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1st quarter recap: Wisconsin 0, Illinois 0

The first quarter was so slow, the teams combined for more punts than points, and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. There were three punts in the quarter as neither team could find a way to move the ball. Wisconsin will start the second quarter with possession on its own 27-yard line. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] Here’s more from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart: Player on the spot: Wisconsin QB Joel Stave. He has started the past two games but was replaced late last week by Danny

Week 6: We predict all five 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 five weeks, it’s BTN.com fans on top, at 41-11, while Tom is one game out and Brent sits two back. See our Week 6 predictions and choose your winners in this post. Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”: SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Week 6 Power Rankings | Week 6 Player Rankings | Week

Dienhart: Week 6 Big Ten questions

Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for Big Ten teams entering Week 6, the second week of conference play. 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 get on track? This is a team that needs something positive to happen—anything—that is positive. Illinois is coming off consecutive blowout losses at home, losing 52-24 to Louisiana Tech and 35-7 to Penn State. Now comes back-to-back road games at Wisconsin and Michigan. Bottom

Week 6 Bowl Projections: Illinois off latest list

Five weeks are in the books, and the bowl picture is coming into a bit sharper focus … a bit. To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012. With conference play here, schools now are beating up on each other, alternately helping and hurting each program’s bowl stock. Several schools enhanced their bowl resume with nice wins last Saturday, including Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska and Northwestern. [RELATED: Week 6 Power Rankings | Week 6 Player Rankings] The

Week 6 Player Rankings: Hello, Matt McGloin

With Week 5 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. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 6 Power

Week 6 Power Rankings: Ohio State stays on top

Ohio State solidified its case for the top spot in my Week 6 Power Rankings, this after going into East Lansing at knocking off Michigan State. But what about the rest of my list? See my latest rankings in this post. Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below or tweet me (@BTNTomDienhart). 1. Ohio State (5-0, 1-0). The Buckeyes finally put together a good four quarters at Michigan State, quelling some fears of inconsistency on both sides of the ball that some had for Ohio State. The maligned defense was especially impressive vs. Michigan State. Could this team

How did we do? Big Ten Week 5 picks revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 6, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 5 predictions. BTN.com fans went 5-1 and Tom and I went 4-2, meaning the fans have moved into sole possession of first place in the season standings. After five weeks, BTN.com fans are 41-11, one game ahead of Tom. I’m bringing up the rear, at 39-13. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings] Penn State 35, Illinois 7 Tom’s pick: Penn State, 28-20 –

Perfect Wildcats enter latest Coaches Poll

Only two Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest Coaches Poll, released Sunday, and the highest team comes in at No. 20. That would be Nebraska, of course, which didn’t move up this week despite rallying from 17 points down to knock off then-No. 23 Wisconsin. Fresh off its win over Indiana, 5-0 Northwestern debuts in the poll at No. 22. [RELATED: Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings | Your latest Big Ten standings] Michigan State dropped out of the poll following its home loss to Ohio State, but it is receiving 45 votes. Three other Big Ten teams are

DiNardo's Week 5 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 first weekend of Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 6 Power Rankings] Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI – One positive about yesterday appears to be they made a commitment to starting and staying with N. Scheelhaase — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 30, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – #Hoosiers – last year looked like a tough coaching transition – this year

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 5

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 5? Find out in this post. WEEK 5 GAME BALLS 1. Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern: 14 car., 161 yards, 4 TD; 9 rec., 131 yards – The Wildcats racked up a school-record 704 yards of offense in their 44-29 victory over Indiana, and Colter accounted for 294 of them, eclipsing