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Best of Week 5: All eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts

Conference play begins in earnest, with six Big Ten games. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West tilts that will go a long way in shaping what looks like a wide-open race: Iowa at Wisconsin and Minnesota at Northwestern. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Week 5 previews | Polls: Pick Week 5 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Big Ten Mailbag | Q&A: Nate Sudfeld | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of non-conference play ] The perfect Hawkeyes are an early-season surprise, while the Badgers look to

Week 5 Big Ten Previews: Get excited, Big Ten play is here!

The first full week of Big Ten action awaits in Week 5. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West clashes. Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota’s journey to Northwestern will help set a framework for what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West clash. And Nebraska goes to Illinois in a battle between two West teams looking to get a foothold in the division.

Watch our Big Ten Hockey coach and player preseason video interviews

With the Big Ten men’s hockey season approaching, BTN talked at length with six head coaches and one player from each Big Ten men’s team. We’ve got all of the interviews in this post. If you’re on Twitter, get updates from each team with the following accounts: @B1Ghockey @HockeyOnBTN @umichhockey @MSU_Hockey @GopherHockey @OhioState_MHKY @PennStateMHKY @BadgerMHockey Here are a few handy links for the upcoming season: NCAA.com: Men’s hockey rankings BigTen.org: Overall men’s standings GopherSports.com: Team page MGoBlue.com: Team page MSUSpartans.com: Team page OhioStateBuckeyes.com: Team page GoPSUsports.com: Team page UWBadgers.com: Team page And now, the preseason video interviews are below.

Tonight's 'B1G Close Up' to feature Penn State and Wisconsin volleyball

On Sept. 30, BTN Originals breaks new ground with the second installment of their one-hour series “B1G Close Up” – which will feature the Sept. 23 volleyball match between Wisconsin and Penn State. Wisconsin entered the match ranked No. 16, looking to take down No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions volleyball team has built a dynasty in State College, winning six of the past eight National Championships and four in a row from 2007-2010. In the three days leading up to the match, BTN’s cameras were embedded with each program, providing viewers an unparalleled glimpse into two perennial volleyball

Longtime friends Melvin Gordon, Trae Waynes do jersey swap

Sunday was a special day for former Big Ten stars and longtime friends Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes. [ MORE: Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Five months after the Kenosha, Wisconsin, natives were selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft (Waynes, No. 11; Gordon, No. 15), Gordon’s San Diego Chargers visited Waynes’ Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 NFL action. Following Minnesota’s 31-14 victory, in an expected move, Gordon and Waynes did the popular jersey swap on the field. See the picture of it in the tweet above. As for how the former

'Kelly Kapowski' responds to J.J. Watt's 'Saved by the Bell' tweet

J.J. Watt isn’t all that different from other guys his age. [ MORE: Watch ex-Big Ten stars’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Turns out, the former Wisconsin star and current all-world NFL defensive end is a “Saved by the Bell” and Kelly Kapowski fan, too. Watt posted a picture to Twitter of him and Mario Lopez, aka “Slater,” following Houston’s 19-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; the text of the tweet read: “Bayside must have had a BYE week. #WhereIsKellyKapowski” Unlike other fans, Watt received a prompt response from Tiffani Amber-Thiessen. Here it is: @justinjames99 I heard you