Tom Dienhart's Week 2 opinions, observations & hard takes

Sep 5, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Anthony Walker (18) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Stanford Cardinal 16-6 at Ryan Field.

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“Can Northwestern really be a factor in the Big Ten West?” “I won’t be shocked if Minnesota wakes up on Sunday morning 0-2.” “Penn State is under big-time pressure to win.” These are a just a few of the Friday topics of Tom Dienhart tackles heading into Saturday’s games.

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Five BTN football game facts heading into Big Ten's Week 2

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It surely was an intriguing first week of the Big Ten football season. With games spread out over five days for the first time in conference history, one of the highlights of the week was Northwestern’s stunning upset of No. 21 Stanford, which gave the Wildcats their first victory over a ranked team in a season-opener for first time since 1995.

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