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Best of Week 10: Full seven-game slate to open November

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Yeah, J.T. Barrett is kind of good

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All 14 Big Ten teams are in action on the first Saturday in November. And, no doubt, a big focus will be on Columbus, Ohio, where Nebraska travels to play Ohio State. This is the month championship teams make a push. Who’s gonna step up?

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Ranking 2016 Big Ten West non-conference schedules

Sep 12, 2015; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Kamari Cotton-Moya (5) dives and misses Iowa Hawkeyes running back LeShun Daniels Jr. (29) at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Hawkeyes discuss 2016 spring practice

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If Nebraska is going to have a banner season, it will have to navigate a challenging non-conference slate that is highlighted by a visit from Oregon. Conversely, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell catches a break by not having much heavy lifting out of conference.

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Best of Week 9: It's Michigan vs. Michigan State week!

Oct 17, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans celebrate a touchdown in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio talks wild win at Michigan

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Welcome to Week 9, which has a couple of hefty matchups with Michigan at Michigan State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. And, Northwestern’s trip to Ohio State could be compelling, too. This could be a season-defining Saturday, which features six games.

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Ranking 2016 Big Ten East non-conference schedules

Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on from the sideline during the third quarter against Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Georgia defeated Penn State 24-17 to win the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

How awesome was this Saquon Barkley play?

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With the Big Ten playing nine league games for the first time since 1984, there are fewer non-conference tilts with each school playing just three. So, the number of marquee out-of-conference games has been trimmed. Still, there are some intriguing matchups.

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Big Ten schedule breakdown: Who Big Ten West teams miss

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BTN talks with Iowa players at spring practice

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For the first time since 1984, the Big Ten will play nine conference games. Schools will play the other six teams in their division … and three from the opposite division. And, schedule strengths can vary a great deal based on which schools a team does not have to play from the other division.

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Best of Week 4: 2016 weekend signals opening of league games

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In week 4 of the 2016 football season, the Big Ten takes the lid off conference action. This season each team plays nine Big Ten games during the season for the first time since 1984. On this weekend, four leagues games are on the docket as the race to the 2016 title begins. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart delivers his fourth in a series of weekly looks at the upcoming 2016 football season.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Wisconsin Badgers

Oct 31, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Camp Randall Stadium.    Wisconsin won 48-10.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Chryst talks Wisconsin's signing class

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The debut for Paul Chryst was a success, as Wisconsin posted a 10-win season capped by a nice bowl win vs. USC. But the Badgers failed to win the West despite playing a favorable Big Ten schedule. Now, the schedule flips on Wisconsin, which has one of the most challenging slates in the nation.

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2016 Football Schedule Analysis: Penn State Nittany Lions

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This is a big season for James Franklin, who has done a lot of good things his first two years in State College. But he’s just 14-12 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. And Penn State finished last season with four consecutive losses. The roster is now mostly full of his players and he has tweaked his staff. Will this lead to the Nittany Lions moving up the ladder in the rugged Big Ten East? A tough schedule looms, which only complicates matters.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Ohio State Buckeyes

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Urban Meyer talks progress at spring game

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Ohio State is eager and ready to get back on top of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014 and looked primed to repeat in 2015, but the coaching staff’s bungled handling of the quarterback situation proved ruinous for a team that had a national-best 12 NFL draft picks.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Northwestern Wildcats

Sep 5, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) runs past Stanford Cardinal cornerback Ronnie Harris (21) for a touchdown during the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Watch Northwestern spring highlights

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Northwestern is coming off a stellar season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games. And NU is thinking big in 2016 as it looks to win what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West. And, it just may happen, as this could be Pat Fitzgerald’s most talented team yet. But it faces a daunting schedule that offers little relief.

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