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Spartans Lead Big Ten in BCS Standings

There’s been a different team pacing the Big Ten in the BCS Standings since its first installment in Week 7, and the trend continued again this week. Following Week 11 action, Michigan State leads the conference, at No. 15, followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 21 Penn State, last week’s Big Ten leader. See the full BCS Standings. No. 15 Michigan State No. 16 Nebraska No. 17 Wisconsin No. 18 Michigan No. 21 Penn State Five Big Ten teams ranked in Coaches Poll The latest USA Today Coaches Poll was released Sunday morning,

DiNardo's Week 11 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday, BTN color analyst Gerry DiNardo has made it a point to tweet some of his thoughts and impressions from Saturday’s Big Ten slate of action – a practice he’s appropriately coined Sunday Ruminations. You can find DiNardo on Twitter (@gerrydinardo). See his Week 11 Sunday Ruminations in this post. Sunday Ruminations – Looks like #Badgers back as Leaders favorite to head to Indy. Don't know that any of us predicted their road map. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 13, 2011 Sunday Ruminations- I said before the season #Boilerup would be bowl eligible. Didn't always look like a smart

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week

BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances, quotes and tweets from Week 11 in this post. Marvin McNutt, Iowa – Not only did McNutt haul in arugably the catch of the season (watch catch here), he became Iowa’s all-time leading receiver with his 130 receiving yards, on eight catches, scored yet another touchdown and added 27 rushing yards. Max Bullough, Michigan State – Bullough registered a game-high 13 tackles and

Dienhart: Week 11 Snap Reactions

Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. See Tom’s Week 11 Snap Reactions in this post. Nebraska 17, Penn State 14 WHAT IT MEANS: The Cornhuskers remain in the hunt in the Legends Division behind Michigan State with a strong defensive effort, hanging on late to win and end the Nits’ seven-game winning skein. Penn State still paces the Leaders Division, but it has two tough games remaining: at Ohio State and at Wisconsin, which is closing fast. But most

Dienhart: Spartans Get Revenge, Control of Legends

IOWA CITY, Iowa — This was all about payback for Michigan State. No one from East Lansing would say so before kickoff. But there was no denying the laser focus Michigan State carried into today’s game. The Spartans wanted to send a message to Iowa. That was one reason why Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio denied media access to his players this season. No distractions. No obstacles. No outside noise. Just focus. And the message was received loud and clear in a 37-21 victory that really wasn’t even that close. “I think you’ve got to come in mentally ready and

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Michigan State Cards Rare Win at Kinnick

(AP) Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and 13th-ranked Michigan State beat Iowa 37-21 to take control of the Big Ten’s Legends Division. B.J. Cunningham caught a pair of TD passes for the Spartans, who snapped a seven-game losing streak at Iowa dating back to 1989. Michigan State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) took a commanding 31-7 lead with two touchdowns in a 36-second stretch late in the second quarter. Cunningham followed Le’Veon Bell‘s 25-yard TD run with a 22-yard touchdown catch to put Michigan State up by 24 at the break. The Spartans can now earn a

Dienhart: What to Watch For This Saturday

Many eyes will be on Michigan State’s game at Iowa, arguably the biggest tilt this weekend in what will be a matchup that goes a long way toward determining who wins the Legends Division. And what type of scene will unfold at Penn State, where Nebraska is playing? Following lower in this post is a look at what the other Big Ten teams need to do to enjoy success this Saturday. Note: Indiana is off. 1. Michigan State’s ground game. The Spartans’ rushing attack ranks last in the Big Ten (130.3 ypg), averaging a league-low 3.7 yards per carry. It

Dienhart: Week 11 Football Selections

Lots of tough decisions this week, with four conference battles and one non-conference game. Without a doubt, the races in each division will become more defined after this weekend. Who will prevail in key matchups between Michigan State-Iowa and Nebraska-Penn State? Michigan State at Iowa This is a good matchup for Hawkeyes, whose two-deep defense is built to slow down this Spartan attack just like Nebraska did two weeks ago in a 24-3 stifling of Michigan State. Plus, the vaunted Michigan State defense just allowed 415 yards to Minnesota. How will the Spartans deal with the deadly balance of the

Dienhart's Mailbag: You Ask, He Answers

Have a Big Ten football question you want answered? I’m Tom Dienhart and I want you to fire off an email to me. This is a great place for us to interact with each other, sharing our passion for all things Big Ten as the season prepares to hit the home stretch. This week, some questions focus on the chances of schools like Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan State winning a division or league title. See what other queries were posed. Do you think Michigan State will beat Iowa? – Daniel Flynn Dienhart: I love the Spartan defense and the

Iowa's Marcus Coker

Dienhart: Week 11 Player Rankings

The Iowa running has surged to the top of my Big Ten player rankings. The star sophomore has rattled off four straight 100-yard, two-touchdown rushing games (121, 2 vs. Northwestern; 138, 2 vs. Indiana; 252, 2 vs. Minnesota; 132, 2 vs. Michigan). He literally carried Iowa to victory on Saturday over Michigan, pushing him to a Big Ten-leading 1,101 yards rushing (122.3 ypg). The 230-pound Marcus Coker just may carry the Hawkeyes all the way to the Legends Division title. See Tom’s full top 25 list in this post. 1. Marcus Coker, RB, Iowa – Last Week: No. 23 2.