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Dienhart: 12 Big Ten Questions for Week 2

Week 2 is here, and questions loom for each team following the opening weekend. Can Indiana score more? Will Rex Burkhead play? Those are just a few of the pressing questions I have for each school as we head toward Saturday. 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 Will QB Nathan Scheelhaase play? He left last week’s win over Western Michigan with an apparent ankle injury. It’s the Illinois staff policy to not comment on injuries, so no one knows if

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online Tuesday mornings. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Tim Beckman:

Michigan State paces Big Ten in latest Coaches' Poll

The latest Coaches’ Poll came out Tuesday, two days later than it will the rest of the season due to opening-weekend games on Sunday and Monday, and four Big Ten teams remain ranked. Michigan, which lost to reigning national champ Alabama, fell from No. 8 to No. 19. No. 11 Michigan State paces the Big Ten in the poll, while No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 14 Nebraska round out the Big Ten contingent. Ohio State, which is ranked No. 14 in the AP poll, is not eligible for the Coaches’ Poll. [Related: Tom Dienhart’s latest Big Ten Power Rankings] Fresh

Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Ryan Lankford (12) catches a touchdown pass during the first quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

Bowl Projections: Our Expert's List after Week 1

One week is in the books, but not much has changed in my Big Ten bowl projections (posted here every Monday). Remember: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has just 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2012. Yes, Michigan lost on Saturday—but there was no shame in falling to perhaps the best team in the nation in Alabama. With the Wolverines being the lone Big Ten bowl-eligible team that tasted defeat—and, again, it was a quality defeat–I still think the Big Ten will be able to fill all

Jared Abbrederis

Big Ten in Review: The top 10 stories of Week 1

Football is back. Everyone has to be thrilled about that, right? The Big Ten went 10-2 in the opening week of the season, including Michigan State’s comeback win over ranked Boise State. See BTN.com’s top 10 stories from a newsworthy last seven days in this post. And don’t forget to check us out on football Saturdays. We’ve got some fun stuff, including BTN Connect, BTNRewardsU, live scoreboard, and quarter-by-quarter updates during games. Look back at this week’s games: Alabama 41, Michigan 14; Illinois 24, W. Michigan 7; Indiana 24, Indiana State 17; Iowa 18, N. Illinois 17; Michigan State 17,

Tom's Top 10: Nicknaming Devin Smith's TD grab

It was an entertaining opening week of Big Ten football. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from the Big Ten’s 10-2 performance. 1. The Snag. That’s what I’m gonna call it—because that’s what it was. Devin Smith’s one-handed touchdown snag of a Braxton Miller pass early in the second quarter of Ohio State’s pasting of Miami (Ohio) was nothing short of fabulous. In fact, I doubt any catch will top “The Snag” all season. Go ahead and try. 2. Surprise, surprise! Who thought Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez would toss five touchdown passes and throw for 354 yards

Braxton Miller

Miller, Martinez enter Big Ten Player Rankings

With Week 1 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. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

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Dienhart: Bell, Spartans top Big Ten 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 1 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. [BTN.com: See Brent Yarina’s Week 2 Big Ten Player Rankings] 1. Michigan State. No, the 17-13 victory over Boise State wasn’t pretty. But

DiNardo's Week 1 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 the opening weekend of the season? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [BTN.com: Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 1 | Week 1 game balls] [VIDEO: Watch our Week 1 Top 10 plays] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI coaches under more pressure than most first year staffs because of taking over a talented roster – Great start — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September

Damon Bullock

Dienhart: My snap reactions to afternoon games

Earlier Saturday, I offered my snap reactions from the Big Ten’s first four games. With the afternoon games now in the books, it’s time to share what I learned from Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin’s wins. Nebraska and Purdue cruised to victory, however Iowa and Wisconsin both received stiff tests that went down to the wire. See my snap reactions from the afternoon games in this post. Purdue 48, Eastern Kentucky 6 1. Moments before the game, Purdue announced that starting quarterback Caleb TerBush was suspended for the game. No problem. Robert Marve took over and looked like an All-American