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Dienhart: Snap reactions to early games

Every Saturday, senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the Big Ten action and offers his Snap Reactions. See his reactions to Michigan State and Penn State’s comeback victories over Indiana and Northwestern, respectively, in this post. Michigan State 31, Indiana 27 1. This may be the type of win that sparks the Spartans for what has been an inconsistent Michigan State team. The Spartans looked out of sorts in the first half, committing myriad penalties and yielding 27 points. But MSU shutout the Hoosiers in the second half. 2. The Michigan State offense showed some life today in registering

Michigan State avoids upset, drops Indiana

Andrew Maxwell passed for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Indiana 31-27 on Saturday. Aaron Burbridge caught eight passes for 134 yards and LeVeon Bell ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries for the Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who were coming off a 17-16 loss to No. 12 Ohio State. Cameron Coffman passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Shane Wynn had 12 catches for 70 yards for the Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2), who led 27-17 at the end of the third quarter. Indiana could have given

3rd quarter recap: Indiana 27, Michigan State 17

Fans were treated to more punts than points in the third quarter, and Indiana now leads 27-17. Dan Conroy’s 46-yard field goal represented the quarter’s lone scoring and cut the deficit to 27-17t. The teams’ stale offenses boomed a total of six punts in the quarter. The Hoosiers sniffed out Michigan State’s rushing attack in the quarter, holding the Spartans to 14 rush yards. Indiana has possession at its own 23-yard line to start the fourth quarter. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science,

2nd quarter recap: Indiana 27, Michigan State 14

Le’Veon Bell ran for 33 yards and one touchdown in the second quarter, but Indiana still leads Michigan State, 27-14, at halftime. Indiana aired it out in the quarter, finishing with 84 passing yards. The Hoosiers have scored 10 unanswered points. Michigan State polished off a 75-yard drive when Bell pounded in a two-yard touchdown run to make the score 17-7. The Spartans made the score 17-14 after Andrew Maxwell and Larry Caper combined for a 15-yard touchdown to finish off a 65-yard drive. Indiana opened up the lead, 27-14, after marching down the field for a 14-play, 75-yard drive

1st Quarter Recap: Indiana 17, Michigan State 0

Indiana has raced out to an early lead and are on top 17-0 at the end of the first. The Hoosiers held Michigan State to 22 total yards in the quarter. Indiana took the game’s first lead after Cameron Coffman threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Houston on the last play of a seven-play, 75-yard drive. The Hoosiers relied on a run play just one time on that drive. Indiana opened up the lead, 10-0, after Mitch Ewald kicked a 32-yard field goal to end a seven-play, 44-yard drive. The Hoosiers made their lead 17-0 when Coffman tossed a

Big Ten Classics: Watch Spartans vs. Hoosiers 2006

Michigan State visits Indiana this Saturday for a noon ET kickoff on BTN/BTN2Go, and that reminded us of a 2006 classic game between these two programs. On Oct. 28 of that season Indiana’s James Hardy caught four of Kellen Lewis’ five touchdown passes as Indiana won 41-26 in front of their home fans. In what will be an occasional series of Big Ten Classics on & BTN2Go, we’ve gone into the archives to recover the full telecast of the 2006 game. The full game is posted on BTN2Go, but we’ve clipped a portion of it here for you to enjoy.

Revsine's Numbers: Nebraska offense dials it up

This week’s college football slate is nothing short of phenomenal: Georgia-South Carolina, LSU-Florida, and West Virginia-Texas are among about a half dozen intriguing games. The Big Ten has its share of good ones, including a match-up of ranked teams in Columbus, as Nebraska visits Ohio State. It seems as good a place as any to jump into this week’s “Numbers.” I never would have thought this at the outset of the year, given their struggles down the stretch last season and my concerns about Taylor Martinez in the passing game, but I’m more and more convinced that the Huskers have

Week 6: We predict all five 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 five weeks, it’s fans on top, at 41-11, while Tom is one game out and Brent sits two back. See our Week 6 predictions and choose your winners in this post. Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive”: SEASON RECORDS fans: 41-11; .788 Tom: 40-12; .769 Brent: 39-13; .750 [RELATED: Week 6 Power Rankings | Week 6 Player Rankings | Week

Dienhart: Week 6 Big Ten questions

Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for Big Ten teams entering Week 6, the second week of conference play. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. Illinois Can the Fighting Illini get on track? This is a team that needs something positive to happen—anything—that is positive. Illinois is coming off consecutive blowout losses at home, losing 52-24 to Louisiana Tech and 35-7 to Penn State. Now comes back-to-back road games at Wisconsin and Michigan. Bottom