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Dienhart: Iowa game looms large for Spartans

The time is now for Michigan State. There is a sense of urgency around this week’s visit from Iowa. In fact, the game almost has a “must-win” aura about it. The Spartans are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. After this game with the Hawkeyes, Michigan State will embark on its most arduous phase of the season, playing at Michigan and at Wisconsin before coming home to play Nebraska and Northwestern.

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Title IX: Profiling Dr. Christine Grant

On last week’s episode of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” we showed you the first part of a two-part series on former Iowa women’s athletic director Dr. Christine Grant and how Title IX changed the landscape of women’s athletics.

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Friday's Links: No Mauti on Lombardi list?

Is there a conspiracy theory as to why Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was snubbed by the Lombardi Award in the quarterfinal round of balloting? Or maybe it wasn’t a snub. Maybe it was just plain, good old incompetence. David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News explores as only David Jones can. That’s one of the many Big Ten Links I present to you on this wonderful Friday.

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Week 7 Previews: Leaders Division battle tops list

Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons.

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BTN offers 6 'Midnight Madness' events live online

Big Ten basketball is almost here as a handful of teams plan for opening night events traditionally known as “Midnight Madness.” Fans can watch six of these events at Big Ten schools live online via the Big Ten Digital Network. The first three happen Friday night: Minnesota’s “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” goes live at 8:20 p.m. ET, Purdue’s “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” goes on at 8:30 p.m., and Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” starts at 10:30 p.m. Go to video.btn.com and click on the “Live Events” tab for the full schedule.

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Debate it: Your Big Ten Coach of the Year would be ...

We’re officially halfway through the 2012 Big Ten football regular season. That means it’s a good time to start debating such things as early Big Ten Player of the Year and Coach of the Year candidates. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter.

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