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How did we do? Week 6 picks revisited

We’ve reached the midpoint of the 2012 Big Ten football season. Before we turn our complete attention to Week 7, though, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 6 predictions. Dienhart led the way, going 4-1, while BTN.com fans and I went 3-2. After six weeks, that means it’s BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 44-13. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 44-13; .772 Tom: 44-13; .772 Brent: 42-15; .737 [RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings | Tom’s Week 6 Top 10 | Week 6 Game Balls] Michigan State 31,

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

Robinson, Michigan topple Purdue, 44-13, in Big Ten opener

Denard Robinson rushed for 235 yards and Fitzgerald Toussaint scored twice to help Michigan rout Purdue 44-13 on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) have won three straight over Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) lost at home for only the second time since Oct. 1, 2011. It was a banner day for Robinson in his first game back from a dismal performance at Notre Dame. He had three runs of 35 or more yards, finished 8 of 15 for 105 yards, moved into fifth place on Michigan’s career rushing list, fourth on the school’s career passing

3rd quarter recap: Michigan 31, Purdue 10

Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Michigan now leads 31-10. The Wolverines rushed for 77 yards in the quarter. The Wolverines opened up the lead, 31-10, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Brendan Gibbons made a 29-yard field goal. Michigan’s drive was highlighted by Denard Robinson’s 46-yard run. The Wolverines went to the air just one time during that series. [RELATED: Clothes Call: Piping or no piping, Michigan?] Michigan’s Robinson rushed for 69 yards in the quarter to put him over 150 yards for the game. Robinson has 153 total yards on the

2nd quarter recap: Michigan 28, Purdue 10

In the second quarter, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson stood out. He threw for 68 yards and one touchdown and ran for 20 yards and one touchdown, and the Wolverines now lead 28-10. The highlight of the quarter, however, came from Raymon Taylor, who picked off a pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown to give Michigan a 21-0 lead. The Boilermakers finally got on the board with 7:01 left in the second quarter, when Paul Griggs kicked a 40-yard field goal to make the score 21-3. Michigan added to its advantage when Robinson found Devin Gardner open for

1st quarter recap: Michigan 7, Purdue 0

Michigan’s defense shut down Purdue, allowing only eight yards of offense in the first quarter, and the Wolverines lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan took the game’s first lead after Fitzgerald Toussaint pounded in a one-yard touchdown run on the last play of a 16-play, 78-yard drive. The Wolverines threw just three times during that march downfield. Michigan is poised to score with the ball at the Boilermakers’ 15-yard line to start the second quarter. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] Here’s more from BTN.com’s

Watch exclusive live pregame video from Purdue

Attention Boilermakers! BTN Field Pass on BTN2Go is coming to Purdue on Saturday. 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, log on and see Ross-Ade Stadium at 3 p.m. ET, one hour before the Boilermakers and Wolverines kick it off on BTN/BTN2Go . Remember, TV viewers can also use our GameFinder page to find the game on your TV system. We’ve

Crucial 3-game stretch for Purdue begins

Michigan is coming to Purdue to play a big football game (4 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Saturdays like this aren’t commonplace in West Lafayette, Ind. Big basketball games? They happen almost every winter in this hamlet tucked just off I-65 an hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago. But big football games? They have been sparse in the last, oh, generation. So, pardon the natives if they aren’t accustomed to the fuss of a big football Saturday. Everyone in the Big Ten needs to sit up and pay attention to this game. Yes, the Nebraska at Ohio State

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