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Rose Bowl Preview: Michigan State vs. Stanford

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Jansen, Jackson Preview Rose Bowl

Michigan State is making its first trip to Pasadena since the 1987 season in what will be the 100th Rose Bowl. This is a culmination of sorts for Mark Dantonio in his seven seasons in East Lansing, finally getting the Spartans to the Big Ten’s Holy Grail after some close calls. Stanford is making its fourth trip to a BCS in a row and its second journey in succession to the Rose Bowl. This has become the premier Pac-12 program under David Shaw. Who needs Jim Harbaugh?

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Orange Bowl Preview: Ohio State vs. Clemson

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Jansen, Jackson Preview Orange Bowl

Yes, Ohio State would rather be playing in Pasadena, Calif., for the national championship vs. another ACC school, Florida State. But this is still a BCS bowl vs. a very good Clemson team. And that means it’s a chance for the Buckeyes to score some credibility points and quell critics who say OSU played a soft schedule.

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Capital One Bowl Preview: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina

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James White & Melvin Gordon Join #BTNLive

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This is one of the better matchups of the postseason. Wisconsin—on a three-game bowl losing skid–and South Carolina—aiming for a third postseason triumph in succession–never have played, adding intrigue to this battle. Gary Andersen is looking to put his stamp on the Badger program in his first season; Steve Spurrier looks to add another brick in the wall of a strong program he has built in Columbia for a team that has wins vs. Missouri and Clemson.

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Outback Bowl Preview: Iowa vs. LSU

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Big Ten Power Rankings - Dec. 9, 2013

Iowa has enjoyed a season of redemption. And it has been sweet for a program that was scrutinized and criticized coming off a 4-8 season in 2012. Had Kirk Ferentz lost it? Laughable.

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Friday links: Should Braxton stay or go?

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James White & Melvin Gordon Join #BTNLive

Let’s start daily links here with Ohio State’s Braxton Miller winning the Silver Football from the Chicago Tribune as the Big Ten MVP. Not a big surprise but still impressive when you consider he missed almost three games with a knee injury. Had Miller posted big numbers in a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, I think he would have been a Heisman finalist.

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Gator Bowl Preview: Nebraska vs. Georgia

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Big Ten Power Rankings - Dec. 9, 2013

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Two traditional powers square off for a second season in a row in the postseason. And each will do so without the quarterbacks they began the season with. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has been shelved with a variety of ailments—shoulder, hip, abdomen, ankle–missing eight of the last nine games. Aaron Murray’s season was wrecked by a knee injury suffered vs. Kentucky on November 23.

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Thursday links: Big Ten names on USA Today team

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Brandon Scherff Joins #BTNLive

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USA Today has its All-American Team out. So, let’s start daily links there. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard are the lone first-team choices from the Big Ten. Funny, wasn’t Wisconsin linebacker the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year? Borland was on the second team with Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien. Lewan? Really? He was one of the 10 best offensive linemen in America this season? Talk amongst yourself.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan vs. Kansas State

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Jeremy Gallon 61-Yard Touchdown

One college football blue blood in Michigan faces a recent upstart in Kansas State. This is intriguing. Even better: These teams never have met. For Michigan, this is a chance to get a bad taste out of its mouth for a 2013 season that has been, well, a disappointment.

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Texas Bowl Preview: Minnesota vs. Syracuse

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Tom Dienhart Talks with "#BTNLive"

If Minnesota is disappointed to be going to Houston, it isn’t showing it. The Gophers probably deserved a better destination. But the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl opted for 7-5 Michigan over 8-4 Nebraska; and the Gator Bowl tabbed Nebraska over Minnesota.

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Dienhart: All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team

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Harlon Barnett Film Session

Head coaches get plenty of accolades and awards. The players? They have myriad trophies they can win and postseason all-league teams they can be named to. But what about the assistant coaches? It’s time to shine the spotlight on the guys at heart of every program’s engine.

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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

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Jim Miller Talks with "#BTNLive"

This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament.

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Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

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2013 Freshman of the Year: Christian Hackenberg

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four.

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Monday links: On MSU's Narduzzi & bowl updates

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2013 Big Ten Football Championship - Ohio State vs. Michigan State

The bowl matches are set! The only left for you to do is send out invites for your Texas Bowl party and buy some Velveeta and Ro-tel. But before digging in on bowl news, let’s start Monday’s links with news on the Big Ten’s hottest assistant coaching commodity. It seems UConn has contacted Michigan State about talking to Pat Narduzzi, says Mark Dantonio.

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Bowl Projections: Here's our guy's final 2013 list

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Shilique Calhoun - 2013 Big Ten Title Game Interview

Soon the official bowl pairings will be announced. Here are my last projections. The big change is Ohio State falling from the BCS title game to the Orange Bowl, and Michigan State rising to the Rose Bowl. So, the Big Ten will have two BCS bowl teams but will have to wait another year to win a national title.

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Dienhart: Buckeyes now must focus on bowl game

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Miller Ties the Game at 17-17

INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was dejected as he stood in the postgame interview room. His Ohio State Buckeyes had just lost the Big Ten title game, 34-24, to Michigan State. The loss ended a 24-game winning streak. Worse: It killed OSU’s chances to play for the BCS national title.

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Friday notebook: A look at some B1G numbers

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Mark Dantonio B1G Championship Preview Interview

In less than 24 hours Michigan State and Ohio State will take the field to face off in the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game. There is plenty at stake. For now, let’s take a look at some numbers on both sides of the ball for both sides starting with this one: Ohio State and Michigan State have played six common foes in 2013. They are Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes’ total margin of victory in those tilts is 130; MSU’s margin was 126.

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MSU defense, OSU offense eyeing each other

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B1G Championship Game Press Conference - Mark Dantonio

INDIANAPOLIS — The marquee on the Big Ten title game says “Ohio State vs. Michigan State.” But it may as well say “Ohio State’s offense vs. Michigan State defense.” That’s what many are focused on the eve of the game.

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Big Ten writers make title game predictions

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Shawn Springs Talks OSU-MSU Championship Game

The picks are in! I canvassed my writing colleagues from all Big Ten precincts, as well as some national scribes and pundits, to get their prediction on the Big Ten title game between Ohio State and Michigan State this Saturday night in Indianapolis. And yes, we asked for a predicted final score, too.

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