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Dienhart: 12 Big Ten questions for Week 3

Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Can the Fighting Illini win if Nathan Scheelhaase isn’t playing quarterback? The attack struggled in a loss at Arizona State with Reilly O’Toole and Miles Osei under center with Scheelhaase out with an ankle injury. O’Toole hit 10-of-14 passes for 54 yards with

Week 3: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 19-5; .792 Tom: 19-5; .792 Brent: 17-7; .708 Charleston Southern (0-2) vs. Illinois (1-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go Tom’s pick: Illinois, 33-7 – The Fighting Illini won’t need

Lande's Big Board: Le'Veon Bell makes biggest jump

On Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Board. The top three names stayed the same (William Gholston, Kawann Short and Johnathan Hankins), while Le’Veon Bell made the biggest jump and John Simon is the lone newcomer. Watch Lande break down his updated Big Board now. [Related: Tom Dienhart’s top 3 Big Ten Heisman Trophy candidates] Russ Lande’s Big Board (9/11/12) 1. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State 2. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue 3. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State 4. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin 5. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois 6. Le’Veon Bell, RB,

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Week 1 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 1 winners in this post. OFFENSE: Tom Brady, QB, New England – It wasn’t a great week for Big Ten offensive standouts, by any means, but Brady completed 23-of-31 passes (74 percent) for 236 yards and two touchdowns (Watch TD No. 1 | TD No. 2) in New England’s road 34-13 victory at Tennessee. Best of all,

The week that was: Week 2's top 10 stories

The Big Ten was expecting a better result than its 6-6 clip in Week 2. It was a frustrating week, needless to say. The good news: Every Big Ten team plays at home this week, so the opportunity to bounce back is there. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 2 in this post. 10. Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2 Week 2 is in the books. It was not a great showing for the Big Ten, as it put up a 6-6 record. This from a conference that went 10-2 during the opening week. The competition

Bowl Projections: Dienhart's list post Week 2

The season is still in its infancy, so the bowl picture remains lucid. Very lucid. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012. The Big Ten is coming off a tough Saturday that saw it go 6-6, losing to every “big” team it played: Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Virginia. The Big Ten’s wins came over Vanderbilt, New Hampshire, Air Force, UMass, Central Michigan, Central Florida. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row. [Related: 5

Week 3 Player Rankings: Braxton Miller moves on up

With Week 2 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio

Tom's Top 10: Where's the Big Ten pride?

It was a tough Week 2 for the Big Ten. The conference limped to a 6-6 record, with Northwestern’s home victory over Vanderbilt being the crown jewel. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 2. 1. Big Ten pride. Look, it took a big hit on Saturday. No amount of sugar can cover up the bitter taste. The conference went 6-6, going 0-3 vs. the Pac-12. Iowa State, Virginia and Notre Dame kicked the Big Ten, too. And wins? They weren’t exactly impressive: UMass, Central Michigan, New Hampshire, Air Force, UCF and Vanderbilt. So, the most

Dienhart: Badgers plummet in latest Power Rankings

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for my weekly Big Ten Power Rankings. Where does your Big Ten team fall on my list following Week 2 action? See in this post. Disagree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post or tweet me @BTNTomDienhart. Read all my Big Ten coverage here, and don’t forget to send me any questions you may have for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. 1. Michigan State. The offense began to come around this week vs. Central Michigan, as QB Andrew Maxwell took a big step forward.