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Week 6 Power Rankings: Ohio State stays on top

Ohio State solidified its case for the top spot in my Week 6 Power Rankings, this after going into East Lansing at knocking off Michigan State. But what about the rest of my list? See my latest rankings in this post. Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below or tweet me (@BTNTomDienhart). 1. Ohio State (5-0, 1-0). The Buckeyes finally put together a good four quarters at Michigan State, quelling some fears of inconsistency on both sides of the ball that some had for Ohio State. The maligned defense was especially impressive vs. Michigan State. Could this team

How did we do? Big Ten Week 5 picks revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 6, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 5 predictions. BTN.com fans went 5-1 and Tom and I went 4-2, meaning the fans have moved into sole possession of first place in the season standings. After five weeks, BTN.com fans are 41-11, one game ahead of Tom. I’m bringing up the rear, at 39-13. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings] Penn State 35, Illinois 7 Tom’s pick: Penn State, 28-20 –

Tom's Top 10: Forget about 'Film Gate'

And then there were two. The first week of Big Ten play saw previously undefeated Minnesota suffer its first loss of the season. That leaves Ohio State and Northwestern, both 5-0, as the Big Ten’s lone remaining perfect teams (B1G standings). See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 5. 1. The Ohio State “film gate.” Michigan State claims that Ohio State doctored game film of its offense that it sent the Spartan staff prior to their recent game. MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says OSU cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays of its first

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

Kain Colter carries 'Cats past Indiana, 44-29

Kain Colter ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns, and Northwestern set a school record with 704 yards of total offense in a 44-29 victory over Indiana on Saturday in both teams’ Big Ten Conference opener. Colter also finished with 131 yards receiving. Trevor Siemian threw for 308 yards, and Venric Mark ran for 138 and a touchdown on a day when the Wildcats (5-0) had to hang on after they appeared to be on their way to an easy win. They led 27-0 lead early in the third quarter before things got interesting. [ RECAP |  BY QUARTER |

3rd Quarter Recap: Northwestern 37, Indiana 21

Northwestern’s offense looked sharp in the third quarter, scoring 17 points, and the Wildcats now lead 37-21. Northwestern threw for 126 yards and ran for 132 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats’ four big plays, including Trevor Siemian’s 36-yard pass to Tony Jones, sparked the offense in the quarter. Northwestern made its lead 27-0 when Kain Colter kept it himself for a 15-yard touchdown run on the last play of a seven-play, 75-yard drive. A 75-yard drive that ended when Stephen Houston pounded in a 20-yard touchdown run helped Indiana narrow the deficit to 27-7. The Hoosiers made the score

2nd Quarter Recap: Northwestern 20, Indiana 0

Northwestern scored 13 points in the quarter, and the Wildcats now lead 20-0. Northwestern threw for 119 yards and ran for 80 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats expanded their lead to 10-0 thanks to a 12-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Jeff Budzien kicked a 44-yard field goal. Northwestern opened up the lead, 17-0, after Kain Colter scrambled for an eight-yard touchdown run to end a five-play, 73-yard drive. The Wildcats crossed midfield on Trevor Siemian’s 25-yard pass to Rashad Lawrence from the 27-yard line. Northwestern made its lead 20-0 when Budzien made a 34-yard field goal on the