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Dienhart: My latest Big Ten bowl projections

The regular season is over. All that’s left is the Big Ten title game, which could alter the Big Ten bowl projections at the top of the pecking order.

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Monday's links: Picking up the pieces

Suffice it to say, 2012 wasn’t a banner year for Iowa. The 4-8 Hawkeyes are coming off the program’s worst season since 2000 and are riding a six-game losing skein. There will be no bowl for the first time since 2007. So, Iowa now points to winter conditioning and prep work for 2013. What’s next? Read about that and other juicy items in my daily links.

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Dienhart: Hope never got Purdue over proverbial hump

After four seasons, Purdue has seen enough of Danny Hope. He officially was fired Sunday. The school also announced wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as the interim coach for the team’s bowl game.

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Final power rankings: Ohio State finishes No. 1

This is the final edition of the 2012 Big Ten power rankings. And it’s pretty clear who the two best teams in the Big Ten are: Ohio State and Nebraska. Alas, they can’t meet in the conference title game, as the Buckeyes are on probation. But Ohio State finished 12-0, including a 63-38 win over the Cornhuskers in Columbus earlier this season. So, the Buckeyes must be best, right?

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Tom's top 10: Will Spartans ever make BCS bowl?

So much to talk about in the final regular-season weekend of the year. Has Braxton Miller sewn up Big Ten offensive player of the year honors? How hot is Le’Veon Bell? Has this been the Year of the Backup Quarterback? Check it all out in my weekly Top 10.

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Dienhart: What I learned in Week 13

There is an opportunity to learn each Saturday. And I took advantage of it. Among other things, I learned deciding who will be Big Ten coach of the year may be a difficult thing to figure out. Here’s what else I learned on the final Saturday of the regular season.

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Snap Reactions: Take a bow, Le'Veon; 1K for Zwinak

As BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart has done throughout the season, he offered his immediate thoughts to Saturday’s season finales. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Penn State’s emotional overtime win over Wisconsin and Michigan State’s victory at Minnesota in this post.

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Dienhart: Time to wonder 'What if?' with Ohio State

COLUMBUS — The crowd poured onto the field. No one was going to stop the Scarlet and Gray throng from celebrating this Ohio State win over Michigan.

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Snap Reactions: Marve, the star again

Every Saturday throughout the Big Ten football action, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his immediate thoughts from every Big Ten game. Read Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Purdue and Norhtwestern’s convincing wins over Indiana and Illinois, respectively.

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Snap Reactions: Huskers earned it

Here are three things I observed during Nebraska’s big win at Iowa on Friday.

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Golden age dawns for Buckeyes vs. Wolverines

Stop. Lift your head and look around. Take a moment to drink in what we are about to witness. This will be the first meeting between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Michigan coach Brady Hoke. And it’s the beginning of what I think will be a golden age for this All-American rivalry.

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Week 13 Previews: Plenty at stake this weekend

The final week of the regular season is upon us and there is still a lot is on the line. Nebraska needs a win at Iowa to clinch the Legends Division crown on Friday. On Saturday, Ohio State is trying to punctuate a 12-0 season with a triumph over Michigan. How sweet would that be for Buckeye fans? Of course, the Wolverines would love to trash that Buckeye dream and win the Legends, and they can do just that with a victory over Ohio State and loss by Nebraska.

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Week 13: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re down to the final week of play, and BTN.com fans are in the lead.

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Reader mail: Sounding off on expansion

You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. Many of your questions this week center on Big Ten expansion. The tenor of most readers was the same: Miffed about the decisions to add Maryland and Rutgers. Read on, folks. There even is a basketball question.

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Today's links: Moves make others wonder

Two days, two new teams. It has been that kind of week for the Big Ten—an historic week, really. Maryland came aboard on Monday … Rutgers took its turn yesterday, swelling the Big Ten ranks to 14 schools. I’m checking my emails every five minutes for the next press conference alert … none yet. Stay tuned. See what the Big Ten’s leading pundits had to say about the monolithic conference’s newest bouncing bundle of joy—Rutgers—in my daily links.

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Week 13 questions: One query for every Big Ten team

This is the last week of the regular season. Rivalry trophies are on the line. (Hello, Old Oaken Bucket, Land of Lincoln Trophy, Heroes Trophy!) Bowl eligibility is up for grabs. A division title still must be decided. Here are the key questions for each team this week.

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Dienhart: Latest moves will shake things up

And then there were 14. We all knew this day was coming, right? We all knew the Big Ten would grow to 14 schools. The SEC made the move prior to this season, which certainly had to catch the eye of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

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Heisman watch: Could Miller benefit from losses?

With Kansas State and Oregon losing in a wild Saturday night, the Heisman race seemingly has opened up. Some straw polls have Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel on top in the Heisman hunt. Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, Kansas State’s Collin Klein and USC’s Marqise Lee also remain viable.

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Tuesday links: Tracking the expansion buzz

Expansion is the buzz around Big Ten media outlets, with the league officially announcing that Maryland will be joining the conference in 2014 and Rutgers to announce that it is following suit today at a 2 p.m. ET press conference. Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald says the moves by the Big Ten show that power and money once again have trumped traditions. He’s exactly right. I just wonder why this is a shock to anyone. See what Shatel has to say here and check out other league news in my daily links.

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Best of Week 13: Get ready for rivalry week

It’s Rivalry Week! Michigan at Ohio State. Indiana at Purdue. Illinois at Northwestern. Nebraska at Iowa. And a lot is on the line in the final regular-season week.

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Dienhart: Pros & cons to latest Big Ten expansion

The game of conference membership musical chairs continues, with no end in sight. The Big Ten made the latest move, bringing aboard Maryland beginning in 2014-15. The addition was made official today when the school’s board of regents unanimously approved leaving the ACC—of which Maryland is a charter member—for the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: My Week 13 bowl projections

The Big Ten bowl picture continues to solidify. Nebraska remains the favorite to get to the Rose Bowl. But with Notre Dame—my projection last week to play the Huskers in Pasadena–now projected to play in the BCS title game, the Cornhuskers have a new foe: Oregon.

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Week 13 Power Rankings: Ohio State stays on top

Some high drama on Saturday, headed by Ohio State’s 21-14 overtime win at Wisconsin. But no upsets. What’s it all mean? My weekly power rankings didn’t change much as we head toward the last week of the regular-season. But there’s still time for some chaos next Saturday!

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Tom's Top 10: None better than PSU's Robinson

Here’s a look back at the Saturday that was—along with a few sneak peeks forward—in my weekly top 10. It’s good to be a Nebraska and Michigan fan. Ohio State, too. It’s also not to be bad being a Penn State fan, what with the way Matt McGloin and Allen Robinson are playing.

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Week 12

As you recover from the excitement of that overtime thriller between Ohio State and Wisconsin, check out the five things I learned on Saturday. Time is running out on teams searching for bowl eligibility. I’m looking at you, Purdue and Michigan State.

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