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Back & Forth: Which Week 1 outing caused concern?

It wasn’t a pretty start for Michigan’s Denard Robinson or Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell in the first week of the 2012 college football season. Together, the two quarterbacks completed 33-of-64 passes (52 percent) for one touchdown and five interceptions. Robinson accounted for the lone touchdown and Maxwell completed a respectable 22 passes, however that was about it. Whose performance was more concerning, though? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate it in this post as they do each week in Back & Forth. Brent: I hate to say it, but Denard Robinson’s performance worries me. While few quarterbacks are going

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten reception leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten receiving TDs leader, the seventh in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Receptions. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too. RECEPTIONS 2011 leader: A.J. Jenkins, 90 Returning leaders: Jared Abbrederis, 55; Keenan Davis, 50; Antavian Edison, 44; Kain Colter, 43; Justin Brown, 35; Kofi Hughes, 35; Le’Veon Bell, 35. [2011 Big Ten receptions leaders] Brent: How many times can we say

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten receiving TD leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten receiving yards leader, the sixth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Next up: Receiving touchdowns. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader. RECEIVING TDs 2011 leader: Marvin McNutt & B.J. Cunningham, 12 Returning leaders: Jared Abbrederis, 8; Jacob Pedersen 8; Jake Stoneburner, 7; Montee Ball, 6. [2011 Big Ten receiving TD leaders] Brent: One look at the Big Ten’s returning receiving TD leaders,

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten receiving yards leader

On Friday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten rushing TDs leader, the fifth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Next up: Receiving yards. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post. RECEIVING YARDS 2011 leader: Marvin McNutt, 1,315 yards Returning leaders: Jared Abbrederis, 933; Keenan Davis, 713; Antavian Edison, 584; Kofi Hughes, 536; Justin Brown, 517. [2011 Big Ten receiving yards leaders] Brent: As we all know, no position in the Big Ten experienced a bigger

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten rushing TD leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten rushing yards leader, the fourth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up now: Rushing TDs. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too. RUSHING TDs 2011 leader: Montee Ball, 33 Returning leaders: Montee Ball 33; Denard Robinson 16;  Rex Burkhead 15; Le’Veon Bell, 13; Taylor Martinez, 9; Fitzgerald Toussaint, 9; Kain Colter, 9. [2011 Big Ten rushing TD leaders] Brent: OK, based on our predictions for the scoring and rushing yards leader

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten rushing yards leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten leader in passing TDs, the third in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Now up: Rushing yards. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader. [2011 Big Ten rushing yards leaders] Rushing Yards 2011 Leader: Montee Ball, 1,923 rushing yards Returning leaders: Montee Ball, 1,923; Rex Burkhead, 1,357; Silas Redd, 1,241; Denard Robinson, 1,176; Fitzgerald Toussaint, 1,041. Brent: Which Big Ten player will

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten passing TD leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten passing yards leader, the second in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Passing TDs. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post. PASSING TDs 2011 leader: Russell Wilson, 33 TDs Returning leaders: James Vandenberg, 25; Denard Robinson, 20; Caleb TerBush, 13; Taylor Martinez, 13; Nathan Scheelhaase, 13; Braxton Miller, 13. [2011 Big Ten passing TD leaders] Brent: Three of last season’s top five touchdown throwers are gone, with

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten passing yards leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten scoring leader, the first in a series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Passing yards. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post. PASSING YARDS 2011 leader: Kirk Cousins, 3,316 yards Returning leaders: James Vandenberg, 3,022; Denard Robinson, 2,173; Nathan Scheelhaase, 2,110; Taylor Martinez, 2,089; Caleb TerBush, 1,905. [2011 Big Ten passing yards leaders] Brent: Even if last season’s two top passers – Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson – were

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten scoring leader

In the coming days, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina will tackle all the important football statistical categories and offer their predictions for the 2012 Big Ten leader. Up first: Scoring. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too. SCORING 2011 leader: Montee Ball, 236 points (39 TDs, 1 2-pt. conversion) Returning leaders: Montee Ball, 236 points; Rex Burkhead, 102; Brett Maher, 100; Dan Conroy 99; Denard Robinson 96. [2011 Big Ten rushing TD leaders; 2011 Big Ten receiving TD leaders] Brent: When it comes to scoring, no

Back And Forth: Big Ten's Best RB

Like running backs? You’re in luck, because the position is becoming a point of strength in the Big Ten this season (see the stats). There’s Iowa’s Marcus Coker, Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead, Ohio State’s Dan Herron, Penn State’s Silas Redd and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. But who’s the best of the bunch? That’s the topic BTN web editor Brent Yarina and BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart discussed over email Monday. Read the entire thread in this post. Brent:  There’s a ton of Big Ten running backs having really good seasons this year. I saw in your latest trophy tracker that you had