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Week 8 Football Power Rankings

Every week during the football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. Week 7 saw two of the Big Ten’s remaining perfect teams, Illinois and Michigan, fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina. See the rankings in this post and watch the well-orchestrated card stunt from Kinnick Stadium now.

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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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Tonight on BTN: Michigan vs. Michigan St.

The votes are in, and Big Ten fans selected Michigan State’s victory over Michigan as the Week 7 “Big Ten Football Game of the Week.” Catch the game again at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN. If you missed it live Saturday, you don’t want to miss it again tonight. In the 28-14 decision at Spartan Stadium, Michigan State tallied its fourth consecutive win in the heated series, the first time it’s done that since 1959-62, and sent Michigan to its first loss of the season for the third straight year. The game went down to the wire, as Michigan State twice denied Michigan a chance of tying the score in the fourth quarter, the first time on a 4th-and-1 deep in Spartans’ territory and the second time on an interception taken back for a score.

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Best of the Best: Week 7 Recap

Every week during the fall, BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina recaps the week that was in Big Ten football. Each recap includes Brent’s superlative winners and the best stats, quotes and tweets, among other things, from around the Big Ten that particular week. Have a worthy stat, quote or tweet that you think should make the recap? Tweet it to @BTNBrentYarina. Watch our sideline interview with former Hawkeye Jared DeVries now and check out Brent’s Week 7 Recap in this post.

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Iowa Solves Northwestern, 41-31

(AP) James Vandenberg threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns as Iowa beat Northwestern 41-31 on Saturday night, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats. Marcus Coker added 124 yards rushing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who won despite allowing 495 yards and 29 first downs to Northwestern. Iowa blew a 17-0 second-quarter lead, then pulled ahead 24-17 on Coker’s 1-yard TD run with 13:55 left. Vandenberg pushed the lead to 31-17 on a 35-yard TD pass to Marvin McNutt, and Coker’s 1-yard touchdown run with 3:56 to go sealed just Iowa’s second win over Northwestern in seven tries. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and check out our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Did You See This? Kinnick Card Stunt

There was an unforgettable scene in Iowa City prior to Saturday night’s game against Northwestern, and BTN cameras captured it in its entirety. During the National Anthem, fans at Kinnick Stadium did a card stunt that went from the fans honoring the Red, White and Blue to showing school spirit with “Go Hawks” and Black and Gold. And how appropriate for it to happen with former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi on the sideline. Job well done, Iowa.

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