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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Iowa vs. Minnesota on BTN highlights best of Big Ten's Week 11

The battle for Floyd of Rosedale is the highlight of this week, as Minnesota takes on Iowa for the iconic bronze pig bauble. The Golden Gophers are fighting for their bowl life, while the Hawkeyes are battling to stay perfect. Ohio State and Illinois will play for prized turtle Illibuck. The Buckeyes have won the last seven meetings. In fact, Ohio State hasn’t lost in Champaign since 1991. More OSU dominance: Since losing five in a row to the Fighting Illini from 1988-92, OSU is 16-4 vs. Illinois. And all four defeats have been in Columbus. Nebraska whipped Rutgers, 42-24,

Big Ten links: Ready for a projected hoops tourney bracket ... in November?

Today we have USA Today projection - wait for it - an early NCAA men 's basketball bracket. It's not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart's roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.

Peppers, Barkley land in this week's Big Ten Player Rankings

Week 10 of the Big Ten football season was filled with excitement. [ MORE: Week 11 previews | Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Breaking down division scenarios | Big Ten West 6, Big Ten East 5 | Week 11 Big Ten picks ] We saw Ezekiel Elliott top the 100-yard rushing mark yet again. We got to see Connor Cook top the 300-yard passing mark four straight games now. But, who tops this week’s rankings? BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart and Web

Week 11 previews: Floyd of Rosedale under the lights? Yes, please!

The stretch run is heating up. Can Ohio State and Iowa stay unbeaten? Will Nebraska finally win two in a row? Can Michigan State get back on track? [ MORE: Week 11 previews | Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Breaking down division scenarios | Big Ten West 6, Big Ten East 5 | Hear your coach’s teleconference ] No. 5 Iowa hosts Minnesota in the biggest game of the week at 8 p.m. ET on BTN (watch on BTN2Go). The Big Ten West-leading Hawkeyes

Taking a quick look at Big Ten East vs. Big Ten West matchups

Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.

Big Ten links: Iowa's CFP ranking, Alex Erickson's emergence & more

It was nice to see Iowa ascend to No. 5 in the recent CFP poll. The committee finally realized that the Hawkeyes have a pretty good resume that has included a good home win vs. Pitt and road victories vs. ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern teams. Honestly, I think Iowa’s resume is better than Ohio State’s, which his No. 3 in the poll. *** Yes, Michigan State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week after losing at Nebraska. But the Spartans still control their own destiny in the Big Ten East. So, don’t be sad, Sparty. You goals are