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BTN's Tom Dienhart

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

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Dienhart: My projections for tonight's second CFP rankings

The second College Football Playoff rankings will be released tonight. How will it look? [ MORE: Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Mini LEGO stadiums | Hear your coach’s teleconference | View your team’s homepage ] Last week, the first rankings had Clemson No. 1; LSU No. 2; Ohio State No. 3; Alabama No. 4. But, there will be change this week, as LSU lost to Alabama on Saturday. Clemson and Ohio State both took care of business. I expect 9-0 Clemson to

Big Ten links: Missouri reaction, Tracy Claeys' future & more

The power of football (and the big, big, BIG money associated with it) never was more apparent than at Missouri, where the threat of a boycott of this week’s game swiftly brought down the school’s president. On Saturday, the team threw its support behind campus protesters who didn’t like how the president was handling complaints about racism and other student-welfare issues. A few days later, he was gone. *** Look here: Sounds like Tracy Claeys could have the “interim” removed from his title at Minnesota. That would be great … and the smart thing to do. I think the school

Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 9 @NFL highlights

It was another impressive week for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. Like usual, a pair of quarterbacks made the loudest statements, as Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue) continued to do what they do best. Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, his eighth straight game with a least two touchdown passes to open the season, to help New England roll past Washington, 27-10, and move to 8-0. Brees, one week after tossing an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes, racked up 387 yards passing and three more scoring strikes in New Orleans’

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett expected to start at Illinois

Expect to see J.T. Barrett back under center for Ohio State on Saturday at Illinois. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums | View your team’s homepage ] Suspended last week following a citation for

Dienhart: A quick look at current Big Ten athletic directors

With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once

Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas

Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas as it prepares to release the final report from its investigation into mistreatment of football and women's basketball players.

Bowl Projections: 11 Big Ten teams make Jerry Palm's latest list

Big changes this week in the bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, as the Big Ten went from eight bowl teams last week to 11 this week. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums

Big Ten links: Michigan's two-point conversion, Iowa's play & more

Why did Jim Harbaugh go for two points early in the third quarter when his team was up 25 points? Was it because the RU players talked some trash in the tunnel at halftime? *** Speaking of Michigan, you had to be impressed with Michigan QB Jake Rudock vs. Rutgers. That may have been his best game yet coming off an effort at Minnesota in which he got banged up and knocked from the game. He showed toughness on a TD jaunt early on vs. RU, making the dash to pay dirt even though he was sore and knew he