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Tuesday links: Reviewing the All-Big Ten teams

Wisconsin's Chris Borland

2013 Receiver of the Year: Allen Robinson

The Big Ten came out with its all-league teams. And, as you would suspect, some of the choices raised eyebrows. So, let’s start daily links there. I love Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, who was picked as the league’s top linebacker. But Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier had better numbers. Production should mean something, right?

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Dienhart: Finally, a big B1G title game

Big Ten title game art

Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

This is what the Big Ten needs: A league championship game with some true national big-game appeal that could launch the conference on an upward trajectory.

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Monday links: How big was Iowa's win at Nebraska?

NCAA Football: Iowa at Nebraska

Iowa at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Big Ten championship game week is here! So, let’s kick off Monday’s link with a quick look back at that wild Ohio State-Michigan game. There was a lot to like for Ohio State in its 42-41 win at Michigan. But, alas, that ugly pass defense reared its head again. OSU allowed 451 yards passing and 603 overall.

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Power Rankings: Ohio State starts No. 1, ends No. 1

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Big Ten Power Rankings - Dec. 2, 2013

My final Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, remain relatively unchanged after the final week of regular-season action. There are some potential debates. Like, should Minnesota be ahead of Nebraska? Still, there is no arguing about who the top two teams are.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 14

Shilique Calhoun

Minnesota at Michigan State - Football Highlights

A lot went on during the final weekend of the regular season, with Ohio State and Michigan State ending with wins to set up a clash between a 12-0 and 11-1 teams in the Big Ten title game. It should be a great battle. Here’s what I learned. Hang on, there’s a lot to cover.

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Tom's Take: Week 14 honors, grades & stocks

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Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

A wild Saturday saw Ohio State push its winning streak to 24 and see its BCS title game hopes receive a massive boost with Alabama’s stunning loss at Auburn. Wisconsin saw its hopes for an at-large BCS bowl slot ruined by a baffling home loss to Penn State. Here’s my recap of Week 14.

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Ready for Saturday? Take this B1G Grid Quiz

Week 14 Picks

Author John U. Bacon on Michigan-OSU Rivalry

The last Saturday of the season is here. It’s also rivalry week, with some interesting matchups. The headliner is Ohio State at Michigan. To prep, take my weekly B1G quiz. It’s the last one of the season.

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Four Downs: Week 14 predictions, thoughts, truths

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Bennie Fowler Joins #BTNlive

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of the week, time to take a look at four predictions, four truths, four thoughts, four numbers and four jockstrap games. Yep, it’s time for Four Downs.

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Best of Week 14: Rivalry Week should be great

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller 37 Yard-Touchdown Somersault

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It’s rivalry week, and there are a lot of intriguing storylines and angles in what also is the final week of the 2013 regular season. Can Michigan upset Ohio State and end its rival’s BCS title game dreams? Can Iowa snap its funk vs. Nebraska?

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Dienhart: Axe protocol? Forget about it!

Paul Bunyan's Axe

Wisconsin at Minnesota - Football Highlights

See the picture above? Minnesota coach Jerry Kill thinks Wisconsin’s actions following last Saturday’s rivalry win at TCF Bank Stadium should lead to a discussion about axe protocol. Really. Read more here.

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Wednesday links: 'The Game,' Braxton & much more

Braxton Miller

Gary Andersen Joins #BTNlive

We are a day closer to “The Game.” And, there is a lot on the line for each team. So, let’s start these pre-Thanksgiving links here. For Ohio State and its quest to reach the BCS title game, it must beat Michigan and then topple Michigan State in the Big Ten title game while hoping Alabama or Florida State loses down the stretch.

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Week 14 Previews: Welcome to Rivalry Week!

Rivalry Week

Bennie Fowler Joins #BTNlive

The final week of the season is upon us. Even better: It’s rivalry week. There’s Ohio State at Michigan in “The Game.” Northwestern is at Illinois in the Land Lincoln Trophy game. Purdue is at Indiana in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Iowa is at Nebraska in the “Heroes Game.” Here is a look at all the action of Week 14.

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Tuesday links: Updates on Heisman, Hoke & more

Braxton Miller

Gary Andersen Joins #BTNlive

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Tuesday, two days until Thanksgiving. Until then, feast on a Heisman race that got turned sideways last Saturday with losses by Texas A&M (Johnny Manziel), Baylor (Bryce Petty) and Oregon (Marcus Mariota). And Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has a potentially murky future due to legal issues. Could Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller get back into the race?

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Bowl Projections: Badgers back in BCS this week

Paul Bunyan's Axe

Wisconsin at Minnesota - Football Highlights

Sitting at No. 15 in the BCS standings, Wisconsin’s hopes for an at-large BCS bowl bid are looking better and better. The Badgers need to finish No. 14 or higher to be eligible for selection. Gotta think that’s gonna happen over the next few weeks. First, Wisconsin needs to beat visiting Penn State in the finale. Then, sit back, watch and wait.

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Power Rankings: MSU, UW still chasing perfect OSU

Carlos Hyde & Devin Smith

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 25, 2013

Things held steady at the top of my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, though I’m sure debate will continue to rage on if Michigan State should be ranked ahead of Wisconsin. Debate on, America. This week’s fast-riser: Iowa. See my latest list in this post.

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Tom's Take: My Week 13 grades, honors & stocks

Kurtis Drummond

Michigan State at Northwestern - Football Highlights

Week 13 brought clarity to the Big Ten season, as Ohio State (Leaders) and Michigan State (Legends) wrapped up division titles and will meet in the Big Ten championship game. We also saw Penn State and Nebraska play an overtime thriller, as well as Illinois end a 20-game Big Ten losing skein. Here is my wrap on Week 13.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 13

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin at Minnesota - Football Highlights

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Week 13 saw Michigan State (Legends) and Ohio State (Leaders) wrap up their division to set up the 2013 Big Ten title game that I think we all can be excited about. But there were many other things I learned on Saturday. Check it out.

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Dienhart: Iowa builds season to remember

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Michigan at Iowa - Top Plays

Minnesota has been lauded for its feats this season. And rightly so. Michigan State also has received many plaudits for a stunningly successful season that saw the Spartans clinch the Legends Division today. Ohio State has been in the spotlight all season, stacking win after win after win. Impressive.

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Ready for Saturday? Take Tom's B1G Grid Quiz

Week 13 Picks

Ryan Shazier Joins #BTNLive

If you are like me, the prospect of taking a quiz sends a shiver down your spine. The mere specter of clearing my desk and being told to keep my eyes on my paper still gives me the cold sweats. But, this is a quiz-giving world—and I’m just living in it. So, take this Week 13 B1G Quiz. The grade will go on your permanent record.

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