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Tuesday's links: What happened to Huskers defense?

The struggles of the Nebraska defense at UCLA still are resonating. What went wrong? How did the Bruins run 94 plays? How could the unit have allowed 653 yards, the second most ever in the history of the program? Aside from the cold, stark reality of the numbers, Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World Herald says how the Cornhuskers got those numbers is more disturbing. I have more links and notes in my usual Big Ten collection. After an examination of the tape revealed 19 missed Husker tackles, we know this: tackling is an issue. But it goes deeper than

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Soccer Report: A first look at the Big Ten race

What a difference a season makes. This time last year it all seemed so clear – Michigan and Indiana were to battle it out for Big Ten honors. The Wolverines looked fresh from a memorable journey to the College Cup, where they lost out to eventual winners Akron in the final four. The Hoosiers had that calm, composed, yet confident feel to their program preseason. But in my early assessment I clearly discarded one major factor that has an enormous impact on soccer across all levels:  Firepower. In Will Bruin, Indiana possessed one of the most feared marksmen in the

James White

Early surprises: Wisconsin offense trumps all

Let me start this by saying we’re only two weeks into the college football season. Admittedly, that’s a very small sample size. But in the first two weeks – one good, one bad – there have been many surprises in the Big Ten. See my five biggest surprises through the first two weeks of the season in this post. 1. Wisconsin’s offensive struggles – A season ago, this unit averaged 44.1 points per game and put up 72 points in two contests against Michigan State’s dominant defense. Even with one-year star QB Russell Wilson in the NFL and a host

Le'Veon Bell

Bowl Projections: Dienhart's list post Week 2

The season is still in its infancy, so the bowl picture remains lucid. Very lucid. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012. The Big Ten is coming off a tough Saturday that saw it go 6-6, losing to every “big” team it played: Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Virginia. The Big Ten’s wins came over Vanderbilt, New Hampshire, Air Force, UMass, Central Michigan, Central Florida. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row. [Related: 5

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

Bo Pelini

Big Ten teams looking for fixes before Week 3

In the first batch of daily links this week, many Big Ten teams showed areas of concern on what was a—ahem—a “Black Saturday,” as Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald writes. For me, the biggest shock was Wisconsin getting unceremoniously dumped at Oregon State, 10-7. Wisconsin, which averaged 44 points a game last season, came within two minutes of getting blanked in the defeat at Oregon State, which ranked 84th in total defense in 2011. And, it was that lack of production that apparently cost Badger offensive line coach Mike Markuson his job, according to a report in the Wisconsin

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Profile: Arthur Ray's return from cancer

In 2009, the Big Ten Network brought you the inspiring story of Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. – a blue-chip recruit from Chicago’s legendary Mt. Carmel High School who in 2007 was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left leg just weeks after signing with MSU. At the time of the piece, Ray was cancer-free and off his crutches for the first time in nearly two years. With his spirits high and an eagerness to return to football full-time, Ray suffered yet another setback – an infection.  He wasn’t cleared to play again for another 18 months.

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Dienhart: Badgers plummet in latest Power Rankings

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for my weekly Big Ten Power Rankings. Where does your Big Ten team fall on my list following Week 2 action? See in this post. Disagree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post or tweet me @BTNTomDienhart. Read all my Big Ten coverage here, and don’t forget to send me any questions you may have for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. 1. Michigan State. The offense began to come around this week vs. Central Michigan, as QB Andrew Maxwell took a big step forward.

Venric Mark

How did we do? Big Ten Week 2 predictions revisited

Before we turn our complete attention to Week 3, it’s time to look back at how we did with our Week 2 predictions. One week after Tom Dienhart, BTN.com fans and myself all went 11-1, the results weren’t as pretty. Dienhart and BTN.com fans both went 8-4, while I went 6-6, just like the Big Ten teams. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 19-5; .792 Tom: 19-5; .792 Brent: 17-7; .708 [Related: Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2] Arizona State 45, Illinois 14 Tom’s pick: Arizona State, 27-21 – Even if Nathan Scheelhaase can go, he likely won’t be 100

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 2

Week 2 is in the books. It was not a great showing for the Big Ten, as it put up a 6-6 record. This from a conference that went 10-2 during the opening week. The competition was stiffer and there were more road tests, for sure, but the Big Ten needs to bounce back next week. What did I learn from Week 2 action? See the five biggest things I learned about the Big Ten on Saturday. 1. Wisconsin RB Montee Ball’s Heisman dreams may be over following a moribund effort in a 10-7 loss at Oregon State. Ball ran