How did we do? Big Ten Week 5 picks revisited

Taylor Martinez

Taylor Martinez TD Run

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 6, we need to review how fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 5 predictions. fans went 5-1 and Tom and I went 4-2, meaning the fans have moved into sole possession of first place in the season standings. After five weeks, fans are 41-11, one game ahead of Tom. I’m bringing up the rear, at 39-13.

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Tom's Top 10: Forget about 'Film Gate'

And then there were two. The first week of Big Ten play saw previously undefeated Minnesota suffer its first loss of the season. That leaves Ohio State and Northwestern, both 5-0, as the Big Ten’s lone remaining perfect teams (B1G standings). See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 5.

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Snap Reactions: Penn State's Matt McGloin for OPOY?

Matt McGloin

James Vandenberg Flea-Flicker TD Pass

Every Saturday during the football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to every Big Ten game. See his thoughts from the Big Ten’s three early Week 5 games in this post. Among his thoughts: Is it time to put Matt McGloin in the conversation for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year?

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Kain Colter carries 'Cats past Indiana, 44-29

Kain Colter

Indiana at Northwestern - Football Highlights

Kain Colter ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns, and Northwestern set a school record with 704 yards of total offense in a 44-29 victory over Indiana on Saturday in both teams’ Big Ten Conference opener. Colter also finished with 131 yards receiving. Trevor Siemian threw for 308 yards, and Venric Mark ran for 138 and a touchdown on a day when the Wildcats (5-0) had to hang on after they appeared to be on their way to an easy win.

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3rd Quarter Recap: Northwestern 37, Indiana 21

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Tevin Coleman Kickoff Return TD

Northwestern’s offense looked sharp in the third quarter, scoring 17 points, and the Wildcats now lead 37-21. Northwestern threw for 126 yards and ran for 132 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats’ four big plays, including Trevor Siemian’s 36-yard pass to Tony Jones, sparked the offense in the quarter.

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1st Quarter Recap: Northwestern 7, Indiana 0

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Kain Colter Rushing Touchdown

Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Northwestern leads 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats rushed for 80 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats struck first when Kain Colter took a quarterback draw all the way for an eight-yard touchdown run, the final play of a six-play, 80-yard drive.

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