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Ten by Ten: Can You Top Our Trio? How About Week 5's Winners?

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Kevin Paul

Week 6 is here and KP is back from a few weeks overseas - meaning a return to seeing his ugly mug show up on Ten by Ten posts.  

Here's a delayed congrats to Mark Churchill and Mike Kinsella, who were crowned the winners of Week 5.  Bravo gents, and now, you get your name in lights - or on monitors throughout Big Ten country.  Hey, we'll take what we can get, right?  

And with that being said, here are the Week 6 picks for the FBT trio, along with last week's winners.  

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Big Ten Previews and Predictions (Week Six): Buckeyes and Hawkeyes on Upset Alert?

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Kristofer Green

Big Ten conference play continued last week offering a slew of exciting match-ups.

The Spartans won bragging rights over in-state rival Michigan for the second consecutive year, Minnesota battled to the end but failed to take Paul Bunyan's Axe from Wisconsin for the sixth consecutive year, Northwestern spotted Purdue 18 points who then gave the game away for their fourth consecutive loss, and Ohio State extended its conference road game win streak to 16 while beating the Hoosiers for the 15th consecutive time.

I went 5-1 for the week. I did predict the Spartans would upset the Wolverines in the annual slugfest for state bragging rights, but underestimated the mighty Badgers who took it to rival Minnesota (in a game that wasn't as close as the score might indicate) to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe in Madison for the sixth straight year.

Big Ten conference play continues this week with most teams facing conference foes.

Two key games to the conference title race take place this week. Wisconsin will travel to Columbus to battle the Buckeyes and Michigan goes on the road again to take on Iowa.

In other conference action, Purdue visits "The Bank" to take on the angry Gophers and Michigan State will try to extend its win streak to two against the hapless Illini who have benched star quarterback Juice Williams.

As for the Nittany Lions, Wildcats, and Hoosiers... Penn State will once again feast on a cupcake when they welcome former Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen and Eastern Illinois to Happy Valley, Northwestern is at home against the winless Miami Redhawks, and Indiana goes on the road to face the Cavaliers of Virginia.

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Big Ten Previews and Predictions: Week Five

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Kristofer Green

The Big Ten began conference play last week. Iowa got a huge win in State College, the Buckeyes got their second consecutive shut-out against a supposed high powered offense, Wisconsin looked solid in victory, and Michigan outpaced the Hoosiers in a shoot-out in the Big House.

I went 3-3 for the week. I did predict the Hawkeyes would "upset" the Nittany Lions, but missed on Northwestern, who forgot how to tackle in a loss to Minnesota, Michigan State's continuing fall and loss to Wisconsin, and the Boilermakers defeat in the final seconds to Notre Dame.

Big Ten conference play continues this week with every team but Iowa facing conference foes.

Two very big rivalry games take place this week in conference action. Wisconsin will travel to Minneapolis to battle the Gophers for Paul Bunyan's Axe and the annual contest for bragging rights in the state of Michigan takes place in East Lansing this season.

In other conference action, Purdue begins league play when Northwestern travels to West Lafayette and Indiana will try to break a 14-game losing streak to Ohio State when the Buckeyes and Hoosiers meet under the lights for the firs conference game in newly renovated Memorial Stadium.

As for the Hawkeyes... they play host to Arkansas State, a team from the Sun Belt conference. Sort of a let-down from the hype that surrounded Iowa in the days leading up to last weeks media circus.

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Big Ten Previews and Predictions: Week Four

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Kristofer Green

Last week, the Big Ten posted a 7-3 record including a marquee win for Iowa, who knocked off former Hawkeye Mike Stoops and the Arizona Wildcats.

I did slightly better picking, going 8-2 missing the Northwestern's gut wrenching loss to Syracuse and Michigan State's heartbreaking defeat to the Irish.

Big Ten conference play begins this week with every team but Purdue facing conference foes.

Illinois will try to make it eight wins in 11 tries at Ohio Stadium, Iowa is looking for their seventh win in eight tries against the Nittany Lions, Michigan will try to continue their early season success against an ever improving Indiana squad, a desperate Michigan State visits Wisconsin for a must win and Minnesota will travel to Evanston to take on the Wildcats with revenge in mind.

As for the Boilermakers... they play host to Notre Dame in primetime under the lights at Ross-Ade Stadium. FBT's own Tim Cary will be in West Lafayette to document the "Blackout" madness from the press box.

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Big Ten Previews and Predictions: Week 3

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Kristofer Green

Last week, the Big Ten posted a 8-3 record including a marquee win for then unranked Michigan, who knocked off No. 18 Notre Dame in thrilling fashion in the Big House.

I did slightly worse picking, going 7-4 missing the Buckeyes heartbreaking loss to USC,  Michigan State's meltdown against Central Michigan, Minnesota's come from behind victory over Air Force, and Indiana's win over Western Michigan.

This week the Big Ten once again has a few marquee games on tap. Minnesota will host No. 8 Cal, the Spartans travel to South Bend to take on the Irish and Iowa will host Pac-10 foe Arizona for a "Black-Out" at Kinnick.

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