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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

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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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Fours Downs: Truths, thoughts & numbers

Braxton Miller

Glenn Carson Joins #BTNLive

Once again, Saturday is almost here and I’ve rolled up my sleeves and cranked out four downs worth of football predictions, thoughts, and truths about Week 13 of the Big Ten football season. Why four downs? Because in this post we never punt.

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Friday links: Read up before Saturday's action

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James Morris Joins #BTNLive

Where to start Friday’s links? How about with this story on Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory? Sure. The junior-college transfer leads the Big Ten with 8.5 sacks. Has newcomer made a bigger impact in the Big Ten this season? Well, you could make a case for a guy he’ll play this Saturday in Penn State’s true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Still, Gregory has had just as much impact in his own way.

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Week 13 Previews: Plenty to play for Saturday

Carlos Hyde

Kurtis Drummond Joins #BTNLive

The penultimate week of the season is upon us, with some interesting storylines. Minnesota will try to win the Axe from Wisconsin for the first time since 2003, while Michigan State and Ohio State will look to win outright the Legends and Leaders Division, respectively. The Buckeyes also are aiming for win No. 23 in a row in its quest for the BCS title game. Here’s a look at all of the Week 13 matchups.

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Web links: Iowa LB trio, Dantonio dance moves & more

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John Urschel Joins #BTNLive

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s begin Wednesday’s links with a salute to an awesome triumvirate of Iowa linebackers. This Saturday vs. Michigan will be the final game in Kinnick Stadium for Hawkeye seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens. What a trio it has been, says Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com. I agree. And you should, too.

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Today's links: B1G's top 2 running backs are ...

Ameer Abdullah

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 18, 2013

So many good running backs to choose from, so few spots on the all-conference team to fill. That’s the conundrum that Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com is dealing with. I feel his pain. So, let’s start daily links there. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah gets one spot. The other? That’s a toughie. Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde? Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon or James White? Minnesota’s David Cobb? Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford? Indiana’s Tevin Coleman? So difficult.

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Bowl Projections: OSU gets new Rose Bowl foe

Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde's Five Touchdowns Against Illinois

No major shakeups. Stanford’s loss at USC means Oregon is now slated to play Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. But UCLA just as easily could be the foe. The Buckeyes cling to BCS title game hopes, resting at No. 3 in the current standings.

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Mailbag: Could Michigan State beat Ohio State?

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Just two weeks are left in the regular season, and things are heating up down the stretch. Among the hot button issues: Who is the second-best team in the Big Ten? Michigan State or Wisconsin? Read about that, and more, in my weekly mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 12

Braxton Miller

Miller Fakes the D, Goes 69 Yards for the TD

It was a Saturday filled with blowouts. Still, there was a lot to learn, beginning with the continued domination of Ohio State and Michigan State. Oh, and Wisconsin is pretty good, too. Everyone else? See what I learned in Week 12 in this post.

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Power Rankings: There's a new No. 2 team this week

R.J. Shelton

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 18, 2013

Ohio State remains on top with another impressive victory, but I finally am moving Michigan State past Wisconsin and into the No. 2 spot in my power rankings. Yes, that win at Nebraska was that vital. Sorry, Wisconsin. Without a doubt, there seems to be a big drop between the top three teams and everyone else.

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Tom's Take: My Week 12 honors, grades & stocks

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State at Illinois - Football Highlights

It’s time to put a wrap on an interesting Week 12 that will be remembered for its blowouts, a wild overtime thriller and a signature victory by Michigan State that clinched at least a share of the Legends Division crown for the Spartans. With that said, here’s a wrap on Week 12 in the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Offense wins this one for Spartans

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Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

LINCOLN, Neb. — The credentials of the Michigan State defense have been well-chronicled in 2013. We’ve all heard and seen the numbers recited. The unit entered today’s game No. 1 in the nation in total defense (210.2 ypg), No. 1 in rushing defense (43.4 ypg), No. 1 in pass efficiency defense (90.3 rating), No. 1 in first downs defense (12.7 pg) … and on and on it goes.

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Week 12 B1G quiz tests your football opinions

Kain Colter

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 11, 2013

It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football. It’s an intriguing slate of five games, with the Big Ten Nation fixated on the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Don’t worry – this isn’t graded on a curve. And? I provide the questions and the answers. So just have fun.

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Four Downs: Week 12 predictions, thoughts & truths

Oct 13, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) scores a touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2nd half at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeated Indiana 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Shilique Calhoun Joins #BTNLive

Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind with Week 12 of the Big Ten season on the horizon.

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Spartans, Huskers battle shapes up

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Dennis Franklin Talks 1973 OSU-Michigan Game

Happy Football Friday! The analysis of the Michigan State at Nebraska game continues. Why not? It’s gonna be a great battle that essentially will determine the Legends Division race. But the latest injury news from Lincoln isn’t great, as the offensive line is banged up. Not good news for a Huskers team facing a terrific Spartans front.

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