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Power Rankings: How high did 2-0 Illini ascend?

We have two weeks in the books, and teams continue to jockey for position in my weekly power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Here is how I stack the Big Ten schools following two weeks of action. Keep an eraser handy. POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State. The good news, the Buckeyes rolled. The bad news, Braxton Miller got hurt, but we are told his left will be OK for next week’s trip to Cal. I hope so. Oh, that’s 14 wins in a row for Ohio State, the longest winning streak in America. Last week: No. 1 Up next:

How did we do? Week 2 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 3, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 2 Big Ten predictions. One week after going perfect, BTN’s Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went 9-3 to create a logjam at the top of the standings. Big Ten fans, you all went 10-2, pushing your season record to 21-3. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 2 grades, honors | What Tom Dienhart learned ] 21-3 20-4 21-3 21-3 Week 2 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo Cincinnati at Illinois Cincinnati, 35-28 Cincinnati, 31-20 Cincinnati, 38-27

Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 2

Another week is in the books. There has been a lot to be impressed with over the first two weeks of the season, with strong starts by teams like Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, among others. Saturday provided some clarity, but much remains unknown. Here is what I learned in Week 2. [ MORE: Dienhart’s Week 2 honors, grades & more | Power Rankings ] 1. Michigan State’s quarterback situation remains muddled. In the 21-6 win over South Florida, the Spartans used three quarterbacks: Andrew Maxwell (4 of 9 for 40 yards); Connor Cook (6 of 11 for

Michigan moves up to No. 12 in Coaches Poll

Following its 41-30 win over Notre Dame, Michigan moved up to No. 12, from No. 17, in the latest Coaches Poll, released Sunday. No. 3 Ohio State continues to pace the Big Ten, although it dropped one spot. No. 15 Nebraska, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 18 Wisconsin round out the Big Ten in the poll. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What Dienhart learned | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] Coaches’ Rankings Rankings as of 9/8/2013 Rank School Votes Prev Rank 1 Alabama (1-0) 1545 (58) 1 2 Oregon (2-0) 1447 (1) 3 3 Ohio State (2-0) 1429 (2)

Twitter: Get DiNardo's Week 2 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s 11-1 Week 2 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 2? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] Sunday Rumination #Badgers Run game good enough 2 win Leaders don't know about def yet b/c of comp & we know pass game isn't good enough yet — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 8, 2013 Sunday Ruminations #Badgers One of the most

U.S. Marine Corps: BTN.com Leaders of Week 2

Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. See our Week 2 top 5 stars and our honorable mention honorees in this post. 1. Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan. The pick-6 in his end zone aside, Gardner dazzled in Michigan’s exciting 41-30 victory over Notre Dame. The junior, who donned No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon, Michigan’s first Heisman Trophy winner, completed 21-of-33 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns, and added a game-high 82 yards

Live Blog Part I: Track Week 2 noon games

We live blogged throughout today’s six noon ET games. Catch up on all the stats and best video highlights, photos and tweets from the games: Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17; Iowa 28, Missouri State 14; Wisconsin 48, Tenn. Tech 0; Michigan State 21, South Florida 6; Penn State 45, Eastern Michigan 7 & Purdue 20, Indiana State 14. Use these links to track all the action:  [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ]

Here's how to find your game - look now!

One of the most important jobs I and my team at BTN have is to help fans find their games on football Saturdays when we televise more than one game at a time. With four games at noon and three at 6 p.m. ET tomorrow, we are poised for a busy day. Below is some important information to help you tune in to the game you most want to watch. First, all our national providers – DIRECTV, DISH, AT&T U-Verse, and Verizon FiOS – have the same channels nationwide, no matter where you live, and they are listed below. DIRECTV

Best of Week 2: Gardner's chance to shine

This isn’t a Saturday filled with scintillating matchups, but it’s saved by the marquee Notre Dame at Michigan game. One problem: There are three games vs. FCS foes: Indiana State at Purdue; Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin; Missouri State at Iowa. And Penn State plays host to Eastern Michigan, which is like a FCS school. Also, South Florida (which is at Michigan State) and San Diego State (at Ohio State) are horrible. The Big Ten team that will have the most difficult time winning? Illinois, which plays host to Cincinnati. The Bearcats thumped Purdue last week, 42-7. This is the second

Dienhart: My Week 2 Big Ten previews

Week Two brings us a blockbuster matchup: Notre Dame at Michigan, one of the sport’s iconic rivalries. This will be a great test for a Wolverines’ program that is on the rise and the pick of many to win the Legends Division. Since the series was renewed in 1978, it is tied 14-14-1. However, this will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the clubs will meet in Ann Arbor. The series will go on a hiatus after a 2014 clash in South Bend. So, enjoy and savor every last drop of this game on Saturday night. Here