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Dienhart: Snap reactions to afternoon games

It was a busy afternoon of Big Ten football action, with six games during the middle block. The results weren’t exactly what the Big Ten had hoped for, either, as it went 3-3 after opening the day 2-1 in the early games. Read my snap reactions to the afternoon games in this post. Live on BTN/BTN2Go: Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt. Also live: Nebraska vs. UCLA. And at 10:30 p.m. ET, it’s Illinois vs. Arizona State. Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7 1. Much was made of the inconsistent effort of Spartan receivers in the opening win over Boise State. Well, the

Michigan State blasts Central Michigan, 41-7

Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 11 Michigan State cruised to a 41-7 win over Central Michigan on Saturday. The Spartans (2-0) scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half to take a 24-0 lead. Michigan State was playing at Central Michigan (1-1) for the first time, part of a decade-long series of games against the Chippewas, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. Le’Veon Bell had 70 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, shouldering a lighter load after carrying 44 times for 210 yards in Michigan State’s opener against Boise State. The

3rd Quarter Recap: Michigan State 34, C. Michigan 0

The offense led Michigan State to 10 third-quarter points, and the Spartans now lead 34-0. Michigan State finished with 62 yards through the air and 71 on the ground in the quarter. The Spartans opened up the lead, 31-0, after Andrew Maxwell found Bennie Fowler open for a seven-yard touchdown pass to end a five-play, 65-yard drive. Michigan State’s drive was highlighted by Maxwell’s 48-yard pass. The Spartans made their lead 34-0 when Dan Conroy drilled a 26-yard field goal on the last play of a nine-play, 68-yard drive. Michigan State used Larry Caper’s 39-yard run to fuel the drive.

2nd Quarter Recap: Michigan State 24, C. Michigan 0

Michigan State looks to be in control of the game as it leads 24-0 at the end of the second quarter. The Spartans opened up the lead, 14-0, after marching down the field for a 10-play, 87-yard drive that ended when Le’Veon Bell turned a handoff into a seven-yard touchdown. Michigan State expanded its lead to 21-0 thanks to a nine-play, 73-yard drive that ended when Andrew Maxwell threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Dion Sims. The Spartans didn’t run a single time on that possession. Michigan State opened up the lead, 24-0, after Dan Conroy kicked a 29-yard field

1st Quarter Recap: Michigan State 7, C. Michigan 0

No. 11 Michigan State held Central Michigan to 23 total yards during the first quarter and the Spartans lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan State held the Chippewas to just 14 yards passing during the quarter. The Spartans scored when Le’Veon Bell pounded in a one-yard touchdown run to put the finishing touches on a nine-play, 32-yard drive, giving Michigan State the game’s first lead. The Spartans began the drive with good field position after Nick Hill returned a punt. Michigan State is threatening to score to start the second quarter and have the ball at

Did You See This? Donavon Clark's Pregame Nosebleed

Here’s a crazy photo from pregame of the Michigan State-Central Michigan game. Yes, that’s Michigan State’s Donavon Clark dealing with a nose bleed prior to kick off. And you thought football was only a rough sport inside the white lines. Oh, and US Presswire has a closer look at it, too:

Week 2 Previews: Big challenges for Big Ten teams

Every week, I rank Saturday’s games based on how the teams match up. Where does your game fall on my list? Come find out in my Week 2 Previews. In case you you missed anything earlier this week, here are my weekly bowl projections, reader mailbag, and my predictions. Oh, and here’s an early stab at a Heisman Trophy tracker. Remember that on Saturdays editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates for every Big Ten game. At the end of each game I post my Saturday Snap Reactions with analysis on all 12 games. Bookmark any game now and

Revsine's Numbers: Week 2 figures to be intriguing

While there’s always a certain excitement surrounding opening weekend, last week’s slate in the Big Ten left quite a bit to be desired. Outside of Michigan’s match-up with Alabama and Michigan State’s battle with Boise State, very few of the games elicited much in the way of excitement. That is far from the case in Week 2, where I’d venture to say as many as eight or nine games carry a fairly significant level of intrigue. From where I sit, the Purdue-Notre Dame battle is the most interesting one on the slate. As we’ve attended Purdue practices over the last

Week 2: We predict all 12 Big Ten games’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) love to talk football, and that includes prognostications. Every week, the duo gives their predictions for each Big Ten football game, plus includes a poll for fans to vote for their winners. After one week, Tom, Brent and Big Ten fans are tied at 11-1. See our predictions for all 12 games and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Brent: 11-1; .917 fans: 11-1; .917 Tom: 11-1; .917 Illinois at Arizona State – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Tom’s pick: Arizona State, 27-21 – Even if Nathan Scheelhaase can go,

Dienhart: 12 Big Ten Questions for Week 2

Week 2 is here, and questions loom for each team following the opening weekend. Can Indiana score more? Will Rex Burkhead play? Those are just a few of the pressing questions I have for each school as we head toward Saturday. 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 Will QB Nathan Scheelhaase play? He left last week’s win over Western Michigan with an apparent ankle injury. It’s the Illinois staff policy to not comment on injuries, so no one knows if