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Snap Reactions: Time to turn to Sudfeld?

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his Snap Reactions. See Dienhart’s immediate thoughts from Northwestern and Indiana’s wins over Iowa and Illinois, respectively, in this post. Northwestern 28, Iowa 17 1. Think of how close Northwestern is to being unbeaten. The Wildcats blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead at Penn State and a 12-point fourth quarter lead vs. Nebraska. Northwestern remains in the hunt for the Legends Division crown but will need some help along the way. Don’t count out the Cats. 2. After being in a

Colter runs for 3 TDs, Northwestern downs Iowa

Kain Colter scored three rushing touchdowns and threw for another score as Northwestern defeated Iowa 28-17 on Saturday. The Wildcats (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have been struggling with their passing game, but had success running the ball. Colter rushed for 166 yards and Venric Mark ran for 162 yards. Mark became Northwestern’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Tyrell Sutton in 2006. Northwestern has won four of its last five against the Hawkeyes (4-3, 2-1), who fell further out of contention in the Big Ten Legends Division. Iowa was hurt by sacks, penalties and lack of execution on offense. Running back Mark

3rd quarter recap: Northwestern 28, Iowa 10

Northwestern’s Kain Colter led the offense in the third quarter, throwing for 59 yards and one touchdown and running for 29 yards and one touchdown, and the Wildacts enter the fourth quarter leading 28-10. Northwestern opened up the lead, 21-3, after Colter kept it himself for a four-yard touchdown run to end a one-play, four-yard drive. The Wildcats started in good field position when Connor Kornbrath blocked a punt. Northwestern made its lead 28-3 when Colter and Christian Jones hooked up for a 47-yard touchdown on the last play of a four-play, 57-yard drive. Iowa capped a 59-yard drive when

2nd quarter recap: Northwestern 14, Iowa 3

Northwestern gained 121 yards on the ground in the second, and the Wildcats now lead 14-3. Northwestern expanded its lead to 14-3 thanks to a seven-play, 99-yard drive that ended when Kain Colter kept it himself for a two-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats’ drive was highlighted by Venric Mark’s 72-yard run, which put the running back over the 1,000-yard rushing plateau. Northwestern looked exclusively to the run game on that drive. Iowa will have possession to start the second half. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science,

1st quarter recap: Northwestern 7, Iowa 3

Northwestern racked up 75 rushing yards in the first, and the Wildcats lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Northwestern’s front seven stepped up in the quarter, allowing Iowa to gain just 14 rushing yards. The Wildcats scored the game’s first points after Kain Colter kept it himself for a five-yard touchdown run on the last play of an 11-play, 75-yard drive. The Hawkeyes made the score 7-3 after Mike Meyer kicked a 39-yard field goal to finish off a 52-yard drive. Iowa will start the second quarter with the ball on the Wildcats’ 38-yard line. [ PREVIEWS

Week 9 Previews: Legends battle comes to Lincoln

In my preview of this Saturday’s six games, I believe most teams will play with a real sense of urgency. Nebraska and Michigan are two good examples, but Ohio State and Penn State each have something to prove, too. Michigan State and Wisconsin have a history, Iowa leads Northwestern in the standings, and Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois each seek their first conference win. I’ll be in Lincoln to cover Michigan and Nebraska, and you can follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. I’ll track all of the other games with my usual Saturday Snap Reactions. Drop me your questions at the

Week 9: 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 eight weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 9 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 9 Power Rankings | Week 9 Player Rankings | Week 9 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 52-16; .765 fans: 51-17; .750 Brent: 49-19; .721 Indiana (2-5, 0-3) at Illinois (2-5, 0-3)

12 Big Questions: My Week 9 Big Ten queries

Saturday is fast approaching. Here are my most pressing questions for each school. The answers may come Saturday, but if you want to tackle them now, let me know in the comments box or via my Big Ten mailbag. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here. And don’t be afraid to drop ask me a question on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Illinois Will the offense come to life? Yes, the defense has had its issues, too. But the root of the Fighting Illini’s problems has been on offense. Illinois has lost its three Big Ten tilts by a combined score of

Best of Week 9: Strength vs. strength in Lincoln

This shapes up as a great weekend that is headlined by Michigan’s visit to Nebraska in a huge Legends clash that will go a long way toward determining who will win the division. Ohio State’s visit to Penn State will have no bearing on the Leaders Division race, since each squad is on NCAA probation. But it still will be a heavily watched game, as both are among the hottest teams in the Big Ten and among the best overall. It will be fun to watch the Buckeye offense take on the Nittany Lion defense. And how healthy will Ohio