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Fours Downs: Truths, thoughts & numbers

Braxton Miller

Glenn Carson Joins #BTNLive

Once again, Saturday is almost here and I’ve rolled up my sleeves and cranked out four downs worth of football predictions, thoughts, and truths about Week 13 of the Big Ten football season. Why four downs? Because in this post we never punt.

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Friday links: Read up before Saturday's action

Randy Gregory

James Morris Joins #BTNLive

Where to start Friday’s links? How about with this story on Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory? Sure. The junior-college transfer leads the Big Ten with 8.5 sacks. Has newcomer made a bigger impact in the Big Ten this season? Well, you could make a case for a guy he’ll play this Saturday in Penn State’s true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Still, Gregory has had just as much impact in his own way.

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Week 13 Previews: Plenty to play for Saturday

Carlos Hyde

Kurtis Drummond Joins #BTNLive

The penultimate week of the season is upon us, with some interesting storylines. Minnesota will try to win the Axe from Wisconsin for the first time since 2003, while Michigan State and Ohio State will look to win outright the Legends and Leaders Division, respectively. The Buckeyes also are aiming for win No. 23 in a row in its quest for the BCS title game. Here’s a look at all of the Week 13 matchups.

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Web links: Iowa LB trio, Dantonio dance moves & more

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John Urschel Joins #BTNLive

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s begin Wednesday’s links with a salute to an awesome triumvirate of Iowa linebackers. This Saturday vs. Michigan will be the final game in Kinnick Stadium for Hawkeye seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens. What a trio it has been, says Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com. I agree. And you should, too.

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Today's links: B1G's top 2 running backs are ...

Ameer Abdullah

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 18, 2013

So many good running backs to choose from, so few spots on the all-conference team to fill. That’s the conundrum that Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com is dealing with. I feel his pain. So, let’s start daily links there. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah gets one spot. The other? That’s a toughie. Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde? Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon or James White? Minnesota’s David Cobb? Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford? Indiana’s Tevin Coleman? So difficult.

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Bowl Projections: OSU gets new Rose Bowl foe

Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde's Five Touchdowns Against Illinois

No major shakeups. Stanford’s loss at USC means Oregon is now slated to play Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. But UCLA just as easily could be the foe. The Buckeyes cling to BCS title game hopes, resting at No. 3 in the current standings.

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Mailbag: Could Michigan State beat Ohio State?

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Just two weeks are left in the regular season, and things are heating up down the stretch. Among the hot button issues: Who is the second-best team in the Big Ten? Michigan State or Wisconsin? Read about that, and more, in my weekly mailbag. Keep those cards and letters coming.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 12

Braxton Miller

Miller Fakes the D, Goes 69 Yards for the TD

It was a Saturday filled with blowouts. Still, there was a lot to learn, beginning with the continued domination of Ohio State and Michigan State. Oh, and Wisconsin is pretty good, too. Everyone else? See what I learned in Week 12 in this post.

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Power Rankings: There's a new No. 2 team this week

R.J. Shelton

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 18, 2013

Ohio State remains on top with another impressive victory, but I finally am moving Michigan State past Wisconsin and into the No. 2 spot in my power rankings. Yes, that win at Nebraska was that vital. Sorry, Wisconsin. Without a doubt, there seems to be a big drop between the top three teams and everyone else.

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Tom's Take: My Week 12 honors, grades & stocks

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Ohio State at Illinois - Football Highlights

It’s time to put a wrap on an interesting Week 12 that will be remembered for its blowouts, a wild overtime thriller and a signature victory by Michigan State that clinched at least a share of the Legends Division crown for the Spartans. With that said, here’s a wrap on Week 12 in the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Offense wins this one for Spartans

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Michigan State at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

LINCOLN, Neb. — The credentials of the Michigan State defense have been well-chronicled in 2013. We’ve all heard and seen the numbers recited. The unit entered today’s game No. 1 in the nation in total defense (210.2 ypg), No. 1 in rushing defense (43.4 ypg), No. 1 in pass efficiency defense (90.3 rating), No. 1 in first downs defense (12.7 pg) … and on and on it goes.

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Week 12 B1G quiz tests your football opinions

Kain Colter

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 11, 2013

It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football. It’s an intriguing slate of five games, with the Big Ten Nation fixated on the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Don’t worry – this isn’t graded on a curve. And? I provide the questions and the answers. So just have fun.

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Four Downs: Week 12 predictions, thoughts & truths

Oct 13, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) scores a touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2nd half at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeated Indiana 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Shilique Calhoun Joins #BTNLive

Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind with Week 12 of the Big Ten season on the horizon.

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Spartans, Huskers battle shapes up

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Dennis Franklin Talks 1973 OSU-Michigan Game

Happy Football Friday! The analysis of the Michigan State at Nebraska game continues. Why not? It’s gonna be a great battle that essentially will determine the Legends Division race. But the latest injury news from Lincoln isn’t great, as the offensive line is banged up. Not good news for a Huskers team facing a terrific Spartans front.

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Best of Week 12: All eyes on MSU-Nebraska

Week 12 Picks

Shilique Calhoun Joins #BTNLive

An interesting Saturday of action is headlined by what could be the Big Ten Game of the Year: Michigan State at Nebraska. Ohio State will look to remain unbeaten when it plays at Illinois. The Buckeyes have owned Illinois, winning the last five meetings and eight of the last nine. The lone Fighting Illini victory in that stretch was when they stunned No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in 2007 on the way to the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes haven’t lost in Champaign since 1991.

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Tiebreaker: Q&A with Buckeyes LB Randy Gradishar

tTIEBREAKER: 1973 Ohio State

Archie Griffin Talks "Tiebreaker"

Ohio State has produced a raft of great linebackers, including Chris Spielman, Tom Cousineau, Andy Katzenmoyer and A.J. Hawk, among others. And Randy Gradishar was one of the best. In fact, he may have been the best. After an All-American career in Columbus, Gradishar went on to a stellar pro career with the Denver Broncos and led the team to Super Bowl 12. But his days as a Buckeye remain special. And one of Gradishar’s most memorable moments was the 1973 game against Michigan, which is the topic of the BTN Originals documentary “TIEBREAKER” airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Thursday links: Huskers need big plays vs. Spartans

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Randy Gregory Joins #BTNLive

It’s Thursday, and that means we are one day closer to Saturday, which means we are one day closer to the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Thank goodness! Let’s start links right there, shall we? Nebraska has a big task on Saturday trying to beat Michigan State. No doubt, big plays will be needed for the Cornhuskers to emerge victorious. But, big plays have been rare with Taylor Martinez out of the lineup.

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Week 12 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

Week 12 Picks

Randy Gregory Joins #BTNLive

This Saturday features some intriguing clashes. All eyes will be on Lincoln, Neb., for Michigan State’s visit to Nebraska in what essentially is a de facto Legends Division championship game. If you aren’t stoked, then I feel sorry for you.

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Michigan QB Franklin in 'TIEBREAKER': 'We were denied'

TIEBREAKER: Michigan QB Dennis Franklin

Dennis Franklin Talks 1973 OSU-Michigan Game

Dennis Franklin vividly recalls many details from the 1973 Michigan football season when he played as the Wolverines quarterback. Why not? Michigan had a special team in a special season that forever changed the Big Ten, as documented in the BTN Originals film “TIEBREAKER” airing this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday links: Big week for MSU hoops, football

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Kentucky vs. Michigan State - Top Plays

The college hoop season opened last Friday, but it REALLY opened last night with that big double-header that featured No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State. Let’s start daily links there. The Spartans delivered a nice salvo to the rest of the nation with their victory over the mighty Wildcats. What did the win mean? Well, it’s November, so not much. But MSU will become the No. 1 team in the nation. And, the victory showed the preseason hype is justified.

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