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Power Rankings: Badgers, Ball making moves

Montee Ball and the Wisconsin offense sure look like they are back. While still not nearly as explosive as last season’s unit, the offense has found its footing. After all, it went for 645 yards of offense in its 38-14 win at Purdue. But where do the Badgers land on  my Week 8 Power Rankings? Find out in this post. 1. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0). The Buckeyes marched to 7-0 with a less-than-vintage 52-49 win at Indiana. And, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight to the losing. But that defense? Well, I’m a bit concerned. Still, this

How did we do? Week 7 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 8, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 7 predictions. Dienhart led the way, at 4-1, good enough to move him into sole possession of first place in the season standings. BTN.com fans and myself both went 3-2. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 BTN.com fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Iowa 19, Michigan State 16 (2 OT) Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The Spartans will win this slugfest in the fourth quarter and will see their defense score a touchdown—or at least set

Tom's Top 10: Who's it going to be in the Legends?

Another week of Big Ten football in the books, another chance to offer some thoughts from around the conference. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 7. 1. Yes, Ohio State is 7-0 and the offense is playing great. But I remain concerned about the defense. On Saturday, the Buckeyes yielded 49 points to Indiana after allowing 38 last week to Nebraska. IU also had 481 yards of offense with 352 coming through the air. Ohio State ranks No. 10 in the Big Ten in total defense (400.0 ypg) and No. 8 in scoring defense (24.6

DiNardo's Week 7 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 7 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Dienhart: What I learned in Week 7] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #ILLINI every coaching transition is different -this one is obviously one of the more difficult ones – major style change — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 14, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI – A year from now the Illinois coaching transition could look much different

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 7

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 7? Find out in this post. WEEK 7 GAME BALLS 1. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin: 29 car., 247 yards, 3 TD; 1 rec. 14 yards – Ball not only ran for a career-high 247 yards at Purdue, he broke Ron Dayne’s Big Ten career touchdown record. Ball’s three-touchdown day put

Dienhart: Go ahead and book that trip to Indy

Wisconsin sent a loud message today. Did you hear it? Surely you did. I know it resonated with me. The Badgers’ emphatic 38-14 win at Purdue clearly marks Wisconsin as the team in the driver’s seat to earn the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game for a second season in a row. In fact, the Badgers looked like they may have a shot to develop into the top team in the Big Ten this season. And that’s saying a lot when you consider where this program was about a month ago. Sure, Wisconsin’s cause is helped by

Ball sets record, lifts Wisconsin past Purdue

Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon. James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain. Ball moved past Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson and now is alone in third place in NCAA history with 72 total career touchdowns. [RELATED: Montee Ball ties, breaks Big Ten TD record] Akeem Hunt ran for 85 yards and a touchdown for Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2), who were coming

Montee Ball ties, breaks Big Ten TD record

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball broke the Big Ten record for most career touchdowns Saturday at Purdue. Ball broke the record, previously held by former Wisconsin standout Ron Dayne, on his third touchdown run of the game. It came on three-yard run, his shortest scoring scamper of the day. The senior tied Dayne’s record on a career-long 67-yard run. Watch the record-breaking run here and see him tie the record in this post. Ball did a ton of damage on his way to breaking the record, too, finishing the game with a career-high 247 rushing yards. The fact Ball had

3rd quarter recap: Wisconsin 24, Purdue 7

Wisconsin gained 113 yards on the ground in the third, and the Badgers now lead 24-7. Wisconsin stifled Purdue’s offense, giving up just -6 total yards in the quarter. The Badgers have scored 24 unanswered points. Wisconsin expanded its lead to 24-7 thanks to a two-play, 72-yard drive that ended when Montee Ball pounded in a 67-yard touchdown run. The run was the longest of Ball’s career and it tied him for the most touchdowns in Big Ten history (71). Congratulations @M_Ball28 on tying the big ten TD record! #Badgers — Kevin Zeitler (@kzeit70) October 13, 2012 The Badgers will

2nd quarter recap: Wisconsin 17, Purdue 7

Wisconsin scored 10 points in the quarter, and the Badgers now lead 17-7. Wisconsin racked up 110 passing yards and 111 rushing yards in the quarter. The Badgers had four long plays in the quarter, including Montee Ball’s 20-yard run. Wisconsin has scored the last 17 points. The Badgers broke the 7-7 standstill when Ball ran three yards to paydirt to clinch a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Wisconsin kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only two passes. The Badgers added to their advantage when Kyle French drilled a 30-yard field goal, putting a bow on a