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Dienhart: My Snap Reactions to early games

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his immediate thoughts from every game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern’s wins over Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State, respectively, in this post. Michigan 42, Iowa 17 1. Devin Gardner continues to excel since taking over at quarterback the last three games. Without a doubt, the Michigan offense is better with Gardner under center. Today, he hit 18-of-23 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. He also ran for 37 yards and three scores.

Gardner dominates, Michigan trounces Iowa

Devin Gardner accounted for six touchdowns to help No. 23 Michigan rout Iowa 42-17 Saturday. The Wolverines (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) weren’t stopped on offense by the hapless Hawkeyes (4-7, 2-5) until Gardner threw an interception early in the fourth quarter. Gardner threw three touchdowns and ran for three scores. He became the first Michigan quarterback to account for six TDs since 1983 when Steve Smith had as many passing and rushing scores in a game at Minnesota. [RELATED: Get Tom Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to this game] Denard Robinson played after missing two-plus games with nerve damage in his right

3rd quarter recap: Michigan 42, Iowa 10

Michigan’s offense looked sharp in the third quarter, scoring 14 points, and the Wolverines now lead 42-10. Michigan finished with 110 yards through the air and 64 on the ground in the quarter. The Wolverines’ defense shut down Iowa, allowing only 11 yards of offense in the quarter. The last 28 points have been scored by Michigan. The Wolverines made their lead 35-10 when Devin Gardner scrambled for a three-yard touchdown run on the last play of an 11-play, 81-yard drive. Michigan added to its advantage when Gardner tossed a 29-yard touchdown to Devin Funchess, the last of a six-play,

2nd quarter recap: Michigan 28, Iowa 10

Michigan got things going through the air, passing for 183 yards in the quarter, and the Wolverines now lead 28-10. Michigan has erupted for 14 straight points. The Wolverines broke the 7-7 deadlock when Devin Gardner found Roy Roundtree open for a 37-yard touchdown pass to finish off a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive. Denard Robinson’s 40-yard run from the 30-yard line pushed Michigan into enemy territory. Iowa made the score 14-10 after Mike Meyer drilled a 26-yard field goal to finish off a 55-yard drive. The Wolverines added to their advantage when Gardner turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard

1st quarter recap: Iowa 7, Michigan 7

Iowa’s Henry Krieger-Coble caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. No. 24 Michigan struck first when Devin Gardner turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run, the final play of a 12-play, 70-yard drive. The Hawkeyes got even after James Vandenberg threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Krieger-Coble to end a 13-play, 75-yard drive that tied the score at seven. The Wolverines have possession on Iowa’s 30-yard line to start the second quarter. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX |

Week 12 Previews: Will Buckeyes move to 11-0?

The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes. Nebraska looks to remain in control Legends with a home win over Minnesota. Michigan will try to keep pace with the Huskers by beating Iowa. And Purdue (at Illinois), Michigan State (Northwestern), Indiana (at Penn State) and Iowa look to stay alive in the push for bowl eligibility. Check out my

Debate it: Should Devin or Denard start?

If and when Denard Robinson returns from his right elbow injury, who should Michigan start at quarterback? Is it Robinson, or Devin Gardner, the replacement the past two games? The question may seem crazy, considering Robinson’s experience and ability to rack up big statistical days, but Gardner has impressed in two starts. So, who should it be?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate here, plus they post fan tweets on the topic. Brent: Gardner should start. He better fits what Al Borges wants to do, and I think the Wolverines would be a more dynamic unit with him under

Revsine: Check out these Week 12 Football Numbers

The Leaders representative in Indy has been decided. Now, over the next two weeks, Nebraska and Michigan will battle it out to see who represents the Legends. It’s been a different Wolverines team on offense the last two weeks – as the play of Devin Gardner has made them far more difficult to defend. While I’m certainly not suggesting that Denard Robinson shouldn’t play somewhere if he’s healthy, the numbers certainly suggest that Michigan has been better on offense with Gardner at QB. 10, 0: Michigan’s offense has tallied 10 touchdowns over its last two outings. The Wolverines had 0

Week 12: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After 11 weeks, it’s Dienhart and fans tied for the top spot, four games ahead of Yarina. See our Week 12 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 63-21; .750 fans: 63-21; .750 Brent: 59-25; .702 [RELATED: Week 12 Power Rankings | Week 12 Player Rankings | Week 12 Bowl Projections] Indiana (4-6, 2-4) at Penn State (6-4, 4-2)

Dienhart: Week 12 Big Ten questions

Week 12 is upon us, and the questions persist for each school. Chief among them this week centers around Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips and his ability to pass the football against Ohio State. If Phillips can’t chuck it effectively, the Badgers may have a difficult time beating the Buckeyes. He certainly didn’t need to throw much last week at Indiana. But he likely will vs. Ohio State. Here are my key questions for each team this week. Illinois Will the offense find life? This seems like a terminal question for an attack that’s last in the Big Ten in scoring