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Citrus Bowl preview: Michigan, Florida will bring the defense

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight (3) drops back to pass during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan TE Jake Butt joins BTN Live

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Two of college football’s top brands square off led by two of the nation’s most successful first-year coaches. Jim Harbaugh was a revelation at his alma mater, engineering a nine-win season for a program that missed the postseason last year. He had the Wolverines in contention for the East title deep into November. Jim McElwain arrived from Colorado State and has breathed life into a Florida program that stumbled badly under Will Muschamp.

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Dienhart: Here's a look back at Michigan State's 2015 season

Oct 17, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson (20) dives into the end zone for a game winning touchdown as the clock runs out in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Michigan State 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Spartans fans will never forget this play

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The 2015 season was further validation of the elite program Mark Dantonio has constructed since arriving in 2007. The 12 wins this season mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that Michigan State has won at least 11 games. The Spartans also took home their third Big Ten title under Dantonio, while earning the program’s first playoff bid.

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TaxSlayer Bowl preview: Penn State looks to end on high note

Oct 31, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) drops back to pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium.  Penn State won 39-0.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Watch these Illinois-Penn State highlights

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When this matchup was announced, many folks who have been around awhile flashed back to 1983. That’s when these programs met in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season for the national title. Penn State beat Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs to win the championship.

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Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's football & basketball headlines

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New football coach talks about Rutgers plan

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Our interview with new Rutgers football coach Chris Ash tops off Friday’s Big Ten headlines roundup. Also, read how Kirk Ferentz’s long-term contract wound up being great for Iowa, see a video that shows off one Big Ten receiver’s amazing hands, and catch up on a report about a possible Big Ten basketball doubleheader in Chicago. Dive in and read all of the links.

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Dienhart: Here's a look back at Maryland's 2015 season

Nov 21, 2015; College Park, MD, USA;  Maryland Terrapins fans cheer during the second quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Watch D.J. Durkin's opening statement

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Year Two in the Big Ten did not go smoothly for Maryland. A season after going 7-6 (4-4 Big Ten) and to a bowl, the Terrapins flopped to the basement of the Big Ten East. The problems were numerous and ultimately cost Randy Edsall his job in October.

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Big Ten links: How would this 68-team football playoff shake out?

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What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication’s projections, the catch up on the rest today’s news from around the Big Ten.

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Pinstripe Bowl preview: Indiana, Duke eye long-awaited bowl win

Nov 21, 2015; College Park, MD, USA;  Indiana Hoosiers running back Devine Redding (34) runs past Maryland Terrapins linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (23) during the second quarter at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Devine Redding hurdles Purdue

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This is a battle of two schools known more for their illustrious basketball programs. But the football fortunes of each are on the rise. And they get to show their wares on the grand New York City stage in iconic Yankee Stadium.

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Dienhart: Here’s a look back at Iowa’s 2015 season

Oct 31, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz applauds from the sidelines during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 31-15. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Hear from the consensus Big Ten Coach of the Year

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No one saw this coming, a 12-1 record that included a perfect regular season, a West Division crown and a Rose Bowl berth. But those are the accomplishments for Iowa a year after the natives grumbled loudly after an unsatisfying 7-6 season.

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Foster Farms Bowl preview: Nebraska vs. UCLA

Nov 7, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (98) celebrates as the clock runs down against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium. The Cornhuskers won 39-38. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Michigan State-Nebraska highlight

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To call Mike Riley’s debut in Lincoln “bumpy” would be an understatement. His trial run was filled the agony of several close, crushing defeats. There was a loss vs. BYU on a Hail Mary … there was an overtime setback at Miami (Fla.) that squandered a gutty comeback … and on it went in a season noteworthy for its soul-ripping losses that ended 5-7.

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Quick Lane Bowl preview: Minnesota vs. Central Michigan

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Minnesota is one of three teams in the nation that is in a bowl despite having a losing record. Regardless of your opinion about 5-7 teams bowling, it’s a chance for the Golden Gophers to finish the season on an up-note after they lost five of their last six games coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons that had fueled optimism.

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Dienhart: Here's a look back at Illinois' 2015 season

Nov 7, 2015; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Josh Ferguson (6) runs with the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Illinois defeated Purdue 48-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Ferguson takes screen pass for TD at Purdue

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Illinois’ season took a bizarre twist before the first kickoff, as Tim Beckman was fired a week before the opener amid allegations he had mistreated players. The school quickly turned to sage offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, who did a good job keeping the program on track.

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Dienhart: My player on the spot in every Big Ten bowl game

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Justin Jackson (21) dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jackson finds the end zone at Wisconsin

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The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win.

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Big Ten links: Catch up on these football, basketball headlines

Dec 9, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) drives to the basket against Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks forward Dominique Elliott (32) during the 1st half a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Michigan State rolls to victory

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Maryland and Michigan appear to have lined up key new additions to their football staffs. Michigan hoops could use a spark. What about Nebraska vs. Kansas State in football? And here’s one writer’s look at the season of QB play at Ohiop State. Get your Thursday Big ten headlines in this post.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Our guy answers your postseason questions

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State players celebrate after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes during in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio: 'We're used to success'

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You have questions? I have answers in my Big Ten Mailbag. Is Michigan State’s offense better than Alabama’s? Did I rank the Iowa-Stanford Rose Bowl matchup too low in my bowl rankings? Will Nebraska whip UCLA in its bowl? I address those topics and others.

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Dienhart: One storyline for every 2015-16 Big Ten bowl game

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans offensive lineman Nick Padla (77) celebrates after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Michigan State won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio on success, College Football Playoff

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Every game has a storyline, right? So what are they for the 10 Big Ten bowl teams? From Michigan State and its playoff matchup with Alabama in the Cotton Bowl to Minnesota and its battle vs. Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl, here is what to watch for.

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