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Big Ten links: Rivalry Week notes, Penn State struggles & much more

It’s Ohio State-Michigan week. And, it doesn’t get much better. Well, I guess it could be, if this was a winner-takes-all battle for the East Division title. Alas, it isn’t, since the Buckeyes lost last week at home to Michigan State. Still, the first Harbaugh vs. Meyer clash should be memorable. *** Would there be any fallout from Ezekiel Elliott’s harsh critique of his coaching staff after the Buckeyes’ loss to the Spartans? Nope. Urban Meyer says all is hunky-dory. “It was a very isolated incident, we have a three-year bank on Zeke,” Meyer said. “I couldn’t disagree with his

Bowl Projections: Michigan State enters playoff in Palm's latest list

Time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s bowl picture with Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. And with Ohio State getting dumped, things look different. [ MORE: Best of Week 12 | Week 12 scores | Stats | Standings | Polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Week 12 picks revisited | Dienhart: Spartans end Buckeyes’ pursuit of perfection | What did our guy learn? | Week 12 award winners | Twitter: Iowa family reacts to Big Ten West title | YouTube highlights ] First order of business: Indiana is back in the bowl picture, giving the

Big Ten links: Iowa-Nebraska rivalry, NFL futures & more

Iowa has the Big Ten West sewn up, but it still must win-out if it hopes to maybe land a playoff spot. That means winning at Nebraska on Black Friday. And, that could be tough in what looks like a rivalry that finally could have some teeth to it. Pride. Respect. That’s what Tom Shatel of Omaha.com says is on the line on Friday. And what gives this would-be rivalry a chance to be a very hot annual shindig. This is gonna be fun. *** Big Ten Nation is still buzzing about Michigan State’s win at Ohio State that kept

Spartans end Buckeyes' undefeated season in 'perfect MSU fashion'

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A stunned silence enveloped Ohio Stadium as the ball ripped through a swirling wind and the uprights. It was over for Ohio State. Just like that. [ MORE: Best of Week 12 | Week 12 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Week 12 picks revisited | Dienhart: Spartans end Buckeyes’ pursuit of perfection | What did our guy learn? | Week 12 top performers | Twitter: Iowa family reacts to Big Ten West title | YouTube highlights ] The unbeaten season. The 23-game winning streak. The 30-game

Big Ten links: Football title game buzz ahead of Saturday's kickoffs

You bet Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has an interest in the Michigan State at Ohio State game. His squad still has a shot to win the East. To do so, the Wolverines need to win at Penn State on Saturday, but they also need the Buckeyes to beat the Spartans tomorrow. That would set up a winner-take-all clash Nov. 28 in Ann Arbor for the East title. The last time Ohio State and Michigan played in a game where any type of championship was decided was 2006 when both teams were undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally. If