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Bowl Projections: Big Ten down to eight teams on Jerry Palm's list

Time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s bowl picture with Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. This week, Palm has eight Big Ten teams in the postseason, with Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota falling off his chart. [ MORE: Best of Week 11 | Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 11 picks revisited | Week 11 top performers | Dienhart: Your move, Ohio State | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 11 honor roll | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Highlights on YouTube ] Last week, Palm

Big Ten links: Jake Rudock's success, Iowa's hot start & more

How about Michigan QB Jake Rudock? Who saw this type of season coming from the former Iowa signal-caller? I didn’t. Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com has a nice tribute to him after his six touchdown pass effort at Indiana. In September, Baumgardner notes that Rudock had moments where he looked like a liability. In October, he looked like a game manager. But not much more. Now? Rudock’s playing like a warrior. The best football of his life, on the biggest stage of his career with everything on the line and no margin for error. Mr. November. “So good, so good,” Michigan

Big Ten Power Rankings: Teams sit tight with big games ahead

Holding steady with no real changes in this week’s power poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. Ohio State and Iowa remain on course for a showdown in the Big Ten title game. But look at next week's schedule and tell me these rankings could look very different.

What did Tom Dienhart learn about Big Ten in Week 11? Find out here!

Ohio State is building momentum. Michigan's Jake Rudock is in a groove. Do not sleep on Penn State. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart watched all of Saturday's games and touches on these points and much more in his insightful weekly "What I Learned" recap.

Tom's Take: Week 11 honors, grades, stock reports & numbers

No big shocks this Saturday in the Big Ten, as Ohio State and Iowa remained unbeaten. Nebraska won two games in a row for the first time, while Michigan State got back on track, Michigan won the wildest Big Ten game of 2015 and Northwestern pushed its winning streak to three.

Dienhart: It all boils down to the last two games for Ohio State

Another week, another win for Ohio State. That’s 23 in row for the Buckeyes and 30 in succession vs. Big Ten teams in regular-season games. This time, Illinois was the object in between Ohio State and its lofty goals, falling 28-3 to a Buckeyes squad that was just too good and too talented. Sorry, Illini. [ MORE:  Week 11 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls ] Now, the real fun begins for Ohio State in its quest to stay unbeaten, win the Big Ten East, take the conference and defend its national championship. It

Big Ten Hot Takes: Ten thoughts on the football season so far

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz will be the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Minnesota was right to remove the "interim coach" tag from Tracy Claeys. Like it or not, this is an historic run by Ohio State. Read these takes and more in BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's last-minute prep for Saturday's football games.

Big Ten links: Prep for hoops, football with Friday's headlines

"If there's confusion about who the guy is who's going to the lead the Boilermakers in 2016, let's dispel that," Purdue's athletic director told BTN. Watch that and read more football and men's basketball headlines from around the Big Ten on this Friday.

A look at 2016 Big Ten basketball signing classes

The early-signing period for men’s basketball began on Wednesday. And Michigan State was the big winner in the Big Ten. According to Scout.com, the Spartans inked the Big Ten’s top class and the No. 2 haul in the nation behind Duke. The four-man Spartan class is led by small forward Miles Bridges, the No. 11 player in the nation according to Scout.com. Shooting guard Josh Langford (No. 19), point guard Cassius Winston (No. 28) and center Nick Ward (No. 47) round out a star-studded haul that Tom Izzo has called his best ever. Penn State has the second-highest rated class, coming