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Dienhart: Rutgers football hires rising defensive mind Chris Ash

Rutgers recently hired a new A.D. Now, the school has hired a new coach in Chris Ash to replace Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Watch the Rutgers press conference live at 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go ] Ash is one of the nation’s rising defensive minds, looking to improve the fortunes of a Rutgers program that went 4-8 overall, 1-7 in the Big Ten last year. Ash will face challenges navigating a rugged Big Ten East, but he won’t inherit a full-on rebuilding job. There is talent to work with as players like QB Chris Laviano, RBs Josh Hicks and Robert

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes fans react to a touchdown by Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Tevaun Smith (4, not pictured) during the third quarter against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten links: Bowl reaction, bowl previews & more bowl coverage

I was so glad to see Iowa get a Rose Bowl bid despite losing the league title game. The Hawkeyes haven’t been to Pasadena since the 1990 season. The drought is over. Iowa fans will overrun the Rose Bowl. It will be beautiful. Iowa will play Stanford, which it never has played. The Hawkeyes last played in the Rose Bowl in 1991 and lost to Washington 46-34. The Hawkeyes played in three Rose Bowls during the Hayden Fry era and lost all three. Kirk Ferentz was an assistant coach on the first two teams. Iowa appeared in two other Rose

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Tom Dienhart offers early take on Michigan State-Alabama matchup

I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game. [ MORE: View the full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Final CFP rankings ] No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the other national semifinal game. This will be the Spartans’ first trip to the playoffs, which are in just their second

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Tom Dienhart previews Big Ten's two New Year's Day Six bowls

The New Year’s Day Six Bowls have been set. And the Big Ten landed two teams in what shapes up as two of the better matchups of the 2015-16 postseason. [ MORE: View our complete 2015-16 bowl schedule ] The two games are No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game, and No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame. Get my quick preview to both games below: Iowa. It was great to see the College Football Playoff committee didn’t bury 12-1 Iowa for losing a close Big Ten title game to Michigan State. Now,

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio reacts after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State won 16-13.  Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Doubters have no choice but to hail Michigan State

It seemed America had forgotten Michigan State had won 11 or more games four times in five years. It seemed pundits blanked out on the fact the Spartans won Big Ten crowns in 2010 and 2013. It seemed experts forgot about the Rose and Cotton Bowl triumphs for this program.


Dienhart: Unbeaten Iowa or tested Michigan State? Here's my pick senior writer Tom Dienhart is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Football Championship between Iowa and Michigan State. After watching both teams play all season he's ready to make his game prediction.

Nov 28, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (74) and wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) and running back Gerald Holmes (24) celebrate a touchdown during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium.

Dienhart: Four keys to Michigan State's success tonight

Earlier I posted my four keys to success for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship. Now, here are my four keys to success for the Michigan State Spartans. 1. Go deep. Look, Connor Cook is the best quarterback in the Big Ten. No one is gonna argue that. Heck, he’s one of the best in the nation. That’s why the Spartans need to chuck it deep vs. an Iowa secondary that is good—but not great. Desmond King is a ball hawk, but he isn’t Charles Woodson. And there isn’t a ton of athletic ability in the Iowa secondary

Nov 14, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; The Iowa Hawkeyes grasp the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 40-35. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Four keys to Iowa Hawkeyes success tonight

I’m up and ready for today’s Big Ten Football Championship, and having watched both Iowa and Michigan State play all season long I have my thoughts on what each team needs to do to win. In this post, I give you my four keys for Iowa to succeed on Saturday. 1. Run the ball: It’s pretty simple. This is the bread and butter of Iowa’s attack. It has been dating back to when Hayden Fry took over a massive rehab project in 1979 in Iowa City and built some great teams around backs like Ronnie Harmon, Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, Nick Bell