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Dienhart: What does new OC mean for Michigan?

NCAA Football: Iowa at Michigan

Gerry DiNardo Reacts to Al Borges News

It looks like Michigan already has hired a new offensive coordinator, as reports indicate Brady Hoke has tabbed Alabama’s Doug Nussmeier. That didn’t take long. Actually, it obviously likely has been in the works for a bit. The chair in deposed coordinator Al Borges’ office is still warm. Heck, pictures of his kids may still be on his desk.

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Who would have won Spartans-Seminoles?

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Denicos Allen Interview - 100th Rose Bowl Champion

The Spartan Rose Bowl champion football team was recognized at the No. 3 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan State game last night. And, as you would suspect, the squad was met with a warm reception.

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Big Ten stories worth a read Wednesday

Tom Izzo

Ohio State at Michigan State - Top Plays

What a barnburner last night at the Breslin Center, as Michigan State had to work overtime to beat Ohio State after blowing a 17-point second-half lead. Give Adreian Payne major props. He didn’t start as he dealt with a foot injury but fought through the pain and discomfort to notch 18 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes. Heroic. And how about that big 3-pointer he hit in the dying moments? So clutch.

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Dienhart: Ready for an early 2014 football poll?

The grass stains and bruises are still fresh from last night’s BCS title game, a scintillating triumph for Florida State over Auburn that ended the SEC’s seven-season run of dominance. That hasn’t stopped some people from turning the page – and quickly. Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com already has an early, early—and I mean EARLY—2014 Top 25.

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Our 10 Big Ten stories worth a look today

Today is the day: It’s No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Michigan State. This tilt will help establish early pecking order at the top of the Big Ten. Cleveland.com has a nice breakdown on the huge contest. A big key will be the battle of point guards: The Spartans’ Keith Appling vs. the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes have had success getting Appling off his game in year’s past. Keep an eye on it, people.

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Spartans land at No. 3 in final polls

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2013 Football Images of the Year

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The final polls are out, and Michigan State is No. 3 in the AP and Coaches polls – see the full lists here. The results are really no shock. I think the Spartans could have made a case to be ranked as high as No. 2. But, Auburn got that spot, even though the Tigers lost the BCS championship game to Florida State. Had Auburn been blown out by the Seminoles, Michigan State likely could have secured the No. 2 slot.

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Dienhart: My best of 2013-14 Big Ten bowls

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2013 Bowl Game Images

The dust has settled on another disappointing postseason for the Big Ten, which went 2-5 in bowl games. The lone victors: Michigan State in the Rose Bowl and Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. Still, there were many noteworthy things. Here’s my Best of the Big Ten Bowls.

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B1G Whiteboard: Who else is pumped for OSU-MSU?

Gary Harris

Michigan State at Indiana - Top Plays

One week of Big Ten action is in the books, as Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State continue to lead the way. Illinois is a surprising 2-0 and thinking big, while Michigan has overcome injuries to forge a 2-0 start. Minnesota may be better than expected, while 1-1 Iowa is still formidable after a tough loss at Wisconsin on Sunday.

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Tom's take: Clemson tops OSU in shootout

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Ohio State vs. Clemson - Orange Bowl Highlights

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The Orange Bowl was billed as a battle of big-time quarterbacks, pitting Braxton Miller vs. Tajh Boyd. It certainly lived up to its billing as a shootout, as Clemson won a wild 40-35 contest that featured four lead changes and 1,003 combined yards. Miller finished with 269 total yards; Boyd had 497 in one of the best games of the postseason.

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Week in Review: Who's up & down in Big Ten?

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Michigan at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

It’s finally here: My first edition of Big Ten Three-Pointers, my weekly fun and informative look back and forward around the Big Ten hardwood. We offer up scoreboards and other features like BTN Connect daily, of course, but I like to take a concentrated look at the week in one special take. I also have a few notes for you to keep in mind before we dive in.

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10 Big Ten stories to read on Friday

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Wisconsin at Northwestern - Men's Basketball Highlights

Time for today’s top Big Ten stories. Let’s start in cold and snowy Wisconsin, where the end to the Badgers’ football season has sent a chill down the spins of many fans. Wisconsin ended the season with consecutive losses to Penn State and South Carolina, as a season with BCS promise melted into a disappointing finish. Does a 9-4 record and bowl loss equal a successful season for Wisconsin?

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Big Ten Mailbag: Fans sound off on bowl games

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Sights and Sound - B1G Bowl Games

The New Year is here. And, what better way to kick it off than by answering some of your question in a mail bag. Warning: This is college football bowl-heavy content as fans critique their team’s performances as well as a few of my latest posts.

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Dienhart: What kind of coach fits at Penn State?

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Penn State Announces Departure of Bill O'Brien - Full Press Conference

Penn State made it official today: Bill O’Brien is leaving after two seasons. Now, the search is on for his replacement, which was a point of today’s press conference by Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner.

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Frank Kaminsky Q&A: Meet B1G's most improved player

Sam Dekker & Frank Kaminsky

All 43 Points by Frank Kaminsky

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Has there been a bigger surprise player in the Big Ten than Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky? Of course not. The 7-0, 234-pound junior has been a revelation. He always possessed a sweet shot, but Kaminsky has expanded his game to become a better-rounded player. He’s able to put the ball on the floor and has become a better rebounder.

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Tom's Take: Too bad there isn't a playoff this year

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Michigan State vs. Stanford - Rose Bowl Highlights

Michigan State arrived at its first Rose Bowl in 26 years as an underdog to Stanford. But the Spartans left as champs in a thoroughly dominating performance that left no doubt about Michigan State’s status as one of the nation’s top teams.

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Tom's Take: Huskers get revenge vs. UGA in Gator Bowl

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Nebraska vs. Georgia - Gator Bowl Highlights

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Nebraska needed this 24-19 win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. It doesn’t matter that this was an undermanned Bulldogs team. The Cornhuskers had to taste victory after closing the regular season with two losses in their last three games. And the season-ender vs. Iowa was ugly on many fronts.

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