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Big Ten links: 1 QB out, 1 WR questionable & a great Jerry Kill story

Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is out for Saturday, so who steps in? What does Northwestern need to do in the bye week? Tom Izzo has high praise for a new big man - high, high praise. And did you read this story about how Jerry Kill's generosity with children suffering from seizures changed one boy's life? Tom Dienhart gives you one more spin around the Big Ten headlines on this Friday before Week 9 games kick off Saturday.

Five Facts heading into Week 9 of the Big Ten football season

Last weekend finally provided a moment where both Ohio State and Michigan State could exhale. The Buckeyes, behind J.T. Barrett’s five total touchdowns in his first start of the season, took care of Rutgers in New Jersey, narrowly missing a shutout. Meanwhile in East Lansing, Connor Cook finished two yards shy of 400 yards passing as the Spartans rolled to a 26-point victory against Indiana. Both teams head into their bye week’s with the conference’s only 8-0 marks (Iowa will look to join them this week when they host Maryland). [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule |

Photo: Ohio State fan carves incredible 'Zeke Leap' pumpkin

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the best Big Ten-themed costumes and pumpkins. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten Player Ranking ] Earlier this week, we saw an incredible ‘stunned Michigan fan’ pumpkin. Well today I came across a pumpkin with the “Zeke Leap” carved into it. Take a look at the top of this post. Ezekiel Elliott

Big Ten Player Rankings: Elliott and Cook top our list

Ezekiel Elliott or Connor Cook? [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Both Big Ten stars had outstanding individual performances this past weekend. But who takes the top spot in this week’s Big Ten Player Rankings? Let’s find out! It’s time for BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman to release their updated Big Ten

Best of Week 9: Who's on upset alert now? Read that & more

With Jerry Kill gone from Minnesota, the Gophers take on Michigan for the Little Brown Jug. BTN's Tom Dienhart takes his weekly look at the best of Saturday's games complete with an upset alert, best coaching matchup, player on the spot, and more.

Writers' poll (Halloween edition): Big Ten's scariest football player is ...

In honor of Halloween this Saturday, who is the scariest player in the Big Ten? I asked some esteemed and sage members of the Big Ten media corps. Read what they told me, then you tell me: Who would scare you the most among all Big Ten football players? Brian Bennett, ESPN.com: Ohio State’s Joey Bosa. He just keeps coming and coming, like Jason Voorhees or the Terminator, and he haunts the dreams of offensive tackles like Freddy Krueger. Mike Griffith, Mlive.com: Michigan State’s Malik McDowell is a 6-6, 285-pound destroyer. He is a Freshman All-American and the best nose tackle in

Big Ten links: More retrospectives on Jerry Kill's football career

News of Jerry Kill’s abrupt retirement stirred the Big Ten yesterday. It was a sad day for college football, as the sport lost one of its good guys. Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has a look at how Kill was struggling with his medications. And here is a good look back at Kill’s three-decade career. He was one of the best on many levels and will be missed. We all wish him good health and a happy life. But how will this impact the program he leaves behind? Can Minnesota retain the momentum Kill has started? [MORE:

Watch this incredible 'sketched' Iowa football hype video

There are good hype videos. There are great hype videos. And then there is this hype video, which YouTube user Jimmy Feeney remade into an incredible “sketched” style. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Iowa Football’s Twitter account, @HawkeyeFootball, tweeted out a mid-season hype video on Saturday during the team’s bye week. On Sunday, Feeney published the