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Dienhart: Looking back at last time OSU-MSU met

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A.J. Hawk Talks OSU-MSU Championship Game

Adding to the intrigue of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State Big Ten championship game is the fact the teams didn’t play this fall. The Buckeyes cross-division foes in 2013 were Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern. The Spartans played Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.

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Dienhart: Laying out Big Ten Title Game from A to Z

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DiNardo on Dantonio's "Why Not Us" Comment

The Big Ten Football Championship game is being analyzed from every possible angle. And that’s just on this website. But let’s not stop there as we are days away from the big game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State. I’m headed to Indianapolis for all of the hoopla on Friday and I’ll be covering Saturday night’s game of course, too. So here is my  look at the big clash from A to Z.

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Thursday links: Can MSU stop OSU's run game?

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (10) hand the ball off to running back Carlos Hyde (34) at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin in overtime 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

A.J. Hawk Talks OSU-MSU Championship Game

The Big Ten championship game is just two days away. Should be a good one. And the one matchup we all anticipate is the clash between the Ohio State offense and Michigan State defense. How will the Spartans defend the killer 1-2 rushing duo of Braxton Miller-Carlos Hyde?

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Dienhart: 10 reasons why Ohio State can win

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Jackson, Jansen Pick B1G Championship Players to Watch

There’s a lot to like about Ohio State and its chances to beat Michigan State in the league title tilt and win the Big Ten championship. The biggest hope is a killer offense. Here are 10 reasons why the Buckeyes can win the conference and perhaps go to the BCS title game for the first time since making back-to-back appearances after the 2006-07 seasons.

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Dienhart: 10 reasons why Michigan State can win

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DiNardo on Dantonio's "Why Not Us" Comment

There’s a lot to like about Michigan State and its chances to beat Ohio State in the league title tilt and win the Big Ten championship. The biggest hope is a killer defense. Here are 10 reasons why the Spartans can win the conference and go to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1987 season.

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Wednesday links: A case for Shazier over Borland

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2013 Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Borland

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The Big Ten handed out its top individual awards. Not many shockers, but I’ll admit that I was a bit surprised that Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier lost out on Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors to Wisconsin’s Chris Borland.

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Scouting Report: Big Ten assistants on Ohio State

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What Does Alabama's Loss Mean for OSU?

The coaches for Michigan State and Ohio State are furiously game-planning for the Big Ten championship game. I asked several Big Ten coordinators who have prepared for and stared down the Spartans and Buckeyes for their off-the-record views and ideas on how to attack each team. Here’s what they said.

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Scouting Report: Big Ten assistants on Michigan State

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2013 Defensive Lineman of the Year: Shilique Calhoun

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The coaches for Michigan State and Ohio State are furiously game-planning for the Big Ten championship game. I asked several Big Ten coordinators who have prepared for and stared down the Spartans and Buckeyes for their off-the-record views and ideas on how to attack each team. Here’s what they said.

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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

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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

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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

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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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