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Week 6 Football Power Rankings

Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 5 marked the opening of Big Ten play, and Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin all remained undefeated. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.

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Wisconsin Spoils Nebraska's Debut

(AP) Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in No. 7 Wisconsin’s 48-17 rout of the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night. Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference. Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren’t quite ready for the best of the Big Ten. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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All Praise Badger Russell Wilson

They say a player needs that signature moment to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. Consider Saturday night Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson’s such performance. The North Carolina State transfer dazzled in Wisconsin’s biggest game – one that happened to be played under the lights, on national television and against No. 8 Nebraska and its talented defense. How great was Wilson? Well, Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit couldn’t stop uttering his name on ESPN’s telecast, and practically apologized for it. The same can be said for tweeters. The Wilson hype was everywhere on Twitter. See some of the tweets in this post.

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Big Ten Play Off to Good Start

It was an exciting opening week of Big Ten play Saturday as divisional play kicked off, with Michigan shutting out Minnesota and Penn State holding off Indiana, and Wisconsin routed Nebraska in the Huskers’ much-anticipated Big Ten debut. In other action, Illinois rallied past Northwestern, Michigan State stifled Ohio State and Notre Dame dropped Purdue. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and relive games with our quarter-by-quarter Rapid Recap stories, packed with your best tweets and fan photos. Don’t forget about Brent Yarina’s Week 5 Recap, either.

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USA Today: Wilson Seizes 2nd Chance

Just about every Wisconsin Badgers fan knows how Russell Wilson wound up leaving North Carolina State for the Big Ten school in Madison, but here’s a pretty good story from USA TODAY’s Kelly Whiteside on the background. It gets into how Russell Wilson had to make a choice but also how N.C. State had to make a choice, too.

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