraska in another good inter-divisional matchup. Each team has won two in a row and is looking to continue that ascent after an ugly loss to a Pac-12 school on September 8. [RELATED: Week 5 Power Rankings | Week 5 Player Rankings] Minnesota is

Clothes Call: Watch the cleats under the lights Saturday

Not a fan of the adidas alternate uniforms Wisconsin and Nebraska will wear Saturday night? Perhaps you’ll like the footwear more. On Friday, adidas announced the Badgers and Huskers’ black adiZero cleats will turn silver under the lights of Memorial Stadium. [RELATED: Badgers, Huskers to wear alternate uniforms Saturday] See a picture of the transformation here: The new adidas cleats that Nebraska & Wisconsin will wear on Saturday turn silver under lights http://t.co/WIrTPFFF pic.twitter.com/GJCZBfsT — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 28, 2012 Track Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium on our Wisconsin at Nebraska page, where we’ll provide live quarterly updates all

Week 3 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 3 winners in this post. OFFENSE: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit – It came in a losing effort, but Leshoure’s long-awaited NFL debut more than lived up to the hype. The former Illini star ran for 100 yards, on the dot, scored his first touchdown (Watch TD run) and added four receptions for 34 yards in Detroit’s overtime

What a difference a year makes...

In sports, we constantly hear the phrase, “What a difference a year makes.” It’s a cliche, no doubt about it. But, often times, it’s so true. And that’s the case when one compares the first four weeks of the 2012 Big Ten football season to the first quarter of the 2011 campaign. Here’s an example of the differences, team by team: ILLINOIS One year ago after four weeks: The Illini were 4-0 and had outscored its opponents, 129-52. This year: Illinois is 2-2 and it matched last year’s 52 points allowed in the Louisiana Tech game alone; its 104 points

Badgers, Huskers to wear alternates Saturday night

Saturday night’s Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten opener didn’t need a gimmick to prove it was a big game. There’s one anyway, thanks to adidas and its inaugural “Unrivaled Game,” an annual matchup of top adidas programs. The company has dubbed the tilt, “The Quick and the Red,” and, as we’ve reported (Nebraska & Wisconsin), the two teams will wear new alternate uniforms. Here’s the Nebraska uniform: [Huskers.com: adidas uniform photo gallery] And the Wisconsin uniform: [UWBadgers.com: adidas uniform photo gallery] If it wasn’t clear from the photos or photo galleries, the uniforms are of a similar design. Both feature red, naturally,

Dienhart: Week 5 bowl projections

Four weeks are in the books, but the bowl picture remains a work-in-progress—as usual To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012. Once again, the Big Ten did little to improve its stock on Saturday, notching no impressive wins while seeing Michigan lose to Notre Dame in the biggest game of the weekend. Also, Iowa was stunned at home by Central Michigan and Illinois got hammered at home by Louisiana Tech. [RELATED: Week 5 Power Rankings

Week 5 Player Rankings: It's Weisman time!

With Week 4 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio

Tom's Top 10: Best of the non-con season

I have a twist on my weekly “Tom’s Top 10” this week. With non-conference play complete save for two games and Big Ten action set to kick off on Saturday, I take a look at the “best” of the non-league season. What was the best game of the non-conference season? How about the best performance? And the best moment? Find out below. 1. Best team: Ohio State – No team has really dominated, but Ohio State is the choice. The Buckeyes are on probation and not eligible to win the Big Ten or go to a bowl. Still, they have