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

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Big Ten links: Prep for hoops, football with Friday's headlines

"If there's confusion about who the guy is who's going to the lead the Boilermakers in 2016, let's dispel that," Purdue's athletic director told BTN. Watch that and read more football and men's basketball headlines from around the Big Ten on this Friday.

Iowa vs. Minnesota: Can you catch Floyd of Rosedale?

Iowa hosts Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night on BTN and BTN2Go. In anticipation of the game, we whipped up a little interactive Vine that will either drive you crazy or bring you a small sense of accomplishment. You mission: Can you catch Floyd with your mascot of choice? See the Vine video in this post. More on the game: Find BTN on your TV system here. Watch the game live via BTN2Go. Use our online scoreboard for live stats, too. In-game video highlights on Twitter for Minnesota and Iowa. Follow @IowaOnBTN and @MinnesotaOnBTN Follow us on Facebook at BTN’s

Five facts heading into Week 11 of the Big Ten football season

Just when you thought the Big Ten season couldn’t get any more exciting, boom! Nebraska upsets previously unbeaten Michigan State at home. Iowa eeks out an eight point win at Indiana. Wisconsin gets a stern test at Maryland and comes away winning by a touchdown. Ohio State finds itself in a one-score game in the fourth quarter in Columbus against Minnesota before winning by 14. And then Northwestern lets a 20-7 lead slip away … to eventually win on a last second field goal against Penn State, 23-21. As the adage goes, “any given Saturday”. Aside from the theatrics, Illinois got

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.