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Tom's Top 10: Nicknaming Devin Smith's TD grab

It was an entertaining opening week of Big Ten football. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from the Big Ten’s 10-2 performance. 1. The Snag. That’s what I’m gonna call it—because that’s what it was. Devin Smith’s one-handed touchdown snag of a Braxton Miller pass early in the second quarter of Ohio State’s pasting of Miami (Ohio) was nothing short of fabulous. In fact, I doubt any catch will top “The Snag” all season. Go ahead and try. 2. Surprise, surprise! Who thought Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez would toss five touchdown passes and throw for 354 yards

Miller, Martinez enter Big Ten Player Rankings

With Week 1 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. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

Dienhart: Bell, Spartans top Big Ten 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 1 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. [BTN.com: See Brent Yarina’s Week 2 Big Ten Player Rankings] 1. Michigan State. No, the 17-13 victory over Boise State wasn’t pretty. But

DiNardo's Week 1 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 Big Ten after the opening weekend of the season? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [BTN.com: Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 1 | Week 1 game balls] [VIDEO: Watch our Week 1 Top 10 plays] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI coaches under more pressure than most first year staffs because of taking over a talented roster – Great start — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September

Dienhart: 'All good things take time'

A.J. McCarron passes two yards to Michael Williams for a touchdown. A.J. McCarron passes 51 yards to DeAndrew White for a touchdown. Eddie Lacy rushes nine yards for a touchdown. And just like that, Alabama was ahead, 21-0, over Michigan. And there still were two minutes left … in the first quarter. It was one of those nights for Michigan in its big showdown with Alabama in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as this game was over before the massive 2,100-inch video board had even warmed up. The college football world had waited months—at times this summer, it felt like

Alabama rolls Michigan, 41-14, in Cowboy Classic

AJ McCarron threw two touchdown passes and Alabama’s retooled defense showed it could still dominate as the second-ranked Crimson Tide pounded No. 8 Michigan 41-14 on Saturday night. Even after sending three starting defenders from last year’s national championship team to the NFL as first-round draft picks, the Crimson Tide threw around the Wolverines while stifling and pounding dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson. C.J. Mosley returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown. Dee Milliner had four pass breakups and an interception in the first half that set up a score after he shoved the intended receiver to the ground on

Ready for the action: Checking in from Columbus

The first of four games on BTN/BTN2Go Saturday, Ohio State opens up the much-anticipated Urban Meyer era against Miami (OH) at noon ET. Track all of Saturday’s action on the BTN.com scoreboard. Ohio State, fresh off a frustrating 6-7 season, looks to make significant strides this fall despite being ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. Watch our preview of the Ohio State vs. Miami (OH) game now and see our interview with Michigan’s Brady Hoke in this post. [BTN.com: Dienhart ranks Saturday’s games, from 1 to 10] Hoke and the Wolverines are in Arlington, Texas, where they will

Did You See This? Big Ten NFL Preseason Highlights

The 2012 NFL season kicks off Wednesday night, which means it’s time to look back at some of the best plays Big Ten products made during the exhibition season. Watch all the highlights, via links to NFL.com, in this post. And with opening day just around the corner, teams are currently making final cuts. Unfortunately, the list includes several Big Ten names. VIDEO FEATURES Is Brady the Best QB of All Time? Great Expectations for Russell Wilson EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS Illinois A.J. Jenkins 12-yard touchdown catch Mikel Leshoure 2-yard touchdown run Mikel Leshoure 33-yard reception Michael Hoomanawanui 9-yard touchdown Iowa Jordan

Michigan-Alabama played on Cowboys Stadium screen

NCAA Football ’13 is a sweet game on any screen. Imagine what it’s like on a 2,100-inch high-definition display. The co-hosts of “ESPNU Road Trip” found out Thursday when they played the game on the gaudy video board at Cowboys Stadium, where Michigan and Alabama meet Saturday afternoon. The hosts, Oliver Ali Nejad and Niki Noto, naturally played as Michigan and Alabama. [LostLettermen.com: Cowboys screen used for NCAA 2K13] It’s funny to think these guys were paid to do this. Any guesses on the winner? Got to say, it’s a good thing there’s less than 24 hours until we no

Week 1 Previews: Let's Look At Saturday's Games

Every week, I’m ranking Saturday’s games, from the best to the worst. Which game is No. 1 this week? See my Week 1 Rankings in this post. Also, BTN.com will do something a little different for game coverage this season, as we’ve created a new Rapid Recap posts for each quarter of every football game. Here are the links for tomorrow during the games: Illinois vs. W. Michigan, Iowa vs. Northern Illinois, Michigan vs. Alabama, Nebraska vs. Southern Miss, Northwestern vs. Syracuse, Ohio State vs. Miami (OH), Penn State vs. Ohio, Purdue vs. Eastern Kentucky and Wisconsin vs. Northern Iowa.