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Week 5 Big Ten Previews: Get excited, Big Ten play is here!

Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) call a play in the huddle during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Here's what Big Ten play means to star players

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The first full week of Big Ten action awaits in Week 5. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West clashes.

Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota’s journey to Northwestern will help set a framework for what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West clash. And Nebraska goes to Illinois in a battle between two West teams looking to get a foothold in the division.

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Week 4 Big Ten Previews: Welcome to the final week of non-conference

Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; The Michigan State Spartans celebrate after beating the Air Force Falcons at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Week 4 is bursting at the seams with 14 games. None have national implications, but all will go a long way in shaping the fortunes of the Big Ten and its postseason hopes.

There are just two road games—and they are intriguing: Indiana at Wake Forest and Maryland at West Virginia. And how cool will the BYU at Michigan tilt be? Exactly.

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Week 14 Previews: Welcome to Rivalry Week!

Rivalry Week

Bennie Fowler Joins #BTNlive

The final week of the season is upon us. Even better: It’s rivalry week. There’s Ohio State at Michigan in “The Game.” Northwestern is at Illinois in the Land Lincoln Trophy game. Purdue is at Indiana in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Iowa is at Nebraska in the “Heroes Game.” Here is a look at all the action of Week 14.

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Week 13 Previews: Plenty to play for Saturday

Carlos Hyde

Kurtis Drummond Joins #BTNLive

The penultimate week of the season is upon us, with some interesting storylines. Minnesota will try to win the Axe from Wisconsin for the first time since 2003, while Michigan State and Ohio State will look to win outright the Legends and Leaders Division, respectively. The Buckeyes also are aiming for win No. 23 in a row in its quest for the BCS title game. Here’s a look at all of the Week 13 matchups.

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Week 12 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

Week 12 Picks

Randy Gregory Joins #BTNLive

This Saturday features some intriguing clashes. All eyes will be on Lincoln, Neb., for Michigan State’s visit to Nebraska in what essentially is a de facto Legends Division championship game. If you aren’t stoked, then I feel sorry for you.

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Week 11 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

Ameer Abdullah

Ron Kellogg Joins #BTNLive

The games in November are the ones we all remember. And, there are a few interesting clashes this Saturday that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order in each division, especially atop the Legends Division. All eyes will be on Ann Arbor, where Nebraska will play Michigan. For all intents and purposes, the loser likely will be out of the division race. Here’s a look at the games of Week 11.

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Week 10 Previews: Get ready for a busy Saturday

October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive tackle James Kittredge (99) receives congratulations from teammates after tackling Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Shazier #BTNLive Interview

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There is a full Saturday of action, as all 12 teams will play. The last time that happened? The third week of the season, September 14. And there are some interesting games, with Michigan’s trip to Michigan State the clear headline tilt. Here are looks at all six games as the season hits the homestretch.

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Week 9 Previews: Penn St-Ohio St under the lights

Braxton Miller

Jack Mewhort Talks with #BTNLive

This is a light menu for Week 9, as there are just four games. Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue and Indiana all are off this week. And there is just one marquee game, with Penn State playing at Ohio State looking to end the Buckeyes’ remarkable run of 19 victories in a row. Here’s a look at this week’s games.

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Week 8 previews: It's time to get ready for Saturday

Mark Dantonio

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 14, 2013

There are five games on the Big Ten docket this week. But none of the clashes figures to have a big impact on the league race—unless we have some major upsets. Still, there will be a lot to keep an eye as we begin to wade into the second half of the season.

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Week 7 Previews: It'll be a great one in Madison

Brian Wozniak

Venric Mark Checks in With #BTNLive

We are approaching the halfway mark of the season rapidly. There are just four games scheduled Saturday, the second time in the last three weeks there will be just four games. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois are all off. In fact, this is the Fighting Illini’s second bye of the season—and the leaves are still on the trees.

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Week 6 previews: Get ready for Saturday's Big Ten games

Kirk Ferentz

Mark Weisman Joins "#BTNLive"

The sixth week of the season is on our doorstep. And all eyes are on Evanston, where Ohio State will play at Northwestern in a game with national and Big Ten championship implications. But even beyond that Titanic clash, there are several interesting games. Here are previews of each contest in this first full-blown Saturday of conference action.

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Dienhart: Get my Week 5 Big Ten previews

Ryan Shazier

James White and Melvin Gordon Join #BTNLive


Conference play kicked off last week, with Wisconsin blasting Purdue. This Saturday, there are two more Big Ten games: Iowa at Minnesota and Wisconsin at Ohio State.

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Week 4 previews: Spartans-Irish highlights slate

Mark Dantonio

Gary Anderson Opening Remarks - Wisconsin Press Conference

There are 10 games on the schedule this Saturday. And, at first glance, it’s not a great lineup of contests. No doubt, Michigan State’s visit to Notre Dame is the headliner. Lots of good storylines around the Spartans, who think they have found their offense. We shall see. Also, Big Ten play opens, with Purdue traveling to Wisconsin.

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Week 3 previews: This will be a fun Saturday!

Taylor Martinez

Big Ten Power Rankings - Sept. 9th, 2013

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

This is by far the best slate of games of the short 2013 season. The Saturday menu is highlighted by four games vs. Pac-12 schools—Illinois vs. Washington in Chicago; Wisconsin at Arizona State; UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal. Purdue also gets its annual crack at Notre Dame, adding more name-brand appeal to the weekend. And we have in-state rivals Iowa-Iowa State clashing.

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Dienhart: My Week 2 Big Ten previews

Fitz Toussaint

Bill O'Brien Visits "#BTNLive"

Week Two brings us a blockbuster matchup: Notre Dame at Michigan, one of the sport’s iconic rivalries. This will be a great test for a Wolverines’ program that is on the rise and the pick of many to win the Legends Division. Since the series was renewed in 1978, it is tied 14-14-1. However, this will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the clubs will meet in Ann Arbor.

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Dienhart: My Week 1 Big Ten previews

Damon Bullock

Legends Division Preview - Fall Camp Impressions

It’s time for football. Are you ready? There’s a full slate of Big Ten games in Week 1, starting with Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Before the games kick off, here’s my preview of all 12 games. Hope you enjoy all the action!

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Week 13 Previews: Plenty at stake this weekend

Oct 20, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini leads his team to the field before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Most Intriguing B1G Storylines Entering Final Weekend


The final week of the regular season is upon us and there is still a lot is on the line. Nebraska needs a win at Iowa to clinch the Legends Division crown on Friday. On Saturday, Ohio State is trying to punctuate a 12-0 season with a triumph over Michigan. How sweet would that be for Buckeye fans? Of course, the Wolverines would love to trash that Buckeye dream and win the Legends, and they can do just that with a victory over Ohio State and loss by Nebraska.

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Week 12 Previews: Will Buckeyes move to 11-0?

Braxton Miller

Curt Phillips Visits "#BTNLive"

The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes.

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Week 11 Previews: Here comes PSU vs. Nebraska

Matt McGloin

Bret Bielema Visits "#BTNLive"


It’s time to get ready for Week 11 of the Big Ten season. And it shapes up to be interesting on many fronts. Can Nebraska make it four wins in a row and knock off Penn State? Wisconsin’s game at Indiana in some ways will be a de facto Leaders Division championship game. Meanwhile, Northwestern plays at Michigan in a “Survivor” contest in the Legends Division.

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Week 10 Previews: Breaking down Saturday's games

Alonzo Whaley

Adam Replogle Visits "#BTNLive"

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Coaches always say: You play the games to remember in November. Well, my calendar says “November.” While this Saturday may lack some pizzazz on the surface, there still are several contests that will go a long way toward shaping the Legends and Leaders division races.

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Week 9 Previews: Legends battle comes to Lincoln

Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) runs the ball as Michigan Wolverines defensive end Frank Clark (left) linebacker Mike Jones (27) and defensive end Jibreel Black (55) chase after him in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Beck "#BTNLive" Interview

In my preview of this Saturday’s six games, I believe most teams will play with a real sense of urgency. Nebraska and Michigan are two good examples, but Ohio State and Penn State each have something to prove, too. Michigan State and Wisconsin have a history, Iowa leads Northwestern in the standings, and Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois each seek their first conference win.

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