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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 2

Deonte Gibson

Syracuse at Northwestern - Top Plays

Another week is in the books. There has been a lot to be impressed with over the first two weeks of the season, with strong starts by teams like Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, among others. Saturday provided some clarity, but much remains unknown. Here is what I learned in Week 2.

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Friday links: Gardner's test, MSU QBs & more

Devin Gardner

Pat Fitzgerald Talks With #BTNLive

Happy Friday! Let’s all meet at Cha Chi’s after work for some potato zingers! OK, let’s not. But let’s at least take this time to discuss some Big Ten headlines, OK? If Michigan is going to beat Notre Dame, QB Devin Gardner has to have a good game. That mean he has to avoid the picks, of which he had two last week … vs. a directional school.

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Best of Week 2: Gardner's chance to shine

Devin Gardner

Gardner to Gallon for TD

This isn’t a Saturday filled with scintillating matchups, but it’s saved by the marquee Notre Dame at Michigan game. One problem: There are three games vs. FCS foes: Indiana State at Purdue; Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin; Missouri State at Iowa. And Penn State plays host to Eastern Michigan, which is like a FCS school. Also, South Florida (which is at Michigan State) and San Diego State (at Ohio State) are horrible.

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Dienhart: My Week 2 Big Ten previews

Fitz Toussaint

Bill O'Brien Visits "#BTNLive"

Week Two brings us a blockbuster matchup: Notre Dame at Michigan, one of the sport’s iconic rivalries. This will be a great test for a Wolverines’ program that is on the rise and the pick of many to win the Legends Division. Since the series was renewed in 1978, it is tied 14-14-1. However, this will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the clubs will meet in Ann Arbor.

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Thursday links: Big Ten headlines & notes

Pat Fitzgerald

Ryan Kerrigan Talks with "#BTNLive"

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It’s good to be Pat Fitzgerald. He’s a hot, young coach whose program is on the rise as it’s ranked in 2013 coming off a 10-win season and the school’s first bowl victory since the 1948 season. If he was a stock, he’d have a “buy” rating. Now, he’s a whole lot richer, too.

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Links: Michigan-ND talk, Abdullah speech & more

Happy Wednesday! What’s that mean? Not Hump Day. Hope. It means we are one day closer to Saturday. And that’s a beautiful thing. And, looky here: It seems Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is in full spin mode about this ND-Michigan rivalry stuff. Now, Kelly is open to renewing the school’s rivalry with Michigan, but commitments to play five ACC teams a year is an obstacle.

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Mailbag: Would Osborne have success today?

Tom Osborne

Bill O'Brien Visits "#BTNLive"

The season has started, and 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 some of your queries as we head into Week Two of the season. Thanks for all of the interest! Keep the cards and letters coming!

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Dienhart: Iowa enters Week 2 bowl projections

C.J. Fiedorowicz

C.J. Fiedorowicz 11-Yard Touchdown

One week down—and my bowl projections already have changed following a 10-2 opening week. Don’t tell me that you’re surprised. The first week of the season was more kind to some than others. I’m looking at you, Nebraska and Purdue. And, yes, that’s Iowa you see moving into my bowl picture—even after a loss, which gave me some faith in this Hawkeyes team. Without further adieu, my Week 2 bowl projections.

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Dienhart: 10 things I learned in Week 1

Melvin Gordon

Bentley's 100-Yard Kickoff Return

It was a busy first week of action, as we saw coaches make debuts (Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen and Purdue’s Darrell Hazell) and quarterbacks, too (Iowa’s Jake Rudock and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg). Here are 10 things I learned in Week One.

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Dienhart: Michigan moves up in Week 2 power poll

Fitz Toussaint

Michigan's 8 TDs against Central Michigan

We have one week in the books. How great is it to have football back in our lives? Really great. The Big Ten went 10-2 in the opening week, with the losses coming vs. Northern Illinois and at Cincinnati. How do I rank the Big Ten teams after one week? See my latest power poll, presented by ArcelorMittal, in this post.

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Tom's Take: My Week 1 honors, grades, top 10 & more

Treyvon Green

Kurtis Drummond Interception

One week is in the books. There was good, and there was bad. Good: Northwestern went to Cal and rallied for a big comeback win. Bad: Purdue looked awful in a rout at Cincinnati. Here are my thoughts, ruminations, honors, grades and numbers from an exciting and eventful opening week around the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Gary Andersen 'perfect fit' at Wisconsin

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Stave to Abbrederis, Again!

MADISON, Wis. – Coaches usually want to get the first game behind them. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen was no different. The Jitters, the unknown. Just get here and get over. Now. This not only was the first game of the 2013 season—it also was his first game as Badgers coach.

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Dienhart: Week 1 Questions? Yes. Answers? Not yet.

Denicos Allen

Indiana Touchdownpalooza vs. Indiana State

The Big Ten took the lid off the 2013 season last night, with Minnesota and Indiana recording resounding victories by registering point totals that would have tilted a pinball machine. The unveilings continue tonight, with Michigan State playing host to Western Michigan, and then the other nine schools play Saturday. Here are questions I have for each of the 10 schools yet to kickoff.

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Eric Crouch Q&A: Martinez or Miller at QB?

Preston Mack-USA TODAY Sports

Chuck Long and Eric Crouch at BTN B1G 10K

Eric Crouch is a college football icon and a Nebraska legend, the winner of the 2001 Heisman Trophy who led the Cornhuskers to the BCS national title game the same season. The guy knows his football. And he’s bringing that knowledge to BTN as an analyst.

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Friday links: QB drama, big wins & top tweets

Andrew Maxwell

Indiana State Player Ejected Under New Targeting Rule

Be sure to tune in tonight for the next installment of “How The Quarterback Turns” at Michigan State, which opens vs. Western Michigan. Andrew Maxwell will start, but Connor Cook will play. And Cook wants to show he’s the guy. Heck—who knows?–all four Spartans quarterbacks may see action, along with a few guys from the stands.

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Best of Week 1: Stay up late to catch NU at Cal

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald coaches against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Tyler Scott Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour


Every season teems with promise. But this one glimmers a bit more brightly for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Ohio State looks primed to make a run at the BCS national championship. And several other schools dot the preseason polls, like Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern.

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