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Dienhart: Snap reactions to early games

Every Saturday, senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the Big Ten action and offers his Snap Reactions. See his reactions to Michigan State and Penn State’s comeback victories over Indiana and Northwestern, respectively, in this post. Michigan State 31, Indiana 27 1. This may be the type of win that sparks the Spartans for what has been an inconsistent Michigan State team. The Spartans looked out of sorts in the first half, committing myriad penalties and yielding 27 points. But MSU shutout the Hoosiers in the second half. 2. The Michigan State offense showed some life today in registering

Snap Reactions: Huskers have lots of resolve

As he does every Saturday during the college football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to every Big Ten game. Read his thoughts from today’s early games and find out what he saw from Nebraska’s comeback win over Wisconsin in this post. Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 27 1. The Huskers have lots of resolve. Early in the third quarter, Nebraska trailed, 27-10. That’s when the Huskers ripped off 20 points in succession to take a 30-27 lead en route to notching 440 yards. This is a tough-minded team that has come a long way since the 36-30

Snap Reactions: Penn State's Matt McGloin for OPOY?

Every Saturday during the football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to every Big Ten game. See his thoughts from the Big Ten’s three early Week 5 games in this post. Among his thoughts: Is it time to put Matt McGloin in the conversation for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year? Penn State 35, Illinois 7 1. Is any team in the Leaders Division playing better than Penn State? Hmm. The Nittany Lions have won three in a row after a 0-2 start. With better kicking, Penn State may be 5-0. As it stands, the

Snap Reactions: Are Gophers better off with Shortell?

Wrapping up today’s action, Minnesota held off Syracuse, 17-10, and Louisiana Tech dropped Illinois, 52-24. As he’s done all day, senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts and analysis from the action under the lights in this post. See his early game thoughts and afternoon thoughts. Minnesota 17, Syracuse 10 1. The Gopher defense looks legit. The unit faced a Syracuse offense that ranked No. 3 in the nation in passing entering the game. But Minnesota responded. On this night, Syracuse had 350 yards but only 10 points, while Minnesota forced four turnovers. 2. I wonder if Minnesota would

Dienhart: Snap reactions to afternoon games’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here. Northwestern 38, South Dakota 7 1. The Wildcats maintained their hot start by smashing an overmatched South Dakota team from the FCS ranks. Offense, defense, special teams … it all worked for Northwestern. The Wildcats had 408 yard and allowed only 240. Take

Snap Reactions: Lots of work left to be done’s Tom Dienhart is watching all the games today. Here are his Snap Reactions from the first three early games. Dienhart says the Buckeyes have some work to do, the Hawkeyes have to straighten up, and the Badgers may have found some answers. Ohio State 29, UAB 15 1. The Buckeyes needs some work on the special teams. UAB blocked an Ohio State punt and scored a touchdown. And the Blazers opened the second half by executing a successful onside kick. 2. As if we didn’t already know it, Braxton Miller continues to show us that he is the top

Snap Reactions: Badgers survive, Hoosiers fall senior writer Tom Dienhart watched every single Big Ten football game on Saturday and churned out his usual Snap Reactions after every set of games. Read his take on the early games here, then his take on the afternoon games here, and his final take in the post below. Ball State 41, Indiana 39 1. The defense still has a ways to go, as the Hoosiers lost to Ball State for the third time in a row. Indiana gave up 440 yards. But, worst of all, the Hoosiers allowed Ball State to drive for a game-winning 42-yard field-goal with

Snap Reactions: Signs of life in 4 wins

Earlier,’s Tom Dienhart analyzed the first round of games. Now he tells us what he saw during the four afternoon Big Ten victories. Find every video highlight we got right over here. The afternoon wins: Iowa 27, Northern Iowa 16, Michigan 63, UMass 13, Northwestern 22, Boston College 13, Penn State 34, Navy 7. Northwestern 22, Boston College 13 1. The Wildcats defense may be legit. Last week against Vanderbilt, the Wildcats allowed 318 yards. And only 101 of those came on the ground. This week vs. Boston College, NU allowed 316 yards with only 25 coming on the

Snap Reactions: Teams bounce back early’s Tom Dienhart is monitoring every game today and he gives his quick reactions to the early games in the Big Ten. Find every video highlight over here. The early results: Illinois 44, Charleston Southern 0, Minnesota 28, W. Michigan 23, Nebraska 42, Arkansas State 13, Ohio State 35, California 28, Purdue 54, E. Michigan 16. Read his reactions below. Illinois 44, Charleston Southern 0 1. Coming off a demoralizing 45-14 loss at Arizona State, Illinois needed this. Everyone knew FCS Charles Southern was overmatched in this matchup. And Illinois methodically took care of business—even with QB Nathan Scheelhaase out

Dienhart: Snap reactions to late games

I’ve already provided my snap reactions for today’s Big Ten early games and afternoon tilts. Now, it’s time to look at the three night games. The Big Ten went 1-2 under the lights, highlighted by Northwestern’s 23-13 win over Vanderbilt. Here’s a look at Saturday’s winners: Northwestern 23, Vanderbilt 13, Indiana 45, Massachusetts 6, Michigan State 41, C. Michigan 7, Michigan 31, Air Force 25, Minnesota 44, New Hampshire 7, and Ohio State 31, Central Florida 16. And the losers: Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17, Iowa State 9, Iowa 6, Virginia 17, Penn State 16, Oregon State 10, Wisconsin 7, UCLA