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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

1st Quarter Recap: Northwestern 7, Indiana 0

Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Northwestern leads 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats rushed for 80 yards in the quarter. The Wildcats struck first when Kain Colter took a quarterback draw all the way for an eight-yard touchdown run, the final play of a six-play, 80-yard drive. Venric Mark’s 33-yard run took Northwestern from the 20 and across midfield to ignite the drive. The rushing attack provided every yard for the Wildcats on that drive. Indiana has possession on its own 35-yard line to start the second quarter. [ ALL PREVIEWS |  BY QUARTER |

Watch exclusive live pregame video from Northwestern

Big Ten Field Pass on BTN2Go is fast becoming a must-watch event each week, and we’re doing it again on Saturday. BTN Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game, and it let’s you see the home team’s football stadium and all that goes on before the game starts live on the Internet. This week’s featured stadium: Northwestern’s Ryan Field. This week, we open up the Field Pass at 11 a.m. ET, or one hour before Northwestern kicks off against Indiana. To be clear: This live video

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

Get ready for 'The Journey' with 12 sneak peeks

We are less than a week away from the debut of a show that every Big Ten football fan will want to see. “The Journey 2012” debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the show’s producers head out to this weekend’s games in order to take viewers inside the Big Ten football season with behind-the-scenes access. In the spotlight this week: Ohio State’s John Simon, Penn State’s Michael Mauti, and Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Over the past month we’ve rolled out sneak peek videos for each school, and you can watch them all in this post. Also, follow