The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories

It was a busy past week, what with the Big Ten adding Maryland and Rutgers, in addition to the final week of the football regular season. Oh, and basketball season is well underway, as well. See BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories from the week that was in this post.

10. Photos: Our top 2012 Big Ten football photos
We’ve unveiled some new photo galleries on BTN.com and will be rolling them out through all of the seasons. As we head into the final week of the Big Ten football season, we’ve posted some of our favorite US Presswire shots from the first 12 weeks for your enjoyment this holiday weekend.

9. Clothes Call: Ohio State unveils uni for Michigan game
It was rumored to happen, and it will. On Monday night, Ohio State unveiled the Nike Pro Combat Rivalry uniform the Buckeyes will wear against Michigan on Saturday. According to Nike, this is the “most technically advanced integrated uniform system.”

8. Penn State puts No. 42 on helmet to honor Mauti
There’s no doubt who Penn State’s leader is. And we’ll see proof of it in Saturday afternoon’s season finale against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are wearing No. 42 on the left side of their helmets in honor of injured senior Michael Mauti.

7. Did You See This? O’Brien lets out ‘Holy Schnikes!’
Coaches never know what questions await them during a postgame press conference. Penn State coach Bill O’Brien knows this all too well following an emotional 24-21 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium.

6. Dienhart: Time to wonder ‘What if?’ with Ohio State
The crowd poured onto the field. No one was going to stop the Scarlet and Gray throng from celebrating this Ohio State win over Michigan.

5. What to do with Big Ten divisions?
As BTN’s Gerry DiNardo mentioned during Tuesday’s coverage of Rutgers joining the Big Ten, there are three variables to consider when creating the conference’s new divisions: 1. Competitive balance; 2. geography; and 3. rivalries.

4. Dienhart: Latest moves will shake things up
And then there were 14. We all knew this day was coming, right? We all knew the Big Ten would grow to 14 schools. The SEC made the move prior to this season, which certainly had to catch the eye of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

3. Dienhart: Hope never got Purdue over proverbial hump
After four seasons, Purdue has seen enough of Danny Hope. He officially was fired Sunday. The school also announced wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as the interim coach for the team’s bowl game.

2. Final Power Rankings: Ohio State finishes No. 1
This is the final edition of the 2012 Big Ten power rankings. And it’s pretty clear who the two best teams in the Big Ten are: Ohio State and Nebraska. Alas, they can’t meet in the conference title game, as the Buckeyes are on probation. But Ohio State finished 12-0, including a 63-38 win over the Cornhuskers in Columbus earlier this season. So, the Buckeyes must be best, right?

1. Week 13: We predict all six Big Ten games
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re down to the final week of play, and BTN.com fans are in the lead.

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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