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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2

Week 2 is in the books. It was not a great showing for the Big Ten, as it put up a 6-6 record. This from a conference that went 10-2 during the opening week. The competition was stiffer and there were more road tests, for sure, but the Big Ten needs to bounce back next week. What did I learn from Week 2 action? See the five biggest things I learned about the Big Ten on Saturday. 1. Wisconsin RB Montee Ball’s Heisman dreams may be over following a moribund effort in a 10-7 loss at Oregon State. Ball ran

DiNardo's Week 2 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 6-6 performance in Week 2? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [BTN.com: Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2 | Week 2 Game Balls] [VIDEO: Watch all of our football highlights] Sunday Ruminations – Tough day for B1G but like #Hawkeyes, #Huskers, #ILLINI, #Pennstate, #Purdue, #Badgers playing yesterday’s opponents — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) September 9, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – So

Michigan, Michigan State move up in Coaches' Poll

The latest Coaches’ Poll is out, and four Big Ten teams remain ranked at the conclusion of Week 2 action. Michigan State and Michigan both moved up one spot, to No. 10 and No. 18, respectively, following victories Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin dropped nine spots, to No. 22, after its loss at Oregon State, and Nebraska fell 10 spots, to No. 24, in the wake of its loss at UCLA. Northwestern, which moved to 2-0 with its win over Vanderbilt, received nine votes.

La Quinta presents the BTN Video Mashup

Go ahead and watch the highlight of Minnesota’s MarQueis Gray. Have you ever wanted to make your Big Ten football video highlight reel? Now you can, and you can share your finished product with other fans via social media. Create, edit, and share your own Big Ten highlight reel with the top plays from your favorite team with the BTN Video Mashup, presented by La Quinta. Dive in to use a wide variety of special plays from the first week of Big Ten football and make a clip. Then be sure to check back each week for the latest clips

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 2

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 2? Find out in this post. WEEK 2 GAME BALLS 1. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan: 14-25, 208 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 20 car., 218 yards, 2 TD – As expected, Robinson fared much better against Air Force than he did in last week’s rout against Alabama. How good was

Dienhart: Snap reactions to afternoon games

It was a busy afternoon of Big Ten football action, with six games during the middle block. The results weren’t exactly what the Big Ten had hoped for, either, as it went 3-3 after opening the day 2-1 in the early games. Read my snap reactions to the afternoon games in this post. Live on BTN/BTN2Go: Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt. Also live: Nebraska vs. UCLA. And at 10:30 p.m. ET, it’s Illinois vs. Arizona State. Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7 1. Much was made of the inconsistent effort of Spartan receivers in the opening win over Boise State. Well, the

Oregon State stifles No. 13 Wisconsin in 10-7 upset

Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, Oregon State’s defense smothered Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and the Beavers upset the No. 13 Badgers 10-7 on Saturday. Mannion connected with Brandin Cooks on a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead then turned it over to the Oregon State (1-0) defense that forced two turnovers and held Ball to 61 yards rushing. The win snapped Wisconsin’s 33-game non-conference winning streak, the second-longest in the country behind LSU. Wisconsin finished with 207 yards and only 35 on the ground. It was

Send Questions to Friday Night's Show

On tonight’s “Football Report” at 7 p.m. ET with Mike Hall, Tony Banks, Rosevelt Colvin, and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart, the crew  will be joined by Purdue’s Danny Hope and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini. Also, our BTN experts are taking your questions on Twitter. Just tweet us using #AskBTN all day today. What is the key to the Purdue-Notre Dame game?  What are your thoughts on the three Pac-12 vs Big Ten matchups? What else do you want to ask Rosevelt, Tony, or Tom? Shoot it in. They’ll answer a select number of them on our “Overtime” segment while Dienhart will

Week 2 Previews: Big challenges for Big Ten teams

Every week, I rank Saturday’s games based on how the teams match up. Where does your game fall on my list? Come find out in my Week 2 Previews. In case you you missed anything earlier this week, here are my weekly bowl projections, reader mailbag, and my predictions. Oh, and here’s an early stab at a Heisman Trophy tracker. Remember that on Saturdays BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates for every Big Ten game. At the end of each game I post my Saturday Snap Reactions with analysis on all 12 games. Bookmark any game now and

Revsine's Numbers: Week 2 figures to be intriguing

While there’s always a certain excitement surrounding opening weekend, last week’s slate in the Big Ten left quite a bit to be desired. Outside of Michigan’s match-up with Alabama and Michigan State’s battle with Boise State, very few of the games elicited much in the way of excitement. That is far from the case in Week 2, where I’d venture to say as many as eight or nine games carry a fairly significant level of intrigue. From where I sit, the Purdue-Notre Dame battle is the most interesting one on the slate. As we’ve attended Purdue practices over the last