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Best of Week 5: It's time for conference play, Big Ten fans

Bill Belton

Penn State's Bill Belton talks to BTN Live

From the best matchups to the best chance at an upset, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart covers it all as he looks ahead to Saturday’s Week 5 action. Read the entire weekend preview and send him our Big Ten football questions for his mailbag at the bottom of his post.

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Best of Week 3: We have our first Big Ten game of the year, people!

Howard at Rutgers

Whose stock is up, and whose stock is down?

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Our weekly “Best of the Weekend Ahead” feature is back as we lay out the best of the best in Big Ten football for this Saturday. Best game? Best QB matchup? Best chance at an upset? We roll through it all. Read what we think, then tell us how you see Saturday shaping up.

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Best of Week 2: Three nationally relevant games on the slate

Mark Dantonio

Dantonio: 'This is a great opportunity for us'

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Three nationally relevant games offer the Big Ten a golden chance to make a statement this week. But what’s the best coaching matchup? How about a player on the spot? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides an in-depth preview of what to watch for in Week 2.

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Best of Week 1: All eyes on LSU vs. Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon

Our experts give their predictions for the Big Ten West

BTN

Wisconsin’s Week 1 matchup with LSU is a must-see prime-time showdown. But what’s the best coaching matchup? How about a player on the spot? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides an in-depth preview of what to watch for in Week 1.

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Best of Week 12: Rematch of 2012 Big Ten title game

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon 56-Yard TD Run

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There are two non-conference games tucked into this mid-November Saturday, which rarely happens this late in the season in the Big Ten. Northwestern’s trip to Notre Dame could be interesting. But a division title could be center stage: Nebraska at Wisconsin. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 12.

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Best of Week 11: Urban Meyer vs. Mark Dantonio Part III

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Connor Cook - 2013 Big Ten Title Game Interview

Ohio State’s trip to Michigan State could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, as both schools look like the favorites to win the conference crown. They met in the Big Ten title game last season, with the Spartans dumping the Buckeyes to earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season and end OSU’s 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 11.

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Best of Week 10: Calendar flips to November

Pat Fitzgerald & Kirk Ferentz

Northwestern at Iowa - Football Highlights

The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa.

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Best of Week 9: It's Michigan at Michigan State

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Sacks Devin Gardner Six Times

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Two interesting clashes make this Saturday appealing, as Michigan plays at Michigan State and Ohio State goes to Penn State in a light week of action. Despite the presence of just five games, the heft of those aforementioned contests makes this a good week, as the Big Ten East race will start to take form. Here’s my best of Week 9.

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Best of Week 8: Huskers + Wildcats = fun

Jordan Westerkamp

Nebraska Wins on a Hail Mary

Another light Saturday, as there are just five games with four teams enjoying byes. But the weekend isn’t without a big game, as the Nebraska at Northwestern tilt could be another doozy in what has been an exciting series that has seen the Cornhuskers go 2-1 vs. the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 8.

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Best of Week 7: PSU-Michigan, under the lights

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Michigan at Penn State - Football Highlights

This is a light week of action with just five games—all Big Ten affairs–as four schools are off. But there are several good games, headlined by Penn State’s trip to Michigan. And the winner of the Northwestern-Minnesota game figures to be set up for a run at the division title. Here’s a breakdown of the Best of Week 7.

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Best of Week 6: Huskers at Spartans time

Kenny Bell

Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

The first Saturday in October is a light one, as there are just six games. Five are conference games. But there is just one truly marquee game, with Nebraska playing at Michigan State. Could that be a preview of the Big Ten title game? Here’s a breakdown of Week 6.

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Best of Week 5: How does Big Ten play sound?

Little Brown Jug

Best Trophy Games of the 2000s: The Little Brown Jug 2003

Every school is in action this Saturday, with a mix of Big Ten and non-conference action. There are five league games and four non-league clashes. None of the games stand out or look all that notable, but there could be some hidden gems. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 5.

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Best of Week 4: Rematch! Miami vs. Nebraska

Bo Pelini

San Jose State at Minnesota - Football Highlights

This will mark the last Saturday of full-blown non-conference action. And there are a handful of interesting clashes, highlighted by Miami (Fla.) visiting Nebraska. But most of this week’s games are tune-ups for the Big Ten action that kickoffs off the next weekend. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 4.

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Best of Week 3: Rutgers makes Big Ten debut

NCAA Football: Pinstripe Bowl-Rutgers vs Notre Dame

Iowa Fumble Recovery

Week 3 isn’t filled with a plethora of sexy matchups, but there is no lack of intrigue. A big highlight is the first Big Ten game of the season, as Penn State visits Rutgers. In fact, it will be the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten game and the first time the Nittany Lions have been on Rutgers’ campus since 1955. See my Best of Week 3 in this post.

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Best of Week 2: Offense (Ducks) vs. Defense (Spartans)

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame at Michigan - Football Highlights

Week 2 brings more juice than the opening salvo to the season, as there are three nationally relevant games: Michigan State at Oregon; Virginia Tech at Ohio State; Michigan at Notre Dame. In fact, those games will offer the Big Ten a golden chance to make a statement. A win by the Spartans on the road in raucous Autzen Stadium would stamp them legit national title contenders. Here’s a look at the best of Week 2.

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Best of Week 1: Wisconsin vs. LSU, what else?

Melvin Gordon

Gary Andersen Talks with Rick Pizzo

With the season less than 100 days away and preview magazines on the shelves of the local Piggly Wiggly, it’s never too early to start looking forward to the college football season. This week, I begin to take a week-by-week look at the coming season, highlighting what to look for. Consider it an early, early preview. You’re welcome.

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Best of Week 14: Rivalry Week should be great

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 37 Yard-Touchdown Somersault

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It’s rivalry week, and there are a lot of intriguing storylines and angles in what also is the final week of the 2013 regular season. Can Michigan upset Ohio State and end its rival’s BCS title game dreams? Can Iowa snap its funk vs. Nebraska?

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