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INP Is Taking A Look Around The Big Ten Live Bloggin' World

It's Tuesday and we break out the laptop and backpack around other College football blogs.

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LET'S START WITH....MINNESOTA. There's a recap of Iowa's dominating win at the Daily Gopher. There probably isn't a quarterback controversy following Max Shortell's performance in Iowa City. The Gophers, like Iowa, have next week off and that will be plenty of time for senior quarterback MarQueis Gray to fully recover from a high ankle sprain that kept him out of action the last two weeks.

THE BUCKEYES GET THEIR FIRST ROAD WIN. Urban Meyer talked about Ohio State's victory at East Lansing over Michigan State. Meyer felt his offensive line was the MVP of that game. The Buckeyes host Nebraska this week. Meyer lists running back Jordan Hall as "doubtful" with a partially torn PCL.

MICHIGAN STATE FALLS FROM THE TOP 25. The Only Colors recaps MSU's loss to the Buckeyes. TOC also takes a deeper look into the box score. The Spartans could be running Le'Veon Bell into the ground. He is currently on pace for 322 carries and 370 touches. Ohio State set out to stop Michigan State's rushing attack and they did. Andrew Maxwell is getting better and that brings hope in Spartyland.

NORTHWESTERN'S KAIN COLTER DOES EVERYTHING. Kolter earned a share of the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week honors following Northwestern's win over Indiana. Kolter had 14 carries for 161 yards and four touchdowns. He added nine catches for 131 yards too. The Wildcats face their toughest test of the season Saturday at Penn State. They will look to keep their undefeated season going without the help of Ifeadi Odenigbo and Roderick Goodlow.

NEBRASKA ONLY NEEDED THEIR PROGRAM'S SECOND GREATEST COMEBACK SATURDAY. The Cornhuskers looked down-and-out early Saturday night against Wisconsin. With steady defense and Taylor Martinez Corn Nation slowly crawled back to overtake Bucky for good. Nebraska ran the ball at will late in the game as Wisconsin looked to be out of gas.

WISCONSIN IS A MESS. Bielema needs answers and he needs them quick. Quarterback Joel Stave earned the start and even earned the team's game MVP. He was solid but was pulled late in-game in favor of Danny O'Brien. Bielema felt O'Brien had a better grasp of the two-minute offense. The Badgers fumbled the game away on a fourth down play that O'Brien should have kept on the bootleg but fumbled when he and Montee Ball had communication issues. Stave will be the starter this weekend as Wisconsin faces Illinois.

PENN STATE LOOKS BETTER EVERY WEEK. Maybe it was memory of the Illinois coaching staff trying to poach players back in August. Maybe Illinois is just terrible. Maybe it's both. Michael Mauti made Illinois his bitch on Saturday. He recorded six tackles, two interceptions, forced a fumble and was in on a sack. For his efforts he won practically every Defensive Player of the Week Award under the sun.

THE BOILERS ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MICHIGAN. So much so, there's a game stream up already. Purdue finished up their non-con last week with a win over Marshall. It was defense optional as the final score was Purdue 51, Marshall 41.

INDIANA IS ACTUALLY STILL TALKING ABOUT FOOTBALL. After a week to prepare, the Hoosiers still had no answers for the Northwestern offense. Indiana did put together a rally late but couldn't overcome jNW's 20-0 halftime lead.

MICHIGAN SPENT THE OFF-WEEK WATCHING EVERYONE ELSE PLAY. That's the only way to describe it, I think. Maize n Brew is talking recruiting among other things.