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Texas Bowl Preview: Minnesota vs. Syracuse

David Cobb

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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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

R.J. Shelton

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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