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Originally published Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

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Big trips to Pac-12 for Wisconsin, Ohio State

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There’s no use downplaying it. This is a huge weekend for Big Ten football, with conference heavyweights Wisconsin and Ohio State traveling to face Pac-12 teams.

“I think all of us were asked this at Big Ten media day: ‘How do we change the perception of the league?’ ” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said Tuesday on the weekly Big Ten coaches conference call. “We all said one simple thing: Handle your business. Certain weekends you can change the (national) perception, and it looks like this is one of those weeks.”

The Wildcats have helped the cause with a road victory over Cal and a drubbing of Syracuse.

Now Ohio State and Wisconsin get their shot. The Buckeyes play at Cal, and the Badgers hit Arizona State.

The Sun Devils beat Sacramento State 55-0 in their only game, and the Big Ten is 0-8 all-time at Sun Devil Stadium, getting outscored 320-111.

Wisconsin has not allowed a point in blowing out Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech, but coach Gary Andersen said: “We’re still evolving and have a lot of unanswered questions.”

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