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How did we do? Big Ten Week 5 picks revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 6, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 5 predictions. BTN.com 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, BTN.com fans are 41-11, one game ahead of Tom. I’m bringing up the rear, at 39-13. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings] Penn State 35, Illinois 7 Tom’s pick: Penn State, 28-20 –

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. 1. The Ohio State “film gate.” Michigan State claims that Ohio State doctored game film of its offense that it sent the Spartan staff prior to their recent game. MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says OSU cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays of its first

DiNardo's Week 5 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 first weekend of Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI – One positive about yesterday appears to be they made a commitment to starting and staying with N. Scheelhaase — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 30, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – #Hoosiers – last year looked like a tough coaching transition – this year

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 5

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 5? Find out in this post. WEEK 5 GAME BALLS 1. Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern: 14 car., 161 yards, 4 TD; 9 rec., 131 yards – The Wildcats racked up a school-record 704 yards of offense in their 44-29 victory over Indiana, and Colter accounted for 294 of them, eclipsing

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Weisman, Iowa run over perfect Minnesota, 31-13

Mark Weisman ran for 177 yards, 155 in the first half, to lead Iowa to a 31-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday and give the Hawkeyes possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy. Christian Kirksey‘s 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Iowa (3-2), which bounced back from last week’s disappointing 32-31 loss to Central Michigan to win the Big Ten opener for both schools. Minnesota (4-1) was off to its best start since 2004, but couldn’t get anything going on offense Saturday. Max Shortell threw three interceptions and the Gophers

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3rd Quarter Recap: Iowa 24, Minnesota 7

In the third quarter, Isaac Fruechte fought back for Minnesota. He caught two passes for 26 yards and one touchdown, as the Golden Gophers now trail, 24-7. Minnesota finally got on the scoreboard when Max Shortell and Fruechte hooked up for a nine-yard touchdown to polish off a 79-yard drive. Iowa will start the fourth quarter with possession on the Golden Gophers’ 48-yard line. [ PREVIEW | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, BTN.com posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten football game. Use the links above

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2nd Quarter Recap: Iowa 24, Minnesota 0

Iowa’s offense scored 21 points thanks to four long plays and the Hawkeyes now lead 24-0. Iowa made its lead 10-0 when Mark Weisman turned a handoff into an eight-yard touchdown on the last play of a six-play, 84-yard drive. The key play on the Hawkeyes’ drive was Weisman’s 44-yard run. Iowa threw just one time on that drive. The Hawkeyes added to their advantage when James Vandenberg found Jordan Cotton open for a 47-yard touchdown pass, the final play on a one-play, 47-yard drive to give Iowa the lead, 17-0. A fumble recovery by the Hawkeyes set Iowa up

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1st Quarter Recap: Iowa 3, Minnesota 0

The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow first quarter and Iowa leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. There were four punts in the quarter as neither team could find a way to move the ball. The Hawkeyes struck first when Mike Meyer drilled a 43-yard field goal, the final play of a six-play, 49-yard drive. Iowa’s drive was keyed by James Vandenberg’s 45-yard pass. The Hawkeyes’ Mark Weisman has already gone over 100 yards rushing in just one quarter, with 103 so far. Iowa will start the second quarter with good field

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Jordan Hall (7) carries the ball against the UAB Blazers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 29-15. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Week 5 Previews: What to look for in Big Ten play

Earlier this week I helped take a look at who might land in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship game. Well, the road to that big game starts Saturday as Big Ten teams put a rocky non-conference run behind them and focus on pounding on each other. In this post, I take a close look at all six games, and then I’m headed to East Lansing to cover Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday. Also, every Saturday BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game topped off with my Saturday Snap Reactions. Get those quarterly updates

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Get ready for 'The Journey' with 12 sneak peeks

We are less than a week away from the debut of a show that every Big Ten football fan will want to see. “The Journey 2012” debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the show’s producers head out to this weekend’s games in order to take viewers inside the Big Ten football season with behind-the-scenes access. In the spotlight this week: Ohio State’s John Simon, Penn State’s Michael Mauti, and Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Over the past month we’ve rolled out sneak peek videos for each school, and you can watch them all in this post. Also, follow