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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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Big Ten links: Recent Michigan-Michigan State games & much more

Let’s keep priming the pump for the Michigan State at Michigan game. Mlive.com takes a look at the most recent matchups when both teams were ranked. As you certainly know, both teams are currently ranked. This should be so much fun Saturday. *** More Michigan: It is incredible to think that Wolverines’ odds to win the national title are now 10:1, fourth best in the nation. The only teams with better odds than Michigan at the moment are Ohio State (5-2), Baylor (5-1) and LSU (8-1). Remember: The Wolverines finished 5-7 last season. *** In case you forgot, the three-game

BTN shatters viewership mark with record Saturday

The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Saturday, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day (12p-12a), BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent. BTN’s games were the highest rated across all cable networks in Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit and Washington, D.C. and second in Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York and Philadelphia.** “The heightened interest in Big Ten football around the country has generated increased enthusiasm for the

Jim Harbaugh turns to 'Lion King' to describe mindset vs. Spartans

Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been around for Michigan’s recent struggles vs. instate rival Michigan State, but he’s well aware of them. [ MORE: Week 7 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of Week 6 | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 honorees | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | What our expert learned | Week 6 uniforms | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Find your team’s homepage ] Here’s the damage: Michigan is 1-6 vs. its “Little Brother” in the last seven meetings, with five of

Northwestern to honor 1995 team with new alternate Saturday

Northwestern celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1995 team that played in the 1996 Rose Bowl Game in July. [ MORE: Week 6 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of Week 6 | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Bowl Projections | Week 6 picks revisited | Week 6 honorees | Maryland fires Randy Edsall | What our expert learned | Week 6 uniforms | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Find your team’s homepage ] On Saturday, the Wildcats will wear a new Under Armour alternate uniform that honors the memorable 1995 team that brought the

Bowl Projections: Would-be record 11 B1G teams on Palm's list

Time to check up on the bowl projections of the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, who has pushed the Big Ten bowl teams from 10 last week to a would-be conference record 11 this week. The new addition: Illinois.

Big Ten links: Michigan-Michigan State week, no-huddle D & more

Finally, it’s here: Michigan State at Michigan. And, no doubt, the Wolverines are playing better than any team in the Big Ten. But the Spartans—who have won 32 of their last 35 games–are just where they want to be: being overlooked despite being 6-0. MSU has won six of the last seven games in the series, a run of MSU dominance that this series hasn’t seen in years. When was the last time a Wolverine-Spartan game meant so much or was as highly anticipated? *** Unbelievably, Michigan is just a win over Michigan State from being a national contender, says

Maryland fires football coach Randy Edsall after 2-4 start

Maryland has seen enough from Randy Edsall, who was fired today. The move had been widely speculated for days, as the Terrapins have struggled mightily in Edsall’s fifth season in College Park, Maryland.