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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 2

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 2? Find out in this post. WEEK 2 GAME BALLS 1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan: 14-25, 208 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 20 car., 218 yards, 2 TD – As expected, Robinson fared much better against Air Force than he did in last week’s rout against Alabama. How good was

Dienhart: Snap reactions to afternoon games

It was a busy afternoon of Big Ten football action, with six games during the middle block. The results weren’t exactly what the Big Ten had hoped for, either, as it went 3-3 after opening the day 2-1 in the early games. Read my snap reactions to the afternoon games in this post. Live on BTN/BTN2Go: Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt. Also live: Nebraska vs. UCLA. And at 10:30 p.m. ET, it’s Illinois vs. Arizona State. Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7 1. Much was made of the inconsistent effort of Spartan receivers in the opening win over Boise State. Well, the

Michigan State blasts Central Michigan, 41-7

Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 11 Michigan State cruised to a 41-7 win over Central Michigan on Saturday. The Spartans (2-0) scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half to take a 24-0 lead. Michigan State was playing at Central Michigan (1-1) for the first time, part of a decade-long series of games against the Chippewas, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. Le’Veon Bell had 70 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, shouldering a lighter load after carrying 44 times for 210 yards in Michigan State’s opener against Boise State. The

Did You See This? Donavon Clark's Pregame Nosebleed

Here’s a crazy photo from pregame of the Michigan State-Central Michigan game. Yes, that’s Michigan State’s Donavon Clark dealing with a nose bleed prior to kick off. And you thought football was only a rough sport inside the white lines. Oh, and US Presswire has a closer look at it, too:

Back & Forth: Which Week 1 outing caused concern?

It wasn’t a pretty start for Michigan’s Denard Robinson or Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell in the first week of the 2012 college football season. Together, the two quarterbacks completed 33-of-64 passes (52 percent) for one touchdown and five interceptions. Robinson accounted for the lone touchdown and Maxwell completed a respectable 22 passes, however that was about it. Whose performance was more concerning, though? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate it in this post as they do each week in Back & Forth. Brent: I hate to say it, but Denard Robinson’s performance worries me. While few quarterbacks are going

Send Questions to Friday Night's Show

On tonight’s “Football Report” at 7 p.m. ET with Mike Hall, Tony Banks, Rosevelt Colvin, and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, the crew  will be joined by Purdue’s Danny Hope and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini. Also, our BTN experts are taking your questions on Twitter. Just tweet us using #AskBTN all day today. What is the key to the Purdue-Notre Dame game?  What are your thoughts on the three Pac-12 vs Big Ten matchups? What else do you want to ask Rosevelt, Tony, or Tom? Shoot it in. They’ll answer a select number of them on our “Overtime” segment while Dienhart will

Week 2 Previews: Big challenges for Big Ten teams

Every week, I rank Saturday’s games based on how the teams match up. Where does your game fall on my list? Come find out in my Week 2 Previews. In case you you missed anything earlier this week, here are my weekly bowl projections, reader mailbag, and my predictions. Oh, and here’s an early stab at a Heisman Trophy tracker. Remember that on Saturdays BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates for every Big Ten game. At the end of each game I post my Saturday Snap Reactions with analysis on all 12 games. Bookmark any game now and

Revsine's Numbers: Week 2 figures to be intriguing

While there’s always a certain excitement surrounding opening weekend, last week’s slate in the Big Ten left quite a bit to be desired. Outside of Michigan’s match-up with Alabama and Michigan State’s battle with Boise State, very few of the games elicited much in the way of excitement. That is far from the case in Week 2, where I’d venture to say as many as eight or nine games carry a fairly significant level of intrigue. From where I sit, the Purdue-Notre Dame battle is the most interesting one on the slate. As we’ve attended Purdue practices over the last

Big Ten Mailbag: Would 12-1 MSU make BCS title?

You have questions, and I—as usual—have answers. It may not always be what you want to hear. But, find my responses to your questions in this post. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Are you ready for Week 2? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina and myself offered our predictions for all 12 Big Ten games Saturday. Vote for your winners, too! Should Ohio State fans take it as a good omen that the first touchdown of the Urban Meyer era was a spectacular, one-handed catch instead of something more routine? – Jonathan Sure, take it as

Week 2: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) love to talk football, and that includes prognostications. Every week, the duo gives their predictions for each Big Ten football game, plus includes a poll for fans to vote for their winners. After one week, Tom, Brent and Big Ten fans are tied at 11-1. See our predictions for all 12 games and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Brent: 11-1; .917 BTN.com fans: 11-1; .917 Tom: 11-1; .917 Illinois at Arizona State – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Tom’s pick: Arizona State, 27-21 – Even if Nathan Scheelhaase can go,