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This week’s guest list for The Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET includes: Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Nebraska radio football color commentator Matt Davison. We’ll also welcome into the studio BTN LiveBIG host Dhani Jones, who will breakdown the matchup between the Spartans’ defense and the Cornhuskers’ offense.

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Dienhart: Week 9 Big Ten Previews

The Big Ten championship game won’t be played until December 3 in Indianapolis. But a de facto Legends Division game may be taking place at Nebraska this weekend. Michigan State plays at Nebraska in a game that will go a long way toward determining who will win the Legends Division. The Spartans are the lone unbeaten team in the division. The Cornhuskers have one loss—and likely can’t afford another. Bottom line:  A win by Michigan State would give it a virtual stranglehold on the Legends Division race.

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Beyond: A Look Back, A Look Ahead

On tonight’s Big Ten Football & Beyond, at 7 p.m. ET, Dave Revsine and his cast of characters discuss what they learned about Wisconsin and Michigan State following last week’s unforgettable finish, analyze the latest developments in realignment and break down Saturday’s highly anticipated matchup between Nebraska’s offense and Michigan State’s defense.

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Dienhart: Week 9 Best Suggestions

The stretch drive of the season is entering a higher gear with two big matchups on tap in what looks like the best collection of games yet in 2011. The headliner is Michigan State at Nebraska in a key game that will determine pecking order in the Legends Division. The other tilt to watch is a big Leaders Division battle between Wisconsin at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are coming off an off week rested, ready and perhaps with a few new wrinkles. How will the Badgers respond coming off their first loss of the season? Come tell me in the comments box below, or drop me a note in my BTN.com mailbag.

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Dienhart: Big Ten Trophy Tracker

Prior to the 2011 college football season, the Big Ten announced the creation of 18 new trophies, including two for the new Big Ten Championship Game and two for postgraduate awards. Each trophy honors the Big Ten’s rich history, with two Big Ten legends’ last names on it (i.e. Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year).

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Big Ten Fans, Come Rate The Plays

Last Saturday we posted a page with video clips of ten Big Ten football plays on it, one for each of the schools playing that day. Then we let fans rate any and all of the plays all week long right up until kickoff of the next games. In fact, if you missed the feature you can still rate the plays right here. Good news: We’re going to do this again for every football weekend left in the season, including the Dec. 3 Big Ten Championship. Right now, Iowa’s Tanner Miller has the highest-rated play. Watch it here.

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Getting out the Big Ten Football Vote

It’s been a busy week around here, what with adding a BTN.com senior writer, previewing a weekend of football with Dave Revsine’s Numbers, and looking ahead to basketball season with our Hoops Hysteria show. We also rolled out a new feature where fans can rate the top plays from Saturday’s football games. This weekend BTN airs Indiana at Iowa at noon ET and Penn State at Northwestern at 7 p.m. Full TV info and times on our Big Ten scoreboard and bookmark www.btn.com/ratetheplay to rate selected plays from all Big Ten games Saturday night.

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Blast: Big Ten Injury Updates

In the latest installment of the Big Ten Blast, Kara Lentz provides updates on the condition of a pair of injured Big Ten wide receivers. It’s a case of good news in Madison, where Nick Toon practiced Tuesday and is scheduled to play Saturday night in Wisconsin’s highly anticipated game at Michigan State. And it’s a case of bad news in Happy Valley, where Derek Moye is expected to miss Penn State’s next two games. Both players are battling foot injuries.

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UPickEm: Rank Week 7's Best Plays

BTN.com has partnered with UPickEm.com to let Big Ten fans rank some of the best plays every week on the gridiron. Click here to rank 10 of the Big Ten’s best plays from Week 7. This feature is fun and simple. Simply watch all 10 plays and rank them, from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Your votes will help determine the week’s best play from here on out. The number of candidates will vary from week to week, depending on how many Big Ten teams are in action. Every week, BTN.com selects one play for each team to enter the contest. Watch our Northwestern-Iowa highlights from Saturday’s shootout on BTN.

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Coach Paterno to appear on Football Report

Tonight on the Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET our crew of Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks previews the first weekend of all divisional games with a host of interviews and analysis. We’ll be talking to a handful of head coaches including Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Illinois’ Ron Zook, and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. Plus, BTN LiveBIG host and Michigan product Dhani Jones (@DhaniJones) joins us in studio to talk with Banks about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry and what it means to them.

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Getting Ready for Saturday All Week Long

As our own Dave Revsine points out in this week’s Numbers, this Saturday is the first weekend where every conference football game is a divisional game. Clearly, that will impact the Big Ten standings, but it could also pull the Big Ten Conference Football Divisional Tiebreakers into the conversation. BTN airs two of the five games this weekend: Purdue (3-2) at Penn State (5-1) at noon ET and Northwestern (2-3) at Iowa (3-2) at 7 p.m. Get ready for Saturday’s action with Brent Yarina’s Week 7 Preview. Don’t forget to enter  the Buffalo Wild Wings Big Ten Football Championship Promotion for a chance to win a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game, a trip to the 2012 Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago, or $100 gift card.

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Big Ten volleyball powers up

Today in the Big Ten Blast we spotlight the weekly Big Ten Players of the Week in women’s volleyball. Here are the latest Big Ten volleyball standings and Big Ten stats from BigTen,org, and a look at Monday night’s AVCA.org Top 25 poll. And did you catch our feature on Lara Dykstra, a  freshman libero at Nebraska who made the move from beach volleyball to to the hard court? Watch it now.

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Who took weekly Big Ten honors?

The Big Ten offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week for games on Oct. 8 were announced this morning by the Big Ten Conference. Who do you think won them? Find out inside and watch our latest edition of the Big Ten Blast.

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Football Report: Get the latest on all 5 games

Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin, and Tony Banks are getting ready for tonight’s Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET, which will set you up for Saturday morning. Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald joins us for an interview while we also take reports from Bloomington setting up Saturday’s Illinois-Indiana game.  Banks rates Illinois’s A.J. Jenkins and Colvin talks about Illinois’ defense making the Illini real contenders in the Leaders Division.

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Wilson, Indiana Lose Three Players

As if 1-4 Indiana didn’t have enough on its plate with perfect Illinois coming to town Saturday, there’s this: Nick Turner and two other players quit the team Wednesday. Turner, a redshirt sophomore, had been moved from running back to safety two weeks ago, although he did receive his first carry of the season last week against Penn State. Sophomore running back Antonio Banks and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Marlandez Harris also quit the team this week, making it six Hoosiers who have left the program in the past two weeks. Read more about the losses on IndyStar.com.

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