Latest Tom Dienhart News

Bowl Projections: Only 7 Big Ten teams this week

David Cobb

Coleman Can't Handle Lateral Pass, Gophers Recover

With the top teams taking care of business, there isn’t much movement in my bowl projections. Ohio State still is headed to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl—not the BCS title game. I still think the deck is stacked against the Buckeyes, who appear stuck at No. 4 in the BCS standings, being able to ascend into the Nos. 1 or 2 spots in the final BCS standings.

Read More

Find out more about:

Monday links: Is MSU cheering for ... Michigan?

Mark Dantonio

Michigan at Michigan State - Football Highlights

Happy Monday, Big Ten Nation! Time to start prepping for the big game this week: Nebraska at Michigan. Neither team can afford another loss in its pursuit of Michigan State in the Legends Division. What’s ironic is that a win by the Wolverines over the Huskers would be a big help to the Spartans. That would give Nebraska two league losses, the same as Michigan. MSU has none. So, will Mark Dantonio be cheering for the Wolverines on Saturday, when the Spartans are off?

Read More

Find out more about:

Power Rankings: Gophers keep jumping up poll

Derrick Engel

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 4, 2013

A thrilling Saturday of action went a long way in shaking up my weekly Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But, in the end, the trio at the top–Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State–reframed its top-billing status with impressive wins. After that trio, it’s surprising Minnesota checking in at No. 4. See my latest list in this post.

Read More

Find out more about:

Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 10

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State at Purdue - Football Highlights

There was so much to learn on Saturday, one of the most exciting days of action all season. A last-second win by Nebraska … a close finish between Minnesota and Indiana … overtime between Penn State and Illinois. Here’s what I learned.

Read More

Find out more about:

Tom's Take: My Week 10 grades, stocks & more

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska Wins on a Hail Mary

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

This was one of the best weeks of action, highlighted by Nebraska’s stunning last-second win over Northwestern on a Hail Mary pass. Ohio State rolls on, while Michigan State continues to look like the team to beat in the Legends. And the feel-good vibes continue for Minnesota, which may have killed Indiana’s bowl hopes. Here is my wrap of Week 10.

Read More

Find out more about:

Four Downs: Action-packed Week 10 schedule

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Ohio State

Lloyd Carr Talks with #BTNLive

November is here, and that means the homestretch of the season is in view. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? This Saturday’s menu is dotted with some interesting clashes, headed by Michigan’s visit to Michigan State. Wisconsin’s trip to Iowa also will be fascinating. Here’s a look at all the action in my Four Downs feature.

Read More

Find out more about:

Friday links: Can Hyde rank among OSU greats?

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Touchdowns of the Week - Oct. 26th, 2013

November has arrived! And, that’s a beautiful thing. Because, well, you know the saying: The games to remember are played in November. Where to start today’s daily links? How about with this on Carlos Hyde? He has been a revelation since returning from a three-game suspension at the start of the season. Turns out, he wants to carve a spot for himself among the great Ohio State running backs.

Read More

Find out more about:

Best of Week 10: Plenty at stake in Michigan vs. MSU

Thomas Gordon

Mark Dantonio on Michigan Rivalry

Welcome to the Best of Week 10. And this is a special week after all the ones that came before it. Why? Because every team is in action for the first time since Sept. 14. All eyes will be on East Lansing for Michigan vs. Michigan State, a battle that not only will determine state bragging right but also go a long way toward determining the Legends Division race.

Read More

Find out more about:

Big Ten coaches react to 2 rule changes

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr.

Matt Painter - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Brace yourself, fans: There could be a lot of fouls called in games this season as players adjust to two new rules changes that figure to have a profound impact. Officials are supposed to whistle hand-checking a foul. No more: no harm, no foul. You touch a player cutting through the lane, and you’ll hear the shrill of a whistle. The goal: To boost sagging offensive numbers.

Read More

Find out more about:

Pitino, Collins face Big Ten challenges

newguys

Richard Pitino - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Northwestern’s Chris Collins are the new kids on the Big Ten block. And, each has a big hill to climb to keep pace with the likes of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among other programs.

Read More

Find out more about:

Izzo has high praise for Harris

Michigan Practice

Tom Izzo - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Michigan State is the pick to win the Big Ten. Why not? The Spartans teem with talent for a program that went 27-9 last season while advancing to the Sweet 16. There’s Keith Appling, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine for a team ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in some polls. But the hub of all this talent is Gary Harris. How good is the sophomore, who spurned the NBA to return to East Lansing? Listen to Tom Izzo.

Read More

Find out more about:

How does Michigan fill those slots?

beilein

John Beilein - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Michigan lost key players in Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., from a team that reached the national title game. But this edition of the Wolverines looks formidable even though it has a combined 33 points to replace with Burke and Hardaway gone. A key guy: Glenn Robinson III.

Read More

Find out more about:

Illini newcomers provide intrigue

Dec 4, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; The Big Ten logo displayed on the court before the game between the Western Carolina Catamounts and the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

John Groce - 2013-2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Illinois is an interesting team with eight newcomers. Who will be a leader for a team coming off a 23-13 season that won a NCAA game? John Groce is looking to senior Joseph Bertrand, especially as a vocal leader. Among the new faces are three transfers from four-year schools: Rayvonte Rice (Drake); Jon Ekey (Illinois State); Ahmad Starks (Oregon State), though Starks was denied a waiver to play this season.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Week 10 Previews: Get ready for a busy Saturday

October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive tackle James Kittredge (99) receives congratulations from teammates after tackling Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Shazier #BTNLive Interview

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

There is a full Saturday of action, as all 12 teams will play. The last time that happened? The third week of the season, September 14. And there are some interesting games, with Michigan’s trip to Michigan State the clear headline tilt. Here are looks at all six games as the season hits the homestretch.

Read More

Find out more about:

Dennard, on Michigan rivalry: 'It means everything'

Darqueze Dennard

Darqueze Denard Interception

When you think of Michigan State, you think defense. And, there is no better player on the Spartan “D” than cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The 5-11, 197-pound senior from Dry Branch, Ga., is in his third season as a starter and has 136 tackles and 25 passes defended (eight interceptions, 17 pass break-ups) in 37 career games, including 33 starts (22 consecutive).

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Carollo assesses targeting penalty after nine weeks

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Roby Gets Ejected from Game

The early returns are in, and the new penalty for targeting is having an impact. According to Big Ten officials coordinator Bill Carollo, there have been 54 targeting calls in 534 FBS games in 2013. Fifteen were subsequently overturned upon replay review, putting the number of disqualifications through 534 games and nine weeks of action at 39.

Read More

Find out more about: ,

Reader mail: So what about Michigan-MSU?

Max Bullough

Big Ten Top Ten - Oct. 26th, 2013

As we head full steam into the second half of the season, my mail box is getting stuffed with comments and questions. You know what that means: I have to reach into my mail bag and answer the best of your queries. Thanks for all of the interest! Keep the cards and letters coming! And don’t forget to watch this week’s top ten plays in this post, too.

Read More

Find out more about:

Bowl Projections: Still seeing two B1G BCS teams

Philly Brown

Penn State at Ohio State - Top Plays

Not much movement in this week’s bowl projections. Ohio State is still No. 4 in the BCS standings and has a big hill to climb to get to the Nos. 1 or 2 spots. But Wisconsin still has time to perhaps be a BCS at-large bowl bid. The Badgers were just No. 24 in the BCS standings; they need to get into the Top 14. Michigan is No. 21; Michigan State is No. 22. The Spartans’ situation has improved, as have the bowl destinations for Iowa and Minnesota.

Read More

Find out more about:

Monday links: It's Michigan-Michigan State week!

It’s Michigan State-Michigan week. And that’s a good thing. This heated rivalry is among the best in the nation. Each team looks like it may be headed in opposite directions. No doubt, a victory by the Spartans would greatly enhance their status as Legends Division front-runners. And, Mark Dantonio knows all about beating the Wolverines.

Read More

Find out more about:

Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 9

Braxton Miller & Carlos Hyde

Penn State Ohio State - Football Highlights

What did I learn in Week Nine? Ohio State and Michigan State are really good—and may be headed for a showdown in Indianapolis. Minnesota is a feel-good story that keeps getting better. Iowa is alive and well. And Northwestern’s season is on the edge.

Read More

Find out more about:

Power Rankings: Surging Spartans move on up

Josiah Price

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 28, 2013

If you somehow had any doubts prior to Saturday about who was the best team in the Big Ten, Ohio State surely cleared those up with its dominating effort vs. Penn State. Iowa and Minnesota were big risers. But Saturday wasn’t so good for Nebraska and Penn State. Here are my post-Week Nine Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.

Read More

Find out more about: