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Week 4: We predict all 10 Big Ten games

Week 4 Picks

Big Ten Power Rankings - Sept. 16, 2013

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Three weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Merriman and Yarina all tied at 30-6.

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How did we do? Week 3 Big Ten picks revisited

Shilique Calhoun

Youngstown State at Michigan State - Top Plays

Before we turn our attention to Week 4, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 3 Big Ten predictions. Brent Yarina led the way with a 10-2 clip to move into a first-place tie with Sean Merriman and Big Ten fans, who both went 9-3 to move to 30-6 on the season.

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Week 3: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

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Shilique Calhoun's Bane Impression

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Two weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Bardo, Dienhart, Merriman and Big Ten fans all tied at 21-3.

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How did we do? Week 2 Big Ten picks revisited

Ciante Evans

Kenny Bell Comes up Big

Before we turn our attention to Week 3, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 2 Big Ten predictions. One week after going perfect, BTN’s Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went 9-3 to create a logjam at the top of the standings. Big Ten fans, you all went 10-2, pushing your season record to 21-3.

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Week 2: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

Week 2 picks collage

B1G Touchdowns from Week 1

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners.

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How did we do? Week 1 Big Ten picks revisited

Treyvon Green and Cameron Dickerson

Imani Cross Spin Move to the End Zone

Before we turn our attention to Week 2, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 1 Big Ten predictions. BTN’s Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went a perfect 12-0 to pace the field, while Big Ten fans only missed the Iowa-Northern Illinois game. Nice work!

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BTN.com's last-minute 2013 predictions

Taylor Martinez

Legends Division Preview - Predicting the Champion

Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Before football kicks off tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina have some last-minute Big Ten predictions. Who will win the Big Ten? What about Defensive Player of the Year? And what about a sleeper team and sleeper player? Our trio offers all of their predictions in this post.

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Week 1: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

Week 1 Picks

Kirk Ferentz Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman make their predictions for all the Big Ten games. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. This year, we’re proud to include former Flyin’ Illini and new BTN basketball analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge college football fan, to the weekly feature.

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Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Defensive Team

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) tackles Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Derrick Engel (18) in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Darqueze Dennard Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Big Ten football season kicks off in less than two weeks. Before Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go, it’s time to unveil my preseason All-Big Ten Defense. Who did I miss? Feel free to leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post.

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Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Offensive Team

Allen Robinson

PSU WR Allen Robinson Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

The Big Ten football season kicks off in less than two weeks. Before Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go, it’s time to unveil my preseason All-Big Ten Offense. Who did I miss? Feel free to leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post. I’ll post my defensive team later.

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Polls: Who wins 2013 Big Ten individual awards?

Venric Mark

Mark Bursts Up the Middle for 48-Yard TD

With the 2013 college football season a little more than two weeks away, I thought it was a good time to consider preseason favorites for all of the Big Ten end-of-the-season awards. From the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year to the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year, I offer my picks. Also, cast your winners in this post.

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Dienhart: My picks to win Big Ten QB battles

Tre Roberson

Shane Wynn Touchdown

There are several Big Ten quarterback situations that are rock solid as teams enter training camp. Without a doubt, Braxton Miller will start for Ohio State; Taylor Martinez for Nebraska; Kain Colter for Northwestern; Devin Gardner for Michigan; Philip Nelson for Minnesota; and Nathan Scheelhaase for Illinois.

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Who wins Leaders vs. Legends All-Star Game?

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon 56-Yard TD Run

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

With the 2013 MLB All-Star Game less than a week away, I recently got to thinking about a Big Ten football all-star game. You know, a game that pits the Leaders Division’s best vs. the Legends Division’s best. Who would be on the teams, and who would win? See both teams, which were constructed using Phil Steele’s 2013 preseason teams, in this post.

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Steele projects 9 B1G bowl teams, OSU in title game

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) talks on a headset in the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Miller Rolls Right, Throws Left for 51-Yard Score

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Phil Steele released his highly anticipated 2013-14 bowl projections Monday. Big Ten fans will be even more interested in the list this year, as Steele forecasts nine (!) bowl teams and Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. See Steele’s full bowl slate, plus predicted opponents, in this post.

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Yarina: My top Big Ten 2014 NBA Draft prospects

Glenn Robinson III

Glenn Robinson III's Dunk-A-Thon vs. Penn State

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NBA Draft has come and gone – five Big Ten products were selected – and now it’s time to start considering the conference’s top prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft. Kind of early, I know. See my list of our top 2014 NBA Draft prospects in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten Running Back of the Year?

James White

White Takes Direct Snap, Rushes For TD

Wisconsin has its fingerprint all over the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year award. Not only is the award named after two Badgers, former Wisconsin standout Montee Ball is its lone recipient, taking home the honors in both 2011 and 2012. Will another Wisconsin back win it in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year?

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller 1 Yard Touchdown

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

In its short two-year existence, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year has been very kind to its recipients. The inaugural winner, Russell Wilson, went on to have an All-Pro NFL rookie season, and last year’s winner, Braxton Miller, is a preseason Heisman Trophy favorite. Not bad, huh?

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Debate It: 2013 Defensive Player of the Year?

Penn State's Stephfon Green

Ryan Shazier Interception Touchdown

Here’s what we know: There will be no repeat winner for the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year. Last year’s winner, John Simon, is in the NFL, leaving a pool of worthy candidates to fight for the award now in its third year. Who’s the top candidate entering the season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Offensive Player of the Year?

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

Braxton Miller is kind of good. We all saw what he did a season ago in his first year under Urban Meyer, and it all resulted in the 2012 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Back under center as a junior, Miller is the favorite to repeat in 2013. Will he do it? Who are his biggest competitors? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten tackles leader?

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Forces Fumble at Goal Line

Tackles are an inexact science, to be sure. Teams award them differently, so it’s not always as simple as comparing Player A from School A to Player B from School B. Whatever the case, the Big Ten returns several of its top tacklers, including 2012 leader Anthony Hitchens. Who will lead the Big Ten in tackles this fall? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten sacks leader?

Ra'Shede Hageman

Gophers Bring Down Stave on 3rd & Long

Last year was hardly the season of the sack. For the first time in at least a decade, no Big Ten player recorded double-digit sacks. Nine was good enough for the 2012 lead, shared between Northwestern’s Tyler Scott and Ohio State’s John Simon. Who will lead the Big Ten in sacks in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten interception leader?

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Nick VanHoose (23) intercepts a pass in front of Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Miles Osei (8) during the second half at Ryan Field. the Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 50-14. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Nick VanHoose Picks off Indiana

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

No category, it seems, is more difficult to predict on a yearly basis than interceptions. Sure, we know who the best cover guys are in the league every year, but that’s not always who finds himself on top of the leaderboard. Last year, there was a quartet of guys who led the Big Ten, with four interceptions. Only Landon Feichter returns from the group. Will he repeat in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks.

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