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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 8

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 8? Find out in this post. WEEK 8 GAME BALLS 1. Montee Ball & James White, RB, Wisconsin: 39 car., 341 yards, 5 TD – Or maybe it should be the Wisconsin offensive line getting the praise here. Regardless, Ball and White took advantage of the line’s strong play vs.

Snap Reactions: Ball stay hot, Buckeyes stay on AP radar

Every Saturday throughout the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to all the action. See what Dienhart had to say about today’s early games: Ohio State’s comeback victory over Purdue  in overtime and Wisconsin’s easy rivalry win over Minnesota. Ohio State 29, Purdue 22 OT 1. We all figured Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller would get hurt at some point this season, right? Well, it has happened, as the sophomore sensation went down in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury and then was taken to a hospital. Kenny Guiton came on in

Ball, White carry Badgers past Gophers, 38-13

James White raced 15 times through Minnesota’s defense for 175 yards rushing and three touchdowns, carrying Wisconsin to a 38-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, the ninth straight time the Badgers have beaten the Gophers to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Montee Ball let his partner steal the show for most of the afternoon but still muscled his way for 166 yards on 24 attempts and two fourth-quarter scores to put the game out of reach and push the Badgers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to their 21st win in a row at Camp Randall Stadium. That matches LSU for the longest

3rd quarter recap: Wisconsin 24, Minnesota 13

Wisconsin ran for 99 yards in the quarter, and the Badgers now lead 24-13. Wisconsin made its lead 17-6 when Kyle French kicked a 33-yard field goal on the last play of a six-play, 22-yard drive. The Badgers began the drive with good field position at the Minnesota 38-yard line after Devin Smith intercepted a Philip Nelson pass. Wisconsin opened up the lead, 24-6, after marching down the field for a four-play, 59-yard drive that ended when James White ran 48 yards to paydirt. Minnesota made the score 24-13 after Nelson and A.J. Barker combined for a 12-yard touchdown to

2nd quarter recap: Wisconsin 14, Minnesota 6

Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Wisconsin takes a 14-6 lead over Minnesota to halftime. The Badgers rushed for 71 yards in the quarter. Wisconsin made it 14-6 after James White’s second touchdown of the game, a 34-yard run that capped a five-play, 70-yard drive. The Badgers are set to receive to start the second half. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] ** EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, BTN.com posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten football game. Use the links above for more info on this specific game,

1st quarter recap: Wisconsin 7, Minnesota 6

First-time starter Philip Nelson threw for 34 yards and one touchdown and ran for 31 yards in the first quarter, but the Golden Gophers trail 7-6. Wisconsin threw for 87 yards during the quarter. The Badgers took the game’s first lead after James White, out of the Wildcat, scored on a 14-yard touchdown on the last play of a three-play, 59-yard drive. Wisconsin used Joel Stave’s 42-yard pass to fuel the drive. Minnesota made the score 7-6 after Nelson and Brandon Green hooked up for a 16-yard touchdown to finish off a 65-yard drive. The Badgers will start the second

Week 8 Previews: Big Ten Legends battle brewing

In my preview of Saturday’s six games, I take closer looks at one big rematch (Nebraska at Northwestern), a pair of major rivalries (Michigan State at Michigan, Minnesota at Wisconsin), two more with some intriguing recent history (Penn State at Iowa, Purdue at Ohio State), and a non-conference game with a Big Ten team hungry for a win (Indiana at Navy). I’ll be in Evanston on Saturday covering the Huskers as they seek revenge for last year’s loss to the Wildcats, so follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. I’ll also be tracking all of the other games with my usual Saturday

'Journey' profiles Ball, Roberson & Colter

This week on “The Journey 2012” our crew spent time with Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Indiana’s Tre Roberson, and Northwestern’s Kain Colter. The show airs at 7:30 p.m. on BTN/BTN2Go. Did you miss the first two episodes this season? We put them all on BTN2Go. Watch the first episode here and see last week’s episode here. With Ball, we learn how it helps the Badgers running back to have his family living nearby in Madison. After a slow start, last season’s Heisman Trophy finalist appears to be back on track. Indiana’s Roberson takes us inside the process of recovering from an

Week 8: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After seven weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of BTN.com fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 8 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 8 Power Rankings | Week 8 Player Rankings | Week 8 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 BTN.com fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 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. Listen to Coach Tim Beckman: Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen