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The week that was: Week 2's top 10 stories

The Big Ten was expecting a better result than its 6-6 clip in Week 2. It was a frustrating week, needless to say. The good news: Every Big Ten team plays at home this week, so the opportunity to bounce back is there. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 2 in this post. 10. Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2 Week 2 is in the books. It was not a great showing for the Big Ten, as it put up a 6-6 record. This from a conference that went 10-2 during the opening week. The competition

Early surprises: Wisconsin offense trumps all

Let me start this by saying we’re only two weeks into the college football season. Admittedly, that’s a very small sample size. But in the first two weeks – one good, one bad – there have been many surprises in the Big Ten. See my five biggest surprises through the first two weeks of the season in this post. 1. Wisconsin’s offensive struggles – A season ago, this unit averaged 44.1 points per game and put up 72 points in two contests against Michigan State’s dominant defense. Even with one-year star QB Russell Wilson in the NFL and a host

Bowl Projections: Dienhart's list post Week 2

The season is still in its infancy, so the bowl picture remains lucid. Very lucid. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012. The Big Ten is coming off a tough Saturday that saw it go 6-6, losing to every “big” team it played: Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Virginia. The Big Ten’s wins came over Vanderbilt, New Hampshire, Air Force, UMass, Central Michigan, Central Florida. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row. [Related: 5

Week 3 Player Rankings: Braxton Miller moves on up

With Week 2 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio

Tom's Top 10: Where's the Big Ten pride?

It was a tough Week 2 for the Big Ten. The conference limped to a 6-6 record, with Northwestern’s home victory over Vanderbilt being the crown jewel. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 2. 1. Big Ten pride. Look, it took a big hit on Saturday. No amount of sugar can cover up the bitter taste. The conference went 6-6, going 0-3 vs. the Pac-12. Iowa State, Virginia and Notre Dame kicked the Big Ten, too. And wins? They weren’t exactly impressive: UMass, Central Michigan, New Hampshire, Air Force, UCF and Vanderbilt. So, the most

Dienhart: Badgers plummet in latest Power Rankings

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for my weekly Big Ten Power Rankings. Where does your Big Ten team fall on my list following Week 2 action? See in this post. Disagree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post or tweet me @BTNTomDienhart. Read all my Big Ten coverage here, and don’t forget to send me any questions you may have for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. 1. Michigan State. The offense began to come around this week vs. Central Michigan, as QB Andrew Maxwell took a big step forward.

How did we do? Big Ten Week 2 predictions revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 3, it’s time to look back at how we did with our Week 2 predictions. One week after Tom Dienhart, BTN.com fans and myself all went 11-1, the results weren’t as pretty. Dienhart and BTN.com fans both went 8-4, while I went 6-6, just like the Big Ten teams. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 19-5; .792 Tom: 19-5; .792 Brent: 17-7; .708 [Related: Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2] Arizona State 45, Illinois 14 Tom’s pick: Arizona State, 27-21 – Even if Nathan Scheelhaase can go, he likely won’t be 100

DiNardo's Week 2 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 Big Ten after a 6-6 performance in Week 2? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [BTN.com: Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2 | Week 2 Game Balls] [VIDEO: Watch all of our football highlights] Sunday Ruminations – Tough day for B1G but like #Hawkeyes, #Huskers, #ILLINI, #Pennstate, #Purdue, #Badgers playing yesterday’s opponents — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 9, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – So

Michigan, Michigan State move up in Coaches' Poll

The latest Coaches’ Poll is out, and four Big Ten teams remain ranked at the conclusion of Week 2 action. Michigan State and Michigan both moved up one spot, to No. 10 and No. 18, respectively, following victories Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin dropped nine spots, to No. 22, after its loss at Oregon State, and Nebraska fell 10 spots, to No. 24, in the wake of its loss at UCLA. Northwestern, which moved to 2-0 with its win over Vanderbilt, received nine votes.