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Week 8 Player Rankings: Ball reenters list

With Week 7 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. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 8 Power

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Dienhart: My Week 8 Big Ten bowl projections

Northwestern became the first Big Ten team to reach bowl eligibility with its 21-13 win at Minnesota. Wisconsin also enhanced its bowl prospects with a dominating 38-14 win at Purdue, as the Badgers now look like the clear favorite to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game. And Iowa asserted itself as a factor in the Legends with a stunning 19-16 double-overtime triumph at Michigan State. But no team improved its postseason prospects better than Michigan, which has appeared dominating the last two weeks in whipping Purdue, 44-13, and crushing Illinois, 45-0. The Wolverines are looking more

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The week that was: Week 7's top 10 stories

Basketball is in the air, Big Ten fans. Teams have started practice and there are still a few “Midnight Madness” events to look forward to this weekend. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, because it’s still football season. See’s top 10 most-read stories of Week 7 in this post. Also, watch our terrific “Team Jack” feature, a story that happens to land two spots on this list, now. 10. Dienhart: Go ahead and book that trip to Indy Wisconsin sent a loud message today. Did you hear it? Surely you did. I know it resonated with me. The

Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Groy (79) during the game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Northern Iowa 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Links: What's ahead for contenders?

My first Big Ten Links of the weeks takes a look at how Wisconsin reloads on the offensive line. Losing star left tackle Ricky Wagner with a knee injury at Purdue hurts, but the Badgers front didn’t skip a beat with left guard Ryan Groy slipping into the spot. The result: Wisconsin ran for almost 500 yards on the Boilermakers. Groy has played every spot on the line, so moving around isn’t an issue. And, until further notice, he will remain at the key left tackle slot for the visit from Minnesota this Saturday for a Badger team that is

Braxton Miller

Counting 'em down: Week 7 top 10 plays

The Big Ten had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in Week 7. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball had four or five of them himself, after all. See my top 10 plays from Saturday’s action in this post. What did I miss? Submit your play as a comment at the bottom of the post or tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina). 10. Venric Mark 48-yard TD run 9. Braxton Miller 67-yard TD run 8. Akeem Hunt 81-yard TD run 7. Tyler Scott sack-fumble seals Northwestern win 6. Montee Ball lowers the boom on run 5. Devin Smith avoids several Hoosiers on second

Montee Ball

Power Rankings: Badgers, Ball making moves

Montee Ball and the Wisconsin offense sure look like they are back. While still not nearly as explosive as last season’s unit, the offense has found its footing. After all, it went for 645 yards of offense in its 38-14 win at Purdue. But where do the Badgers land on  my Week 8 Power Rankings? Find out in this post. 1. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0). The Buckeyes marched to 7-0 with a less-than-vintage 52-49 win at Indiana. And, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight to the losing. But that defense? Well, I’m a bit concerned. Still, this


How did we do? Week 7 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 8, we need to review how fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 7 predictions. Dienhart led the way, at 4-1, good enough to move him into sole possession of first place in the season standings. fans and myself both went 3-2. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Iowa 19, Michigan State 16 (2 OT) Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The Spartans will win this slugfest in the fourth quarter and will see their defense score a touchdown—or at least set

Jake Ryan

Dienhart: What I learned in Week 7

It’s safe to say, the two teams in Michigan are headed in opposite directions. And it’s happening just in time for the annual rivalry game. Fresh off a 45-0 victory over Illinois, the Wolverines are beginning to assert themselves, while the Spartans suffered their third home loss of the season. See what else I learned in Week 7 Big Ten action in this post. 1. With a second emphatic victory in a row, Michigan may begin to be asserting itself. Since an off week after that disappointing 13-6 loss at Notre Dame, the Wolverines have won 44-13 at Purdue last

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 7

Every Saturday night during the college football season, 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 7? Find out in this post. WEEK 7 GAME BALLS 1. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin: 29 car., 247 yards, 3 TD; 1 rec. 14 yards – Ball not only ran for a career-high 247 yards at Purdue, he broke Ron Dayne’s Big Ten career touchdown record. Ball’s three-touchdown day put

Devin Smith

Ohio State survives scare from Indiana, moves to 7-0

Braxton Miller scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards and produced his third straight 100-yard rushing game, helping No. 8 Ohio State escape with a 52-49 win at Indiana on Saturday night. The victory makes the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) the first ranked team with seven wins. Indiana (2-4, 0-3) has now lost 21 straight conference games to teams from outside the state and 18 straight to the Buckeyes since 1988, including the game Ohio State won two years ago but later vacated as part of an NCAA penalty. [RELATED: Did You