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DiNardo's Week 6 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 Week 6 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 7 Power Rankings] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI -The old saying is 'you get better or worse never stay the same" Illinois improved their effort from last week — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 7, 2012 Sunday Ruminations #ILLINI Great 2 hear T Hawthorne appears 2 b ok Can't remember seeing as

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 6

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 6? Find out in this post. WEEK 6 GAME BALLS 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State:  7-14, 127 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 16 car., 186 yards, 1 TD – Miller was, well, Miller-esque in  helping Ohio State drill Nebraska and remain perfect, the Big Ten’s final unbeaten team. The

Penn State rallies, hands Northwestern first loss

Matt McGloin had the go-ahead score with a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left and Penn State rallied from 11 points down in fourth quarter to beat No. 24 Northwestern 39-28 on Saturday. The Nittany Lions scored three times in the final 9:49, starting with McGloin’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson as the receiver dragged along the back line of the end zone. Michael Zordich had a 2-point conversion run to get within 28-25 before McGloin’s scramble into the end zone sent the homecoming weekend crowd into a frenzy. Penn State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) then stuffed Northwestern’s last-gasp

3rd quarter recap: Northwestern 28, Penn State 17

Northwestern gained 72 yards on the ground in the third, and the Wildcats now lead Penn State, 28-17. Northwestern held Penn State to just 24 rushing yards in the quarter. The Wildcats have erupted for 14 straight points. Kain Colter’s 10-yard touchdown run gave Northwestern the lead 21-17 after an 11-play, 72-yard drive. The Wildcats made the score 28-17 when Venric Mark returned a punt for a touchdown. Matt McGloin’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson marked Penn State’s lone points in the quarter and capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Penn State will start the fourth quarter with possession on

2nd quarter recap: Northwestern 14, Penn State 10

Trailing 10-0 early in the second quarter, Northwestern got on the board when Venric Mark pounded in a two-yard touchdown run to put a bow on an 18-yard drive. The Wildcats started in good field position when Northwestern recovered a muffed punt. Trevor Siemian’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Tony Jones finished off an eight-play, 66-yard drive and gave the Wildcats the lead, 14-10. Northwestern didn’t run a single time during that series. Zach Zwinak ran for 27 yards and one touchdown in the quarter for the Nittany Lions. Penn State has given up 14 straight points. The Nittany Lions opened

1st Quarter Recap: Penn State 3, Northwestern 0

Penn State held No. 22 Northwestern to 12 total yards during the first quarter and the Nittany Lions lead 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State scored when Sam Ficken made a 21-yard field goal to cap off a 12-play, 41-yard drive, giving the Nittany Lions the game’s first lead. Penn State had to settle for a field goal after failing to reach the endzone from the Wildcats’ four-yard line. The Nittany Lions will start the second quarter with the ball on Northwestern’s 43-yard line. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER

Mailbag: When will Boilers, 'Cats get respect?

You have Big Ten questions, and I have answers. In this week’s Mailbag, I offer my answers on when Northwestern and Purdue will start to get respect and how the Big Ten could fare this bowl season. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Or you can send them my way on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”: It seems like everyone already has ordained Ohio State’s Braxton Miller as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. But don’t give up on Michigan signal-caller Denard Robinson. – Scott Schlaack There is no arguing that

Week 6: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After five weeks, it’s BTN.com fans on top, at 41-11, while Tom is one game out and Brent sits two back. See our Week 6 predictions and choose your winners in this post. Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”: SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Week 6 Power Rankings | Week 6 Player Rankings | Week

Kain Colter, Brady Hoke join '#BTNLive'

Northwestern do-it-all star Kain Colter and Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined ‘#BTNLive” on Tuesday night. Colter’s surprising Wildcats try to stay perfect at surging Penn State on Saturday, while Hoke’s Wolverines open Big Ten play at Purdue on BTN/BTN2Go. How has Northwestern made the two-quarterback system work? Watch our interview with Colter to find out. Plus, see the Hoke interview in this post. Listen to Tuesday’s entire episode of ‘#BTNLive’: Here’s our interview with Hoke:

Heisman watch: New Big Ten RB joins the fray

For a second Saturday in a row, the Big Ten’s top Heisman contenders will square off. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez will lead his Cornhuskers into Ohio State to face Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller in arguably the biggest game to date in the Big Ten this season. The winning signal-caller figures to assume the throne of “top Big Ten Heisman contender.” Miller also shows up in some Heisman straw polls as a top contender for the award, along with West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Oregon’s DeAnthony Thomas, Kansas State’s Collin Klein, USC’s Marqise Lee and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel—among others. [RELATED: Check