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Tom’s Take: Week 3 Big Ten honors, grades, stock reports & numbers

Sep 19, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

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Week 3 was all about the ACC, as the Big Ten played five games vs. the eastern league. Final score: ACC 3, Big Ten 2. Northwestern (at Duke) and Iowa (Pitt) were the only two Big Ten teams to win. Illinois (at North Carolina), Nebraska (at Miami) and Purdue (Virginia Tech) all lost.

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Tom Dienhart's Week 3 opinions, observations and hard takes

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Armstrong to Foster for six!

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Penn State needs to get Christian Hackenberg on track. Don’t you wonder when Michigan State will start to get more props? Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong deserves more credit. These are just three of the ten thioughts senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on the day before Week 3 football games kick off.

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Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's Big Ten football headlines

Sep 12, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers wide receiver Anthony Taylor (3) looses his helmet while being tackled by Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Nick VanHoose (23) during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

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Wisconsin RB Corey Clement could be out until the Badgers open their Big Ten season. Ohio State left a school’s name off their trophy. A detailed look at Braxton Miller’s transition. And no football ticket price increases any time soon for at least one Big Ten school. We touch on these stories and more in Friday’s Big Ten links.

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Best of Week 3: Nebraska's trip to Miami earns top billing

Sep 13, 2014; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Darnell Davis Jr. (59) blocks Penn State Nittany Lions field goal attempt during the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium.

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Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs battled for the national title three times, after the 1983, 1994 and 2001 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams.

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Dienhart: 'Bizarre and surreal' start to season continues at Rutgers

Sep 12, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood reacts after a play during second half of game against Washington State Cougars at High Points Solutions Stadium. The Washington State Cougars defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 37-34.
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The tumult continues at Rutgers in what has been a bizarre and surreal start to the 2015 season.

Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 following a university-led investigation into rules violations, Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced Wednesday afternoon.

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So, can the Big Ten get two playoff teams this season?

Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio talks to player during time out during the 1st half of a game against the Oregon Ducks at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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The first leaf hasn’t fallen off a tree yet, but it’s never too early for some playoff speculation. More specifically: Can the Big Ten get two teams—Ohio State and Michigan State–into the four-team playoff?

Sure. It could happen. Myriad possibilities still loom for a lot of schools and leagues.

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Tom Dienhart's Week 2 opinions, observations & hard takes

Sep 5, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Anthony Walker (18) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Stanford Cardinal 16-6 at Ryan Field.

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“Can Northwestern really be a factor in the Big Ten West?” “I won’t be shocked if Minnesota wakes up on Sunday morning 0-2.” “Penn State is under big-time pressure to win.” These are a just a few of the Friday topics of Tom Dienhart tackles heading into Saturday’s games.

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Big Ten links: On big games ahead, injuries & the new 'crop top' rule

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Did you know there is a new rule that says players’ shirts must cover their bellies? See what one Big Ten running back said about it, plus look at stories covering Penn State’s offensive line shift, what Notre Dame thinks of the rivalry game against Michigan, and one writer’s theory on why Cardale Jones started against Virginia Tech.

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