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Big Ten links: Penn State receivers, Nebraska struggles & more

The great Mike Griffith thinks Michigan State’s win vs. Indiana sent a statement about the Spartans’ title hopes. “We’re 8-0,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “We’ve got an opportunity to be off and not practice for a week, regain ourselves in terms of our health, and move forward.” It hasn’t always been pretty. How ugly has it been? Four of the Spartans’ victories this season come down to the final possession. “The bottom line is we know how to win, (and) we’ve learned how to win close games,” said Dantonio, whose program has won seven straight times in games decided by

'You like that?!' Kirk Cousins mutes critics in comeback win

Don’t be surprised if Kirk Cousins fans churn out some “You like that?!” t-shirts in time for the next Washington Redskins game. [ MORE: Watch ex-Maryland WR Stefon Diggs’ highlight-reel TD grab ] The former Michigan State quarterback tossed three second-half touchdowns, including the game-winner with 24 seconds left (watch it!), to help Washington rally from a 24-point deficit and record the largest comeback in franchise history Sunday afternoon. Cousins finished 33 for 40 for 317 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with an 8-yard touchdown run, in the 31-30 victory over Tampa Bay. The 33 completions were a

Four Big Ten teams ranked in latest AP & Coaches polls

The latest AP Poll and Amway Coaches Poll were released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked. [ MORE: Best of Week 8 | Week 8 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Latest polls | Week 8 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Nebraska’s often-painful ride continues | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Defending national champion Ohio State stays at No. 1, for the 10th straight week, including the preseason poll, and is receiving a total of 88 first-place votes following its 49-7 victory at Rutgers. Big Ten East

What did Tom Dienhart learn in Week 8? Find out here!

Compared to last Saturday’s wackiness, this one was tame. But, we did learn a few things. Ohio State has regained its strut, Northwestern has a pulse and Wisconsin has a good backup QB.

Twitter: Get Gerry DiNardo's Week 8 Sunday Ruminations

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s weekly Sunday Ruminations. [ MORE: Best of Week 8 | Week 8 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Week 8 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Nebraska’s often-painful ride continues | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | View your team’s homepage ] The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on each Big Ten team that was in action the previous day. What did DiNardo glean in Week 8? Check out what the BTN analyst had to say about your

BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska student's startling fossil find reveals new ancient species

Carissa Raymond’s discovery was the paleontological equivalent of a rookie baseball player hitting a grand slam on the first pitch of his major league career. “It takes skills to know what you are looking for, but I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time,” said Raymond, a junior majoring in both geology and geography at the University of Nebraska. Last May, while on her first-ever fossil expedition, Raymond stumbled upon a previously unknown species of mammal at a site in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin. Suddenly, she caught herself staring at the fossilized remains of an

Top individual performances from Saturday's Big Ten football games

Week 8 of the Big Ten football season was filled with some outstanding individual performances, highlighted by five standout quarterbacks. [ MORE: Best of Week 8 | Week 8 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Latest polls | Week 8 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Nebraska’s often-painful ride continues | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Who was the most impressive? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you! Here is a look at my top performers from Saturday’s Week 8 Big Ten football action. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State. Cook was nothing short of