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Big Ten links: James Franklin's optimism, Minnesota QB & more

Lackluster. Is there any other way to describe Michigan State’s win over Purdue. How did the Boilermakers almost knock off the No. 2 team in the nation in East Lansing? Here is how. Thanks, Mike Griffith of Mlive.com. The good news: Most of what ailed MSU was of its own doing. So, it’s correctable. No worries, Sparty. Carry on. *** If you didn’t see James Franklin’s post-game presser on Saturday, you missed Franklin at his Franklin best. I admire his positivity. I wish I had more of it. No way is anyone gonna call the Nittany Lions’ win over Army

What did Tom Dienhart learn about Big Ten in Week 5? Find out here!

I learned a lot on Saturday, including the notion that Michigan has played better than any team in the Big Ten East—or perhaps the Big Ten. And they have a boatload of grape soda in the Northwestern press box. See what else I learned inside!

Big Ten Power Rankings: 4-1 Michigan takes over No. 2 spot

With the first week of full-on Big Ten play behind us, there is quite a bit of change in my latest power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. The biggest development: 4-1 Michigan is up to No. 2.

Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan Wolverines debut in Coaches Poll

Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Best of Week 5 | Week 5 picks revisited | Week 5 uniforms | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 5 top performers | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Dienhart: Wildcats can dream big | John Harbaugh visits Michigan sideline ] Undefeated Iowa debuts in both polls (No. 22/23), while 4-1 Michigan makes its first appearance in the Coaches Poll (No.  21),

Twitter: Get Gerry DiNardo's Week 5 Sunday Ruminations

It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis/take on each Big Ten team that was in action.

Watch Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott run for TDs of 55, 65 & 75 yards

Ezekiel Elliott needed only three carries to make it a memorable performance Saturday afternoon at Indiana. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Best of Week 5 | Week 5 picks revisited | Week 5 uniforms | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 5 top performers | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Dienhart: Wildcats can dream big | John Harbaugh visits Michigan sideline ] The star Ohio State running back scored on runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards in the second half (watch them in the video

Tom’s Take: Week 5 Big Ten honors, grades, stock reports & numbers

The first full weekend of Big Ten action continued to affirm the legitimacy of Iowa and Northwestern, which each moved to 5-0. And, sorry, Ohio State and Michigan State, but Michigan has been the most impressive team in the Big Ten East.

Top individual performances from Saturday's Big Ten action

What a fun day of Big Ten football! [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Best of Week 5 | Week 5 picks revisited | Week 5 uniforms | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 5 top performers | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Dienhart: Wildcats can dream big | John Harbaugh visits Michigan sideline ] There were plenty of outstanding individual performances on Saturday. We saw some incredible running numbers, as well as some standout defensive statistics. Who was the most impressive? Well, that’s

#BTNStandout: Wes Lunt + Geronimo Allison = Illinois game-winner

So, here’s how it went down in the final seconds of Illinois’ 14-13 comeback victory over Nebraska on Saturday afternoon: [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Best of Week 5 | Week 5 picks revisited | Top performers | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Dienhart: Wildcats can dream big | John Harbaugh visits Michigan sideline | Northwestern keeps on dancing ] 1st & Goal from Nebraska 7: Wes Lunt throws incomplete pass to the right. 2nd & Goal from Nebraska 7: Lunt throws incomplete pass to the right (pass interference ). 1st & Goal from Nebraska 2: