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Perfect Wildcats enter latest Coaches Poll

Only two Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest Coaches Poll, released Sunday, and the highest team comes in at No. 20. That would be Nebraska, of course, which didn’t move up this week despite rallying from 17 points down to knock off then-No. 23 Wisconsin. Fresh off its win over Indiana, 5-0 Northwestern debuts in the poll at No. 22. [RELATED: Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings | Your latest Big Ten standings] Michigan State dropped out of the poll following its home loss to Ohio State, but it is receiving 45 votes. Three other Big Ten teams are

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 5

The opening week of Big Ten play did not disappoint, as Ohio State and Nebraska each claimed late wins over Michigan State and Wisconsin, respectively, in two of the day’s biggest games. But what did I learn from the first week of Big Ten action. See the five biggest things in this post. 1. Ohio State may not lose again. Really. A 17-16 win at Michigan State moves the Buckeyes to 5-0 in Urban Meyer’s first season in what was the team’s best performance of the season. And Ohio State should be favored in every remaining game this season. Just

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

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

Martinez, Nebraska rally past Wisconsin, 30-27

Taylor Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead No. 22 Nebraska’s comeback from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Badgers 30-27 on Saturday night. Martinez scored on a 38-yard run, threw a 10-yard TD pass to Kyler Reed and set up Brett Maher for the tying and go-ahead field goals. Maher’s 41-yarder with 9:41 left gave the Huskers (3-1, 1-0) their first lead in the Big Ten opener. Danny O’Brien, who replaced Joel Stave, tried to bring back the Badgers (3-2, 0-1) with under 3 minutes to play. But Montee

3rd Quarter Recap: Wisconsin 27, Nebraska 27

Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez threw for 82 yards and one touchdown and ran for 44 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 27-27 at the end of the third. The Cornhuskers have scored 17 straight points. Wisconsin opened up the lead, 27-10, after Montee Ball ran two yards to paydirt to end a four-play, 13-yard drive. The Badgers began the drive with good field position after Wisconsin recovered a fumble. Nebraska made the score 27-17 after Martinez kept it himself for a 38-yard touchdown run to finish off a 77-yard drive. The Cornhuskers closed the

2nd Quarter Recap: Wisconsin 20, Nebraska 10

Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis led the offense in the second quarter. He caught three passes for 47 yards and one touchdown, and the Badgers now lead 20-10. Wisconsin added to its advantage when Joel Stave tossed a 29-yard touchdown to Abbrederis, polishing off a nine-play, 66-yard drive to give the Badgers the lead, 20-3. Nebraska made the score 20-10 after Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead hooked up for a three-yard touchdown to finish off a 93-yard drive. Wisconsin’s Abbrederis hit 100 yards receiving for the game in the quarter, part of his 106-yard, five-reception performance thus far. The Badgers are set

1st Quarter Recap: Wisconsin 14, Nebraska 3

No. 23 Wisconsin stifled No. 20 Nebraska’s offense, giving up just 38 total yards in the first quarter and the Badgers lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Wisconsin sniffed out the Cornhuskers’ rushing attack in the quarter, holding Nebraska to 21 rush yards. The Badgers scored when Montee Ball ran two yards to paydirt to clinch a five-play, 71-yard drive, giving Wisconsin the game’s first lead. The key play on the Badgers’ drive was Joel Stave’s 54-yard pass. Wisconsin expanded its lead to 14-0 thanks to a seven-play, 23-yard drive that ended when Ball turned a handoff

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

Debate it: Who meets in Big Ten title game?

Saturday marks the beginning of Big Ten play. For the next eight weeks, Big Ten teams will be battling for their respective division crowns and a berth in the annual Big Ten title game. Who will make it to Indy? We’re only four weeks into the season, but BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to share their best guesses. We asked the question on Twitter and included some of the many answers in this post. Read Tom and Brent’s conversation, then tell them what you think in the comments box. Or you can find