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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

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

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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Best of Week 12: All eyes on MSU-Nebraska

Week 12 Picks

Shilique Calhoun Joins #BTNLive

An interesting Saturday of action is headlined by what could be the Big Ten Game of the Year: Michigan State at Nebraska. Ohio State will look to remain unbeaten when it plays at Illinois. The Buckeyes have owned Illinois, winning the last five meetings and eight of the last nine. The lone Fighting Illini victory in that stretch was when they stunned No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in 2007 on the way to the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes haven’t lost in Champaign since 1991.

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Best of Week 11: Big Legends Division clash in Ann Arbor

Bo Pelini & Brady Hoke

Allen Robinson Joins #BTNLive

Week 11 is highlighted by a key Legends Division clash, with Nebraska playing at Michigan. Let’s call this the “Sense of Urgency Bowl.” Sounds about right. The loser will have a difficult time getting back into the division hunt.

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Best of Week 10: Plenty at stake in Michigan vs. MSU

Thomas Gordon

Mark Dantonio on Michigan Rivalry

Welcome to the Best of Week 10. And this is a special week after all the ones that came before it. Why? Because every team is in action for the first time since Sept. 14. All eyes will be on East Lansing for Michigan vs. Michigan State, a battle that not only will determine state bragging right but also go a long way toward determining the Legends Division race.

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Best of Week 9: Can PSU pull off another upset?

Penn State Fans

Philly Brown Visits "#BTNLive"

Another light, yet exciting week ahead, with four teams off–Indiana, Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin. Still, this Saturday has a marquee, prime-time game to hang its hat on with Penn State playing at Ohio State.

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Best of Week 7: A light, exciting Saturday ahead

Camp Randall Stadium

Venric Mark Checks in With #BTNLive

Yes, there are only four games this week, but there still are some interesting storylines. Northwestern’s trip to Wisconsin is a good cross-division clash between schools that haven’t met since 2010. Each has lost to Ohio State this year. Can the Badgers afford a third loss already? Can the Wildcats get up for a second big game in a row?

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Best of Week 6: All eyes on Evanston

Treyvon Green

Pat Fitzgerald Answers Reporter's Phone

This is the first Saturday that features exclusively Big Ten games, with five on the slate. All eyes will be on Evanston, Ill., where a national TV audience will tune in for the Ohio State at Northwestern game.

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Best of Week 3: All eyes on B1G vs. Pac-12

Taylor Martinez

Taylor Martinez Joins "#BTNLive"

Last week was a dud. This week is a doozy. This is the best week of non-conference action with the highlights being four games vs. Pac-12 foes. The only unappetizing clashes: three games vs. the MAC, and two vs. FCS foes. Still, there’s lots to like with UCLA at Nebraska; Wisconsin at Arizona State; Ohio State at Cal; and Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago.

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Best of Week 2: Gardner's chance to shine

Devin Gardner

Gardner to Gallon for TD

This isn’t a Saturday filled with scintillating matchups, but it’s saved by the marquee Notre Dame at Michigan game. One problem: There are three games vs. FCS foes: Indiana State at Purdue; Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin; Missouri State at Iowa. And Penn State plays host to Eastern Michigan, which is like a FCS school. Also, South Florida (which is at Michigan State) and San Diego State (at Ohio State) are horrible.

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Best of Week 1: Stay up late to catch NU at Cal

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald coaches against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Tyler Scott Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Every season teems with promise. But this one glimmers a bit more brightly for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Ohio State looks primed to make a run at the BCS national championship. And several other schools dot the preseason polls, like Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern.

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Wow factor: Best of this B1G hoops season

No. 3: Cody Zeller

Indiana at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlights

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a season of superlatives in the Big Ten in what most feel has been one of the best seasons in conference annals. No doubt, the regular season didn’t disappoint.

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Best Suggestions: All signs point to big weekend

Nik Stauskas

The Journey 2013: Big Ten Basketball - Michigan

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This week serves up a steady diet of cupcakes on the Big Ten men’s basketball schedule, but the weekend includes a number of high-profile games. And as we saw with Indiana’s stunning overtime loss to Butler that dropped the Hoosiers from No. 1 to No. 6 in the both polls, you always must be on guard.

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Dienhart: Purdue could use win over No. 24 Notre Dame

Purdue at Clemson

Oladipo Steals Then Dunks

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

The hoop season continues to gain speed and momentum, as a bit more clarity is apparent with each passing week. Still, there are many unknowns. And that will remain so, as this is a slow week of action with many schools in finals week. Here’s a look at the week ahead, with the best games coming on Saturday.

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Best of Week 12: All eyes will be on Madison

Ohio State's Devin Smith

Week 11: Watch All the Touchdowns

All eyes will be on Madison, Wis., where No. 6 Ohio State plays Wisconsin in a Week 12 that lacks compelling storylines. The Buckeyes are 10-0 and in search of perfection. The last time Ohio State came to Wisconsin, it got drummed, 31-18, in 2010. The Badgers already have the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up, but a victory over the Buckeyes would be Wisconsin’s most impressive win of the season and give it momentum.

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Best of Week 10: It's your turn again, Robert

Purdue's Robert Marve

Marve Hits Edison for a TD

There is a dearth of marquee matchups, but it is Little Brown Jug week. That may not mean much to you, but it does to Minnesota and Michigan. It’s an iconic college football trophy that the schools first played for in 1903. But it has been a lopsided rivalry, with the Golden Gophers winning just twice (1986 and 2005) in the last 30 seasons.

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