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Dienhart: My Snap Reactions to early games

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his immediate thoughts from every game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern’s wins over Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State, respectively, in this post. Michigan 42, Iowa 17 1. Devin Gardner continues to excel since taking over at quarterback the last three games. Without a doubt, the Michigan offense is better with Gardner under center. Today, he hit 18-of-23 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. He also ran for 37 yards and three scores.

Northwestern holds off Michigan State, 23-20

Jeff Budzien kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:30 remaining, and Northwestern was able to hold on to this fourth-quarter lead, beating Michigan State 23-20 on Saturday. Trevor Siemian threw for 165 yards, including a 41-yard pass to Dan Vitale that helped set up the winning kick. The Wildcats (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) then forced a punt near midfield, and by the time Michigan State (5-6, 2-5) got the ball back at its own 20, there was only 1:29 left. [RELATED: Get Tom Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to this game] Northwestern lost fourth-quarter leads in gut-wrenching losses to Penn State, Nebraska

3rd quarter recap: Northwestern 20, Michigan State 13

Aaron Burbridge had a productive quarter for Michigan State. He caught three passes for 45 yards and one touchdown, but the Spartans still trail 20-13. Northwestern made the score 13-5 when David Nwabuisi intercepted Andrew Maxwell’s pass and returned it for a touchdown. Michigan State got even after Maxwell and Burbridge hooked up for a 16-yard touchdown to end a nine-play, 65-yard drive that tied the score at 13. The Spartans got the two-point conversion when Keith Mumphery completed a two-yard pass. Kain Colter found Tim Riley open for a six-yard touchdown pass to break the 13-13 standstill in favor

2nd quarter recap: Northwestern 6, Michigan State 5

Keith Mumphery led Michigan State in the quarter, hauling in two passes for 33 yards, but the Spartans trail 6-5. Dan Conroy’s 35-yard field goal put Michigan State on top 5-3, the finishing touch on a 12-play, 37-yard drive. Jeff Budzien’s 43-yard field goal gave Northwestern the lead 6-5 after a six-play, 16-yard drive. Tony Jones’ punt return put the Wildcats at the Spartans’ 42-yard line to open the drive. Northwestern threw the ball on all five plays during that series. Michigan State will get the ball to start the second half. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX |

1st quarter recap: Northwestern 3, Michigan State 2

In the first quarter, Dion Sims fought back for Michigan State. He caught one pass for 44 yards, but the Spartans trail 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan State made the score 3-0 when Northwestern failed to convert on fourth-and-5. The Spartans added two points on a safety when Kain Colter was corralled in the endzone, making the score 3-2. Michigan State has the ball on the Wildcats’ 23-yard line to begin the second quarter. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] More on this game from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart: Player

Week 12 Previews: Will Buckeyes move to 11-0?

The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes. Nebraska looks to remain in control Legends with a home win over Minnesota. Michigan will try to keep pace with the Huskers by beating Iowa. And Purdue (at Illinois), Michigan State (Northwestern), Indiana (at Penn State) and Iowa look to stay alive in the push for bowl eligibility. Check out my

Revsine: Check out these Week 12 Football Numbers

The Leaders representative in Indy has been decided. Now, over the next two weeks, Nebraska and Michigan will battle it out to see who represents the Legends. It’s been a different Wolverines team on offense the last two weeks – as the play of Devin Gardner has made them far more difficult to defend. While I’m certainly not suggesting that Denard Robinson shouldn’t play somewhere if he’s healthy, the numbers certainly suggest that Michigan has been better on offense with Gardner at QB. 10, 0: Michigan’s offense has tallied 10 touchdowns over its last two outings. The Wolverines had 0

Week 12: We predict all six 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 11 weeks, it’s Dienhart and BTN.com fans tied for the top spot, four games ahead of Yarina. See our Week 12 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 63-21; .750 BTN.com fans: 63-21; .750 Brent: 59-25; .702 [RELATED: Week 12 Power Rankings | Week 12 Player Rankings | Week 12 Bowl Projections] Indiana (4-6, 2-4) at Penn State (6-4, 4-2)

Dienhart: Week 12 Big Ten questions

Week 12 is upon us, and the questions persist for each school. Chief among them this week centers around Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips and his ability to pass the football against Ohio State. If Phillips can’t chuck it effectively, the Badgers may have a difficult time beating the Buckeyes. He certainly didn’t need to throw much last week at Indiana. But he likely will vs. Ohio State. Here are my key questions for each team this week. Illinois Will the offense find life? This seems like a terminal question for an attack that’s last in the Big Ten in scoring

Best of Week 12: All eyes will be on Madison

All eyes will be on Madison, Wis., where No. 6 Ohio State plays Wisconsin in a Week 12 that lacks compelling storylines. The Buckeyes are 10-0 and in search of perfection. The last time Ohio State came to Wisconsin, it got drummed, 31-18, in 2010. The Badgers already have the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up, but a victory over the Buckeyes would be Wisconsin’s most impressive win of the season and give it momentum. Purdue (at Illinois), Iowa (at Michigan) and Indiana (at Penn State) have their figurative backs against the bowl wall as