Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, September 26, 2014
There are nine Big Ten games on tap for Saturday, highlighted by five much-anticipated conference matchups.
Here is a rundown of Saturday?s games (view our scoreboard) and a recap of this week?s news leading up to the big weekend ahead.
BTN?s coverage will kick off at noon ET with a doubleheader as Iowa takes on Purdue, while Penn State will host Northwestern. Indiana will then take on Maryland at 1:30 p.m. ET. Following that, at 6 p.m. ET, Ohio State entertains Cincinnatti at the Horseshoe, while Nebraska will host Illinois in the nightcap at 8 p.m. ET. All five games will also be available on BTN2Go.
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Let?s break down the Big Ten games here.
WISCONSIN vs. SOUTH FLORIDA- noon ET, ESPNU
Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman released their updated Big Ten Player Rankings this week. Where does Melvin Gordon land on their lists? Find out that answer here.
RUTGERS vs. TULANE - noon ET, ESPNews
Buy or Sell: Kyle Flood is the early leader for Big Ten Coach of the Year honors? Find out what Tom Dienhart says in this edition of ?Buy or Sell.?
PURDUE vs. IOWA - noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go
Every week during the 2014 football season, BTN.com?s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman, Brent Yarina and a different Big Ten beat writer make their Big Ten picks. Who did our experts pick in this matchup? Find out here as we reveal our Week 5 picks.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. WYOMING - noon ET, ESPN2
With nonconference play coming to a close, BTN.com?s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina released their 2014 All-Big Ten nonconference offensive team. How many Spartans made the list? See here.
PENN STATE vs. NORTHWESTERN - noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go
With Week 4 in the books, Tom Dienhart updated his Big Ten Power Rankings. Where do Penn State and Northwestern land on the list? Find out that answer here.
MARYLAND vs. INDIANA - 1:30 ET, BTN/BTN2Go
What is the top Big Ten game this weekend? Tom Dienhart says it has to be Maryland vs. Indiana. See Dienhart?s Week 5 previews and game rankings here.
MICHIGAN vs. MINNESOTA- 3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2
Will Michigan and Minnesota be playing in a bowl game this season? Find out what Tom Dienhart says in his first bowl projections.
OHIO STATE vs. CINCINNATI - 6:00 ET, BTN/BTN2Go
Don?t be shocked if the Cincinnati at Ohio State game remains up for grabs in the fourth quarter. Tom Dienhart explains why in this week?s edition of 4th and Long.
NEBRASKA vs. ILLINOIS - 8:00 ET, BTN/BTN2Go
What is the top quarterback matchup in Week 5? Tom Dienhart says it has to be Illinois' West Lunt vs. Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. See that and more in Dienhart?s Best of Week 5 piece.