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Dienhart: Gary Andersen 'perfect fit' at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – Coaches usually want to get the first game behind them. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen was no different. The Jitters, the unknown. Just get here and get over. Now. This not only was the first game of the 2013 season—it also was his first game as Badgers coach. “Please Saturday come here as fast as possible,” Andersen said leading into this game. “It’s just time. I am absolutely excited about the opportunity to take the field with this crew and watch them go to work and I know they’re excited about it. “It’s going to be fun. That’s one

Dienhart: My reaction to Thursday's wins

The season is off and running in the Big Ten, with Minnesota and Indiana taking big, impressive triumphs. Indiana drilled Indiana State, 73-35, and Minnesota put away UNLV, 51-23. Here are some of my thoughts on the Big Ten’s opening two games of the season. A win is a win is a win, right? Right? Right. History will show Minnesota topped UNLV, 51-23. But it wasn’t impressive. The offense went in fits and starts. QB Philip Nelson was spotty as a passer, hitting just 10 for 22 passes for 99 yards with a touchdown and pick. He did run for

Dienhart: 'Paint this season a success'

Michigan’s trip to the national championship game was further validation of the Big Ten’s greatness this season. But, without this journey to the summit of college basketball, I don’t think that would have been true. For a while, it looked like the Big Ten was going to dominate this NCAA tourney. The Big Ten got seven schools in the Big Dance on Selection Sunday. Then, the conference went 10-3 over the opening three rounds, advancing four teams—more than any other league–to the Sweet 16. That’s when some dared to pose the question: Could the Big Ten advance, ahem, four teams

Dienhart: 'End of one era, beginning of another'

When it comes to motivation, few push buttons better than Barry Alvarez. Heading into the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford, Alvarez had bracelets made for players that read “I’m In” and “I’m On.” But the players had to earn the rubber jewelry through their position coach. The idea: Get players to focus on the Rose Bowl, the task at hand—and to zone out the background noise surrounding the program. And there was a lot of background noise, set off by Bret Bielema’s stunning departure for Arkansas just days after leading the Badgers to a third Rose Bowl bid with a dominating 70-31

Dienhart: Time to wonder 'What if?' with Ohio State

COLUMBUS — The crowd poured onto the field. No one was going to stop the Scarlet and Gray throng from celebrating this Ohio State win over Michigan. Yes, every victory over the Wolverines—that “team up North”–is special in these parts. But this one will be savored even more. This one was the seal on top of an unbeaten season. This one capped a season that never will be forgotten at Ohio State. “Well, to be 12-0, it really hasn’t sunk in,” said Urban Meyer. “I want to make sure they’re properly recognized as one of the great groups of seniors

Dienhart: Defense wins this one for Ohio State

It wasn’t easy—nothing in life that is good ever is–but Ohio State’s march to perfection continues. And the Buckeyes have their defense to thank. Yes, that same defense that at times has been maligned this season—and allowed 206 yards rushing today–took this opportunity to stand and deliver when it mattered most, turning back Wisconsin in overtime to secure a 21-14 win. “I’m honored to be the coach of an 11-0 Ohio State team, especially one that’s very deserving,” said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. “We have a saying and I just shared it with them that a team that refuses

Dienhart: Badgers dash Hoosiers dreams in rout

That “pop” you just heard was Indiana’s Rose Bowl dreams. Oh, it was a LONG shot. We all knew it. But it was fun while it lasted, as the Hoosiers came into today controlling their own destiny in a Leaders Division title chase that would land them in the Big Ten title game with a chance to advance to Pasadena. That caused America—or at least the Midwest—to rub its eyes in disbelief. But it was true. Well, Wisconsin didn’t just crush those dreams—it smashed them to smithereens in a 62-14 victory that clinched a second consecutive spot in the Big

Dienhart: 'Looks like it will be Nebraska's year'

It’s official: This looks like it will be Nebraska’s year. This wild and crazy finish in a 28-24 win at Michigan State is just the latest example in what has been an incredible and impressive three-game stretch for the Cornhuskers. The latest victory was largely authored by quarterback Taylor Martinez, whose game-winning touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with six seconds left pushed Nebraska to victory and a 7-2 overall record and 4-1 in the Big Ten. “I knew they were going to blitz, but I decided to go for it right there,” Husker coach Bo Pelini said. “Why go to

Dienhart: 'Huskers are in driver's seat'

LINCOLN, Neb. — This is what Bo Pelini had been waiting for: A big win. And that’s exactly what Saturday night’s 23-9 victory over Michigan was. Oh, Pelini has won some important games since taking over as Nebraska coach in 2008. One of my favorites was at the 2009 victory in the rain at Missouri. But, more often than not, Pelini has come up short when the lights have shined the brightest. Remember the Big 12 championship game losses after the 2009 and 2010 seasons? Sure you do. Tonight’s victory over Michigan, which was making its first trip to Nebraska

Dienhart: Huskers silence naysayers in comeback win

It’s an overstatement to say this was the most important game of the Bo Pelini era. But it certainly was the biggest of this season. Nebraska needed to win this game at Northwestern in the worst way. The Cornhuskers have had to listen for two weeks to the barbs of critics after losing 63-38 at Ohio State. The defense was bad. The coaching could be better. There were too many turnovers. There is a lack of talent. On and on it went for almost two weeks. Well, today’s 29-28 win quelled the skeptics and quieted the naysayers—at least for one