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Heisman watch: Taylor Martinez enters race

This is a big week for the Big Ten’s top two Heisman contenders, as Ohio State’s Braxton Miller meets Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell. The winner will become the Big Ten front-runner for the award while also getting a big leg up in a national race that also includes West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, among others. With conference play beginning in earnest across the nation, the competition will get more difficult for everyone—and some Heisman dreams are sure to drop, which will happen to Miller or Bell if their team loses this major Big Ten battle on Saturday

Week 5 Player Rankings: It's Weisman time!

With Week 4 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio

Week 4 Player Rankings: PSU WR debuts on list

With Week 3 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio

Heisman Watch: Three Big Ten names to track

The Heisman race still has a long way to go, but contenders already are jockeying for position. I have had a Heisman vote for over 10 years, and I am keeping my eye on players like USC quarterback Matt Barkley, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, among others. The Big Ten also has some players in contention. But, surprisingly, I think Wisconsin’s Montee Ball already is out of the running before the first leaf has fallen off a tree. Through two games, the senior has rushed 47 times for 181 yards (3.85 yard per carry)

Week 3 Player Rankings: Braxton Miller moves on up

With Week 2 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio

Dienhart: My top 3 Big Ten Heisman candidates

Who are the top Heisman contenders from the Big Ten? Shockingly after one week, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead aren’t on my list for one reason or another. But, it’s very early, of course. Here are my top three Big Ten candidates after one week of play. 1. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska. Hit 26-of-34 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns in 49-20 win over Southern Miss. This week: at UCLA. 2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State. Ran 44 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-13 win over Boise State. This week:

Miller, Martinez enter Big Ten Player Rankings

With Week 1 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. OFFENSE 1. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 1? Find out in this post. Also, watch our network’s Week 1 Sights and Sounds feature now. WEEK 1 GAME BALLS 1. Taylor Martinez , QB, Nebraska – 26-34, 354 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT; 6 car., 10 yards – What a difference a year makes, huh? Martinez tied a career-high

Did You See This? Taylor Martinez's five TD passes

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez never threw more than two touchdowns in any game last season. In Saturday afternoon’s season opener against Southern Miss, the oft-criticized junior doubled that number with four scoring strikes. It was a career day for Martinez, who tied a career-high with five touchdown passes – also did it as a freshman against Oklahoma State – and set personal records for completions (26), completion percentage (76.5 percent) and yards (349). Watch all of Martinez’s scoring strikes now. And here’s TD pass No. 5, this one to Ameer Abdullah: Not a bad day, huh? Sure looks like Martinez’s

Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez signs BTN tour bus

Two stops down, two Big Ten football player signatures added to the BTN tour bus. The BTN Football Tour was in Lincoln on Thursday night, and that meant it was time for Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez to sign his likeness on our bus. If you haven’t seen the bus yet, either in pictures or on the streets across Big Ten country, a Big Ten player from every team is represented on it. Martinez, a junior, is Nebraska’s representative. See the picture inside this post and watch our interview with Martinez now. [BTN.com Iowa WR Keenan Davis signs the BTN bus]