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Keanon Cooper

How did we do? Big Ten Week 3 predictions revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 4, it’s time to look back at how we did with our Week 3 predictions. Following a terrible showing last week, I went 10-2 to lead the way this week, while Tom Dienhart and fans went 9-3. Three weeks in, the standings remain tight, with fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 28-8. SEASON RECORDS fans: 28-8; .778 Tom: 28-8; .778 Brent: 27-9; .750 Illinois, 44, Charleston Southern 0 Tom’s pick: Illinois, 33-7 – The Fighting Illini won’t need QB Nathan Scheelhaase vs. this FCS team. Just

Jake Stoneburner

Power Rankings: New team tops Dienhart's list

Following Michigan State’s 20-3 home loss to Notre Dame, there’s a new team on top of my Week 4 Power Rankings. Who is it? Here’s a hint: It’s the only remaining undefeated team from the Leaders Division. Check out my Big Ten Power Rankings in this post. Disagree with my list? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. 1. Ohio State. After cruising the first two weeks over Miami (Ohio) and UCF, the Buckeyes had their backs pushed against the wall vs. Cal in a 35-28 win that required some late-game heroics. And maybe that’s exactly what this team needed

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 3

Every Saturday night during the college football season, 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 3? Find out in this post. WEEK 3 GAME BALLS 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 16-30, 249 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT; 12 car., 75 yards, 1 TD – Another Saturday, another impressive performance from Ohio State’s standout sophomore quarterback. This time, Miller accounted for five touchdowns, including the

DiNardo's Week 3 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 10-2 performance in Week 3? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [Related: Who tops Tom Dienhart’s Week 4 Power Rankings?] [BTN Connect: Join the conversation and see who’s trending] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI Reilly O'Toole valuable game reps yesterday against Charleston Southern – Looks like most teams will need 2 qb — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 16, 2012 Sunday Ruminations –

Michigan leads four Big Ten teams in Coaches Poll

Four Big Ten teams remain ranked in the latest USA Today’s Coaches Poll, released Sunday morning. There’s a different team leading the conference, though, as Michigan comes in at No. 17 to pace the Big Ten. Michigan State, fresh off its loss to Notre Dame, fell from No. 10 to No. 20, while Nebraska (No. 22) and Wisconsin (No. 24) round out the Big Ten’s ranked teams. Northwestern, which improved to 3-0 with a win over Boston College, earned 33 votes.

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Podcast subscriptions bring in-game highlights

Football season is off to a roaring start as we all get back into the comfortable rhythms of autumn where Saturdays are scheduled around kickoffs. But while fans head to the stadium or watch games on TV, a growing number of fans subscribe to our various video podcasts. Now during football season this is a great way for you to get in-game highlights from BTN TV games delivered right to your device. With eight Big Ten games on BTN this Saturday (find TV info on our scoreboard), it’s a great time to take these podcast for a spin. editors

Mark Dantonio

Week 3 Previews: Spartans-Irish headline slate

Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions. Bookmark your game now and come back to track it: Illinois vs. Charleston Southern; Indiana vs. Ball State; Iowa vs. Northern Iowa; Michigan vs. Massachusetts; Michigan State vs. Notre Dame; Minnesota vs. Western Michigan; Nebraska vs. Arkansas State; Northwestern vs. Boston College; Ohio State vs. California; Penn

Bret Bielema

Debate it: Team with most sense of urgency

Week 2 was a rough one. Not only did the Big Ten lose six non-conference games for the first time since 2000, it went 1-6 against BCS teams. Of the half-dozen teams that lost, which enters Week 3 with the most sense of urgency? senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Brent Yarina debate that topic in this post. Brent: It’s got to be Wisconsin, right? I mean, this was supposed to be the team that would have a cakewalk to its second consecutive Big Ten title game. And two games in, the usually prolific offense looks lost

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) runs by Air Force Falcons defensive back Steffon Batts (23) for a seventy nine yard touchdown during the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Trends: How many points will Michigan score?

Two weeks into the 2012 college football season, we are starting to see some trends take place in the Big Ten. For example, Penn State’s Allen Robinson is the most target receiver and Michigan State’s defense is very tough to score upon. These could change throughout the course of the season, of course, but I single out a trend for every Big Ten team and offer a guess as to what will happen Saturday. Also, don’t forget to cast your votes! ILLINOIS Question: How many snaps will Nathan Scheelhaase play? Analysis: The Illini quarterback is coming off an ankle injury

Troy Stoudermire

Dienhart: 12 Big Ten questions for Week 3

Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Can the Fighting Illini win if Nathan Scheelhaase isn’t playing quarterback? The attack struggled in a loss at Arizona State with Reilly O’Toole and Miles Osei under center with Scheelhaase out with an ankle injury. O’Toole hit 10-of-14 passes for 54 yards with