Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Two new Big Ten helmets were introduced to the college football world in Week 8 action Saturday. There was Michigan State’s HydroChrome lid and Northwestern’s matte black shell. Here’s a running gallery, in chronological order, of the new helmets we’ve seen so far during the 2012 season.
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This is the Wisconsin we all expected at the beginning of the season. The last three games, the Badgers have outscored foes 107-41 and outgained them 1,485 yards to 781. Those offensive line troubles are ancient history and the defense has played well all season long. Where do the surging Badgers land on my latest Power Rankings? See my Week 9 Power Rankings in this post.
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Before we turn our attention to Week 9, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 8 predictions. Everyone involved went 4-2, meaning Dienhart remains on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans.
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Keenan Reynolds completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Matt Aiken with 2:02 to play and Nick Sloan added the point after as Navy rallied for a 31-30 win over Indiana on Saturday. Parrish Gaines‘ interception with 1:38 remaining sealed the win for the Midshipmen (4-3), who beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 1979 when they won at Illinois 13-12.
Darius Staten ran for 17 yards and one touchdown, but the Midshipmen trail Indiana, 23-21, after three quarters. Mitch Ewald’s 30-yard field goal gave Indiana its current lead and polished off a 13-play, 58-yard drive.
Keenan Reynolds had a productive quarter for Navy. He threw for 25 yards and ran for 14 yards and one touchdown, but the Midshipmen have closed the gap to 20-14. Navy capped a 69-yard drive when Reynolds kept it himself for a two-yard touchdown run to make the score 10-7. The Midshipmen, on that possession, exploited a tired defensive line, running on 10 of 11 plays.