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Bowl Projections: Our Expert's List after Week 1

One week is in the books, but not much has changed in my Big Ten bowl projections (posted here every Monday). Remember: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has just 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2012. Yes, Michigan lost on Saturday—but there was no shame in falling to perhaps the best team in the nation in Alabama. With the Wolverines being the lone Big Ten bowl-eligible team that tasted defeat—and, again, it was a quality defeat–I still think the Big Ten will be able to fill all

Big Ten in Review: The top 10 stories of Week 1

Football is back. Everyone has to be thrilled about that, right? The Big Ten went 10-2 in the opening week of the season, including Michigan State’s comeback win over ranked Boise State. See BTN.com’s top 10 stories from a newsworthy last seven days in this post. And don’t forget to check us out on football Saturdays. We’ve got some fun stuff, including BTN Connect, BTNRewardsU, live scoreboard, and quarter-by-quarter updates during games. Look back at this week’s games: Alabama 41, Michigan 14; Illinois 24, W. Michigan 7; Indiana 24, Indiana State 17; Iowa 18, N. Illinois 17; Michigan State 17,

Tom's Top 10: Nicknaming Devin Smith's TD grab

It was an entertaining opening week of Big Ten football. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from the Big Ten’s 10-2 performance. 1. The Snag. That’s what I’m gonna call it—because that’s what it was. Devin Smith’s one-handed touchdown snag of a Braxton Miller pass early in the second quarter of Ohio State’s pasting of Miami (Ohio) was nothing short of fabulous. In fact, I doubt any catch will top “The Snag” all season. Go ahead and try. 2. Surprise, surprise! Who thought Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez would toss five touchdown passes and throw for 354 yards

Miller, Martinez enter Big Ten Player Rankings

With Week 1 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

Dienhart: Bell, Spartans top Big Ten Power Rankings

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for my weekly Big Ten Power Rankings. Where does your Big Ten team fall on my list following Week 1 action? See in this post. Disagree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post or tweet me @BTNTomDienhart. Read all my Big Ten coverage here, and don’t forget to send me any questions you may have for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. [BTN.com: See Brent Yarina’s Week 2 Big Ten Player Rankings] 1. Michigan State. No, the 17-13 victory over Boise State wasn’t pretty. But

Week 1 Top 10 Plays: One-handed TD grab takes No. 1 spot

Big Ten players were responsible for several terrific plays during Week 1 action. Who can forget Devin Smith’s remarkable one-handed touchdown grab or Le’Veon Bell’s ridiculous run where he hurdled a would-be Boise State tackler? Those are just two of the many highlights the Big Ten put on during its 10-2 opening week. See my top 10 plays, plus a memorable official call, in this post. Also, if you like highlights, make your own reel with our video mashup, presented by La Quinta. [BTN.com: See who took home Week 1 game balls] [BTN.com: Miller, Martinez enter our latest Big Ten

DiNardo's Week 1 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about the Big Ten after the opening weekend of the season? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [BTN.com: Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 1 | Week 1 game balls] [VIDEO: Watch our Week 1 Top 10 plays] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI coaches under more pressure than most first year staffs because of taking over a talented roster – Great start — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September

Dienhart: Big Ten Snap Reactions To Early Games

With two Big Ten games under my belt from Thursday and Friday, I locked in on the four early Big Ten games Saturday. Here are my Snap Reactions, where I list the three things I learned from each game. What did you learn? Come tell me in the comment section at the bottom of this post. Ohio State 56, Miami (Ohio) 10 1. The Urban Meyer era got off to a nice start with a dominating effort. The Buckeyes fell behind 3-0 in a lackluster first quarter and then outscored the RedHawks, 56-7. The new spread offense totaled 538 yards

Illinois shuts down Western Michigan, 24-7

With quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Illinois and new coach Tim Beckman hang on for a 24-7 win Saturday over Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams. The Illini opened up a 17-0 lead but their offense stalled when Scheelhaase left the game with an ankle injury late in the third quarter. The Broncos came to life and pulled to within 17-7 with an 8-yard touchdown from Alex Carder to Jaime Wilson just before the end of the quarter. Western Michigan was driving again when Williams

Did You See This? Big Ten NFL Preseason Highlights

The 2012 NFL season kicks off Wednesday night, which means it’s time to look back at some of the best plays Big Ten products made during the exhibition season. Watch all the highlights, via links to NFL.com, in this post. And with opening day just around the corner, teams are currently making final cuts. Unfortunately, the list includes several Big Ten names. VIDEO FEATURES Is Brady the Best QB of All Time? Great Expectations for Russell Wilson EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS Illinois A.J. Jenkins 12-yard touchdown catch Mikel Leshoure 2-yard touchdown run Mikel Leshoure 33-yard reception Michael Hoomanawanui 9-yard touchdown Iowa Jordan