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Starting the Conference Season Right:  Through two weeks of Big Ten play, two teams each from the Legends and Leaders Divisions boast unblemished records . . .

A Full Slate of Divisional Matchups:  Divisional contests will continue this week as four conference matchups will feature intra-division opponents, including two within each division . . . As part of divisional play, the Big Ten has instituted a tiebreaker to determine the Big Ten Football Championship Game participants, if necessary. After head-to-head matchups, the next tiebreaker is records within the division, which makes winning divisional games an important part of the Big Ten title chase . . .

Lighting Up the Scoreboards:  Points were aplenty last weekend in Big Ten games as eight conference squads scored 27 or more points, while the average point total for the five winning squads was 41.6 points . . .

Scrambling to the Top:  Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson had a record-setting day against Purdue last Saturday as he became the all-time Big Ten leader in rushing yards by a quarterback . . .

Climbing the Charts:  Wisconsin running back Montee Ball rushed for two touchdowns against Illinois Saturday, continuing his climb up the Big Ten and NCAA career record charts . . .

Instant Impact:  When Ohio State knocked off Nebraska last Saturday, Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer notched his sixth straight victory to start his coaching career in Columbus. Since 1946, only four Big Ten head coaches have started their inaugural seasons with 6-0 records, and two are currently in the conference . . .

Thanks to the Fans:  Last week's attendance figures allowed the conference to surpass the three-million mark in total attendance for the 48th straight season. Big Ten stadiums have welcomed 3,149,637 fans through the turnstiles in 45 games, an average of 69,992 patrons per contest, a mark which would rank among the top 10 in average attendance in conference history. On Saturday, Ohio Stadium set a single-game attendance record, welcoming 106,102 fans for the primetime contest featuring Ohio State and Nebraska, breaking the previous mark set in 2009 when the Buckeyes hosted USC.