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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: Braxton Miller to be backup QB, Leonte Carroo & more

With J.T. Barrett suspended for this week’s Minnesota game, Braxton Miller will back up Cardale Jones. What are reasonable expectations for Miller? The gang at Cleveland.com debates it in this video. Don’t be shocked if Miller takes some snaps. I sure as heck would use him under center. He’s the most dynamic weapon in the nation. *** Mlive.com has a good look at some interesting numbers surrounding Michigan State. And here’s an interesting one: The Spartans haven’t lost a Big Ten road game in three years. MSU last lost a Big Ten road game on Oct. 20, 2012, at Michigan.

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