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Dienhart: Snap reactions to Big Ten's early wins

Minnesota and Ohio State carded easy wins in early Big Ten action, while Penn State lost a one-point heartbreaker at Virginia. Read my snap reactions to the two wins and check out my column on Penn State’s defeat. On tonight: Nebraska vs. UCLA, Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt (BTN/BTN2G0) and Illinois vs. Arizona State. Go ahead and park your browser on our Big Ten football scoreboard all day long. Ohio State 31, Central Florida 16 1. I knew Braxton Miller was good. But, I was wrong. He’s REALLY good. The sophomore sensation followed an impressive opener with another terrific effort today. He

Braxton Miller leads Ohio State past Central Florida

Braxton Miller became the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in 34 years and he passed for another score to lead the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida on Saturday. A week after setting a school quarterback record with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio), Miller ran for 141 yards on 27 carries. His number kept coming up after starting running back Carlos Hyde left with a first-half knee injury. Miller’s scoring runs covered 37, 6 and 8 yards. He also found Jake Stoneburner on a 12-yard touchdown pass for

3rd Quarter Recap: Ohio State 31, Central Florida 16

Braxton Miller had a productive quarter for Ohio State. He threw for 75 yards and one touchdown and ran for 29 yards and one touchdown, and the Buckeyes now lead 31-16. Ohio State added to its advantage when Miller threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jake Stoneburner, the final play on a 12-play, 76-yard drive to give the Buckeyes the lead, 24-10. Ohio State made its lead 31-10 when Miller scrambled for an eight-yard touchdown run on the last play of a three-play, 32-yard drive. The Buckeyes started in good field position when Etienne Sabino intercepted Blake Bortles’ pass. UCF

2nd Quarter Recap: Ohio State 17, Central Florida 10

Ohio State ran for 102 yards in the quarter and the Buckeyes now lead 17-10. Ohio State added to its advantage when Drew Basil made a 24-yard field goal, the final play on a 13-play, 67-yard drive to give the Buckeyes the lead, 10-3. UCF got even after Blake Bortles found Justin Tukes open for a one-yard touchdown pass to end a four-play, 78-yard drive that tied the score at 10. The Knights’ drive was highlighted by Storm Johnson’s 48-yard run. An eight-play, 48-yard scoring drive by Ohio State snapped the 10-10 standoff, as Braxton Miller scrambled for a six-yard

1st Quarter Recap: Ohio State 7, Central Florida 3

No. 14 Ohio State gained 95 yards on the ground in the first, and the Buckeyes lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State’s defense held tough in the quarter, holding UCF to 39 total yards of offense. The Buckeyes took the game’s first lead after Braxton Miller took a quarterback draw all the way for a 37-yard touchdown run on the last play of a seven-play, 71-yard drive. The Knights closed the gap to 7-3 when Shawn Moffitt drilled a 28-yard field goal to put the finishing touches on a 36-yard drive. Ohio State’s failure to

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 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

Week 2: We predict all 12 Big Ten games’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) love to talk football, and that includes prognostications. Every week, the duo gives their predictions for each Big Ten football game, plus includes a poll for fans to vote for their winners. After one week, Tom, Brent and Big Ten fans are tied at 11-1. See our predictions for all 12 games and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Brent: 11-1; .917 fans: 11-1; .917 Tom: 11-1; .917 Illinois at Arizona State – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Tom’s pick: Arizona State, 27-21 – Even if Nathan Scheelhaase can go,

Dienhart: 12 Big Ten Questions for Week 2

Week 2 is here, and questions loom for each team following the opening weekend. Can Indiana score more? Will Rex Burkhead play? Those are just a few of the pressing questions I have for each school as we head toward Saturday. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Will QB Nathan Scheelhaase play? He left last week’s win over Western Michigan with an apparent ankle injury. It’s the Illinois staff policy to not comment on injuries, so no one knows if