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

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Video: 'B1G Football & Beyond' shares top 10 plays of October

Believe it or not, we have reached the final month of the 2015 college football regular season. [ MORE: Week 10 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jake Butt | View your team’s homepage ] With the calendar flipping to November, “B1G Football & Beyond” shared its top 10 plays of October at the end of Tuesday morning’s show. To very little surprise, the countdown includes a bunch of can’t-miss plays. The No. 1 play? We think you have a good idea about that.

Where will undefeated Iowa land in first CFP rankings?

Much anticipation and buzz surrounds the release of the CFP poll, especially the inaugural edition. The unveiling of Poll No. 1 will be at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. And it sure seems like a lot of people are interested where 8-0 Iowa will land. I asked several beat writers for their takes.

Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday: And the awards go to ....

Hello again, Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday fans. We’re coming off a Halloween weekend of football that was bigger than a fun-sized Snickers and more thrilling than that one neighbor’s lawn with all the robotic zombies. But you didn’t come here for forced Halloween references; you came here for the GIFs, and it is the GIFs that we shall deliver. This week, we’re handing them out in the form our awards. Let’s get some business out of the way first: We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat (bigtennetwork). And we have lot of collections of available highlights, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social

Jake Butt Q&A: On Jim Harbaugh, the Little Brown Jug & more

The Michigan offense remains a work-in-progress under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. But one thing the Wolverines have been able to count on each week is tight end Jake Butt. [ MORE: Week 10 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jake Butt | View your team’s homepage ] Butt has become a key cog in a Michigan offense that is No. 6 in the Big Ten in scoring (28.6 ppg) and 10th in total offense (358.6 ypg). The 6-6, 248-pound junior from Pickerington, Ohio, has

Big Ten links: J.T. Barrett reaction, Michigan offense & more

So, J.T. Barrett will forfeit his scholarship? On Monday, Urban Meyer said that Barrett would have to complete counseling through the school and would also forfeit his scholarship for a term. But, Barrett will remain a captain. OK. I guess I don’t see the connection with getting arrested for OWI and having your scholarship revoked. Seems unprecedented for such a transgression in all my years in the business. Interesting. *** Did Purdue have a breakthrough win vs. Nebraska? The great Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel checks it out. “It will certainly help,” Darrell Hazell said. And then, “From

Photos: Goldy the Gopher breaks out 10 Halloween costumes

I can’t speak for any trick-or-treaters, but Goldy the Gopher sure followed Jim Harbaugh’s tip for children to get the most candy on Halloween. [ MORE: Like Halloween? Check out these Big Ten football costumes ] “I advised them to get two costumes, to be go-getters,” Harbaugh said last week. “You can hit the neighborhood in one costume — and better to jog and run from house to house, then you can get more candy than anybody else. Then come home make a quick change into the second costume and go hit those same houses again.” Goldy the Gopher put

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett to forfeit scholarship funds

(AP) Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says quarterback J.T. Barrett will forfeit his summer financial aid as part of his punishment for being cited for operating a vehicle while impaired. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes? | View your team’s homepage

Watch what happens when Mike Hall becomes a football ref

We ran a fun feature story on Saturday where BTN’s Mike Hall learned just how hard it can be to officiate a college football game. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes? | View your team’s homepage ] Normally a studio host, Hall